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What women do is survive. We live by ones and twos in the chinks of your world-machine.

{Alice Sheldon, in her story "The Women Men Don't See"}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café

 

SpainThe Back Road Café is for people who like to write and like to read. In cafés around the world individuals sit over coffee thinking, reading, writing and watching the day go by. Groups of people converse, debate, laugh and set the world to rights. The Back Road Café is a place where people can think, write and converse.

This virtual café is where I share some of my own thoughts and work. Café Talk is my personal blog. Books is where you can find descriptions of books I and others have published. In Nonfiction and Fiction I will include a wide range of my writing.

The Back Road Café is not, however, just for me. In The Back Road Journal you are invited to submit your own work to share with others. If you are interested click Guidelines in The Back Road Journal to your left. Or, if you have a blog you would like to link to this site let me know in Contact in the main menu. In Back Road Blogs there are pictures and descriptions of other bloggers and their links. The site also features regular postings you will find in the Left Sidebar.

On Monday of each week I will post new material so read What's New below to see what the week offers.

The Back Road Café is unapologetically liberal and progressive.

Dale Rominger 

                                 What's New

 

I’m off on vacation so for the next couple of weeks it will be quiet at The Back Road Café. However, do have a look around. There are dozens and dozens of pages with everything from poems to essays.
Dale Rominger July 19, 2016

I’ve created a new section called Poetry at The Back Road Café you will find at the top of the left sidebar. I’m in the process of transferring poems scattered throughout the website to the section. If you are a poet and would like to post some of your work, please let me know. And if you know of others who might want to publish their poetry let them know that The Back Road Café is eager to add new poems to the section. Thanks.

 

Vanessa PetersonI’m excited to welcome Vanessa Peterson to The Back Road Café. Vanessa is a poet who lives in Northwest mountain region of North Carolina. Her writing has been featured in several anthologies and she is also writing on Twitter and her own blog. She says, “I am a simple writer and am now working on my first chapbook that I hope to complete and publish this year.”

The poem Vanessa shares with us is entitled Teal. To go directly to Teal, click here.

To visit Vanessa’s blog click here.
And to interact with her on Twitter click here.

 

Deborah Streeter

 "We are increasingly a world of people on the move.  Migrants, immigrants, emigres, refugees. My life will never come close to that of a refugee, but all humans share this basic pattern, that sometimes we move to get away, and other times we move toward something new." You'll find these words towards the beginning of Moving Directions, Deborah Streeter's great article this week. Reading the article I inevitably thought of my comins and goings, and the reasons for each. I encourage you to have a look.

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Igor Eliseev

This week I’m pleased to feature Igor Eliseev’s novel One-Two. A novel about two conjoined girls named Faith and Hope, is a psychological drama, the main events of which unfold in 1980s and 1990s. The novel is a speculation about how difficult it is to be a human and how important it is to stay human until the end. It is a message full of empathy and kindness addressed to all people. 

For detailed information about One-Two click here or go to Books in the main menu.

Igor has also published a short story at the Back Road Café entilted Rejections, Rejections, Rejections. To read his story click here.

To visit Igor's website click here.
To connect with Igor on Twitter click here.

 

Erika Bisbocci

"During our few short days at Cape Maclear...after having traveled for months on end, visited Malawi and never found the desire or motivation to leave. The place has a remarkable power of stealing your heart, drawing you in and begging you to stay." So begins Erika Bisbocci's reflections on a great visit to Cape Maclear, also described as the "travelers black hole--as a place where itineraries change and plans are forgotten as tourists become seduced by the beauty and tranquility of the lake." Once again Erika evokes the pleasure and wonder of traveling in Erika’s Travels.

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Dale Rominger

What do dancing, sentimental movies, and aliens have in common? Well, not much unless you are awake at 3 a.m. while the world sleeps. This week in Café Talk I share some early morning confessions. I call it Dancing Alone at 3 A.M. 

