Love where you live!
An Open Letter to my Four Legged Friends
Dear Doggies of La Mesa,
It's me. Chris Shea, owner of Lifesighs Cards at 8219 La Mesa Boulevard. You know me, the lady…Continue
LA MESA -- Every day I sit at what looks like a host stand at a restaurant but is actually a replica of an old…Continue
Of Reviewing Stands and Tiny Edco Trucks
LA MESA -- I was sitting directly across the street from the reviewing stand at the Flag Day Parade on Saturday.
It looked like a swell place to sit and watch…Continue
LA MESA -- This is my first Christmas in the village of La Mesa in my little Lifesighs Store. Just now two little children and their daddy stepped into my store and brought me a blooming bulb as a thank you for the two little books they got from my red…Continue
Added by chris shea on December 21, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Lifesighs is open…Continue
LA MESA -- It has taken me a few days to change my vocabulary regarding where I work. For almost twenty years, I worked over in the commercial district of La Mesa. I always referred to where I work as "my office, " despite the fact that it was mostly warehouse…Continue
When I was a girl in elementary school, my teacher gave us a class project: make our downtown out of shoeboxes. I was so excited! I got to make the Tibbetts Store, a small clothing store, as I recall. Each of us kids loved that project, and when we were done we had…Continue
Peanut Butter Blessings
I found a dab of peanut butter on my rug this morning.
Trader Joe's organic peanut butter.
I know this because my dog Ben loves it and has some every…Continue
Nice to Meet You
A long time ago when I was a freshman in high school, I had a very good friend who lived in Whittier, California, the town in which I grew up. Having moved to El Cajon only recently and just beginning high school at Granite Hills,…Continue
As I walk through my living room I can pause and listen and still hear the delicious echoes of laughter, good hearted derision and sighs from the heart:
What's with those OP corduroy shorts? Look how short they are!
Malts, Tacos and Shrimp & Grits
When I was a little girl, I used to go to my favorite restaurant with my mother in Whittier, California, where I grew up: the counter at the Woolworth Store. I loved sitting on the red…Continue
A Wave Hello
Several times recently on my way to work I have driven past a man who lives down the hill from me. A year ago I didn't know who he was but then we were introduced by a mutual friend as I was walking down to the village. Alas, I cannot recall his name,…Continue
This morning before I headed to meet a friend down at Cosmos, I decided to take a moment and put up a few Christmas decorations. I took out my nativity scene, purchased over 40 years ago from what was then Marston's or The Broadway in Grossmont Center. It is my favorite decoration and really makes me mindful that Christmas is coming again.
It's one of the decorations that stores, for its relatively small size, a disproportionate amount of Christmas memories for me. I rummaged around…Continue
Thank you, whoever you are, who put up the lights in the village. They look positively magical.
Thank you, whoever your are, who let me cross the street the other day when it really wasn't my turn.
Thank you, Goodwill, for making such an attractive space out of the Clock Tower corner.
Thank you Gingham folks for the promise of a new place to meet and dine and sip. (I'm the one who walks past doing a pitiful imitation of the old Mervyn's Open Open Open commercials from…Continue
Last weekend I went to the Paul Simon concert at SDSU. It was splendid, hanging out with my best friend, enjoying the happy crowd of fans of Simon's amazing musical talent. During the concert I found myself watching with great interest and listening with care to each…Continue
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In my style of art I seldom draw grown-ups, so these three professions were depicted as kids as if they were paying…Continue
One day when I was in high school I was sitting on a bench in the locker room of the girls' gym waiting to go outside and play tennis. Well, play tennis is kind of a stretch. Try and play tennis is more like it. Several of us were sitting on the bench tying our sneakers when there was a very loud thump on the bench behind me. It shook the entire thing. I…Continue
The other day I was tidying up a room downstairs that's full of old toys, books, blocks and other things my grandkids played with when they came to visit. It came to be known as the toy room, and despite the fact that they really don't play there anymore, we all still refer to it as the toy room.
In the toy room I came across a book I love, one of two books about nature and animals my grandmother bought me for my birthday when I was eleven years old. We went shopping together and…Continue
On a recent visit to Maryland I had the pleasure of seeing my granddaughter Isabelle, who was turning 10. Before I left home, I spent a lot of time thinking about what to give her as a gift. Living across the country from her and her brother, I am not as familiar with their daily lives as I wish I were, so choosing a gift for her was a little more challenging than I thought it would be.…Continue
Last night my dog Ben barked at around 10:45. He barked for about two minutes and then he stopped. He barked again around 11:45, then at 12:30 and on and on.
I got out of bed and grabbed a flashlight and headed out to see what the fuss was all about. At the ten and eleven o'clock hours I had no success at finding what the trouble was. But at the 12:30 slot, I found out.
While I am a writer and could launch into something very wordy, I think this story is better told by Ben…Continue