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Noam Chomsky

As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.

{Noam Chomsky}

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IndiaThe 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.

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Dale Rominger

A friend asked if I would write something about Rachel Dolezal, the former head of N.A.A.C.P. in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal who “identifies as black” has been challenged by two Caucasian people who claim to be her birth parents, saying she is in fact white and questioning why she denies her true ethnicity. I’ve written an essay I call Who I Say I That I Am I Am  – Race, Ethnicity, and Ethics. It’s my first and best response to the situation based solely on what I’ve read in the media.

{You can find the essay in the main menu under Nonfiction or by clicking here.}

And in Café Talk I couldn't pass up the opportunity to comment on the Supreme Court's rulings on two days that really did change things. I call my blog SCOTUS and POTUS and a Bad Couple of Days for the Black Robe Regiment.

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Phil NevardWe continue with Phil Nevard's blogs he is writing on his tours of the UK. This week we have a poem bless you, Ethelreda.  rest in peace and what Phil calls a potted history of Ethelreda. The poem is followed by Quick Thoughts about Holy Island and Advice for Pilgrims. But please continue to scroll down because I've included Belfast Murals – Loyalist and Republican, great photos Phil took while in Belfast.

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Deborah StreeterHave you ever wondered what an "unscripted" hotel is? Do you want to know where the biggest phallic symbol in Paris is located? Well, you're in luck. Just go to Two Hated Buildings We Love to See and Deborah Streeter will answer all your questions.  Have a look. You'll enjoy it.

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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 remains available to readers, still to be found in the left side bar. It is important to read the essay in order. Chapters are posted in chronological order, so please begin with Preface: Me and Dietrich.

 

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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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