Finding My Way

Posted 23 September 2013 by
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Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach turned two on the same day that I celebrated my 59th birthday. Both occasions are worthy of reflection. Over two years we have made many good decisions and some bad ones, but all of our decisions and growing pains leave us right where we are … struggling in an industry which [...]

Contemplating a Weekend of Celebrations

Posted 21 May 2013 by
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Many of us work very hard every day for the “love of the game,”  with very little financial reward and often without recognition. What I am talking about, of course, is the business of bookselling and the care and feeding of Mysterious Galaxy, in particular. Time passes quickly when we are enmeshed in this business [...]

Whew! What a Weekend!

Posted 27 April 2013 by
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For the times when we wonder why we are in this crazy business, there are weekends like the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (held this year on April 20 and 21). It is truly a weekend of wonder where we meet and greet people who love books and reading and bookstores … as much [...]

Returning to the Blog …

Posted 9 April 2013 by
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Time has certainly gotten the best of my intentions to continue writing about the new bookstore, bookselling, great books and more … A progress report, in brief: It has been 18 months since we opened our second location in Redondo Beach (and since the last entry to this blog). In that time, both Maryelizabeth and [...]

Guest Post From Author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Posted 21 March 2012 by
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The Writing Road From the time I taught myself to read at age four — and I can still remember the epiphany I experienced when I realized that words spelled the same way were pronounced the same way and almost always meant the same thing; this led me to realize that reading was going to [...]

We are Three Months Old

Posted 19 December 2011 by
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December 13, 2011 Wow! It has been more than a month since I wrote something about our new store. The phrase “time flies” is the ultimate understatement in my world. We have begun our fourth month in business. It is truly difficult to measure how we are doing, though you’d think I’d have a ready [...]

It is a Great Adventure!

Posted 13 November 2011 by
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Saturday, November 5, 2011 We held our first writing class in our community room last Saturday. It was an adventure in so many ways. There were 11 of us in all. We represented (at least) three generations, but were most inspired by two high school students who astounded us with their wisdom and their poise [...]

A Partnership for the Future

Posted 11 November 2011 by
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Last week we received news that Catalina Coffee Company, an established favorite gathering place in the South Bay, has signed a lease to create Catalina Coffee Café in our Redondo Beach store space. We are thrilled, not only because their name is alliterative, but also because the owners and the staff share our vision of [...]

Returning to the Scene

Posted 31 October 2011 by
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This blog has been a cherished part of opening our new store. I love to write and it has been a gift to share the experiences (and pictures) with those of you that are interested in the process of creating a new store. After we opened the new store on September 13, I went on [...]

It’s Been a Week!

Posted 20 September 2011 by
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Okay, that was a bit of a pun … or at least I think so … I am a little punchy from a week of opening a new store … and simultaneously getting ready to go on vacation. It was not my actual plan to go on vacation one week after opening the new store, [...]