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A pizza style from up north comes to the South
Timone's is a New York "inspired" pizza joint in Atlanta.
Don’t make the mistake of calling Timone’s a New York-style pizza joint. Chef/owner Ron Eyester prefers the term New York-"inspired" pizza joint. Yes, its décor gives nods to the Big Apple. It has gritty brick wall paneling and paintings of iconic New York celebrities. Each booth represents a borough with tables featuring maps of one of them.
But it’s definitely not a greasy Big Apple dive. It has an open kitchen and a homey bar where sipping beer and wine is welcome. Timone’s (pronounced Tih-moe-nees) is the maiden name of Eyester’s mom, an Italian-American woman from Brooklyn. The food it serves pays homage to her and the rich Italian meals chef Eyester, a transplant from Long Island, grew up feasting on.
The menu consists of family-style meals. Many of the ingredients come from local farms, something Eyester is keen on supporting. At the tasting I attended, Eyester and his team offered generous samples of practically his entire offering. It included helpings of Fried Point Judith Calamari, Rhode Island style, not to be confused with regular calamari. This fried squid is chunky and nestled with giant red peppers, dusted with cheese, and melts in the mouth upon entering. That typical stringy calamari taste is gone.
The giant rice balls, an Italian food staple, were delicious. They had a crispy coating bathed in marinara sauce and were filled inside with sweet peas, prosciutto, and Parmesan cheese. The marinated mushrooms were plump, plentiful, and a vegetarian’s tart delight. Those who are not fans of fried clams — like yours truly — will change their minds given how Eyester prepares them. The clam meat is pulled out, seasoned, breaded, and baked, then put back on its shell for frying. The result? A spicy meaty hit.
Those were just some of the starters.
Sometimes “Uneventful” is Good: The Trek Home
We were five days and four nights on the road coming back to Michigan from Arizona – easily twice as long as most people would take for the trip but a manageable pace for us. Our overnight stops were Santa Rosa, New Mexico Great Bend, Kansas Cameron, Missouri and Monticello, Illinois. I’ve loved Santa Rosa since our first visit Great Bend invites future visits with its wonderful wildlife areas Cameron was very good to us, offering up an old-school mechanic and got us back on the road in an hour just when we feared losing several days and beaucoup bucks and Monticello, a place we discovered many years ago, looked so good this time around that the Artist declared, “I could live here in a heartbeat!” Of course, we had been on the road a long time by then, and if we did live in Monticello we would have been home when he made that declaration, so I took it with a grain of salt.
Our first day on the road took us northeast through New Mexico. We veered off our highway (U.S. 54) long enough to explore half of Duran, New Mexico, saving the other side of the road (where the church is) for another time. Duran’s population in 2010 was 39. I wonder what the recent census will reveal.
I swear there was a diner in Vaughn the last time we went through! No longer. Want to buy a small town? This one might be available. The railroad station is gorgeous!
And it’s no news that the demise of Old Route 66 has brought hardship on many American towns, but we couldn’t help thinking that COVID-19 had made things worse for Tucumcari, NM. So many beautiful old buildings, though, including a stunning old train station (sorry I did not get a good photo of that), make me wonder why some group of retired Southwesterners (and retirees to the Southwest) weary of overdevelopment, crowding, and crazy traffic don’t move to one of these places and inaugurate a renaissance. All that’s needed is critical mass. Not every near-empty town can boast the beautiful wall art you will find in Tucumcari.
|Tucumcari is filled with beautiful Doug Quarles murals|
We followed the old Pony Express route through the northeast corner of Kansas but found in the town of Washington (I think it was) little decorated statues of squirrels in front of businesses everywhere. No doubt there is an explanation….
Then there was this intriguing business name, which made us laugh. We actually did quite a bit of laughing on the trip, which is a good sign (speaking of signs).
And finally, on this whirlwind, cross-country photo-trek, I give you Monticello, Illinois, with not only a pretty old train station and lovely little garden park but a beautiful horse sculptor by an artist whose name was new to me, Anna Hyatt Huntington. The Artist and I were both happy too learn of her work.
