Love where you live!
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 the middle of the street with no cars or heavy equipment to…Continue
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 my store. Interestingly, from inside the store looking out to the…Continue
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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
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
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 people even add, "And I mean that. ANYTHING." And then we…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 -- 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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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 -- 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 woman who walks by from time to time came in and asked me if I…Continue
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…Continue
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…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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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 a cane and he had the same six foot frame and broad shoulders…Continue