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There is a semi-heroic, Everyman quality about his intense command of the mediocre, as if the commonplace had found a champion who could wear its colours with all the ceremony of greatness.

{Ludovic Flow writing about Bram Stoker}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café

 

Hanover, GermanyThe 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 and other people's 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 Tuesday 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

 

David Swan

This week David Swan offers another poem entitled The River. David says of his writing: "My own writing seems to be a patch work quilt of old poems, flash-fiction, a couple of novellas and one YA novel all transcending different genres. I like to think my short-stories are trying to explain the way I see the world in simple forms and also some in abstract." Do have a look. I particularly liked The River.

To go directly to The River here.

 

Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter continues here series entitled Saints and Sinners, inspired by her visit to Assisi, Italy. This week her reflection is called Francis, Clare and the Big Fat Wet Nipple. She writes: "But two visions of fecund nursing breasts changed everything for Clare.   Every day out her window she saw this sculpture on her church’s façade of Jesus’ mother Mary nursing the baby Jesus.  This was no modest disguised nursing mother, but a bold big fat wet nipple, feeding God himself." You really have to read it to understand he title. It's a remarkable story and well worth your time.

{To go directly to Saints and Sinners click here.}

 

Patricia Crandall

Again this week Patricia Grandall offers poem called Through a Country Window. Sitting here on a grey wet cold day, the poem offers the atmosphere I need.

To go directly to TThrough a Country Window here.

To go directly to Patricia’s blog click here.

 

Nicole St.Onge It’s great to welcome Nicole St.Onge to The Back Road Café. Nicole graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2018 with a Master's degree in Communications and Journalism. She is Community Educator at My Sisters' Place, a not-for-profit organization that has been providing support to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking throughout Westchester County, NY since 1978.

Nicole has sent us a short story entitled No Guts, No Gory. It’s Halloween and I’m betting this story will bring a smile to your face. To go directly to No Cuts, No Gory click here.

 

Dale Rominger

Did I Tell You I Used to Hate Books ~ I Mean Really Hated Them! A bit of dyslexia combined with a really mean teacher can do it every time. On the other hand, a really good teacher also saved me.


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We have another story from our friend from Sweden Chris Smedbakken. This week's story is called What We Heard in the Mist. As always, the story is unusual and mysterious. You'll enjoy it.

To go directly to What We Heard in the Mist click here.

 

 

 

 

Virginia Soenksen

I’m excited to welcome Virginia Soenksen to The Back Road Café. Virginia is an art historian and associate director of a museum, she also writes about Japanese textiles. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley, and enjoys finding inspiration through travel. She is also an author and this week we are featuring her book The Titan Strain. One reviewer wrote: “A steadily captivating read not just for sci-fi-

fantasy fans, but for any reader who is down with a post-apocalyptic-set story, complete with advanced genetic mutations, a corrupt government, and a dash of love & betrayal.” The Titan Strain is the first book in Virginia's Genetic Chronicles.

To learn more about The Titan Strain click here.

 

Pete Robertson

We welcome back Pete Robertson this week. He sends us a new poem entitled, Song of Regretful Sorrow. Pete has had a varied and full life. He served in the US military in South Korea near the Korean DMZ. He served in Hawaii rising to the rank of Major. After the military he completed an MBA and worked in banks in Detroit and Seattle. And somewhere along the way he started writing poetry. Scroll down from Song of Regretful Sorrow and you can read several other poems by Pete.

To go directly to Song of Regretful Sorrow click here

 

Our feature book this week is Chickens Eat Pasta, the love affair between Clare Pedrick and an old, Umbrian ruin she bought on a whim that started a new life in Central Italy. But the book is not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck. Clare Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter.  She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.

To learn more abouat Chickes Eat Pasta click here.

 

Gabrielle Barnby

Our good friend Gabrielle Barnby is back! We know Gabrielle from her short stories—Orkney ~ from  Spring to Summer, Gift, Listener, and Jeopardy. We’ve also feature her books The House with Lilac Shutters and The Oystercatcher Girl. But this week Gabrielle sends us seasonal gift in the form of a poem entitled The Maker. Do have a look.

{To go directly to Gabrielle's poem and her short stories click here. And be sure to visit her website by clicking 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. WillisA 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.

 

 

 

 

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