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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

 

Matt WoollwardIt's great to welcome Matt Woollward to The Back Road Café. Matt was born in England but currently lives in Greece with his wife, two sons and his imaginatively named cat, Kitty. He holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, in the field of structural geology. He worked in a variety of fields before co-founding an online business consultancy company with his wife, which he helps run while writing.

In a few weeks I'll be featuring Matt's book Abaddonian Dream: “a dystopian tech-noir mystery that will have you guessing all the way to the thrilling conclusion.”  But first I'm really pleased to post one of Matt's short stories, Sleeper. If you like sci fi and time travel, you'll love this story.

To read Sleeper go to Fiction in the main menu or 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.

 

Dale Rominger

As the Republican Party begins to make public its plans now that it controls all aspects of the US government and Trump continues to appoint some of the most extreme figures in America to his administration, many are beginning to wonder to what extent the future may threaten US democracy. I've throw in my two cents with American Democracy Versus Voter Suppression and the Rise of the Oligarchy. While the US has always self-corrected in the past, that is not a guarantee it will do so in the future.

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Deborah Streeter This week Deborah Streeter offers us a great article calle Betwixt and Between where she talks about the transitions, the liminal states, the thresholds we all experience in life, whether we want to or not. She ends her throughts with these words: "Thresholds, limens, brinks are rich, scary, changing places. Shorelines, wilderness.  It is there and then that you meet, in Turner’s words, dharma bums and good Samaritans and monastic orders.  And pilgrims." Transition begin with an ending and end with a beginning. Please take a few minutes and read Bewist and Between.

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Henry and AnjaAnja and Henry are back this week in Things We Have Seen. This week's travel blog is called Fiji - Welcome To Paradise. It's really a blog in pictures as they move from island to island to island experience everything from volleyball with local and swimming with sharks.

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                    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.

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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.