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Kurt Vonnegut Self Portrait

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{Kurt Vonnegut}

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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


We welcome two new authors to The Back Road Café this week: Igor Eliseev from Moscow, Russia and Tess Rosa Ruiz from Seattle, Washington, USA.

Igor EliseevIgor lives in Moscow and is a English language writer, novelist, and essayist. To day we are featuring his essay entitled Rejections, Rejections, Rejections. If you've ever tried to publish, you'll want to read this. Of it you want to know what writers go through, you too will find this essay interesting. 

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


Tess Rosa RuizTess 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.


Max OberonWe have another short story by Max Oberon. This story is entitled We Live in Exciting Times…and We Die in Boredom. Max, lives Queensland, Australia and is a successful author whose first novel, TILT, is getting great reviews on Amazon. I will featuring TILT in the future, but for the next several weeks his short stories will be in the limelight.

To read We Live in Exciting Times…and We Die in Boredom click here.

And visit Max at:
Twitter:  http://bit.ly/1SFIdXR
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/1S7uQmL
Instagram Handle: maxoberon
Website: www.maxoberon.com 


Erika Bisbocci

Erika Bisbocci is in Harare, Zimbabwe this week in Erika’s Travels. She and her friends arrived in Harare just in time for the Harare International Festival of Art, and as Erika writes: "Over the course of the festival, there were nearly 200 performances from over 30 countries.  These ranged from Senegalese pop music to Japanese theater." Erika's writing is alive with the colors of the places she visits and this week her photos are just as important as her words. Erika’s Travels is proving very popular with Café readers, do have a look.

{All the links to Erika’s Travels are located in the left sidebar, but to go directly to Erika’s blog click here. Also be sure to visit About Erika by clicking here.}


Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter's begins her column this week, Nests,with these words: "Standing on the deck of the Monterey Bay Aquarium this week, it felt like I was in the middle of a busy, noisy construction site for a new subdivision, hundreds of new homes being built all at once.  But instead of lumber trucks and cement mixers coming and going...it was pelagic cormorants building nests on every available space on the lower ledges under the Aquarium’s decks that hang over the bay." It closes with Deborah wondering if “those retirees who’ve sold their homes and travel the nation in their Winnebagos…are really ffree as a bird.” A lot happens in-between.

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Dale Rominger

In Café Talk I write about the funny and messy way the Democratic Party in Washington state went about selecting delegates to the July convention to be held in Philadelphia. As I wrote towards the end of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Democracy, "[F]rom this new boy on the block, the whole thing looks like quite the democratic mess." I mess maybe, but it was also crazy interesting. Have a look to see whose complaining about democracy now.

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


Gabrielle Barnby

I’m pleased to say that Gabrielle Barnby is back with another short story. This story is called Listener and it won the George Mackay Brown Short Story competition last December. Gabrielle began writing at Oxford, moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, and now lives in Orkney with her family. She’s a wonderful writer. Listener is beautifully written and well worth your time.

To read Listener, go to Fiction in the main menu or click here.
To visit Garbielle’s website 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.



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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