from the desk of the publisher

When A Work Day Gets Derailed

Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly. She can be reached at or (818) 248-2740.
Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta
Valley Weekly. She can be
reached at
or (818) 248-2740.

I don’t know about you, but for me too often it happens that when I’ve set time aside to do something, to accomplish a particular task, that fate intervenes.

For example, last Friday we had a family meeting to go over jobs that needed to be done around the house over the weekend. These jobs varied from unloading the dishwasher to scraping the popcorn ceiling in one of the rooms – quite the variety. As we talked and I wrote out the chore list, little comments began creeping into the work day schedule: “I’ve got an early morning meeting, but should be home by noon;” “I have an errand to run but should be home most of the day.” One of those excuses was actually mine.

At 11:30 on Saturday morning, I was due to meet with Rockhaven Sanitarium and Prom Plus reps to walk the property. Rockhaven is scheduled to be part of the holiday tour of homes that Prom Plus is hosting on Dec. 14 and as president of Prom Plus I wanted to meet with some of my key people to show them the grounds.

As expected, Prom Plus members were in awe at the history and serenity of the Rockhaven property. Thanks to Mike Lawler and Joanna Linkchorst and her daughter Kate for taking the time to show us the grounds and for agreeing to act as docents for our ticketholders. Thanks, too, to the city of Glendale for giving us permission to have the property as part of our tour. We look forward to having the chance to share the history of the 90-year-old sanitarium. (Tickets for the tour will go on sale the first part of November.)

After walking the property, I decided to head over to chiropractor Dale Ellwein’s “patient thank you” party at his office on Verdugo Road. Dr. Ellwein had put on a great Oktoberfest spread that included bratwurst, sauerkraut and beverages all outside under a canopy complete with linens. Many of his patients were on site and, in addition to enjoying the great food and each other’s company, were treated to free chiropractic adjustments and raffle drawings! What a nice way to spend the afternoon.

I did eventually make my way home where I spent a whole hour washing walls before heading to Amy’s Nail Place for a mani pedi. A girl has to look good, after all. By then it was dark so I met friends for dinner.

Needless to say, Mom didn’t contribute much to the betterment of the Goldsworthy house this past weekend. But the walls are a little cleaner and after all …. there’s always next weekend.


Speaking of next weekend, I’m excited to be heading over to Granada Hills for a casual Poly High class of ’78 girls reunion. (Poly High is in Sun Valley, just over La Tuna Canyon.) Though I have stayed in touch with too few of my gals from high school, my best friend Amy is queen of contact and has maintained several relationships. Through her, I’ve enjoyed dinners and other outings with some friends that date back to the days of disco. On Saturday, Teri is generously opening the doors of her Granada Hills home for a night that I’m sure will include much reminiscing and laughs.

Something to look forward to.