So when I call our long trip home “uneventful,” I do so with deep gratitude in my heart. Before we left Arizona, I could not imagine how we would get all the boxes of books packed into the car and still have room for ourselves and my new dog. I could not imagine the dog being patient enough to ride in the backseat for five days and not be off his leash once!
And my little car is a 2002 Subaru, made back when the Forester was a very different, much smaller vehicle than the new models are today. Nineteen years old! I was telling the Artist (not for the first time) about my grandmother’s old Chrysler and how it was “probably the oldest car on the road,” and he commented that I was following in my grandmother’s footsteps. Or tire treads, I guess.
But we made it, and my bookstore will be open Friday and Saturday, May 21-22, and then again Tuesdays through Saturdays for the foreseeable future! Ah, the “foreseeable”! As if we can look past any given moment! “How do you know there will be a next winter?” the Artist asked me one day recently. “How do I know there will be a tomorrow?” I retorted. But we do plan, and today the summer almost upon us looks bright.
'It's fine, it's cool': Last words of the woman shot dead in the Capitol buildingPro-Trump rioters can be seen running rampant through the US Capitol Wednesday — and even storming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office — in new dramatic video footage. The protestors can be seen . wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats and carrying “Trump” flags as they stormed the Capitol in herds while chanting “USA! USA!” “We.
By the time Rosalynn McGinnis was 18 years old, she had already been held captive for six years and was raising three children. Her life was a nightmare, and there did not seem to be an end in sight. . She says Henri Piette, her former stepfather and the man she claims abducted her from school when she was in the sixth grade, was determined to make sure no one was looking for her. There was only one way to do that: She needed to be removed from the national missing-persons registry. "He parked three blocks down the road from the Phoenix Police Department and he had three of my children," she tells PEOPLE now. "He told me what to tell them. He said that if I didn't come back within two hours, I would never see my children again." Nervous and scared, McGinnis lied to the police and was removed. Supermodel Heidi Klum turns up the glam factor for the fall-winter 2017 campaign from Heidi Klum Intimates. Her namesake lingerie brand enters its sixth season with a variety of underwear styles. . Photographed by Francesco Carrozzini, the blonde stunner gets surrounded by a backdrop of colorful florals. From romantic lace to mesh and bralette styles, Heidi.
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
Tales from the Script
Peter Hanson, director
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
$24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com www.talesfromthescript.com
Tales from the Script is an extraordinary documentary about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting, particularly for Hollywood movies. Consisting of the firsthand testimonies from a wealth of minds behind big-budget screenplays - some beloved classics, some icons of pop culture, and some horrendous bombs or flops (the author of the "Bloodrayne" screenplay would like it noted that roughly 20% of her original work survived what Uwe Boll did to it). These men and women recall what it was like trying to break into the business, trying to make enough money to survive while writing professionally, working with directors and actors, honing one's craft, and more. The special features include a twelve-minute segment featuring the wisdom of author/screenwriter William Goldman, and a nine-minute section expressly consisting of advice for novice screenwriters. A candid, forthright, no-nonsense collection, Tales from the Script is an absolute "must-see" for anyone interested in breaking into (or trying to advance their position within) the screenplay business. 105 minutes. Also highly recommended is the First Run Features documentary "The Tiger Next Door" ($24.95, 86 minutes).
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips For Writers
How To Do it Frugally Publishing
9781450507653, $6.95, www.amazon.com
A successful author, editor, writing and publishing consultant, Carolyn Howard-Johnson draws upon her many years of experience and expertise to compile a 56-page compendium of 'user friendly' and immanently practical advice that will enable writers to avoid commonly encountered errors of spelling and thereby making their work, be it a blog, a letter, or the next Great American Novel, to be all that it should. From adapting/adopting to wreak/reek, "Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips For Writers" is highly recommended reading for anyone preparing to write pretty much anything -- and a fascinating read in its own right for those who appreciate word-play and the occasionally encountered dilemmas of the English language!
The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel
Robert J. Ray
Watson Guptill Publications
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780823084432, $16.99, www.amazon.com
The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel provides a follow-up to the best-seller WEEKEND NOVELIST and offers writers of all levels additional details on crafting their novel. You've finished the first draft: now it's time to apply the principles presented in The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel. It's all about revising and changing a manuscript for maximum impact: perfect for general or school lending libraries.
