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BEACON Senior News - Western Colorado

God, grant me a Porsche!

Apr 03, 2023 03:24PM ● By Cloie Sandlin

Our graphic designer told me a story from when he worked for a magazine publisher in San Diego. After an issue of the magazine came out, one of the senior editors would meet with a younger editor and tell him, “I’ll buy you a Porsche the first issue you have that doesn’t have a typo or mistake in it.”

At the BEACON, we’re always striving for that Porsche, even though no one has ever offered to buy us one. We assume the publishing gods will graciously bestow it on us once we achieve a perfect issue. We’ve already coordinated schedules so we can take turns driving it. 

Last month, we know for a fact we didn’t earn that Porsche. Readers who know Clarissa Sullivan in Delta may not have recognized her in our Question of the Month column. That’s because somehow Janine Briscoe’s photo mistakenly made it in both places. Clarissa’s answer was also cut short. 

We really hate making mistakes, so to Clarissa and Janine, we are sorry! Here’s what Clarissa really looks like and her entire response to last month’s question: What is something a stranger has done for you that you’ve never forgotten?



Earth Day is April 22. And though I’m no tree hugger, I believe that humans can do so much more to treat our planet kindly.

I try to make more eco-conscious decisions, such as conserving energy with a home solar system, using fewer chemicals, drinking out of reusable water bottles instead of buying plastic, donating used clothes and housewares that are still in good condition, and recycling (although it’s likely I recycle things that aren’t recyclable, because who can keep track these days?)

I know there’s a lot more I could do, but I’m not going to drastically alter my lifestyle to go green. I’m not so devoted that I will take cold showers, or walk or bike to work, and I can’t always afford to eat things that are organic, non-GMO, grass-fed and cage-free. 

But I wish I were more artistic. Have you heard of “upcycling?” It’s the trending practice of giving unwanted items new life, turning trash into treasure, or using reclaimed materials to make something new and functional. 

No doubt you know someone who restores furniture or jewelry. In this month’s issue, we introduce you to two local ladies who upcycle more unique items—from Chaco sandal straps to ceramic teapots. Read about them and their artwork here.


With more than 100 exhibitors, prize giveaways, live entertainment, freebies and food, it’s no wonder BeaconFest is the area’s largest boomer and senior fair. And, just as it sounds, it’s always a ton of fun!

Join us at Grand Junction Convention Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, as we celebrate everything that’s great about getting older. BeaconFest is free to attend, and it’s our way of saying, thank you for reading the BEACON!

To learn more about this year’s show, visit 

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