Dinner and a Movie

John and I went out on a date last night.  Dinner at New Deal Cafe in Old Greenbelt, MD. Then, TRUE GRIT.

New Deal Cafe serves Mediterranean and has live performers. From belly dancing to classical guitar to acoustic harp.  And works by local artists hang on the walls. Sometimes good; sometimes not so good. I love this little place.  Yummy food. Genuine entertainment.  Anti-pretentious.  Doesn’t try too hard. Doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.

Then we walked across the courtyard to Old Greenbelt Theater to see TRUE GRIT. My favorite line: There is nothing free but the grace of God. Enjoyed the movie for all the obvious reasons, but mostly because it reminded me of my dad and his crush on Clint Eastwood.

Me outside New Deal.

Me inside New Deal.

My date.

Bruce on classical guitar.

John Guernsey on piano. His painting hangs above him.

Our happy waiter.

Old Greenbelt Theater. Like its name, it’s old.

Published in: on February 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm  Comments (4)  


That’s the title of my second novel.  My first book, A CAB CALLED RELIABLE, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1997.  That was a long time ago.  A husband and two children later, I’ve written another book and am looking for a publisher.  I’ve collected four rejection letters so far.  They’re all enthusiastic, encouraging, and full of praise, but end with:  it’s not right for us.  My agent tells me the digital age has publishers afraid of their own shadows.  I hope to find one brave enough and smart enough to see her shadow for what it really is, a shadow.

My first book in published form.

My second book in unpublished form.

Published in: on February 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm  Comments (2)  
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