Chris shea's Blog (58)

Nothing Loves You Like A Dog

Recently I was stopped at a traffic light when I saw a homeless man struggling with his shopping cart.  It was on a sloping portion of the sidewalk and he appeared to be trying to put his bedroll and a few other belongings inside, but the slope was winning and the wheels were turning and he was clearly not having a good morning.

Sitting close beside both the man and…

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Added by chris shea on June 16, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

"The Usual, Chris?"

Last weekend while wandering around Williams Sonoma I came across a particularly affable woman who was demo-ing a new little espresso machine for home use.  It uses tiny pods filled with coffee to brew one cup of espresso at a time.  It's nice because the pods are recyclable, the coffee inside them is sustainable, and, here's the real hook:  it's way cheaper than going out to…

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Added by chris shea on June 2, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Rabbit and Snake

The other day I was tidying up a room downstairs that's full of old toys, books, blocks and other things my grandkids played with when they came to visit.  It came to be known as the toy room, and despite the fact that they really don't play there anymore, we all still refer to it as the toy room. 

In the toy room I came across a book I love, one of two books about nature and animals my grandmother bought me for my birthday when I was eleven years old.  We went shopping together and…

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Added by chris shea on May 26, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Simple Things

On a recent visit to Maryland I had the pleasure of seeing my granddaughter Isabelle, who was turning 10.  Before I left home, I spent a lot of time thinking about what to give her as a gift.  Living across the country from her and her brother, I am not as familiar with their daily lives as I wish I were, so choosing a gift for her was a little more challenging than I thought it would be.…

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Added by chris shea on May 4, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

The BEN5000 vs. The masked Creature

Last night my dog Ben barked at around 10:45.  He barked for about two minutes and then he stopped.  He barked again around 11:45, then at 12:30 and on and on.

I got out of bed and grabbed a flashlight and headed out to see what the fuss was all about.  At the ten and eleven o'clock hours I had no success at finding what the trouble was.  But at the 12:30 slot, I found out.

While I am a writer and could launch into something very wordy, I think this story is better told by Ben…

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Added by chris shea on April 7, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Golden Days

I call them golden days, those days that just feel incredibly real and wonderful.  They don't even have to be perfectly happy days, but they have to be days that, I believe, you'd be sorry you took for granted.

Golden days.

I'll be having one on Thursday.  I'll get home from work, take my dog Ben out for a little stroll,  feed him,  sit beside him while he enjoys a bone…

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Added by chris shea on March 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

There's No Such Thing as an Ordinary Day

1.  Today as I drove to work, a man I pass by often actually recognized my car and waved back at me.  And smiled.

 2.  I bought a big bag of Mother's Cookies to take to the nurses and staff at a convalescent hospital where my long time neighbor was staying. They took very good care of her. She returned home today to Grossmont Gardens.

 3.  The clouds in the sky…

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Added by chris shea on March 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Pencil Me Inn

I imagine occasionally a place I can go to get away.  Not so much my physical self.  More my mental self.  Just a little getaway where I can smell cookies baking and that wonderful newly polished wood smell.   Where bitty sparkly  little sunbeams find cracks in the…

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Added by chris shea on March 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Cupcake Card

One night many years ago, my dad came into the kitchen where I sat drawing at the table.  ( I was staying with my parents for the weekend while I attended the Los Angeles Gift Show at the LA Convention Center.)

He looked at the drawing I was doing as I explained that a buyer at the show had made some suggestions for one of my cards. 

"She said I should change this one."

"I see," he said.  That's all he said.  "I see," and with the kind smile he typically wore, he headed…

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Added by chris shea on March 3, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Umbrella

The other evening I walked over to a friend's house about a block away.  It was pouring and windy and cold.  I was very happy to have an umbrella to carry and a warm coat to wear.  As I put my umbrella outside his front door and stepped into the warmth of his house,  I…

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Added by chris shea on February 24, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Wondering for Two

God, I'm having trouble finding any hope.

 

I said those words nine years ago this month in the parking lot at Grossmont Hospital, where , on one floor, my father was awaiting serious news about his health and where on another, my mother had recently had surgery.

 

This was not the way I had ever anticipated things turning out, and in that awareness I know I am hardly alone.  I reminded myself that many people find themselves facing end of life issues, that…

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Added by chris shea on February 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Wondering for Two

God, I'm having trouble finding any hope.

I said those words nine years ago this month in the parking lot at Grossmont Hospital, where , on one floor, my father was awaiting serious news about his health and where on another, my mother had recently had surgery.

This was not the way I had ever anticipated things turning out, and in that awareness I know I am hardly alone.  I reminded myself that many people find themselves facing end of life issues, that we are surrounded…

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Added by chris shea on February 17, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Of Valentines & Envelopes

I don't like Valentine's Day.  Well I don't hate it exactly, but it's not one of my favorite holidays, despite the fact that I'm in the greeting card business and Valentine's Day is a huge money maker for many industries, including greeting cards.  So you'd…

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Added by chris shea on February 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

A Gift of Kitchen Towels

Dear Mrs. H,
I don't know if you remember me, but I remember you very well.  In fact, I think about you almost every day because of something you did a long time ago.  You gave me a gift probably without even knowing you did.
Your gift came when I volunteered to work on your hot lunch committee at our children's school.…
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Added by chris shea on February 4, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

One Summer Afternoon

When I was ten years old I made a discovery that has never left me:  words move people.  Even in works of fiction, words are powerful.  

It was summer, a particularly hot day in Whittier, California where I grew up, and it was one of those  perfect days for finding a place in the shade to sit down with a really good book. I decided I'd take the Reader's Digest condensed version of Old Yeller by Fred Gipson and head outside for an afternoon read.

So I poured some…

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Added by chris shea on January 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

The Artist and the Dragonfly Wing

A few months ago, I walked through my office at home on my way out to my car to head down to the commercial district of La Mesa. I own a greeting card company and I write and illustrate all my own work.   A new sewer project up on my hill had brought a symphony of sound and sight to the neighborhood.  Tractors and trucks and bobcats and men in orange vests and hard hats…

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Added by chris shea on January 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

The Cat In The Window

The Cat in the Window

My  next-door neighbor is moving out of her house to Grossmont Gardens. She has lived in her house for 45 years and we have been next-door neighbors for the last 16 of those years. When I moved in next to her on a bright April day, I had a dog named Abe and she had a cat named Foxy.  Over the years , both Abe and Foxy got their wings, and now she has another cat named Peekaboo and I a dog named Ben.   As it does everywhere, life has brought many changes.  But…

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Added by chris shea on January 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Peanut Butter and Perspective

Recently while shopping for peanut butter in our then being reset Target Store, I found myself unable to find any of the organic smooth kind.  Just organic peanuts and salt.  Nothing else added.

The shelves were kind of empty, because they were expanding the grocery section and hadn't fully stocked the store yet.

As I was searching for my peanut butter,  out of the corner of my eye I saw a young man come riding up toward me in a sporty wheelchair.  At first, because the aisle…

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Added by chris shea on January 14, 2011 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

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