Monday, January 31, 2011

Is it "back to the future" in 2011?

This sports year has begun with a retro renaissance of sorts, including this matchup of NFL bluebloods in the Super Bowl. My post on's Page 2:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stories from a veteran cop

Lt. Dan Willis has been with the La Mesa Police Department for 21 years and done almost every duty imaginable. He's been involved in homicides, cold cases and the famous "Bumfights" saga. His profile, for "A Living in La Mesa":

Friday, January 28, 2011

Baseball's most ardent fans

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is a group of more than 7,000 fans worldwide who like to crunch numbers, analyze the game and study its trends, characters and personalities. My feature on national SABR Day 2011, that ran on

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Student of the Civil War

Bob Bell of La Mesa has spent nearly 50 years studying about the American Civil War, visiting battlefields and taking part in San Diego's Civil War Round Table. As the 150th anniversary of the start of the war approaches, he hopes Americans pay more attention to the people who were a part of it and the causes, issues and ramifications of the conflict.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Strong in his faith

Mark Menacher's goal was to study science and become a doctor. But his faith stepped in and pointed him in another direction. Now the pastor of a small congregation in La Mesa, Menacher has helped heal past wounds. His profile for "A Living in La Mesa":

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's been a long time since Jets' super season

Will the New York Jets return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969? Maybe, maybe not. But a lot has happened since Joe Willie Namath and the Jets upset the Colts in Super Bowl III. My item on's Page 2:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

She has a way with dogs

Aleita Downer found a talent she didn't know she had -- for training dogs -- when she lost her longtime job as a telephone operator. Her profile, for "A Living in La Mesa":

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A teenage digitial dinosaur ...

More on Dennis Enarson, this time from a post on's Page 2. He's a 19-year-old kid who isn't into Facebook and Twitter, but would rather meet people face-to-face:

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Personal trainer provides the "push" that many need

Stacia Weisbach is part coach, part teacher, part psychologist and part "pusher" when she works with a client. As a personal fitness trainer, her goal is to reach her client any way she can. Her story, in my "A Living in La Mesa" column:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Where's the "delay of game" penalty?

When Oregon and Auburn meet for the championship of college football Monday night, it will have been 36 days since the Ducks and Tigers last played. That's a big gap. What can be done in 36 days? Read my piece that ran on's Page 2:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

No fear, no worries ... just a BMX star

Dennis Enarson is just 19 years old, an age when most people have no idea what they'll do for a living. But Enarson is a pro BMX star, a standout on the Dew Tour and at the X Games and a sensation because of what he does in BMX videos. A profile of Enarson:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

La Mesa's "Secret Stairs"

In the hills of La Mesa are some almost century-old public stairways, reminiscent of ones I've walked on in San Francisco. These are the "Secret Stairs" of La Mesa.