Quote of the Week

Garry Wills

Some hoped that the election of a black president would mark the end of racism. But in fact it blew on the embers of racism we have beneath us all the time. Otherwise how could Americans continue to think against all evidence that the incumbent president is not even a citizen of the country he leads?

{Garry Wills, The Triumph of the Hard Right, The New York Review of Books, February 11, 2016, Vol LXIII, Number 2}

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home
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The Woman in White Marble

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Notes from 39,000 Feet

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Alien Love

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Dis-Ease: Living with Prostate Cancer

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Greener on the Other Side

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The House With The Lilac Shutters

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Plod On, Sleepless Giant

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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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Sex Versus Survival

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Relatively Religious

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


Bergen, NorwayThe 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


Joy LennickIt's time for Joy Lennick's  second short story in her mystery trilogy, which is part of the Precinct Murders anthology first published by Wordplay. This week's story is entitled The O’Reilly Case: "SEDUCED BY THE WARM breeze ruffling the dark waters of the East River, the shimmering moonlight on its surface, and their heightened feelings for each other, a young couple aimlessly strolled along the footpath, holding hands, oblivious of the time." And so it begins. These stories are great fun so do  have a look.

To read The O’Reilly Case click here.
To read Freeze the first mystery in the triolgy, simply scroll down to the end of The O'Reilly Case.
If you are interested in other work, visit Joy’s website by clicking here.  You can also found Joy on Twitter at @joylennick.


Deborah StreeterThis week Deborah Streeter reminds many of us of the 1991 Oakland Hill fire. She writes: "The Oakland Hills neighborhood had been old, when houses were smaller and yards were larger.  Huge old trees and too much brush kept folks a little isolated, there was not a lot of neighborhood camaraderie.  But with it all gone, down to smoking foundations, and (unlike my friend’s house) with the stark memories of loss of life as well as home, they realized how very much had changed.  And how there was no going back." However, Deborah's article is not just about destruction but about rebuilding and what that means. What exactly does one rebuild? Have a look at If Your House Burns Down.

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Dale Rominger

One of the things I enjoy about writng is I do a fair amount of research before and during each project. My next book takes place in New Orleans and I have been reading about Congo Square. The Square is one of the most important historical sites in the United States, but I stress it is still alive and important in present day New Orleans. So, have a look at my Café Talk blog simply called Congo Square.

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Gayle MadisonThis week's poem by Gayle Madison is entitled A Cardinal Blessing.

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Sarah Gallo

I'm very excited to welcome Sarah Gallo to The Back Road Café. Sarah writes a travel blog called The Five Foot Traveler and she will be sharing her thoughts and photos with us here at the Café. She says, "I want to leave my foot print on the world, all the while smiling, laughing, and discovering our extraordinary planet". Her first posting is called Merry Christmas from Antarctica.

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                   Short Fiction at the Café

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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 BarnbJeopardy 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.


Dale RomingerThe 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 RomingeWhatever 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 BrownA 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.

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

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


Bergen, Norway  







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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