Quote of the Week

Kurt Vonnegult

It’s a tragedy, perhaps, that human beings can get some much energy and enthusiasm from hate. If you want to feel ten feet tall and as though you could run a hundred miles without stopping, hate beats pure cocaine any day. Hitler resurrected a beaten, bankrupt, haft-starved nation with hatred and nothing more. Imagine that.

{Kurt Vonnegut}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


MyanmarThe 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


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


Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter writes in her column this week, entitled Solid and Shaky Art Museums, the following: "I often leave an art museum with my happy life assumptions a little shaken up as well, some foundational assumptions teetering, the art having forced me to rethink my need for a sanctuary from the real world." She continues to share with us her fascinating 50 year relationship wth the Stanford University Art Museum.

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


Dale RomingerExistentialist Me and Donald Trump in Café Talk this week. Apparently if you mention Donald Trump you get millions of readers and lots of money. At least it's worked for the U.S. media. So, I thought I'd have a go pondering the existential question, What should I do?, if Trump actually becomes president following a Clinton indictment on one charge and a "small" terrorist attack. Oh go ahead, indulge me a little.

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Erika Bisbocci

 Erika’s Travels this week, written by Erika Bisbocci, is entitled Waiting at the Namutoni Camp and it's a great read. The Namutoni Camp is in Etosha National Park and it was at the Andoni waterhole that Erika saw first wildlife. She writes: "I find this to be the greatest thrill of wildlife viewing. You never know what will be around the corner. You never know what animals will surprise you as you happen upon hidden waterholes or glance out into the distant plains." Do hit the link below, I think you will really enjoy Erika's blog.

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This week Deborah Streeter takes us on what she calls a little armchair pilgrimage where she finds herself "intrigued by one particular building in Assisi, a huge Baroque sanctuary, St. Mary of the Angels. Ordered built by the Pope three centuries after Francis’ death..." There we find the Porziuncola, a small chapel used by Francis, and the  Capella del Transito, the shack that was his community's infirmary, where he died in 1226, age 44. Deborah writes, "These two buildings, originally hovels, are now cleaned up and frescoed and sheltered by this massive church." Do have a look at Spirit of Place.

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                   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.

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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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