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            Welcome to The Back Road Café

 

Tahan-Kalaymyo, MyanmarThe 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

Kate Rauner I'm really pleased to welcome Kate Rauner of Hanover, New Mexico to The Back Road Café. Kate writes science fiction novels and science-inspired poetry, and serves as a volunteer firefighter. She's also a retired engineer and Cold War Warrior (honestly, Congress says so) because she worked in America's nuclear weapons complex. Now living on the edge of southwest America's Gila National Forest with her husband, cats, llamas, and dog, she's well on her way to  becoming an eccentric old woman.

This week Kate shares her poem entitled Shadow of the Moon which explores the coming eclipse and the millions who desire to be in the Totality. To read Kate’s poem, click here or go to Café Poetry in the main menu.

 

I was asked to review Day of Days, a film by Kim Bass staring Tom Skerritt and Claudia Zevallos. You might remember Tom Skerritt from his performances in Alien and A River Passes Through It and on TV MASH.  Claudia Zevallos may be new to you, but her performance is this film is excellent.

The writing, acting, and cinematography are all excellent. The story is about the encounter of two strangers in a L.A. home. I wrote in my review: “If you yearn to watch a movie with scenes longer than two or three seconds, where characters actually have conversations that mean something, that is not just one damn thing after another (nonstop car chases, explosions, and martial arts combat), than you will appreciate this film. If you want to see a film were two artists give you their all, then Day of Days is for you.”

For a closer look at the people who were involved, a synopsis and my review, click here.

 

Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter sent in a great article entitled Scientists of Mystery: Rachel Carson and William Beebe as part of her “Ocean People” series. Deborah writes: "Encountering the depths of ocean or space can convert the most intellectual of scientists into the most mystical of poets…We continue our series on Ocean People with two 20th century marine scientists who used their influential popular writing to inspire and move a wide lay audience.  They both turned the public tide toward ocean conservation, and they both wrote some fine poetry."

{To go directly to I Must Go Down to the Sea Again click here.}

 

Dale Rominger

In Café Talk this week I humbly offer a Politics of Disgust (thank you Jonathan Freedland of The Guardian) as a commitment and a strategy. I write: "It’s important to emphasize that Trump's behavior is not entertainment, not distraction, but is corrosive."

{To go directly to Café Talk click here.}

 

Chris Smedbakken

Chris Smedbakken, our new friend from Stockholm, Sweden,  a non-binary writer and journalist, sends us a short story entitled Every Cat But Mine. It's a great little story of which they say, “This story was written in reply to a writing prompt  that said ‘Cats around the world start doing strange things, like doing their owners taxes or getting part time jobs to earn them money. Your cat, however, is incredibly special in that it does absolutely nothing interesting. Ever’.” Have a look. You'll enjoy the read.  

{To go directly to Every Cat But Mine click here.}    

 

 

 

Kimelene Carr

Continuing our poetry theme, Kimelene Carr's this week offers us Bliss.

Kimelene is a poet 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 If Dawn Could Remain and her other poems, click here.

 

 

Gabrielle Barnby
Gabrielle Barnby has published a new novel entitled The Oystercatcher Girl. From the book's blurb: The Oystercatcher Girl is a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption. When three women are reunited for the funeral of a friend they find there is more connecting them than they realise." 

Gabrielle is a beautiful writer. To learn more about The Oystercatcher Girl, click here.

We are also featuring a story by Gabrielle of a Orkney spring/summer morning called Orkney ~ from Spring to Summer. Tto read Orkney ~ from Spring to Summer click here.

Gabrielle's short stories and book reviews have been published in Northwords Now and The Stinging Fly. Various pieces of her poetry and prose are available in local anthologies including Waiting for The Tide, Come Sit at Our Table and Kirkwall Visions, Kirkwall Voices. In 2015 her first collection of short stories The House With The Lilac Shutters was published by ThunderPoint. In the same year she won The George Mackay Brown Short Story competition.

Gabrielle has published four stories on The Back Road Café. To read them all go to Fiction in the Main menu and look for Stories by Gabrielle Barnby 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.

 

 

                    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.

 

 

 

 

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