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Tess Rosa Ruiz

Tess was originally from Montana but now lives in Seattle. Her debut book, Freefall Into Us, is a collection of short stories and poetry published by Urbane Publications in the United Kingdom. This is a great book, which I really enjoyed, and will be featured in

The Café in the weeks ahead. But his week we are featuring one of the short stories from the book called Gone Awry. This is an excellent longish short story and I encourage you to settle back and enjoy the read.

To read Gone Awry click here.
To visit Tess's website click here.

To connect with Tess on Twitter click here.

To visit Tess's Facebook Page click here.

 

 

                   Short Fiction at the Café

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Kata MlekOrdinary Life by Kata Mlek
What does it mean to always want an ordinary life?

 
 

 

Lionel NtasanoRecipe for an Escape by Lionel Ntasano

The death of a father leads a young man on a journey of identity and the discovery of a new home.

 

 

Gabrielle BarnbyJeopardy by Gabrielle Barnby.

Two couples meet at the train station on a hot Australian day. Liza and Delia board a train for Sydney and through conversations and memories things change forever.

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E.J. Willis

A Short Tale from Falyncia: Refugees by E.J. Willis 

 

 

A story of fantasy, sword fights, kingdoms to conquer, a strong heroine, and protagonists you can love and antagonists to hate.

 

M.P McVeyThe Dark, Troubled Ground by M.P McVey.

 

There certainly is a strange sort of magic in Tucker, Ohio. It seeps out of the grass and flowers, traveling through the trees and the two rivers that trap this small town; a supernatural air of mystery. 

 

 TDale Romingerhe Poetry of Being Human by Dale Rominger

Love, political strife, and the power of language in a story of two people meeting and falling in love in a the hothouse that was Central America in the mid 1980’s.

 Martha Goes to Paris by Dale Rominger

 A satirical look at George W. Bush’s America. Over dinner Martha tells George she wants to visit Paris with her friend Peggy. Things will never be the same for either of them.    

 

                                        In the Archives

 

 

Roberta RomingerWhatever Next? by Roberta Rominger's. Roberta shares book reviews and thoughts concerning contemporary church life in the U.S. and beyond.

The link to Whatever Next? is located in the left sidebar or to go directly to the page click here.

 

James Lawer

Writings by James Lawer includes Jim's poetry and essays. 

All the links to James' writing are located in the left sidebar. Or to go directly to his poetry click here, his essays click here. 

Also, click here to visit James' website Earth-Centered Healing and Spirituality in New York City.

 

Kevin Brown 

 

A Dialogue with Dietrich: In Search of Church by Kevin Brown.

All links to A Dialogue are located in the left sidebar, or to go directly to Kevin's essay click here.

 

Gayle Madison

Soul Desire by Gayle Madison is a collection of reflections on love and the sacred nature of ordinary experience.

 

All links to Soul Desire are in the left sidebar, but to access the reflections directly click here.

  

Phil Nevard

Little Things Please Little Minds by Phil Nevard. A motorcycle pilgrimage through Northern Ireland with a helmet cam, a camera and a notebook.

All links to Little Things Please Little Minds  are in the left sidebar, but to go directly Phil's blog and photos click here.

 

 

 

 

Wilbert Sayimani

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home by Wilbert Sayimni.Jekanyika is a Shona word that can roughly be translated into English as “A person who does not settle in one place.” Here are Wilbert’s thoughts  as he left Zimbabwe and “settle” in England.

All links to Jekanyika are in the left sidebar, but to go directly to Wilbert's reflections click here.

 


Mike WalshMondrian and the Pursuit of Perfection by Mike Walsh. Reflections on the art of Mondrian.

 

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I begin this week's Café Talk, Gotta Keep Smiling, with these words: "It’s interesting how sometimes disparate events in your life come together to affect significant change. Sometimes it feels as if change has been let loose upon rational constraints  rendering the future more ambiguous than we would like to think it is." So the question is, what does a restaurant, a clinical nurse specials and a home study have on common?

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