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 Nessrine Malik

It is time to stop pleading. It is time to call things what they are and not temper or apologise for the strength of the allegations, to call people racists, opportunists and complicit hatemongers even if they do grace our prestigious publications and seats of governance. It is time to do what they always accuse you of doing anyway, and “shut down the debate”.

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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

 

Lionel Ntasano Our good friend Lionel Ntasano is back in The Back Road Café with a great short story entitled Hotel California. Lionel begins his story with these words: “Mom arrived in America expecting peace and love – She’d entered the country the way one enters any grand love affair: with no exit plan. She once told me that she knew a girl of fifteen who burned herself to death because her parents refused to allow her to marry the boy she loved. For Mom, love refines truths. And so begins one of the most wretched and mesmeric love stories…”

Lionel was born in Burundi, but travelled widely to Zambia, the U.S.A., Kenya, France and Switzerland, among other countries. He has now returned home, where he runs a small beach resort.

{To go directly to Hotel California click here.}

 

Dale Rominger

It’s Time to Shut Down the Debating.

I have never held the position that all things should be discussed, debated, and aired. There are people, ideologies, and actions that are harmful to a just and inclusive society. Through cultural norms and legislation, they, both the people and their ideas, should be kept under their rocks.

{To go directly to Café Talk click here.}

 

Deborah Streeter

This week in California Dreamin' Deborah Streeter asks, in Wet California, if Sunny California is actually sunny or is it wet and cold. As the song goes:

She likes the free, fresh wind in her hair
Life without care
She's broke, and it's oke
She hates California, it's cold and it's damp
That's why the lady is a tramp.

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

 

Patricia Crandall

Patricia Crandall is back with a short poem entitled Spring In the Air. It's certainly true here in Seattle!

Patricia 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 Spring In the Air click here.

To go directly to Patricia’s blog click here.

 

Pete Robertson

This week Pete Robertson has sent in a poem entitled Time -- "Time is nothing but an old human plan..."

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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