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Zadie Smith

The pursuit of happiness has always seemed to me a somewhat heavy American burden, but in Manhattan it is conceived as a peculiar form of duty.

{Zadie Smith, Find Your Beach, The New York Review of Books, October 23 – November 5, 2014, Volume LXI, Number 16}

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Cabot La Nao, SpainThe 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

We’re taking a short break at the Back Road Cafe next week. I’m off to San Francisco and then driving to New Orleans with a friend and Deborah Streeter will be in Yosemite. So we’re taking the week off, but do have a look around while we are gone.

 

Deborah StreeterDeborah Streeter is about to head off to Yosemite and now offers her last reflection on the park so important to American history and life. So, "What do Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Muir have in common? Would the 20th century African -American eastern urban civil rights leader/ Christian preacher have anything to say to 19th century Scottish-American western wilderness lover and son of a preacher (who preached hate and fear rather than liberation)?" Do have a look at I Have Been to the Mountaintop because you will also run into David Thoreau and the sci fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson.

{All the links to Blowin' in the Wind: An American View, including Political Animal, are located in the left sidebar. Or to go directly to Deborah's column click here.}

 

Roberta Rominger

Time to Get Serious. That's the title of Roberta Rominger's blog this week, and it's not for the faint hearted. She's reading Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, and Roberta writes: "Climate change is such an all-surpassing priority that I fear my sabbatical and my blog represent time wasted as I have dabbled in other concerns." This is a very good article and I encourage you to read it.

{All the links to Whatever Next?  are located in the left sidebar. Or go directly to Roberta’s blog by clicking here.}
 

Dale RomingerI read the paper each morning which is not the way to start your day if you are interested in pursuing happiness. In Pursuing Both Knowledge and Happiness ~ The Impossible Possibility in  Café Talk blog explore the clash between the pursuit of knowledge and happiness. As it turns out, I'm not dropping the newspaper.

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Gayle Madison

Gayle Madison's Soul Desire is back and this month Gayle offers us a poem entitled Ice Cream at the Park.

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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.

 

Wilbert SayimaniJekanyika: Always Looking for a Home by Wilbert Sayimani.

Jekanyika is a Shona word (about 80% of people in Zimbabwe speak Shona) that can roughly be translated into English as “A person who does not settle in one place.” In this column Wilbert will be sharing his thoughts as he leave Zimbabwe and “settle” in England. In a sense he find myself standing between two worlds: Zimbabwe, where he was born, raised and lived all his life and England, where he now work and live with his family. His column will explore what he learns about Zimbabwe as he see it with new eyes, about England, a strange land where he seeks a home, and himself, the person who does not settle in one place.

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Or to go directly to Wilbert's column click here.}

 

Mike Wal

Mondrian and the Pursuit of Perfection by Mike Walsh remain available to readers and can still to be found in the left side bar. It is important to read the essays in order. They are listed chronologically, so please begin with the Introduction

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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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