March 20, 2019

Spring is here today. As I look out on 10th Street, cloud filtered sunlight casts moving shadows that play across the sidewalk. It's mild enough for me to have both the front and back doors open and there's a pleasant breeze blowing through the store.

Mark went scouting...

September 11, 2018

17 years ago, today, I was still married to my first husband Steven. The romantic part of our relationship had ended and we had taken to sleeping in separate rooms. For some reason, I had slept through my alarm and woke with a start as the morning sun filtered into my...

January 6, 2018

So, I had a heart attack 3 weeks ago. Apparently, I was dealt a genetic joker. 2 stents later I’m still left with the prospect of further procedures of the coronary kind.

Not something you plan for at 48. Nor is being a type 2 diabetic. I’ve gone from zero medications t...

October 26, 2017

Last night we had a wonderful event in the store. A reception for the local pride center. It was very well attended and we both were happy to host.

The Pride Center has been doing outreach to Tracy. One of their missions is to create safe spaces for LGBT youth. They sup...

August 16, 2017

So we've been open here in Tracy a couple of months. There have been some growing pains for sure. We're probably going to change the store hours to better fit the commuter community that calls this part of the Valley home.

I've been kind of surprised at the number of re...

June 28, 2017

"Why on earth would you move to Tracy?!"

I can't tell you how often I got this incredulous question as we were closing up the Sebastopol store. As if West Sonoma County had some monopoly on coolness or being "in". It grated on me no end.

I spent my summers in the Central...

June 23, 2017

Our Valley adventure began today. It's hard to believe that we closed the Sebastopol store on June 7th and opened the Tracy store today, June 22. 15 days.

15 days to move 48 bookcases, several displays, brick-a-brak, computers, and 300+ boxes of books. 15 days to set up...

June 2, 2017

So the stores have not sold. We were certain they would. We had an offer and then at the last minute he changed the conditions to the point that Mark and I would be assuming all the risk.

We were totally honest with him about our finances, the debt we still owe, our nee...

February 14, 2017

Friends and fans of Mockingbird Books:

Mark and I would like to thank both the Sebastopol and Guerneville communities for their support over these past 5 years. It has been a wonderful experience and we've learned quite a bit. We've had an amazing time creating and shap...

November 2, 2016

1 year ago today, Mark and I reopened our second location under its new name, Mockingbird Books, Guerneville. I say reopened because we closed the store for a week to list books into our inventory system and to change the way the store was organized. We consider today...

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