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Frederick Douglass

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

{Frederick Douglass}

Jekanyika: Always Looking for a Home
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Notes from 39,000 Feet

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Dis-Ease: Living with Prostate Cancer

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


Capital Hill, SeattleThe 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


Deborah Streeter

Otter Spotters in I Must Go Down to the Sea Again. This week Deborah Streeter records some observations about sea otter scientists. As Deborah says: "We wouldn't know much about the ocean without ocean scientists.  These men and women observe, record, collect, experiment, analyze and just notice the ocean and all that lives in it." So, have a look, and by the way, did you know that sea otters eat 15-20 lbs of clams, crabs, snails, abalone, and urchins each day? Me either.

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


Peter Robertson Peter Robertson to is back with a new poem entitled Red Haze.

Peter was born in Keene, N.H. in May 1935 which began a journey took him to Oklahoma, South Korea, Hawaii, Michigan, and Washington. He served in the US military and was posted in South Korea close to the Korean DMZ. Alter leaving the military he went into banking focusing on trade finance. He is also a poet.

You can find Peter in Café Poems in the main menu or you can go directly to the Red Haze by clicking here.


Dale Rominger

It's difficult not to talk about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I heard it said that accepting the killing was necessary in order to maintain and protect our freedom. Really? Here's my response to that notion: The American Marriage of Freedom and Death. While killing each other is as American as apply pie, I don't have to accept it.

Café Talk this week is entitled That Uncomfortable American Flag Code. It can make hypocrites of us all.

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Chris Smedbakken

Chris Smedbakken offers a great short story this week entitled How to Write a Definite Bestseller. I'd guess a good subtitle could be "God feel obsolete and supernumerary." If you want to smile and perhaps even think, do read this story.

Chris has been with us now for a few weeks, but if she is new to you, please have a look at the pages in These Grains of Sand you can find in the left sidebar.

{To go directly to Into the Dark click here. To go directly to Chris's short stories click here.}


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.


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.


                    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.





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