Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fifty years a priest gone by "like that"

Father Michael Cunnane, 75, is retiring after 50 years in the priesthood, a life's journey that's taken him from Ireland to Scotland to San Diego. The time has passed much too quickly he says, but he still has much more to do. My profile for him for the La Mesa and Santee Patch sites:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A people person on the pier in Oceanside

Ed Gonsalves generally works seven days a week, running the baitshop on the Oceanside Pier. He spends his morning setting up shop, selling bait, snacks and coffee and saying hi to everyone who passes by. My story for the San Diego Union-Tribune's "On the Job" series:

Busy as a bee, chasing all the bees ...

Mike Zito has always had a fascination with bees and nothing -- not even the prospect of being stung almost every day -- has kept him from his appointed rounds. Zito has a bee-removal business in La Mesa and was featured in my "A Living in La Mesa" column:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Walking La Mesa's Art Trail

Take a two-mile stroll through La Mesa to see public works of art -- painted utility boxes. Many residents of the area aren't even aware the 22 stops are tied together into one project.

Monday, May 9, 2011

She's much, much more than a kindergarten cop

Ruth Leiderman gives everything she has to teaching children, something she's done since her first day of work in 1973. But it's her devotion to the kids and the ideals of teaching that's made her decide to retire after next year.

"Jeopardy" on

"Jeopardy" for May 6 on's Page 2: