Donna and I arrive at Gloria R. Krause Recital Hall

photo credit: Alice Chenyang Xu

Donna and I arrived an hour before for book launch. Kraus Hall at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. Moments earlier, we drove to the bridge crossing from PA to Narrowsburg, NY.

I barely kept myself together. Negative thoughts…this day that I’ll be exposed as a Fraud, a Has Been, even before I was Somebody. Who am I kidding? That’s when Donna busts out with Ethel Merman’s rendition of “Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses.”

You’ll be swell! You’ll be great!
Gonna have the whole world on the plate!
Starting here, starting now,
honey, everything’s coming up roses!

Wow! The interior of our Honda rocks with each convincing stanza, calling my Mojo back from the precipice. We cross the Delaware, white caps gulping reflections of sunlight. YEAH, I’LL BE GREAT! … I hope so.