Quote of the Week

Senator Dick Durbin

I think that may be what this is all about: your right to privacy, the limits of your right to privacy, and how much you give away in modern America in the name of connecting people around the world.

{Senator Dick Durbin to Mark Zuckerberg}

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home
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Dis-Ease: Living with Prostate Cancer

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


Kalaymyo-Tahan, 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 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


Dale Rominger

In 2010 I published a book entitled Notes From 39,000 Feet. In the introduction, “An American Breakfast In Taiwan,” I wrote:

“The ‘Notes’ are presented in chronological order, beginning in Reykjavik in 1986, passing through places such as Harare, Varanasi, Gaza City, Seoul, Istanbul, Prague and ending in London in 2010…

While there is no central theme, there is a background hum that is, I think, hard to miss, a hum that hints at ethical, philosophical, theological points of view that in some way make up a system of meaning—thoughts, feelings, beliefs, observations, understandings, all of which combine to reveal a way of seeing the world and how we choose to live within it…"

For the next several weeks I will be posting some of the shorter reflections in Café Talk. I hope you enjoy them. This week I am offering “Death in a Newcastle Alley,” originally entitled “Holy Week Meditations.”

{To go directly to Café Talk click here.}


I’m very pleased to be featuring a new book entitled The Darkest Side of the Moon by Tayler Macneill. Tayler is a hybrid writer,  talented and eclectic and writes in numerous genres: Steam punk to urban fantasy to sci fi and historical fiction. The Darkest Side of the Moon is a story about love and trust, fighting a battle of the unknown trying to save humanity and most of all their selves.

To learn more about Tayler and The Darkest Side of the Moon click here.


Our good friend Chris Smedbakken is back with a short story entitled Securing the Family Business. This is a short read, but one that will bring a smile to your face. That's all I'll say or I might give away the end.

To go directly to Securing the Family Business click here

Chris also has audio stories on their website. Chris’s website is called …these grains of sand and you can access the site on However, I want to take you directly to her audio story section which you can access by clicking here. I love everything about these audio stories: the performance, the stories themselves, and the music. I really think you too will enjoy them and encourage you to visit the site and listen.

The story I am featuring this week is entitled This is Ground Control. Give it a try.

And be sure to visit Chris’s website These Grains of Sand.


Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter writes: "This is the fourth in my series on mythological ocean deities.  I am trying to give them each voice. Like the ocean, they are all creative and  powerful.  They are also a little annoyed at how they have been portrayed, marketed and coopted.  This  week’s ocean deity, Norse goddess Ran, is really pissed, angry and deadly.  Watch out!" This week it's Ran, Norse Ocean Goddess I Must Go Down to the Sea Again.

{To go directly to I Must Go Down to the Sea Again click here.}


Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas is back with another short story, this one entitled Curmudgeon for a Day. Matt is a versatile writer, having written for sports blogs and sports websites, and is now working on his first novel, a portfolio of poems, and short stories.  

Curmudgeon for a Day begins with Bruce McGee drifting off to sleep in condominium overlooking the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan on an ice-cold December Sunday evening. The story is full of atmosphere, intelligence and intrigue. It's really worth your time. 

To go directly to Curmudgeon for a Day click here.

{To go directly to Into the Dark click here. To go directly to Chris's short stories click here.}


I’m very pleased welcome Pankaj Giri from India to The Back Road Café. Pankaj was born and brought up in Gangtok, Sikkim, picturesque hill station in India. He is currently working in the government sector in Sikkim. He likes to kill time by listening to progressive metal music and watching cricket.

Pankaj began his writing career with a book review blog and now, after several years of honing his writing skills he has written his first novel, The Fragile Thread of Hope. The book is a literary inspirational fiction dealing with love, loss, and family relationships.

To learn more about The Fragile Thread of Hope go to Books in the main menu or 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.





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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