Quote of the Week

Ernest Hemingway

I’ve never seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.

{Ernest Hemingway}

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home
The Back Road Web Links
Follow Me On
Plod On, Sleepless Giant

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The Woman in White Marble

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Notes from 39,000 Feet

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Alien Love

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Dis-Ease: Living with Prostate Cancer

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Battle for the Throne: Tales from Falyncia Book One

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Psalms Redux

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Crawling Through Thorns

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Mountains of Light

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Money for Everyone

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Sex Versus Survival

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Relatively Religious

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


Oxford, EnglandThe 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

Gabriellel BarnbyThe Back Road Café welcomes Gabrielle Barnby and is pleased to publish her new short story, Jeopardy. Gabrielle began writing at Oxford, moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, and now lives in Orkney with her family. She’s a wonderful writer and Jeopardy speaks to love, relationships and surprises. The story is beautifully written and worth your time.

To read Jeopardy go to Fiction in the main menu or click here.
To visti Gabrielle's website click here.

M.P. McVeyFor the next couple of weeks The Back Road Café will be featuring M.P. McVey's book Plod on, Sleepless Giant, which has been described as a great fantasy/si fi novel. From the book blurb:
    "At the center of earth exists Temelephas. Created as an insensitive automaton, he is chained to his wooden wheel, ever turning our world. Never to feel, never to remember ... he was made to only walk.
        Earth is ravaged by a storm the likes of which humanity's meteorologists have never seen, leaving nothing but questions. Cities are left in rubble and people like Edward and Lily begin to put their lives back together, all while afraid of the storm's possible resurgence."

For more information about the book and to read some of McVey’s reviews go to Book in the main menu or click here.
To read Michael’s short story “Those Dark, Troubled Grounds” click here.
To visit his website click here.
And to visit his Facebook Page click here.


Dale Rominger

I'm a member of a socialist collective where we have a governing body that makes the rules and pools some of our resources for the common good. It's only a little collective, not near as big as the humongous American collective that spends $997 billion each year on the socialist projects/institutions of the military, highways and corporations/companies.
Café Talk blog this week is called I’m a Member of an American Socialist Collective ~ Don’t Tell. God ahead and read it. I promise it won't turn you into a communist.

{The link to Café Talk is located in the top main menu or to go directly to the page click here.}

Deborah Streeter

In Locking the Front Door Deborah Streeter responds to the realities of the Paris attack, and others around the world, by  writes, "...after this week’s violence in Paris I got to thinking about how trusting it is to welcome outside community groups into your sacred space, especially your tender children’s space. Sure, come on in, stranger from another country..." And, of course, "I wonder if that trusting attitude will change."

{All the links to Building Blocks are located in the left sidebar. Or to go directly to Deborah's column click here.}



Roberta RomingerRoberta Rominger's review this week is called Magic??! Can’t We Do Better Than That? She is taking a close look at Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, who was recently at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Gilbert is probably best known for her book Eat, Pray, Love, a book that capitvated Roberta, though she admits "not everybody responded that way!" In Big Magic, Gilbert "sees human beings as naturally creative. Ideas are 'out there'...looking for someone to channel them into physical reality." Roberta finds this intriguing and impressive, but she does have a criticism. She writes: "She admits to being a mystic when it comes to inspiration, but she stubbornly resists allowing religion any say. The door is closed and tightly locked. This is a mysticism that goes out of its way to reject mystical tradition. How crazy is that?" Have a look to decide for yourself.

{The link to Whatever Next? is located in the sidebar or to go directly to the page click here.}

E. J. Willis

I am delighted to feature a new book by E. J. Willis entitled Battle for the Throne: Tales from Falyncia Book One. Willis describes her book as a fantasy for young adults, and it is. But if you are a bit older, like me, you too will enjoy this story. Willis is a natural storyteller and the Battle for the Throne engages you from the very beginning. When I asked her to give me a one sentence blurb of the book she wrote: "Alaina must fight to free the Kingdom of Falyncia from a demon who has taken control." However, if you want to hear more about the book and read some of her reviews go to Books in the main menu or click here.

If you want to get a flavor for the Kingdom of Falyncia read Willis’ short story A Short Tale from Falyncia: Refugees. You can find A Short Tale under Fiction in the main menu or by clicking 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 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.


{All links to A Dialogue with Dietrich: In Search of Church are located in the left sidebar, or to go directly to Kevin's essay click here.}


Oxford, England  







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?

{The link to Café Talk is located in the top main menu or click here.}