Tuesday, June 28, 2011

If you like doughnuts, this is the place

For more than 25 years, Mary Hennessy has been the face and energy inside the Santee shop that bears her name. You can see it right there on top of the shop, a giant doughnut that says "Mary's." It -- and her giant apple fritters -- are a Santee institution. This is the first of my weekly scheduled "On the Job in Santee" columns for Santee Patch: http://santee.patch.com/articles/the-doughnut-lady-of-santee

Friday, June 24, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

She'll tackle your biggest messes

Chris Bartsch believes she's always been organized, a trait she picked up from her dad. Now, it's what she does: she's a professional organizer, with her own business Neat Freeks, in San Marcos. Her profile for the Union-Tribune's "On the Job" series: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/20/north-county-job-getting-organized/

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's a long way from St. Petersburg

Elena Gorbatyuk was born and raised in Russia, then lived in Israel and now has come to the U.S., where she's studying to be a nurse and working at Vine Ripe Farmers Market in La Mesa. She's balancing a lot of change in her life, but says that's the way she likes it. Her story for my "A Living in La Mesa" column: http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/zdravstvujtye-and-shalom-elena-gorbatyuk-greets-vine-ripe-job-with-fluency#c

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Blast Heard 'Round the Bayou

Warren Morris hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the championship game of the 1996 College World Series, the most dramatic ending in the history of the event. The story of Morris' recovery from an injury that year -- to allow hit to hit his only home run of the season to give LSU the national championship -- is equally amazing. The story of that game and Morris' comeback in my story for ESPN.com's "Behind the Highlights" series on Page 2: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=williams/110615_warren_morris_college_world_series&sportCat=ncaa

Monday, June 13, 2011

Welcome to all things Nike: The ShoeZeum

Jordan Michael Geller has a law degree and a master's in business, but instead of practicing law, he decided to sell shoes -- on eBay. Geller has an affinity -- obsession? -- for Nikes, and created a successful eBay buying-and-selling company to sell the shoes worldwide. Now, he's created "The ShoeZeum," a museum of more than 2,000 shoes and related pop culture. My story, which appeared on ESPN.com's Page 2: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=williams/110613_nike_shoezeum&sportCat=nba

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A weekend road trip for Padres fans

San Diegans interested in a weekend getaway can take off on a Friday morning and find a different world in the Arizona desert, complete with giant Saguaros, purple cactus, fascinating old missions, spicy Mexican food ... and the Tucson Padres, the SD Padres' Triple A team that plays at Kino Stadium. My story for the Union-Tribune's Travel section: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/12/minor-league-padres-become-a-major-attraction-in/

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Attack of the termites

A wetter-than-usual winter in San Diego means greener hills, fuller reservoirs ... and probably a very bad termite season. My feature on termites -- and those who do battle with them -- for the San Diego Union-Tribune's Home & Gardens section: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/11/eating-you-out-of-house-home/

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Nothing but positive signs from this guy

Steve Burns decided to take more control over his life, and started a new business in La Mesa -- Burnsville Sign Works -- after years of doing painting and construction. Suddenly, one good change resulted in another, and now Burns (a guitarist and band leader) is picking a positive tune. http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/life-by-design-steve-burns-graphically-illustrates-the-power-of-change