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LA MESA -- It is, they say, always darkest before the dawn.
As the dust starts rising on the most intrusive stages of La Mesa Boulevard's renovation, it is probably good to keep that in mind.
Despite what might appear as a full blood-letting…
LA MESA -- When my children were young they loved being read to. And I loved to read, so it was a match made in heaven. One of their favorite books as well as one of mine was Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and…Continue
LA MESA -- Five days a week I sit at my desk at 8219 La Mesa Boulevard where I have a bird's eye view of the sidewalk and the street outside. It's my perch from which I watch people, dogs, cars, trucks, police motor cycles ambulances and fire engines go past my…Continue
LA MESA -- On July 16, 2014 I wrote the following words regarding the loss on June 2, 2014 of my dog, a 10-year-old Newfoundland named Ben.
"The expression “reeling from grief” fit the state of my broken heart. I looked on the internet for books…Continue
By Chris Lavin
La Mesa Today Editor
LA MESA -- Okay, let's agree that we all would love the Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving (see above). Loving family all scrubbed and nice. Turkey moist and brown and side dishes…Continue
LA MESA -- A few days ago I stopped by my local Halloween candy outlet near my home and picked up my usual overdose…Continue
LA MESA -- As soon as I finish writing this article I am going to close my store for 30 minutes, grab a little cash and walk up across Spring Street and go buy something in the Street Scape Zone. I don't really need anything, but I'm sure by just walking…Continue
By Chris Lavin
LA MESA -- When we last visited the wildlife subject here at La Mesa Today, we now realize we were in the blinding infatuation stage of the relationship.
A stray chicken had chosen our hillside…Continue
LA MESA -- So before the election cycle gets into full swing, I would like to share something I am working on. I’m writing a new book and what follows is the introduction to it. My reason for sharing this is that I know that our highest selves are all pretty much the same: we…Continue
LA MESA -- Everyone has one. A particular memory of their mother that will never fade. Perhaps it's something…Continue
LA MESA -- Imagine a world, said someone, in which we all treated one another a little less horribly. Said in all seriousness, it made me think, yes, what if we did. This wasn’t someone wishing we people would never argue or disagree or even point out things we…Continue
LA MESA -- I grabbed my vanilla yogurt from the dairy case at Trader Joe's just in time to see a little boy scooped up by his mother as they dashed to tell someone where they spied the plush Trader Joe's green monkey hidden not so out of sight. He was so happy. So…Continue
LA MESA -- And so, Valentine's Day -- another Holy Day of Obligation -- looms. Many men will no doubt be hearing the word uttered in conversations and then freeze with…Continue
LA MESA -- In February of 2011 I wrote something in this space about Valentine's Day. It had to do with what I thought might be the reason I'm not overly fond of Valentine's Day. A date gone wrong, teenage hopes dashed, other girl in the picture. The usual…Continue
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By Chris Lavin
La Mesa Today Editor
LA MESA -- The young men working the Meat Department at Vons in La Mesa were running non-stop to keep up. The…Continue
LA MESA -- Today I got up early and drove down to Kettner Boulevard to do what's called a press check at Neyenesch Printers. That's when the press stops, the pressman hands me a press sheet, I and I tell him if it looks perfect before they print 5,000 of it. This…Continue
LA MESA -- As 2013 comes to a sunny close, I'd like to do something I did a long time ago. I once made a list of the things I had not done, things I had failed to accomplish during the year. It made sense to me to do it, because I read so many lists…Continue
LA MESA -- Saturday was Shop Small Saturday, an event sponsored by American Express to promote shopping at local small businesses. I love the concept, and it's nice to see neighbors walking past my Lifesighs Cards shop and stopping in to say hi.…Continue
LA MESA -- The two establishments, in some ways, couldn't be more different.
One is the latest incarnation of a very well-financed, time-tested business partnership; the other is the fledgling dream of an immigrant literally acting out the American…Continue
LA MESA -- I can't see the dog water dish outside my store at Lifesighs Cards. Well, I can if I get up and walk toward the door, but sitting here at my hostess stand- desk combo, I can't see it. What I can see, however, and what enables me mostly not to worry if…Continue
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