Chapter 8 …

bw-hug

Last week’s chapter began with the aftermath of what happened in Chapter 6. Pressed about whether he liked what happened, Jimmy admitted he had and cited several reasons for that. Whatever he may have intended, Jimmy’s words caused Jeff to break down and cry.

While we never learn all the details, it seems being homosexual has not brought much happiness to Jeff up to this point in his life; indeed, that being homosexual has been a struggle for him. Would that be surprising considering the era in which he grew up? I suspect not.

Convinced Jimmy would be better off in a straight relationship, one where he could get married and have children and seemingly live happily ever after, Jeff apparently believes he did the wrong thing letting Jimmy have sex with him again.

Jimmy manages to calm Jeff down, telling the older youth he should let Jimmy decide for himself what’s right for him. At the same time, Jeff’s display of emotion leaves Jimmy shaken because Jimmy wants sex to be both fun and uncomplicated.

Oh, my, isn’t it amazing how naive we can be when we’re young:-)

In any event, the two talk it out the next day. Apparently resigned to never finding anyone who will genuinely love him, Jeff decides he’s open to having a relationship on Jimmy’s terms. He won’t ask Jimmy to do anything the boy isn’t comfortable with and he’s also apparently willing not to dispute Jimmy’s self-interpretation of who he is.

That allows Jimmy to continue the relationship, which apparently becomes a bit volcanic over the next several months. In November the congressional candidate Jeff is supporting wins the election and offers Jeff a job in Washington.

In turn, Jeff asks Jimmy to consider moving to America’s capital with him. He promises Jimmy he’ll be able to live for free in the place Jeff plans to rent and to pay for all the food as well.

Jimmy is initially hesitant. He wonders what he’ll do for a living in Washington, but Jeff promises to help him find a job or even let Jimmy live with him without getting a job at all in exchange for help around the place they’ll be living.

That makes Jimmy wonder whether Jeff sees him as his wife. Jeff denies it, even going so far as to tell Jimmy he knows who wears the pants in their relationship. Reassured, Jimmy promises to consider the offer, then satisfies a more immediate and compelling need.

I don’t know abut anyone else, but Jimmy can be frustrating at times. Instead of realizing who he is, he seems determined to perpetuate a myth; one that brings out the worst in him at times. And yet there are other times when he seems to genuinely care about Jeff.

Whether this conflict will ever be resolved remains to be seen, but I suspect it won’t be resolved anytime soon. If not, we’re likely to see more of this kind of behavior from Jimmy; i.e., selfishness mixed with a capacity for tender feelings as well.

Whatever the case may be, Chapter 8 is up. Have fun reading and feel free to let me know if you think the story is too confusing.

Chapter 7 …

If you’re looking for the usual recap of last week’s chapter, you won’t find it here. It’s not the kind of chapter that can be easily recapped.

If you need to refresh your memory, feel free to read it again. Indeed, that would probably be a good idea no matter what as tonight’s chapter picks up exactly where the last chapter ended and is more a continuation than something new; at least initially.

To put it in 1970s terms, it’s the cigarette guys lit and smoked to calm themselves down after doing something that got them quite excited indeed:-)

By the way, is it just me or does anyone else find it hard to believe people actually smoked after having sex? It seems kind of yucky, but I’m told that it happened and far be it for me to question my sources.

To set the record straight, I want to be sure people understand I’m not suggesting Jimmy and Jeff are somehow the personification of the 1970s. An era cannot be captured in one or two characters. Having said that, I do think their story is a very 1970s tale and hopefully that will become clearer as our story unfolds.

While Jimmy is coming into clearer focus for us, tonight’s chapter will hopefully provide a little better insight into Jeff than we’ve had up until now. His character won’t really become entirely clear until the second half of the story, which is still quite a ways off.

But if you read carefully, you’ll begin to get a glimpse of someone trying to come to grips with his homosexuality and his feelings for Jimmy even as he’s struggling to find a way forward in life. In some ways Jeff is the more interesting character for me although Jimmy is probably as complex, if not more, in his own way.

I’m not sure whether it’s coming across very well, but what you’re seeing are two people struggling to cope with their homosexuality in different ways in the 1970s. While I’ve painted Jimmy in a way that may make you dislike him, what I’m really trying to suggest is that everyone dealt with their homosexuality differently back in the day.

Some might argue that one way was better than another, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make. Whatever happened next for gay people after the 1970s was a product of all the individual struggles people went through back then. And just because people don’t come out and tell you they’re struggling doesn’t mean they aren’t.

To put it another way, I’m not trying to paint heroes and villains. Hopefully by the end of the story we’ll see both Jimmy and Jeff for who they really are; and I consider both of them, with all their imperfections, heroes, not villains.

In any event, enough with the random musings. For now all I’m saying is this is a story where it’s best to suspend judgment and avoid rushing to conclusions.

That being said, I’ve now posted Chapter 7. Have fun reading.

Chapter 6 …

Love the hair on this boy ...

Tonight’s chapter was originally much longer. Indeed, it was so long I finally bit the bullet and decided to split it in two. But don’t worry. I’ve moved the less interesting stuff to the next chapter. You get the good stuff tonight:-)

Which isn’t to say the next chapter isn’t important. Indeed, what happens there might be much more important. But if you like sex more than what comes after sex, you may find this chapter somewhat more, uh . . . stimulating.

Some of you may think a chapter like this would be easy to write, but it wasn’t. I wanted the chapter to come across as both passionate and calculating. You’ll have to decide whether I succeeded, but keep in mind the chapter does set the stage for what comes next.

But before you dig in and enjoy, I should probably bring you up to date on what happened in the last chapter.

To recap briefly, Jimmy walked from his home to Noel Field three miles away on a Friday night, somehow avoiding the parish priest and the library in the process. It was a long walk, but we learned some interesting things about Jimmy along the way; at least we did if we were paying attention.

As you may recall, Jimmy was hoping to find someone he could hitch a ride with to New York State, where the legal drinking age is only 18 (unlike Massachusetts where it’s 21). Unfortunately, no one was around he could do that with so Jimmy ended up heading back downtown.

Once there he saw lights still on in the headquarters for the congressional candidate Tommy had told Jimmy that Jeff was supporting. Seeing Jeff still there when he peeked in, Jimmy went inside and said hello.

One thing led to another and Jeff eventually agreed to drive Jimmy over to New York. The two brought each other up to date at the bar they visited. Fortunately, Jeff didn’t have anything to drink and was able to drive Jimmy back to North Adams safely and without incident.

Does anyone else like Jeff for being smart and responsible like that? Whatever his faults, he seems to be the adult in the story if perhaps much too smitten with Jimmy for his own good. But who among us hasn’t been there and done that?

In any event, once back in North Adams Jimmy had Jeff drive to a special place where he used to bring his girlfriends. That seemed to make Jeff nervous given their past history together, but nothing happened. Instead, Jimmy invited Jeff to meet at their special place in the woods behind the lake the following evening to smoke some weed.

That’s where the story picks up this evening; not in the woods, but with Jimmy back home in bed. Although Chapter 6 isn’t as long as some, it is a bit more, uh, stimulating, as I said. Be sure to darken the lights and turn off any distractions before taking it on.

And, as always, have fun reading … or whatever :-)

Chapter 5 …

Hmm ... I wonder what's on his leg

In last week’s chapter our story shifted forward to August, 1974, where we caught up with Jimmy Barnes three years after his best summer ever, the summer of 1971. Not surprisingly, a lot has happened in the interim.

For one thing, Jimmy has finished high school and is now working full-time for minimum wage at the local McDonald’s. To put things in perspective, the minimum wage Jimmy is earning is $2 an hour.

At the time we catch up with him, Jimmy is walking home with his best friend, Tommy, who will be leaving town soon to study journalism at the University of Massachusetts. While Jimmy is happy for Tommy, he’s also concerned he’ll end up alone in a small, boring, town for the rest of his life.

Concerned about his future, Jimmy and Tommy discuss several possible career choices Jimmy might be able to pursue. But none of them are appealing to Jimmy for one reason or another.

We also learned Jimmy had become involved with several girls during his high school years. However, the relationships have apparently never quite worked out to Jimmy’s satisfaction, leaving him sexually frustrated as well. By the time we catch up to him in August, 1974, Jimmy has been without a girlfriend since just before the previous Christmas.

Faced with the prospect of spending his life in a dead-end job in a small, boring, town and barely able to support himself, Jimmy has apparently been trying to cope with life by spending his weekends drinking beer across the border in New York state, where the drinking age is lower, and by smoking pot.

He tries to persuade Tommy to go over to New York with him that evening, but Tommy has a date and the two part. Just before they do, however, Tommy tells Jimmy that Jeff Landry is back in town managing the campaign of the Democrat running for Congress that year. If you’re a Democrat, 1974 is a good year to be running for office with the Nixon Presidency collapsing.

Unable to afford his own apartment or a car, Jimmy finally arrives home where he takes a shower and then makes a halfhearted and unsuccessful effort to get his father to let him borrow the family car for the evening. Shot down, Jimmy steps outside and tries to focus on what he can do on a Friday night in a small, boring, town without a car to get around.

That’s where Chapter 5, which I’ve now posted, picks up tonight. Have fun reading.

Chapter 4 …

Let's hope he's wearing sunscreen ...

Last week’s chapter found Jimmy obsessed with figuring out whether Jeff was a homo. Eventually he learned the answer to that question; and then, to his surprise and delight, he was able to persuade Jeff to do what he had only been fantasizing about up until then.

Chapter 3 marked the end of Part I of our story. I could have written at least several more chapters for Part I that would have allowed me to develop some of the other characters in the story much better.

In particular, I could have had a lot more to say about Jeff and Kevin as well as the reasons they dislike one another. I could have also had more to say about Jimmy and Tommy’s friendship and how that factored into what happened in Part I.

And, of course, I could have also written a lot more about what happened between Jimmy and Jeff that summer after that initial incident in the school. In the end, however, I felt that would be gratuitous. As it was, it was hard enough to write as much as I did.

I did try to write that last chapter carefully, but even now I’m not entirely satisfied with it. One reader has already suggested Jimmy comes across as much more sophisticated in the art of seduction than I wanted to portray him.

And I’m still not satisfied I got Jimmy’s reaction to what happened in the teacher’s lounge exactly right. I wanted to portray Jimmy’s excitement about what happened without actually portraying what happened. But Jimmy wasn’t equally excited about everything that happened and I’m not sure I captured that very well.

Like they say, it is what it is and everyone will have to decide for themselves whether the chapter succeeded or failed. Whatever the case may be, it wasn’t because I wasn’t aware of how sensitive the subject matter was. A better writer would have written it better, but I felt it had to be written for the story as a whole to work.

You can decide for yourself whether that’s the case once we reach the end of the story many months down the road. For now, we turn to Part II. If Part I left you unhappy, you should probably stop reading now.

Part II takes place late in 1974 and early 1975. Jimmy has just turned eighteen and recently graduated from high school. We’ll learn a bit about his high school years and what’s become of Jimmy; and then we’ll follow what happens to him over the course of the next several months.

Chapter 4 is up and I hope you enjoy it. Please be aware, however, that I may have to abandon or close down my WordPress sites very soon. I’m having major problems uploading files to the sites and have had to spend hours finding temporary fixes this past week.

I don’t know what the problem is exactly and it was only after spending far too much time and energy that I was able to get the pdf version of this chapter uploaded tonight. However, the solution I used is not a viable one for the long term.

As I said, unless things change, I’m probably going to throw in the towel. I simply cannot afford to invest any more time and effort in managing these sites than I already do. I spend far too much time already and it simply isn’t worth the hassle anymore.

I apologize for any inconvenience if that happens.

Chapter 3 …

awesome smile ...

Having reached the lake at the beginning of last week’s chapter, Jimmy and Tommy spent some time in the water cooling off before heading back to the shore to work on their tans. That gave Jimmy the opportunity to think some more about his conversation with Tommy on the way to the lake.

We learned how Jimmy met Jeff, the older college youth who had taken a job as the playground supervisor at the elementary school in Jimmy’s neighborhood. Not having a job for the summer, Jimmy had agreed to help Jeff out coaching the summer league baseball team in the morning.

Without Tommy around, Jimmy soon began spending more and more time with Jeff as the summer unfolded; helping him out at the playground in the afternoon, then going swimming with him after the playground closed, and finally driving around town with him in the evening, which Jimmy liked because it got him away from his father and the same boring neighborhood.

At the end of their day at the lake Jimmy and Tommy headed home. Sensing things are changing, Jimmy asked his father whether coaching is something he could do as a career. But his father dismissed the idea in an especially nasty way.

The end of the day found Jimmy in bed playing with himself. As he did, he found himself wondering again whether Tommy could be right about Jeff being a homo.

That led Jimmy to fantasize about being alone in the woods with Jeff. In the end, uncertain whether Jeff is a homo, Jimmy decided he needed to find out.

We’ll learn how that turns out in tonight’s chapter, which I’ve now posted and is another one of those chapters that is a bit longer than usual.

Have fun reading.

Chapter 2 . . .

a fine lad indeed ...

In last week’s chapter we were introduced to Jimmy Barnes, a fourteen year old boy living in a small community in western Massachusetts where there isn’t very much to do during the summer except to go swimming.

Compounding the problem, Jimmy’s best friend, Tommy, with whom he’s been used to spending summer days at the lake, has taken a job at the local newspaper, leaving Jimmy on his own and alone.

Jimmy’s father doesn’t seem to like his son very much, perhaps in part because he’s frustrated with the competition a new supermarket is providing to the mini-mart he owns. While popular, Jimmy doesn’t seem very ambitious or to have much interest in school.

What Jimmy does have is a new found interest in sex; whacking off in particular. He’s learned how to do this and everything else he knows about sex from Tommy, who Jimmy considers much smarter than himself.

On the day we meet him, Jimmy is on his way to the lake with his best friend. Perhaps a bit jealous, as boys can be, Tommy seems upset that Jimmy is spending more time with the new playground supervisor at the local school than he is with Tommy.

At one point Tommy even suggests that Jimmy’s new friend might be a homo. The two argue about that; but then, their destination in sight, they end up racing to the lake where they plan to spend the afternoon together.

So what are the ingredients we have so far? Summer, boys, and a lake! What a perfect opportunity to devour some eye candy:-)

In any event, this week’s chapter, which I’ve now posted and is a bit longer than usual, picks up where the last one left off. Have fun reading.

Homo!

There are two ways to be fooled.  One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.  Søren Kierkegaard

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. Søren Kierkegaard

Tonight we begin a new story, one I’m calling Homo! It begins in 1971 and ends more than a decade later.

To appreciate the story it’s important to understand how different things were in the nineteen-seventies, especially public attitudes toward homosexuality. One way to get a more realistic feel for that is by reading this post and viewing this 1961 YouTube film and/or this 1973 remake, which uses the same audio track but different actors.

While hard to believe, these public service announcements capture the mood of the times very well and should prove useful in helping you better understand why some of the characters in this story behave as they do.

Although it may seem familiar in some ways, at least initially, Homo! is different from my other stories. You’ll have to take my word for that now because explaining how it’s different would give away too much.

Unlike some of my more recent stories, Homo! is also a more sexual story. If you find reading such stories difficult, this may not be the best one for you. I also apologize in advance if you find yourself offended by some of what takes place. I understand where you’re coming from, but the story begins almost a half century ago when attitudes about many things were different than today.

That doesn’t mean those attitudes were right and some may feel I do a disservice to the gay community by writing about such things. All I can say is that the choices I made were ones I felt necessary for the story to have any credibility.

If you stick with it, I think you’ll find it a very good story, one that is deeply moving and well worth the time and effort you invest. But that’s just my opinion, of course. The only way you’ll find out for sure is by reading the story yourself.

As you can see, I’ll be posting chapters for this story on Friday evenings between now and the end of the year. It’s not really an experiment or an effort to confuse you. I just wanted to avoid all the Monday holidays so I could have a little fun myself on those three day weekends.

I’d also like to acknowledge the help and assistance of Steve from New Zealand. He read the first seven chapters of the story and provided his own candid take on them. Those chapters have changed some since he read them so by no means is he responsible for their content.

If you find them upsetting, the blame is entirely mine.

I haven’t heard from Steve in a while so I hope he’s okay. In any event, Chapter 1 is up. Have fun reading and feel free to let me know what you think.

Coming soon …

Last Friday I posted a brief synopsis for Homo!, the second story in The Liberation Anthology and one I’ve decided to go forward with in spite of some reservations.

Homo! is a provocative name for a story, one some readers may find distasteful or objectionable. And yet it’s important to keep in mind just how powerful the word homo was years ago to understand and appreciate the lead character in our story, a boy named Jimmy Barnes who’s fourteen years old when we first meet him in 1971.

For a long time I had planned to use another name for the lead character in Homo!, but late in my research on the story I came across a short film (or perhaps what we would call a public service announcement these days) named Boys Beware.

The film was directed by someone named Sid Davis and “produced with the cooperation of the Inglewood Police Department and the Inglewood Unified School District” in California (not far from Los Angeles International Airport).

Released in 1961, you can view the original version by clicking the link above. In the film a police officer named Lt. Williams narrates the fate of four boys who had the misfortune to encounter homosexuals at the park, the beach, or while getting ready to deliver their newspaper route.

Of the four stories, the most famous has been dubbed The Courting of Jimmy Barnes by some. Tired one day after a long afternoon playing baseball at the park, Jimmy decides to hitchhike a ride home. As fate would have it, he’s picked up by a balding, mustachioed, older man wearing sunglasses named Ralph.

Ralph turns out to be a homosexual. Who would have guessed? He’s also kind of creepy, but that’s probably predictable given his sexual orientation. Here’s a picture of Jimmy and Ralph together. By the way, does Jimmy look a bit old to be a junior high school student?

beware jimmy barnes!

In any event, Ralph drives Jimmy home and gives him a playful pat on the shoulder after milking him for information about how he spends his time. Nothing happens, but only because Ralph is grooming Jimmy for what he has planned.

Over the course of the next five minutes we watch as Ralph buys Jimmy a Coke at a drive-in, takes him fishing, and plays miniature golf with him. As Lt. Williams helpfully reminds us, however, “payments are expected in return” for such generosity. Soon enough we see Jimmy climbing the stairs to the second floor of a seedy motel followed closely by Ralph.

Sadly, we never get to see what actually happens in the motel room, but we do learn that Jimmy finally gets it together enough to tell his parents what’s happening. Why he does that is never explained. Personally I’m guessing Ralph was lousy in bed and Jimmy was bummed out by that.

Whatever the reason, Ralph is arrested and sent away to the slammer while Jimmy gets to go home on probation with his doting all-American parents.

As I said, The Courting of Jimmy Barnes is only one of the four scenarios narrated in the film to warn young boys in California about the danger posed by homosexuals.

Another unsuspecting boy, Mike Merritt, accepts a ride home from a stranger after playing basketball at the park. In a commendable bow to diversity, a later version of the film portrays both Mike and the older man in question as black.

That undoubtedly explains why Mike “probably never realized until too late that he was riding in the shadow of death,” as Lt. Williams tells us. “Sometime that evening, Mike Merritt traded his life for a newspaper headline.”

Didn’t you just know it would be the black kid who got murdered? In addition to being black, Mike must have been stupid as well for deciding to accept a ride home from an older black man. Foolish, Mike, foolish! Everyone knows all black men are violent.

A third boy, Denny, is tricked into entering a man’s car to chase two boys the man claims stole a couple of bikes, but the man is arrested after Denny’s friend, Jerry, writes down the car’s license plate and gives it to Denny’s mother.

Like any good mother would do, she promptly reports the incident to the police and the police quickly track down and arrest the man. Being efficient like that, I’m betting they’re from the Inglewood Police Department.

Either that or the dude who tricked Denny was driving around somewhat aimlessly rather than quickly finding a place where he could molest the kid and then possibly kill him (although we can’t be certain that was the plan because Denny is white after all).

Or perhaps the dude didn’t have a job and just spent all day driving around town trying to pick up boys without having any plan about what to do once he had lured them into his car. We’ll never know.

Finally, a fourth boy, Bobby, has a narrow escape, having realized a bit late he was being tailed by a man who was in the beachside public restroom where he and his young friends had been earlier. Hmm … I wonder what those boys were doing in that restroom as there’s no indication they were swimming, that’s for sure.

Of the four boys chronicled, Bobby seems to have been the brightest and most alert, thank God! But even Bobby made the mistake of straying away from his friends.

“One never knows when the homosexual is about,” Lt. Williams intones solemnly. “He may appear normal. It may be too late when you discover that he is mentally ill.”

Not to be too heavy-handed about the whole thing, Lt. Williams reminds us that “the decision is always yours” although he then ups the pressure a bit by telling us “your whole future may depend on making the right one.”

Whew! Aren’t we lucky the three white boys survive their encounters, all of which conflate homosexuality and pedophilia; being one means you’re automatically the other.

In all four of the clips homosexuals are portrayed as creepy older men who are violent or sick and dress tastelessly to boot while the younger boys they prey upon are either too innocent or too doltish to have a clue what’s going on and just how mentally unbalanced these men are.

“What Jimmy didn’t know was that Ralph was sick. A sickness that was not visible like smallpox, but no less dangerous and contagious. A sickness of the mind. You see, Ralph was a homosexual: a person who demands an intimate relationship with members of their own sex.”

You can look at films like this today and shake your head, but they seem to have accurately captured the mood of the country back in the 1960s and 1970s. Boys Beware was later retitled Boys Aware and released again in a colorized version in 1973.

It uses the same script and soundtrack, but different actors. In this version Jimmy Barnes definitely looks younger than in the original; although you have to wonder a little about Jimmy because he seems positively enthralled with the new Ralph. And Lt. Williams does tell us after all that “Jimmy hadn’t enjoyed himself so much in a long time” as when he was around Ralph.

Still a third edition of the film was apparently produced in 1979; and even as recently as 2015 a high school teacher in Missouri was suspended after showing Boys Aware in one of his classes.

Of the four clips, the longest and best known is the one about Jimmy Barnes. Unlike the other boys, Jimmy is apparently guilty of some crime because he ends up on probation. But the exact nature of his crime is never made clear.

Whatever his crime may have been, I thought it appropriate to name my lead character in the story we begin next week Jimmy Barnes to present an alternative and hopefully more realistic version of what may have happened to him thanks to the kind of attitudes reflected in this public service announcement.

As I said earlier, do try to keep in mind just how powerful a word homo was years ago if you want to understand Jimmy. In any event, I hope you’ll come back on June 3rd and take a look at the story if it sounds like something that might appeal to you.

In the meantime, if you want a better appreciation for the attitudes homosexuals faced when our story takes place, you should definitely take a look at Boys Beware or Boys Aware, perhaps even both if you want to torture yourself with how tasteless men dressed back in the day.

Welcome …

Everyone should be as happy as this boy. Share his joy by clicking this image:-)

Welcome to the Café Palermo Annex, the site where I post my free online stories, all of which feature gay characters and the challenges they face in life. When I created the Café Palermo years ago, I figured I would be blogging a lot more and saw The Annex as kind of a secondary site.

It was just going to be the place where I stashed all the porn:-)

That turned out to be wrong and not just because my stories aren’t porn. They may not be War and Peace, but to me War and Peace is boring. I try to write entertaining stories that are both interesting and uplifting, especially (but hopefully not exclusively) for those who are part of the LGBTQ community.

Like I said, originally I thought this would be a secondary site, but I don’t blog very much anymore so the Annex has become the primary site in many ways.

I still post announcements on both sites and do occasionally have something to say over at the Café that I don’t post here; usually something I think members of the LGBTQ community should be aware of or perhaps some biting commentary on American politics and the clowns who run this country.

But how can you top Donald Trump after all? Just listening to that blustering, bigoted, bully is commentary enough on how ridiculous American politics has become. The man disgraces this country every time he opens his mouth; and he’s nasty, fat and has ludicrous hair to boot.

That any political party would even consider nominating someone like him for President tells you everything you need to know about the intelligence of many Americans these days; but this is the party that gave America Ronald Reagan after all so what more needs to be said?

To put it another way, why blog when just reading a newspaper or watching the news on television can entertain and appall you a lot more than I ever could by blogging? So typically I end up spending more time over here these days and the Annex has become the main site more or less.

When I began writing stories back in 2011, there was hardly anything here. Now there’s more than enough to keep you entertained for quite a long time if you’re into reading stories about gay men and boys.

Indeed, if I got paid by the word, I’d be very well off by now. But, alas, I foolishly made the mistake of giving away my stories for free so I’m no better off today than I was when I began. Perhaps my loss is your gain, but you’ll actually have to read the stories to make your own judgment about that:-)

If you’re wondering where to begin, the drop-down menu at the top of this page will connect you to all of my stories. There’s also a menu to the right further down if you have problems navigating the one up above.

Wondering which story to begin with? Unless it’s around Thanksgiving or Christmas, I probably wouldn’t recommend beginning with Stuffed or With Apologies Mr. Dickens. They’re part of my Holiday Tales and probably better read around the end of the year.

Connected was the first story I posted and is probably still my favorite for that reason. But I think I’ve gotten better as a writer over the years. My last two stories, First Love, First Time and The Opened Door, is one way for you to decide whether I’m right about that. Both are set at Harvard University, the former back in the 1970s and the latter in contemporary America.

Summer Boys, Summer Dreams is a tale built around baseball and another one of my favorites. Although it probably helps, you don’t really have to be into baseball that much to enjoy it.

Or you could just read all of them in whatever order you like. I’m not picky about things like that:-)

Not ready to start reading yet? Perhaps the picture galleries here and at the Café will delight your eyes. Almost all of the images have been used at one time or another to illustrate a chapter in one of my stories or drive home a point in one of my blog postings.

You can access a larger version of these images by clicking on the thumbnails. I hope you’ll feel free to comment on your favorites as I’ve already done in many cases; nicely, of course. Nastiness is frowned upon both here and at the Café and will be dealt with severely.

Dancing is always permitted at this site, of course, especially if you’re young and cute like that boy up above. If you click on that image, you’ll see more of his dance moves. He tries for sexy, but can’t quite pull it off. What he does pull off, however, is even better.

He reminds us what it’s like to be happy and carefree and what more can you ask for than that? Who knows? He might even be the model for a character in my next story.

Though you should probably turn down the sound on your computer if you do click on the image and don’t want everyone to know just how much of a slacker your are:-)

At the moment I’m taking a bit of a break having just finished my latest story, First Love, First Time, which is part of The Liberation Anthology. You can learn more about that project by clicking on the link. I’m trying to decide whether to begin posting another new story in the next month or so. You can find out more about that by checking out the post directly below this one.

In any event, thanks for stopping by. Like I said, the stories are free to read so dig in; and since you won’t be able to finish up in one visit, I hope you’ll feel free to come back and read all of them at your leisure.

Unlike Donald Trump, we welcome everyone at this site; even people with challenged hair:-)