Quote of the Week

Joanne Harris

Anyone who works with words understands their power. Words, if used correctly, can achieve almost anything. To tamper with what is written – however much we may dislike certain words and phrases – is to embrace censorship.

{Joanne Harris, Author of Chocolat}

The 2015 Project
Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home
The Back Road Web Links
Follow Me On
The Woman in White Marble

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Alien Love

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Notes from 39,000 Feet

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Dis-Ease: Living with Prostate Cancer

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Psalms Redux

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Crawling Through Thorns

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Mountains of Light

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Money for Everyone

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Relatively Religious

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Sex Versus Survival

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


Treme, New Orleans, USAThe 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

 To start 2015 at The Back Road Café I asked people two simple questions:

What one issue do you think should be addressed and acted upon in 2015? Why? 

Everyone was invited and several people sent in their ideas. If after reading some of the postings you want to send in your ideas, please feel free to do so. It would be great to hear from more people.

This week in 2015 Mark Liebenow, from Illinois, writes: "It’s what lies underneath the nest of nasty going on in politics, religion, business, the environment, and elsewhere. Our greatest issue is at the roots - a lack of respect for each other." Mark entitles his piece Do No Harm.


Last week's article in 2015 was The Purpose of Life by Wong Pock Yeen from Singapore, which you will find below this week's contribution.

{The link to 2015 is located in the left sidebar or to go directly to the latest blog entry click here.}


Deborah StreeterDeborah Streeter begins her new column, Building Blocks, with these words: "'The house will tell you what it needs,' says Stewart Brand in How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built. Our house said it needed a mudroom." The title of her article,  Vestibule, gives you an idea of what a mudroom actually is.  

{All the links to Building Blocks are located in the left sidebar. Or to go directly to Deborah's column click here.}


Dale Rominger

This week in Café Talk it's all about going home. I've called the blog You Actually Can Go Home Again and it begins some thinking about what it means to return to the United States after almost 30 years. 


{The link to Café Talk is located in the top main menu or to go directly to the contributions click here.} 


Gayle Madison

Gayle Madison is back in Soul Desire. This month Gayle offers an original poem and painting. Both are beautiful, so do have a look at Christmas Pears

{The link to Soul Desire is located in the left sidebar. Or to go directly to Gayle's column click here.}


Roberta RomingerRoberta Rominger's Time to Get Serious is not for the faint hearted. She's reading Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, and Roberta writes: "Climate change is such an all-surpassing priority that I fear my sabbatical and my blog represent time wasted as I have dabbled in other concerns." This is a very good article and I encourage you to read it. {All the links to Whatever Next?  are located in the left sidebar. Or go directly to Roberta’s blog by clicking 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 remains available to readers, still to be found in the left side bar. It is important to read the essay in order. Chapters are posted in chronological order, so please begin with Preface: Me and Dietrich.


{All links to A Dialogue with Dietrich: In Search of Church are located in the left sidebar, or to go directly to Kevin's essay click here.}


Treme, New Orleans, USA  







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?

{The link to Café Talk is located in the top main menu or click here.}