Chris shea's Blog (58)

A Time To Break Down: A Time To Snack

LA MESA -- It's quiet out in front of my store today.  The past three days have been a symphony of motors and back-up beeps and digging, chopping, scraping and dumping tons of concrete sidewalks and curbs, parking meter poles and other underground treasures into sturdy dump trucks.

So today I can wander around…

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Added by chris shea on February 27, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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The Hope of Spring

LA MESA -- Today, Tuesday, February 24, I have been watching the workers begin the Street Scape project here in front of…

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Added by chris shea on February 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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. . . And Things That Go

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…

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Added by chris shea on February 18, 2015 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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A Shop With A View

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,…

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Added by chris shea on December 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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Of Dogs, Books And Puppies

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…

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Added by chris shea on November 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

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Help Thy Neighbor's Store!

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…

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Added by chris shea on August 29, 2014 at 2:30pm — 14 Comments

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Let Me Know . . .

LA MESA -- You know how, when someone we know is facing a hard time,  we frequently say something like, "I'm so sorry to hear this.  I/we are always here for  you.  Let me know if you need anything."  Some…

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Added by chris shea on August 20, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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Stay 

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…

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Added by chris shea on July 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — 15 Comments

On La Mesa: A Lesson From Mom

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Added by chris shea on May 8, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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Imagine A City . . .

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…

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Added by chris shea on April 4, 2014 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

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Tuesday Lesson

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…

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Added by chris shea on March 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Valentine's Day In La Mesa

Say Something

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,…

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Added by chris shea on February 12, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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The Writer's Block

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…

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Added by chris shea on January 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

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Top Ten Things I Failed To Do

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.…

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Added by chris shea on December 30, 2013 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

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Of Shopping Bags And Spilling Goods

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…

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Added by chris shea on December 3, 2013 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

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A La Mesa Day

LA MESA -- As the temperature began to drop this afternoon I closed the door to my shop on La Mesa Blvd.  I have piano music playing inside the store, and I just put lights on my tree in the window.  A kind…

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Added by chris shea on November 15, 2013 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

One Year Anniversary

One year ago on October 30, 2012, I moved into my new store at 8219 La Mesa Boulevard. La Mesa Van and Storage brought the entire contents of my previous location and unloaded it all into this cherished space on the day before Halloween. One year has passed! It’s impossible to believe.

A little while ago, I watched as two young women each picked up copies of the books I give away from their red wheelbarrow home outside the front door. One woman picked up The Adventures of Davey…

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Added by chris shea on October 29, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

What Do You See on People's Foreheads?

Today I learned that a man I really, really liked  "got his wings" on September 22, 2013.  His name was Rev. John E. Naus, S.J., a Jesuit priest who served the Marquette University community for nearly  50 years.  He was 89 years old.

What I loved about him--and mind you this was a man I never met in person, only by my cards were we connected-- was his humble and simple joy. That sounds corny, but often real things are corny.  Loyalty.  Kindness.  Hopefulness.  Just ordinary…

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Added by chris shea on October 10, 2013 at 2:00pm — 15 Comments

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Amid The Dog Days of Summer

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…

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Added by chris shea on August 22, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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Are You Missing Someone Too?

LA MESA -- I looked out my window here at Lifesighs toward the trolley station.  Across the street and past the fountain.  I saw someone who looked so much like my father.  He was walking with…

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Added by chris shea on July 31, 2013 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

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