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Look at how we humans treat our closest relatives, the Great Apes - chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas. Those that are not already bush meat, zoo inmates, or show biz clowns are endangered and living on borrowed time.

{James Barrat}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café

 

The Dam Cafe, North Lake TahoeThe 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

 

I recently visited the Lake Tahoe area and in North Lake Tahoe found a great café called the Dam Café – it’s near a dam on a river. The food was great and the people friendly. I asked the owner, Jen Campbell, if I could take a couple pictures of the café and post them on The Back Road Café. She said yes and you can see one above under Welcome and the other at the bottom of this center column of information.

As you know, The Back Road Café is a noncommercial site, so no advertising. But occasionally I break my own rules. So, if you are in North Lake Tahoe, go to The Dam Café and met Jen. You’ll receive a good meal and a smile.

 

Sometime back The Back Road Café feature One-Two by Igor Eliseev. The book has been described as “a psychological drama, the main events of which unfold in 1980s and 1990s. The novel is a speculation about how difficult it is to be a human and how important it is to stay human until the end. It is a message full of empathy and kindness addressed to all people.”

Since featuring One-Two, the book has been awarded a gold medal for Best Regional Fiction in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYS) for Europe. So from The Back Road Café, congratulations Igor! To learn more about Igor, One-Two, and purchasing options, click here.

 

Nicholas Alexander

This week Nicholas Alexander, our new poet from Jamaica, posted Rome: Home of the Gods.

Nicholas is a teacher of English and philosophy as well as a poet. He has been published widely in Jamaica and the Caribbean. He has also been awarded a fellowship with Calabash International Writers and Rebones Blues Cafe Poet of the Year in 2015. 

To go directly to Rome: Home of the Gods, click here.

 

Kimelene Carr

Continuing our poetry theme, Kimelene Carr's this week offers us The Desert in the Glass.

Kimelene is a poet who lives on the island of Trinidad. Her debut novel, Sans Espoir, is a West Indian drama that exposes readers to the local Trinidad culture. Apart from writing, she also enjoys reading, reciting (and composing) poems as well as listening to music. In the future I will be featuring Sans Espoir, but for the next several weeks we will have the opportunity to read some of Kimelene's poetry.

To read If Dawn Could Remain and her other poems, click here.

 

Another amazing week in U.S. politics leaving many wondering if Trump could be any worse and where, oh where, is the Republican Party. My take on events, "Caught between the Calcified GOP and the Gruelling Trump." Bill Clinton was about sex and lying under oath. Trump is about self-stated obstruction of justice and revealing classified information to the Russians. Go figure.

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Gabrielle Barnby
Gabrielle Barnby has published a new novel entitled The Oystercatcher Girl. From the book's blurb: The Oystercatcher Girl is a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption. When three women are reunited for the funeral of a friend they find there is more connecting them than they realise." 

Gabrielle is a beautiful writer. To learn more about The Oystercatcher Girl, click here.

We are also featuring a story by Gabrielle of a Orkney spring/summer morning called Orkney ~ from Spring to Summer. Tto read Orkney ~ from Spring to Summer click here.

Gabrielle's short stories and book reviews have been published in Northwords Now and The Stinging Fly. Various pieces of her poetry and prose are available in local anthologies including Waiting for The Tide, Come Sit at Our Table and Kirkwall Visions, Kirkwall Voices. In 2015 her first collection of short stories The House With The Lilac Shutters was published by ThunderPoint. In the same year she won The George Mackay Brown Short Story competition.

 

 

I’ve added a new website to The Back Road Web Links, which you can find at new the bottom or the left sidebar. I’m very pleased to welcome Addiction Resource, which was founded in 2014 to provide a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. Our goal is to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life. We believe in our ability to help improve the lives of others, and belief is what motivates us to educate and support our readers every day.

Addiction Resource is not a treatment center and does not accept payments or advertising offers. Instead, we work to provide free resources to help people better understand their addiction and motivate them to make the first step in seeking support.

To go directly to Addiction Resources website, click here.

 

 

Gayle MadisonGayle Madison takes us to Hong Kong in Dining and Deals in Hong Kong. After the "deals" it was to a Dim Sum restaurant, which I can tell you first hand is worth the trip to Hong Kong alone. As Gayle says, "Take a deep breath and open your mind because while you may have had Dim Sum you haven’t fully experienced the essential nature of it until you have experienced a Hong Kong Dim Sum palace." So, if you get a chance to head over to Hong Kong, you'll know were to eat when you get there.

{To go directly to Soul Desire click here.}

 

 

Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter has had a wet winter and road repairs were necessary. From community meetings with the county to quoting President Obama, she simply asks Who built the road? She writes: "It began as a path along the creek formed by the native Ohlone people, maybe following deer paths.  Then it was a logging road as the area was practically clear cut of redwoods a century ago.  When we first came here in the 1970’s it was paved for only three miles in from the coast highway, and then it was just gravel for the five miles to the National Forest." So he did build it? Have a look at Who Built This Road?

{To go directly to On the Road Again click here.}

 

Henry and AnjaFollowing on from To Hell and Back - Rotorua, Anja's and Henry's posting this week is Next Stop Taupo. From the heat of the Sulphur Lake they move on to the coolness of Huka Falls. Great photos. Have a look.

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Julie MannI'm very pleased to welcome Julie Mann to The Back Road Café. Julie is from Vancouver, Canadian, and says of herself: "I am the cream half of a coffee-and-cream couple, mom to three children and various pets. I love music and dance, champagne and chocolate. When I have half a chance, I like to relax by reading and digging in the dirt. I am passionate about issues affecting women in the world."

The Back Road Café will be featuring Julie's book, Backshadow, for the next few weeks. From the book blurb: "Some women keep secrets, and some women are kept by their secrets. Like shadows they follow, intimately connected to flesh and blood, a lingering reminder of something past, something dark…" But to give you a real sense of the book, we have included an excerpt which I know you will enjoy and value.

To learn more about Backshadow and read the excerpt click 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.

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E.J. Willis

A 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.