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Philippa Foot

I want to say, badly, that there is no criterion for practical rationality that is not derived from that of goodness of the will.

{Philippa Foot, in Natural Goodness}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café

 

Treme, New Orleans, USAThe 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

 

Deborah StreeterAt the beginning of her column this week, Just Say Know: When Should Kids be Allowed to Drink and Drug?, Deborah Streeter writes: "How many other nations have a legal drinking age of 21, besides the US? Only three: Palau, Indonesia, and Mongolia.  Every other country in the world allows either 16 or 18 year olds to drink alcohol.  (And presumably smoking pot, where legal.)" The question she then asks is how that 21 year old requirement is working out in a country that is, as she says, ambivalent "about having fun in general – we are puritans and libertines at the same time."

{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.}

 

Gayle Madison

Gayle Madison is back in Soul Desire. This month Gayle offers an original poem and painting. Both are beautiful, so do have a look at Christmas Pears

{The link to Soul Desire is located in the left sidebar. Or to go directly to Gayle's column click here.}

 

Dale Rominger

No doubt many of you have heard the news that the good Rev. Steven Anderson called for the execution of gay people to rid the world of AIDS. As I say in my blog, Execution Preaching: "Here we go again. Another god-fearing soul wanting to murder human beings in the name of a god." The question I ask is, what are moderate and progressive Christians going to do about the likes of Anderson? Putting a poster on Facebook declaring he's not a real Christian isn't good enough.

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

 

Roberta RomingerRoberta Rominger's Time to Get Serious is 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.}
 

 

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.

{All the links to Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home are located in the left sidebar. 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.

{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.}

 


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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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