Your Town, March 13, 2011

I am considering writing my representatives in Congress to see if there is something we can do about having Murphy’s Law repealed.

It never fails, the harder you try to get your work done before an upcoming vacation — the bigger the to-do pile is. It’s Murphy’s Law.

The shortest line at the grocery store, is of course, the slowest. It’s Murphy’s Law.

It’s the 5 o’clock rush hour and you’re speeding to catch the tail end of the yellow light. Wooo, wooo, woo. Where was that patrolman hiding? Murphy’s Law? You bet.

Scientists and mathematicians have pondered for centuries over the aphorism of “if something can go wrong it probably will.”

It’s not really a “law” in the legal sense, but rather one of life’s daily lessons that keep us in check.

Eventually, the line gets shorter, the pile gets done, and the officer — Officer Murphy (according to his badge) ... let me explain, see, I’m getting ready for vacation and there’s so much to do and, well, could you please just let me off with a warning?

Wow, it worked!

See you when I get back. Have a great week.

A spinning workshop, sponsored by the Mesa Fiber Arts Guild, is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31, at the Goodwill Industries Community Room, 630 24 1/2 Road.

Jill Graham will teach the workshop. Graham managed adult and teacher programs at the Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Museum of Nature and Science for 12 years and taught art and science to all ages for 35 years. She is working on the certificate of excellence in hand spinning through the Handweavers Guild of America and won grand champion in spinning in the expert division at the Taos Wool Festival in 2008 and 2010. Living with her husband and four cashmere goats doesn’t hurt.

Cost is $45 for guild members and $50 for nonmembers. Materials are included in the fee. Space is limited.

Register by March 15 by calling Dean Minion at 243-3045 or Ellen Higgins at 245-8386.


The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced the winners of the “Memories of Paul Revere” essay contest Feb. 12. The fifth-grade winner was Royanna Crawford, of Tope Elementary School. The sixth- and seventh-grade winners were Noah Gurule and Jose Mendoza from the Intermountain Adventist Academy of Grand Junction. The winning essays were sent to the state history essay competition for judging.

Also Feb. 12, the DAR chapter celebrated its 101st anniversary with a visit from State Regent Charlotte Hubbs, who presented the awards to the winners of the history essay contest.

On March 12, the DAR chapter hosted guest Kim Martinez, speaking about the Meeker Massacre.

Later this month the chapter will have a card game party fundraiser featuring finger foods and dessert, as well as card and board games for participants.

The party is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26, at the Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road.

Tickets are $7 each and proceeds will go to local scholarships.

Call Dorothy Inscho at 245-2645 for information or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


The Grand Junction Area Branch of the Vegetarian Society of Colorado Great American Meatout Vegan Potluck is Saturday, at the Lakeside Community Room, 3150 Lakeside Drive.

Diners will gather at 5:30 p.m. and eat at 6 p.m. Take a plant-based dish, free of animal products, to serve eight. Also take the recipe with all ingredients listed, your own place setting and beverage.

Need ideas? Visit

Call Marian at 255-0417 or visit for information.


The International Association of Administrative Professionals Book Cliff Chapter meeting on Wednesday will be a program titled “What is Emotional Intelligence?” presented by Mark Simpson, Ph.D. and director of Utilization Management and Outcomes for Colorado West Inc.

The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Colorado West Inc., 515 28 3/4 Road, building.Dinner will be catered.

For information call 639-0838 or visit

While visiting the chapter’s website, take time to register for the annual Administrative Professionals Day, from 11 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27, at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The luncheon and career enhancing workshop will feature keynote speaker Bill Beausay presenting “Conquering Obstacles With Passion and Purpose.” There will also be vendors tables with demonstration and prizes.

Register by April 15 and receive a gift. Save even more on the registration fee by joining IAAP Book Cliff Chapter and receive the member discount. The cost for non-members for the lunch/seminar is $35; non-member,  lunch/seminar and workshop, $70; members, lunch/seminar and workshop $35.


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