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Fredric Jameson

Americans are able to observe local injustice, racism, corruption, educational incompetence with a practiced eye, while they continue to entertain boundless optimism as to the greatness of the country, taken as a whole.

{Fredric Jameson in Raymond Chandler, The Detections of Totality}

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            Welcome to The Back Road Café


Kalaymyo-Tahan, 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

L Dalton White We have a new feature book this week, Complicity, A Thriller by L Dalton White. As the title says, it's a thriller that is a perfect book for everyone who loves a fascinating and gripping thriller, perfect mixture of suspense and action, with a nice twist in the end.

To learn more about Complicity, A Thriller go to Books in the main menu or click here.

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Dale Rominger

I think this is my last time trip to the 1960's, at least for now. I call it My Life in a Blue Plastic Capsule and it tells the story of my experience on December 1, 1969 when the Selective Service System of the United States of America held a lottery (the first since 1942) to determine the order in which young men would be drafted into the military to fight a war in Vietnam. It's all about a very big number and a yellow cake with  chocolate icing.

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Gayle MadisonGayle Madison, turns her attention to a place in the world I love and miss though my doctor might advise me not to read her column this week. She writes: "on rainy days when I feel like crying the romantic side of my nature desires nothing more than to be buried at the feet of George Frideric Handel (an English composer despite what you might think) with a scone and a cup of tea tucked in beside me." Yup, it's Country English Cream Tea, not the "effete linen cloth, my pinky finger curled daintily above the delicate curve of a perfectly painted china cup filled with a fragrant brew of Assam." It's time to dig in. I enjoyed this read. Give it a chance.

{To go directly to Soul Desire click here.}


April HigueraI'm pleased to welcome April Higuera to The Back Road Café. April is probably one of the more unusual writers we've had here at The Café. She is the owner and principal agent of ADH Investigations, specializing in complex, criminal defense investigation of violent crimes on county, state, and federal levels. She conducts fieldwork investigations and offers consultation nationwide. April also writes on best practices for criminal defense investigation and aspects of the criminal justice system to raise public awareness.

This week I am featuring one of her cases, written in narrative form, entitled The Dark Side of the Light. It's afascinating read so do have a look. Go to Nonfiction in the main menu or just 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?

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Henry and AnjaFollowing on from To Hell and Back - Rotorua, Anja's and Henry's posting this week is Next Stop Taupo. From the heat of the Sulphur Lake they move on to the coolness of Huka Falls. Great photos. Have a look.

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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.



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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