All La Mesa Blog Posts Tagged 'On La Mesa' (53)

On La Mesa

Rediscovering The Staff Of Life

LA MESA -- It occurred to me halfway through my Saturday morning that Howard Richardson is a modern day Tom Sawyer.

Not long after he let me prepare my own dinner on his professional stove, I told him I'd love to learn how he makes the bread that is the…


Added by Chris Lavin on March 31, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

On La Mesa

  Cooking Up A Love For Small Town Life

LA MESA -- Commuting home to La Mesa, the issue usually rises about the time I'm climbing the summit on the 52: Dinner.

If we're not cooking ourselves, the range of choices -- recently swelled by the addition of swanky Gingham and Terra -- usually…


Added by Chris Lavin on March 9, 2012 at 7:48am — 5 Comments

On La Mesa

Getting Some Distance On This Jewel Of The Hills

LA MESA -- A friend of mine once pointed out that if you hold a rock up, close to your eye, you won't be able to fully appreciate its true essence. It is only as you move it away, extending your arm and hand, that you start to see its…


Added by Chris Lavin on February 25, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

On La Mesa

Some Super La Mesa Football Choices

LA MESA -- So here's the truth about what the Super Bowl has become: Football is the sideshow.

All over America -- and all over La Mesa -- we gather in groups of avocado slurping and chicken wing eating groups and,…


Added by Chris Lavin on February 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Chris Shea: On La Mesa

The Family Tree

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!

Oh my…


Added by chris shea on January 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

On La Mesa

Getting A Jump On Small Towns And Real Men

LA MESA – One of the great elements of living in a place that endeavors to remain a “small town’’ is the

accessibility and familiarity you can develop with the people who help you live your…


Added by Chris Lavin on October 30, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

On La Mesa

Finding Art In All The Unlikely Places

LA MESA -- Sitting Saturday…


Added by Chris Lavin on October 8, 2011 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

On La Mesa

On All Those Troubles In The East

LA MESA -- It may be a little hot this week, but one need only look a couple thousand miles to our east to feel good, once…


Added by Chris Lavin on August 26, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

On La Mesa

Of The Spoken And The Unspoken

LA MESA – One of the benefits of living in La Mesa is that it feels like a small town.

You walk the boulevard and invariably run into people you know.…


Added by Chris Lavin on April 16, 2011 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

"I Blame The Italians"

It was just 30 days ago that, like so many Americans, I announced my resolutions for the year. It was simple. Straightforward. Inspired by a young, thin doctor and test results that suggested a lighter life would lead to a longer life.

Don’t rush into it, my closest friends told me. Just cut out the pasta. Walk more. Cut down on the wine.

I resolved to hit the gym and,… Continue

Added by Chris Lavin on February 3, 2011 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

A Few Light Goals For 2011

Throughout the holiday season I intended to sit down and, like many La Mesans do, make a list of promises to myself for 2011. Before I got to do that, others started the list for me:

Lose 40 pounds. That was the order from the very young and very thin doctor who looked at my assortment of 52-year-old numbers and didn’t like them at all.



Added by Chris Lavin on January 2, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Will Google Kill La Mesa's Bookstores?

LA MESA – The latest wave in the on-going communications revolution occurred quietly this week. Google, the computing giant, entered the electronic book market.

It got me worried about La Mesa’s bookstores.

Of all the merchants who make a living offering us goods and services, it has always seemed to me that booksellers hold a special place. Along with the public library, stores like Maxwell’s House of Books, Readers Inc., and the Yellow Book Road, seemed to serve a public… Continue

Added by Chris Lavin on December 9, 2010 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

ON LA MESA: Through Haze Into History

LA MESA – A friend once taught me that if you hold a small rock up to your eye, you can’t really tell what it is. As you move it away, you see it for what it is and, eventually, you see it in proper perspective.

And so it is as this month’s election recedes in the rear-view mirror.

Amid the energy and acrimony of the time we make profound choices as a community, it is often hard to see the good in the process. Easier to see are acts of naked ambition, petty jealousies, desperate… Continue

Added by Chris Lavin on November 21, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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