Ocean of Storms is a short-story collection featuring a literary triptych of related stories: "The Age of Rockets" tells a mysterious tale of the 4th of July storm of 1969; "Moonnight Laika" offers a different perspective on the first crewed lunar mission; and "The Wreck" brings the story full-circle as a fisherman happens upon an alarming discovery. The Expanded Edition includes three new stories: "Day Game" recounts a magical baseball experience at the end of the daylight era; In "Bittersweet Gypsum," an aging man's walk in the woods brings him face-to-face with a past he'd rather forget; and the Anson award-winning "'Esque" is a surreal trip into the anxious mind of a young college student.
Ocean of Storms: The Age of Rockets
Past fifty, memories begin to slip. You walk into a room and forget why. Keeping track of your car keys becomes a challenge. The names of people you met just minutes before elude you. It happens to everyone, but for most, the cracks in memory are simple voids where names and faces and numbers fall irretrievably into some endlessly deep crevasse.
Not for me.
To celebrate my 50th birthday, Helen and I traveled to Maine for a long weekend at the shore. We checked into a seaside bed and breakfast at dusk and sat on the porch, enjoying the view across the serene waters of a small cove before turning in for the night. In the morning, the tide had gone out, and the receding waters revealed a hidden labyrinth of rocky outcrops and hull-bashing shoals.
So it is with my memory. The years have exposed the sharp, jagged edges of a place long forgotten, the secret foundation upon which my life as it is today was erected. As the tide of time has receded, the outlines of that forgotten world have come clearly into view, and now I remember.
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