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Paul McCartney

But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important colour in writing.

{Paul McCartney}

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home
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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


Treme Coffeehouse, New OrleansThe 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


April HigueraFor the past several weeks The Back Road Café has been featuring a piece by April Higuera The Dark Side of the Light, a case study written in narrative form. Today, however, we begin to feature April's book Making the Case for Innocence.

April is the owner and principal agent of ADH Investigations, specializing in complex, criminal defense investigation of violent crimes on county, state, and federal levels. She conducts fieldwork investigations and offers consultation nationwide. April also writes on best practices for criminal defense investigation and aspects of the criminal justice system to raise public awareness. Making the Case for Innocence is about the innocent citizens accused of crimes they did not commit. Some fall further through the cracks of justice into the dark crevasse of wrongful convictions and incarcerations. April explains the pitfalls of the criminal justice system and why defense investigation is essential in every criminal case, even when the client confessed!

To learn more about Making the Case for Innocence click here.

J. David BethelThe Back Road Café is pleased to welcome David Bethel, a writer of fiction and non-fiction.  He has been published in popular consumer magazines and respected political journals.  David spent 35 years in politics and government and is the author of Evil Town, a novel of political intrigue, and Blood Moon, a psychological crime thriller inspired by a true story of kidnapping, torture, extortion and murder.

For the next few weeks we will be featuring Blood Moon, a big, compelling, entertaining novel about right and wrong, good and evil, choices and responsibilities, and justice and retribution.

To learn more about David and Blood Moon - social media links, book description, reviews, and links if you are interested in purchasing the book - click here.


Kimelene CarrWe continue with Kimelene Carr poetry, this week's poem entitled Inner Turmoil.  Kimeline is a writer 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 Inner Turmoil and to learn more about Kimelene click here


Dale RomingerThe other day I attended a poetry reading at Island Books on Mercer Island in the greater Seattle area. One poem by Megan Snyder-Camp was motivated by an encounter she with our young son who was in kindergarten at the time. She asked him what he had learned that day and he told about the school “shooting drill.” The poem spoke of children being taught to press themselves up against the wall or, for the lucky few, how to hide in a dark closet in the hopes of not being shot dead.

The poem had a an instant and powerful impact on me. My response: Kindergarten Shooting Drills ~ Welcome to the United States of America.

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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.

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As you know The Back Road Café is a noncommercial website, which means it is not cluttered to distraction with advertising and it does not promote products or services. However, I am making an exception and introducing you to the Pipe & Thimble Book Store because I love the bookstore's purpose in supporting small publishing houses and indie authors. To learn about the bookstore founders, Ellie Lieberman and Barbara Lieberman, to read what is essential its mission statement, and to find the link to the store's website, 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?

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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.



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.