All La Mesa Blog Posts Tagged 'Chris Shea' (50)

Golden Days

I call them golden days, those days that just feel incredibly real and wonderful.  They don't even have to be perfectly happy days, but they have to be days that, I believe, you'd be sorry you took for granted.

Golden days.

I'll be having one on Thursday.  I'll get home from work, take my dog Ben out for a little stroll,  feed him,  sit beside him while he enjoys a bone…

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Added by chris shea on March 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Pencil Me Inn

I imagine occasionally a place I can go to get away.  Not so much my physical self.  More my mental self.  Just a little getaway where I can smell cookies baking and that wonderful newly polished wood smell.   Where bitty sparkly  little sunbeams find cracks in the…

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Added by chris shea on March 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Cupcake Card

One night many years ago, my dad came into the kitchen where I sat drawing at the table.  ( I was staying with my parents for the weekend while I attended the Los Angeles Gift Show at the LA Convention Center.)

He looked at the drawing I was doing as I explained that a buyer at the show had made some suggestions for one of my cards. 

"She said I should change this one."

"I see," he said.  That's all he said.  "I see," and with the kind smile he typically wore, he headed…

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Added by chris shea on March 3, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Umbrella

The other evening I walked over to a friend's house about a block away.  It was pouring and windy and cold.  I was very happy to have an umbrella to carry and a warm coat to wear.  As I put my umbrella outside his front door and stepped into the warmth of his house,  I…

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Added by chris shea on February 24, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Wondering for Two

God, I'm having trouble finding any hope.

I said those words nine years ago this month in the parking lot at Grossmont Hospital, where , on one floor, my father was awaiting serious news about his health and where on another, my mother had recently had surgery.

This was not the way I had ever anticipated things turning out, and in that awareness I know I am hardly alone.  I reminded myself that many people find themselves facing end of life issues, that we are surrounded…

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Added by chris shea on February 17, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Of Valentines & Envelopes

I don't like Valentine's Day.  Well I don't hate it exactly, but it's not one of my favorite holidays, despite the fact that I'm in the greeting card business and Valentine's Day is a huge money maker for many industries, including greeting cards.  So you'd…

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Added by chris shea on February 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

A Gift of Kitchen Towels

Dear Mrs. H,
I don't know if you remember me, but I remember you very well.  In fact, I think about you almost every day because of something you did a long time ago.  You gave me a gift probably without even knowing you did.
Your gift came when I volunteered to work on your hot lunch committee at our children's school.…
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Added by chris shea on February 4, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

One Summer Afternoon

When I was ten years old I made a discovery that has never left me:  words move people.  Even in works of fiction, words are powerful.  

It was summer, a particularly hot day in Whittier, California where I grew up, and it was one of those  perfect days for finding a place in the shade to sit down with a really good book. I decided I'd take the Reader's Digest condensed version of Old Yeller by Fred Gipson and head outside for an afternoon read.

So I poured some…

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Added by chris shea on January 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

The Artist and the Dragonfly Wing

A few months ago, I walked through my office at home on my way out to my car to head down to the commercial district of La Mesa. I own a greeting card company and I write and illustrate all my own work.   A new sewer project up on my hill had brought a symphony of sound and sight to the neighborhood.  Tractors and trucks and bobcats and men in orange vests and hard hats…

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Added by chris shea on January 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

The Cat In The Window

The Cat in the Window

My  next-door neighbor is moving out of her house to Grossmont Gardens. She has lived in her house for 45 years and we have been next-door neighbors for the last 16 of those years. When I moved in next to her on a bright April day, I had a dog named Abe and she had a cat named Foxy.  Over the years , both Abe and Foxy got their wings, and now she has another cat named Peekaboo and I a dog named Ben.   As it does everywhere, life has brought many changes.  But…

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Added by chris shea on January 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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