So here is your link to our feature on a woman who found solace and a business in books.

I think everyone but moi is on vacation or out chasing good stories all the way down to San Jose.

No matter, I managed to actually sit at a cafe and read the East Bay Express and whoa, even though it was a week old, I couldn’t put it down.   Just as Cafe Gratitude is getting ready to open Gracias Madre on Mission St, Sam Levin writes in the Express that managers who decline to attend the self-help seminars offered by the Landmark Forum have difficulty keeping their jobs.

Good piece. I’ve always found it shocking (even if the food is good) how expensive Café Gratitude can be for an alternative, sort of place and wondered whether Mission Street diners will be willing to pay the premium for Gracias Madre’s Mexican fare, but we’ll soon find out.

The SF Examiner reports that the 16-year-old driver who hit Andrew Bennet and his four-year-old son Robby as they crossed Valencia on bicycles was arraigned in juvenile court on  felony hit and run charges.

Could it be that the Brits heard it first?  That the “wild west” of  Mission District coffee shops circa 2007  no longer exists?  “These modern buckaroos,” the Guardian writes of that era,  “wrangled laptops, not cattle, and they travelled not between ranches, but coffeehouses that offered free Wi-Fi.”   Nowadays, the Guardian writes,  coffee shops are too packed wth free loaders and managers are pulling the plug? Ridiculous reporting. Or, have we missed a story?

Mission Pie’s sidewalk got transformed on Saturday and here is is a photo to prove it. Plus one of the new mural. Yeah, the picture of the plants could be better.  Hasta pronto, Viola

Planting finished.

Planting finished.

Mural too.

Mural too.