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Oscar Wilde

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.

{Oscar Wilde}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café

 

Ruth's Cozy Corner, Treme, NOLAThe 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

For the life of me I’ll never understand why Google decided to depersonalize its AI home assistant with little personality and no name. No Alexa, or Siri, or Cortana to ask for assistance. Just Okay Google. What’s up with that? Making me say its corporate name over and over again every day.

If your curious how I’m feeling about this, have a look at Fatuous and Arrogant Google Home ~ What Were They Thinking?, found in Café Talk. Learn why I had to Voogle Google.

{To go directly to Café Talk click here.}

 

Chris Smedbakken

Chris Smedbakken, our good friend from Sweden, is back with another great short stories entitled Two Takes. The story begins with these words: "I know that there are hundreds of stories about the life of Ferdinand Baresi, and while most of them consist of idolizing exaggerations I also know some of them to be true. I also know, however, that there are in circulation just as many stories about his death, and this is the reason behind me at long last sitting myself down to write. Because whichever one of all these stories you yourself have chosen to give credit...I want you to know that you are wrong." To go directly to Two Takes, click here.

Chris is also writing a novel called Into the Dark and chapters are posted on The Back Road Cafe as they are written. So also take a look as the novel develops.

And be sure to visit Chris’s website These Grains of Sand.

{To go directly to Into the Dark click here. To go directly to Chris's short stories click here.}

 

Deborah Streeter

So, who owns the ocean? Who can stake a claim? Who are the stakeholders? Can a whale or a nesting bird be a stakeholders? And who decides—politics as always. Deborah

Streeter is back after the holiday break with a great article simply called, What’s at Stake? The oceans have been in the news lately, what with plastic pollution and oxygen depleted dead spots. Deborah as a Member-At-Large on and Chair of the Sanctuary Advisory Council of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, is a participant in addressing these and a lot more questions about the care of our oceans.

{To go directly to I Must Go Down to the Sea Again 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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