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            Welcome to The Back Road Café

 

Oslo, NorwayThe 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

 

Dale Rominger

Each year I reflect on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. 2018 has been the year of children in cages. Not our white children, of course, but children of color from way down south. It’s been the year of National Guard and active military personnel at the border. It’s been the year of teargas. It’s been the year of huge tax cuts for the very wealthy and the attack on welfare programs, which means an attack on the poor, both working and unemployed. It’s increased foodbanks and anger. It’s Trumbland.

So for 2018 I offer A Christmas Carol for Trumbland, not the sweet tale of Tiny Tim.

 

Deborah Streeter

Born naked, clothed in riches, naked on conversion day,  20 years of a poor scratchy robe, then naked again.  Deborah Streeter writes in Fashion Advise from St. Francis: twenty-something Francis took off all his clothes one day in a public square.  Defiantly he handed his fancy-pants silk robes to his ritzy cloth merchant father, who was demanding repayment of an admitted theft by the rebel son.”

 So what was it? Performance art? A big fuck you to his father? An act of faith?

{To go directly to Saints and Sinners click here.}

 

Patricia Crandall

Christmas is approaching and Patricia Crandall sends us a Christmas poem entitled Lighting the Christmas Tree. Sitting here today on a grey Seattle morning, the poem helps. Have a look.

To go directly to Lighting the Christmas Tree here.

To go directly to Patricia’s blog click here.

 

 

David Swan

David Swan returns this week with a short story called Beyond the Pale. Two people, both somewhat broken through lose, but each choosing a different means of coping. One ordered, one not. One restricted, one not. One wanting to live, one not.

To go directly to Beyond the Pale click here.

 

 

Nicole St.Onge It’s great to welcome Nicole St.Onge to The Back Road Café. Nicole graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2018 with a Master's degree in Communications and Journalism. She is Community Educator at My Sisters' Place, a not-for-profit organization that has been providing support to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking throughout Westchester County, NY since 1978.

Nicole has sent us a short story entitled No Guts, No Gory. It’s Halloween and I’m betting this story will bring a smile to your face. To go directly to No Cuts, No Gory 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.

 

 

Pete Robertson

We welcome back Pete Robertson this week. He sends us a new poem entitled, Song of Regretful Sorrow. 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 Song of Regretful Sorrow 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

  {All Short Fiction can be found in Fiction in the main Menu.}

 

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.