Saturday, February 26, 2011

The lady at The Lunch Box

Megan Custeau opened her little restaurant, The Lunch Box, about 2 1/2 years ago in La Mesa. It's been busy from the start as customers took to the good food and home-like atmosphere. Her story for "A Living in La Mesa":

Friday, February 25, 2011

And the Oscar goes to ... the Oscars

Who deserves an Oscar more than someone named Oscar? A look at the sports folk most deserving, which ran on's Page 2:

"The Show" is at SDSU

San Diego State's Viejas Arena has become one of the best home-court environments in the NCAA, thanks in part to the SDSU student section, "The Show," that can be wild, wacky and loud. The Aztecs have fed off the energy on their way to being one of the top teams in the nation. My story on's Page 2:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

She has the answers ... or knows where to get them

Erin Zocco, a research librarian in Carlsbad, is part of a new wave of librarians who work to keep libraries relevant in the digital age. She teaches social network, manages the library's Web resources and helps patrons with job searches. Her story, for the "On the Job" series in the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Keeping the wheels spinning

Chad French's dad taught him to know his way around a toolbox. If something needed fixing, French learned how to fix it. Now -- as he waits to launch his career as a firefighter -- he is the head mechanic at a bicycle shop in La Mesa. His profile for my "A Living in La Mesa" series:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Meatloaf, soda cracker pie and pop cakes ....

We all have recipes we carry with us through our lives, handed down from moms, dads, aunts, uncles or the back of boxes and cans. My story on those "handed-down recipes" for the Union-Tribune's Food section:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The globe trotter

Phyllis Dorfman has owned her own travel agency for 35 years, and when she tells a customer about Hong Kong, Argentina or Thailand, she knows what she's talking about. She's been to 150 countries and all seven continents. Her profile for "A Living in La Mesa":

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Not everybody's a fan of spring training

Baseball fans love spring training. Every team is starting over and every fan is an optimist. But spring training is almost two months long, so the players and managers can sometimes get a little tired of it all. How some players have complained about their time in Arizona and Florida in years gone by, in a piece for's Page 2:

Mission Trails Park volunteers

Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego is a large section of open space in the middle of a highly populated county, one of the biggest urban parks in the U.S. The San Diego River, several peaks, 40 miles of trails and the Old Mission Dam are part of the park, which had about 600,000 visitors in 2010. Of the many volunteers who make the park work, four from La Mesa talk about the park and what they do for it, for my "Places and Faces" column on La Mesa Patch:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Here comes the Year of the Rabbit

The coming year might be good for a few folks, including Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall in this Sunday's Super Bowl, if the Rabbit Year brings good luck. My contribution to's Page 2: