Character Study: The Man Child

He was born to parents that would never, could never, understand him. For all intents and purposes, he was an alien. His parents were normal enough and that was the problem, for something about the boy invited abnormal adults to feel comfortable in his presence. To explain: Normal enough means…

Rainbow in a Lemon Fizz Can

I first met Charles Olaf Johnson, or Chuck as friends call him, at my writing critique group run by Jedwin Smith. Chuck was in his mid-seventies, but that didn't stop him from flirting. I remember thinking, "Dang, Chuck, if you were younger...holy cow, I would be in trouble." And he knew I was…