Quote of the Week

Hermann Hesse

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.

{Hermann Hesse}

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home
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From the Prairie to Passchendaele

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The House With The Lilac Shutters

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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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Freefall into Us

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My Gentle War

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Greener on the Other Side

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Absolute Sunset

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The Catalyst

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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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Sex Versus Survival

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


San Francisco, CaliforniaThe 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

This week I continue my time travelling back to the 1960 in Coffee with Hermann Hesse or How I Survived the 1960s. It was the spring of 1971 when the weather was beautiful, it only rained at night, and I sat under trees reading Hermann Hesse, writing utterly horrible poetry, and drawing. It wasn't easy falling in love and striving after self-actualization, but I tired. So have a look, but note. The drawings you can see, but the poetry will never be shown.

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Gayle MadisonOur friend Gayle Madison is back in Soul Desire. Over the next four weeks Gayle will be writing about food and international travel. For those who have travelled, you know that a huge part of having an international experience is the food you eat - the look, smell, and taste. It's so wonderfully important, and I would say both the good and not so could meals. Today her column is called It’s The Paprika Darling. She wrote: "My husband and I took a trip to Budapest. It was during the 2007 financial crisis in Hungary so we did our best to stimulate the economy by eating in the best restaurants and I weep to remember those dining experiences." Have a look. It's a good read.

{To go directly to Soul Desire click here.}


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?

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


Fred KnightI am pleased to feature From the Prairie to Passchendaele by Fred Knight this week at The Back Road Café. 

Fred Knight was born in 1892. One of twelve, his was a tough childhood through hard times in rural Kent. He got by with quick wits, hard work and dreams of becoming a cowboy. And then at seventeen, broke with few prospects in England, Fred followed his dream. He borrowed money for his fare, left behind family, friends and everything he knew, for the savage winters and barely settled emptiness of Saskatchewan.

In WW1 Fred was with the 10th Canadian infantry on the Western Front. For his valour he was awarded the Military Medal. Fred took his young wife and family to Winnipeg. He started again, qualified as an accountant.

In 1933 Fred arrived back in England with a family, little money and few prospects. But for Fred Knight that wasn’t the end of it. In a few years he proved himself to be as tough and formidable in business as in all else. He prospered. At 72, when Parkinsonism had robbed him of the use of his one good hand, he had a device made so he could type with his head, and he wrote this: The story of a boy, who just wanted to be a cowboy.

To read more about From the Prairie to Passchendaele click here.


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.


Henry and AnjaAnja and Henry are back with Wale Watching in Samana Bay. Samana Bay is in the Dominican Republic and Anja and Henry write: "We would like to share a truly amazing experience with you, one of the most amazing things on our journey: We went whale watching in Samana Bay. Every winter, around 1000 humpback whales travel to Samana Bay to mate and bring up their calves."

Do have look. Anja and Henry have sent in some great photos of these amazing animals.

{To go directly to  Things We Have Seen click here.}

Following Henry and Anja on:


                    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.


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.