Quote of the Week

Meg Kelly

Glenn Kessler

President Trump has broken 2,000.
With just 10 days before he finishes his first year as president, Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims in 355 days…That’s an average of more than 5.6 claims a day.

{Glenn Kessler and Meg Kelly, The Washington Post, January 10, 2018}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


Ruth's Cozy Corner, Treme, NOLAThe 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


Robin HarperI pleased to welcome Robin Harper to The Back Road Café. Robin lives on an island in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters, and therefore views the rest of the world as “off-island.” Presently she is working on a collection of short stories and hopes to publish in the future. The story Robin offers us this week is entitled The Great Escalating Tragedy, which begins: “Authorities were called to a tense scene at Narrenleute Mall last Tuesday morning. An escalator in the mall’s west wing had come to an abrupt halt, leaving 20 people stranded.” Thus begins a tale those in the Resistance will enjoy.

To go directly to The Great Escalating Tragedy click here. And be sure to visit Robin's blog, Hey You, Shorty.


Elijah RichardI also have the pleasure of welcoming Elijah Richard to The Back Road Café this week. Elijah—or Eli, he says the choice is yours—lives in Montesano, Washington, and is working on his first novel. He also writes short stories which you can find on his website by clicking here. Elijah has posted as story called She Be Brave. The story begins: “’A young woman, brave as can be, upon this path, I’ll make this decree." Said a white-haired Gnome, upon a dusty road alongside the ridge of trees. The woman walked the road, lonely, but; unafraid, clearly, she was brave.’” If you want escape for a few minutes, this is for you.

To go directly to She Be Brave click here.


This week The Back Road Café is featuring Black: The Name, a novel by D.B. Halbert. The book is a fantasy novel that centers around a young magically gifted girl, Elizabeth Blackswan, who is cast from her home in an hour of horror, and must find herself, and her purpose, in a troubling series of events that some may call adventures. Not all odds are stacked against her though, as she meets Pearl, Aldrin, and Auburn, and finds place enough in their company, that may very well keep her from breaking.

To learn more about Black: The Name and its author D.B. Habert click here.


Deborah Streeter

Do you know what a “submerged cultural resources” is? It’s a shipwreck. The Maritime Heritage Program of the National Marine Sanctuaries (NOAA) deals with shipwrecks and this week Deborah Streeter lifts up those who have lost their lives at sea, and those who keep their memory alive, for helping us care about all that lives in the ocean. In Submerged Cultural Resources Deborah speaks about her initial resistance to the work of the NOAA - “No, I am serving on the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary Advisory Council because I wanted to protect the fish and coastline, not to hawk ship wrecks.” - and why she writes about it now.

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


Chris Smedbakken has been publishing short stories and chapters from their novel in progress for some time now. I’ve loved her creativity and imagination and so do a lot of visitors to The Back Road Café. If you haven’t yet met Chris click on About Chris, where you’ll find a short bio. And be sure to have a look at the stories and chapters by going to These Grains of Sand in the left sidebar.

This week Chris has sent us a short story entitled Always Keep it Locked, of which Chris says, "...a ghost story loosely based on my own time as a journalism student in Stockholm (but entirely fictional, of course) :)" Great fun and to go directly to Always Keep It Locked 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.

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


Dale RomingerMy blog in Café Talk this week is called I Hate Editing but Love Editors. One of the downsides of self-publishing is the lack of professional editing. The writer who can accurately edit their own work is an extremely rare beast, and most writers who claim they can are sadly mistaken. So, here's my two cents, and a bit more. If it's good enough for the likes of Margaret Atwood and Kazuo Ishiguro, it's good enough for me and you.

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Pete RobertsonPete Robertson is back with another poem, this entitled Mountains Meet the Sky. In an email Pete wrote: "You might notice that some “places” are really undefined physically.  So, in “Mountains Meet Sky”, again mountains do not actually meet the sky; such views are really illusions of our faulty perceptions."

To learn more about Pete and to go directly to Mountains Meet the Sky (and to read his other poems), 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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