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On La Mesa: Chris Shea

Not All Angels Have Wings

LA MESA -- Not all angels have wings, and not all heroes wear capes.  Some just come to your store and bring you a…

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Added by chris shea on July 11, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

On La Mesa: Chris Shea

A Doggone Shame

An Open Letter to my Four Legged Friends

Dear Doggies of La Mesa,

It's me.  Chris Shea, owner of Lifesighs Cards at 8219 La Mesa Boulevard.  You know me,  the lady…

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Added by chris shea on July 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

On La Mesa: Chris Shea

The Ordinary Day

LA MESA -- Every day I sit at what looks like a host stand at a restaurant but is actually a replica of an old…

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Added by chris shea on June 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

On La Mesa: Chris Shea

Of Reviewing Stands and Tiny Edco Trucks

LA MESA -- I was sitting directly across the street from the reviewing stand at the Flag Day Parade on Saturday.

It looked like a swell place to sit and watch…

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Added by chris shea on June 3, 2013 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

On La Mesa: Chris Shea

My Christmas In The Village

LA MESA -- This is my first Christmas in the village of La Mesa in my little Lifesighs Store.  Just now two little children and their daddy stepped into my store and brought me a blooming bulb as a thank you for the two little books they got from my red…

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Added by chris shea on December 21, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Free To Good Homes

Lifesighs is open…

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

On La Mesa: Chris Shea

My Little Store

LA MESA -- It has taken me a few days to change my vocabulary regarding where I work.  For almost twenty years, I worked over in the commercial district of La Mesa.  I always referred to where I work as "my office, "  despite the fact that it was mostly warehouse…

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Added by chris shea on November 5, 2012 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

The Saltiness Of Tears

Life. Crazy wonderful funny sad life. I watched the City Council meeting last night with my best friend. We had some wine and snacks and watched as person after person came to the microphone and voiced his or her thoughts to the Council. I admire them all: the Council for their dedication to a task that must sometimes be mind numbing and the citizens who surely must brave eye rolling or obvious shifts in posture when their words are at odds with their audience's pleasure.

I was moved…

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Added by chris shea on July 25, 2012 at 1:09pm — 1 Comment

On La Mesa: Chris Shea

A Shoebox Town

When I was a girl in elementary school, my teacher gave us a class project:  make our downtown out of shoeboxes.  I was so excited!  I got to make the Tibbetts Store, a small clothing store, as I recall.  Each of us kids loved that project, and when we were done we had…

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Added by chris shea on May 10, 2012 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

Chris Shea: On La Mesa

Peanut Butter Blessings

I found a dab of peanut butter on my rug this morning.

Trader Joe's organic peanut butter.

I know this because my dog Ben loves it and has some every…

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Added by chris shea on March 9, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Chris Shea: On La Mesa

Nice to Meet You

A long time ago when I was a freshman in high school, I had a very good friend who lived in Whittier, California, the town in which I grew up.  Having moved to El Cajon only recently and just beginning high school at Granite Hills,…

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Added by chris shea on February 16, 2012 at 2:00pm — 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…

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

Chris Shea: On La Mesa

Malts, Tacos and Shrimp & Grits

When I was a little girl, I used to go to my favorite restaurant with my mother in Whittier, California, where I grew up: the counter at the Woolworth Store.  I loved sitting on the red…

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Added by chris shea on January 13, 2012 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

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A Wave Hello

Several times recently on my way to work I have driven past a man who lives down the hill from me.  A year ago I didn't know who he was but then we were introduced by a mutual friend as I was walking down to the village.  Alas, I cannot recall his name,…

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Added by chris shea on December 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

A Little Christmas Miracle?

This morning before I headed to meet a friend down at Cosmos, I decided to take a moment and put up a few Christmas decorations.  I took out my nativity scene, purchased over 40 years ago from what was then Marston's or The Broadway in Grossmont Center. It is my favorite decoration and really makes me mindful that Christmas is coming again.

It's one of the decorations that stores, for its relatively small size, a disproportionate amount of Christmas memories for me.  I rummaged around…

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Added by chris shea on December 8, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

December Thanks

Thank you, whoever you are, who put up the lights in the village.  They look positively magical.

Thank you, whoever your are, who let me cross the street the other day when it really wasn't my turn.

Thank you, Goodwill, for making such an attractive space out of the Clock Tower corner.

Thank you Gingham folks for the promise of a new place to meet and dine and sip.  (I'm the one who walks past doing a pitiful imitation of the old Mervyn's Open Open Open commercials from…

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Added by chris shea on December 1, 2011 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Sound of Silence?

Last weekend I went to the Paul Simon concert at SDSU.  It was splendid,  hanging out with my best friend, enjoying the happy crowd of fans of Simon's amazing musical talent.  During the concert I found myself watching with great interest and listening with care to each…

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Added by chris shea on October 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Heroes Without Capes

In 2001, following the tragic events of September 11th, I designed a new greeting card.  It had a fire fighter, a police officer and a paramedic on the front.  The five thousand I had printed ultimately sold out, but I wish I had kept a few...

In my style of art I seldom draw grown-ups, so these three professions were depicted as kids as if they were paying…

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Added by chris shea on August 23, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Of Mockingbirds and Jackhammers

(Sometimes small pieces of writing, like this one, seem to come from out of nowhere.  I think they just waft down from heaven because writing it for me and reading it for you will make our hearts smile a little.)

 I was writing…

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Added by chris shea on July 27, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Mean Girl

One day when I was in high school I was sitting on a bench in the locker room of the girls' gym waiting to go outside and play tennis.  Well, play tennis is kind of a stretch.  Try and play tennis is more like it. Several of us were sitting on the bench tying our sneakers when there was a very loud thump on the bench behind me.  It shook the entire thing.  I…

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Added by chris shea on June 30, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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