Quote of the Week

Sei Shōnagon, illustration from an issue of Hyakunin Isshu (Edo period)

There is nothing in the whole world so painful as feeling that one is not liked. It always seems to me that people who hate me must be suffering from some strange form of lunacy.

{Sei Shōnagon, The Pillow Book}

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home
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The Woman in White Marble

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Notes from 39,000 Feet

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Dis-Ease: Living with Prostate Cancer

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Alien Love

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The House With The Lilac Shutters

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My Gentle War

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Freefall into Us

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Absolute Sunset

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Greener on the Other Side

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Treasured Words

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The Catalyst

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Psalms Redux

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Plod On, Sleepless Giant

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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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Relatively Religious

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Sex Versus Survival

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


SpainThe 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

Igor EliseevIgor Eliseev, is posting is third essay entitled What Do We Live For? Reading an article called Multiplying Sadness, he was confronted with the meaning of life question. He writes: "The first logical question: 'What do we live for', to which I could hardly believe to respond, gave me the extremely simple, but absolutely unexpected answer: 'For nothing'”. Igor, of course, didn't leave it at that.

To go directly to What Do We Live For? click here.
To visit Igor's website click here.
To connect with Igor on Twitter click here.


Nancy Julien Kopp

We welcome Nancy Julien Kopp to The Back Road Café this week. Nancy is contributing a poem entitled play, gypsy girl, play. She writes about the poem: "This poem came from a dream I had. As soon as I woke up, the first line came to me. I started writing and the words just flowed. The poem was published at a writer’s website and was accepted for interpretive art by abstract painter, Jennifer Rivera. Her painting and my poem were part of an exhibit in a St. Joseph, MO art gallery."

To read play, grypsy girl, play click here.  


Deborah StreeterDeborah Streeter her new column, On the Road Again, with Walking a New Path. She writes, "The Lace Lichen Trail is the first new trail in 75 years at Point Lobos State Reserve, near where I live on the Monterey Peninsula." And, "These 400 acres of cypress and pine forest along a stunning rocky oceanside promontory first became an official state park in 1933, but long before then trails and paths already snaked through the landscape.  Deer had formed windy ways in the woods, and the Ohlone native Americans had cleared away routes so they could gather sage and abalone." Do have a look!


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


Dale Rominger

A couple weeks ago, our literary landscape was impacted by several stories within days of each other: New books being released by well known authors; identities being uncovered; sudden death. So, Café Talk this week address them all in Big Week in Bookland: Books, Betrayal, and Bereavement.

{To go directly to Café Talk click here.}


Henry and AnjaI'm excited to introduce a new travel blog to The Back Road Café called Things We Have Seen.The blog is written by Anja and Henry. Henry was born in Sao

Paulo, Brazil,  grew up in Germany with an Italian stepfather and a British mother. Anja was from a small village in north-western Germany, and it was there she met Henry. They write: “We began our travel blog late 2014 in anticipation of our one-year world trip, the idea was to keep in touch with our friends, colleagues, and relatives who stayed behind.”

Their first blog shared here is called Meanwhile, in the Shire…and tells of their visit to the Hobbiton-set in New Zealand, created for the film by Peter Jackson.

In the left sidebar you will find Anja’s and Henry’s section called Things We’ve Seen. There you will find information about the two of them, how they got started traveling and writing the blog, and the link to the blog itself. Or, simply click here to go directly to Meanwhile, in the Shire… 

I also encourage you to visit their website, Things We’ve Seen.

And you can following Henry and Anja on:

Our friend from Moscow, Igor Eliseev, is back with another essay. The essay is entitled The Look of a Real Rebel and explores who, or what, a rebel is in our Internet age of digital reality.  

To go directly to The Look of a Real Rebel click here.
To visit Igor's website click here.
To connect with Igor on Twitter click here.



Terry OakleyThe Back Road Café is pleased to welcome an old friend, Terry Oakley. Terry has written a poem entitled Let it be... Terry is retired and active. He is married and have three daughters and three grandchildren and lives in Leighton Buzzard, UK, but was born and brought up in the Northeast of England near Newcastle. Terry loves gardening, singing, writing, reading (especially science fiction), and drinking wine. He considers himself to be a radical Christian, open to wherever truth leads.

For more information about Let it be... click here.
To visit Terry's website, Quodlibetto, click here.

 Kenton CrowtherKenton Crowther is a British author who has written several ebooks which are available from Amazon. These include the vampire novel Easy Blood, which will be featured in the future. However, this week we have a short story from Kenton entitled As Far as the Purple Door. Purple Door is a new story about the main character in Easy Blood. If you’re wondering what it is about, get this first line: “There was a mixture of ordinary citizens and vampire residents at the boarding house, but for now Eric Vauclare, the newly reincarnated King Bat, had been socialising with neither type.” I think you should give it a try.

To read Purple Door, click here.

Go to www.kentoncrowther.com for all things Crowther.
To connect with Kenton on Twitter click here
To visit Kenton’s Facebook Page click 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.



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.





Wilbert Sayimani

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home by Wilbert Sayimni.Jekanyika is a Shona word that can roughly be translated into English as “A person who does not settle in one place.” Here are Wilbert’s thoughts  as he left Zimbabwe and “settle” in England.

All links to Jekanyika are in the left sidebar, but to go directly to Wilbert's reflections click here.


Mike WalshMondrian and the Pursuit of Perfection by Mike Walsh. Reflections on the art of Mondrian.


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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?

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