The Great and Terrible Wilderness by Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr.
Art by Steven P. Eilers
“For those who talk to their animals, this story would not take you far from your everyday world. However, when your pet, or a passing feline, begins to read your mind and answer you, then a new level is reached.
This story by Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr., lawyer, teacher, and biologist, begins gently at mid=morning with an old man shuffling his walker before him, soaking up the warmth of the sun. Suddenly, a cat jumps onto the fence in the neighbor’s yard, and is surprised when the elderly gentleman reads her mind about the weather.
As the author leads the reader gently into his metaphysical world, we soon give credence to the transfer of thoughts between human and animal. Considering that the Mount of Sinai is biblically referred to as The Great and Terrible Wilderness, we begin to understand the depth of the author’s meaning. As the tale delves into deeper dimension, we find ourselves immersed, and going along quite willingly on this journey of surprise and satisfaction. This story is a departure from the usual magic realism of Van Stockum, but you will gradually experience stimulation and energy, and find yourself having a meaningful experience.” -Mary Popham
Mary Popham’s essay, “The Kindnesses We Give Each Other,” recently appeared in This I Believe: Kentucky. Her novel, Back Home in Landing Run, was published by Motes books in 2013.
25 Pages, Soft Cover