Getting Out of Dodge City, Heading for LA on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
Clifton E. Marsh
PO Box 151
Frederick, MD 21705-0151
9781456089436, $24.95, www.publishamerica.com
For something better, one must run a gauntlet of hardships. "Getting Out of Dodge City, Heading for L.A., on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe" tells the story of a black family moving through the America throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Clifton E. Marsh recalls his family's story and everything that they faced in search of something better, constantly migrating. "Getting Out of Dodge City" is worth considering for those seeking black studies and memoir collections.
Alone Among Many
9781466402577, $14.99, www.btinternet.com
We live in cities of millions, yet loneliness remains a powerful force. "Alone Among Many" is a collection of poetry from Spargo Postle, as he discusses our search for others and our search for belonging in our everyday lives. With humor and poignancy amidst soul searching, "Alone Among Many" is a fine pick that shouldn't be overlooked. "A Mothers Arms. ": We all need a Mother's arms/to hold us tight/keep us warm/shield away the cruelty of life//That's it/there is no more/save to say/my love will ever be//end!
Through Struggle, The Stars
John J. Lumpkin
9781461195443, $14.99, www.amazon.com
Pushing beyond our frontiers has seemingly only driven humanity further apart. "Through Struggle, The Stars" is a novel set a century in the future, where the discovery of worm holes has allowed mankind to find far off star systems, and this had led to a conflict of earthly super powers. Neil Mercer, officer of United States Space Force, finds he must defuse a rising conflict between China and Japan, or Earth and its interests in space may be ruined before they begin. "Through Struggle, the Stars" is a fine and fast paced read, very much recommended.
Romance with a Touch of Love
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 South Parker Road, #515
Parker, CO 80134
9781432771386, $9.95, www.outskirtspress.com
Romance is what we all yearn for, but it often eludes us. "Romance with a Touch of Love" is a collection of poetry touching on this need for others and our yearning, as Kevin Hollingsworth presents a certain thought and charm to the picture. "Romance with a Touch of Love" is a fine collection of poetry, much recommended. "He Said Goodbye My Love": He will always remember those wonderful moments./He can never forget their unforgettable splendor./These loving memories will be with him until his heart/breathes no more.
Easy Money Smarts
Jim W. Mathe
1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403
9781462035410, $16.95, www.iuniverse.com
With a little luck, capital, and piece of mind, one can turn a little money into much more. "Easy Money Smarts" delves into Jim W. Mathe's tips on how to extend one's money, use it wisely, and start on one's own way to financial security and wise money management. Practical and straight-forward, "Easy Money Smarts" is not to be overlooked, much-recommended reading.
The Leopold Succession
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 South Parker Road, #515
Parker, CO 80134
9781432781682, $12.95, www.outskirtspress.com
To help others is a worthy goal, but no good deed goes unpunished. "The Leopold Succession" follows pilot Samantha Connor, who flies missions into the ravaged Congo. Going beyond the call of duty, she finds the worst happening as she makes a stop. With no hope, she fights her fate, trusting few but her own wits. A riveting adventure, "The Leopold Succession" is not to be missed for those who like fast paced thrillers.
The Kindness Cure
Scott H. Lewis
9781466230200, $14.95, www.amazon.com
Kindness is horribly contagious. "The Kindness Cure" is an inspirational call to good will from Scott H. Lewis as he advises readers to embrace kindness and spread it, stating that while a miserable person will make everyone around them miserable, genuine kindness too will inspire kindness and positivity all around them. Stating that being positive in life may be harder than you think, Scott Lewis states it's very much doable and very much worth it. "The Kindness Cure" is a powerful and driven read, not to be overlooked by community library inspirational and motivational collections.
White Lies, Black Blood
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 South Parker Road, #515
Parker, CO 80134
9781432770181, $31.95, www.outskirtspress.com
Reality can be all too cruel. "White Lies, Black Blood" tells the story of Angelica, a raised and bred bigot. When she learns of her heritage, she realizes her mistakes and tries to seek to understand and make up for her mistakes. She learns that our common heritage as human beings and under the eyes of God, "White Lies, Black Blood" is a novel that explores race and what brings us together on top of keeping us apart.