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 Harry G. Frankfurt

It is just this lack of connection to a concern with truth—this indifference to how things really are—that I regard as of the essence of bullshit.

{Harry G. Frankfurt, in On Bullshit}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café

 

Seattle, WashingtonThe 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.

Dale Rominger  

                                 What's New

 

The Back Road Café welcomes Stephanie Haywood for something new and different. Stephanie is happy to be living her best life. Personal development and self-care gave her a boost when she needed it most, and now she works to share the gift of self-knowledge, self-care, and self-actualization. And so this week she is posting Making 2019 Your Best Year.

For a lot more of Stephanie’s thoughts and insights visit MyLifeBoost.com.

{To go directly to Making 2019 Your Best Year click here.}

 

Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter, our self-proclaimed "aging hippie," first arrived in California fifty years ago in the "fabled watershed year of" 1969. Was 1969 really that different on the coast? Seems so, at least to those who were there. Have a look at 1969. It was a big year.

{To go directly to California Dreamin’ click here.}

 

Dale Rominger

The other day I had a Skype call with a good friend and we got to talking about our bodies. Thing is, we’re getting older (some would say we’re already there) and our bodies can surprise us every other day. We were reminded of that old joke: You know you’re getting old when you wake up realizing you’ve injured yourself while sleeping. However, the conversation turned a bit more serious and something my friend said eluded to the absurd notion that somehow disease and injury is a punishment. Here’s my response to that nonsense: What Did I Do to Deserve This?

{To go directly to Café Talk click here.}

 

Patricia Crandall

This week Patricia Crandall offers us a short story in 100 words, The Garden of Love. She has published numerous articles and short stories in various magazines and newspapers and has five books in print. The Back Road Café has published many of her stories and poems and this week Patricia has sent us a short story entitled The Wedding Reception.

To go directly to The Garden of Love click here.

To go directly to Patricia’s blog click here.

 

Pete Robertson

Pete Robertson is back with a new poem called Celestial Grafts.

 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 Celestial Grafts click here.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

Listener

 

 

 

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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