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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

 

Dale Rominger

It's the Christmas season and so I once again turn to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I've entitled my Café Talk blog accordingly: A Christmas Carol for Billionaires. What with White House occupied by a billionaires and the Republican Party leaving behind the left behind, and the rest of us too, it made sense. So put aside sweet little Tiny Tim of movie fame, and enter Dickens' world, not unlike contemporary America.

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Deborah Streeter

“This week’s 'Ocean Person' is Don Pachico Mayoral, nicknamed the “Whale Whisperer” because of his historic ‘first encounter of a whale kind’ on Baja’s San Ignacio Lagoon.” So writes Deborah Streeter in Don Pachico Mayoral and Los Ballenas Amistosos. This is a great story of Don Pachino’s encounter with a wale and her calf, the beginning of the phenomenon known as "los ballenas amistosos," the friendly whales. What makes this article even better is that Deborah has been there herself. I loved this. Take a few minutes and click the link.

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

 

Chris Smedbakken

Chris Smedbakken is back with the third chapter of her ongoing novel Into the Dark. Chapter three is called "On Dreams, Myths and Not-So-Ordinary Hunters." Into the Dark is a dark modern fantasy novel about the daughter of an ancient family of mages, who uncovers a sinister conspiracy threatening to literally devour everything supernatural. Chris invite you to read along as she develops her novel, posting chapters here as they are written.

If you are new to Chris's novel, scroll down to Chapter I and read from the beginning. You won't be disappointed.  

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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.

 

 

 

 

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