Wise Men and Other Stories

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"Wise Men & Other Stories: Lessons from the Holidays on Santa, God, Heaven, Death & More Fun Stuff from Someone Who Still Has a Lot to Learn" is a collection of holiday-related essays that blend humor and poignancy in the tradition of Robert Fulghum, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, P.J. O'Rourke and other great American humorists.

"This collection started with 'Wise Men,'" says O'Mary. "It was a story from my childhood about a poor kid from my old neighborhood and the lesson I learned when we were both cast as wise men in the school play." That

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Overview

"Wise Men & Other Stories: Lessons from the Holidays on Santa, God, Heaven, Death & More Fun Stuff from Someone Who Still Has a Lot to Learn" is a collection of holiday-related essays that blend humor and poignancy in the tradition of Robert Fulghum, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, P.J. O'Rourke and other great American humorists.

"This collection started with 'Wise Men,'" says O'Mary. "It was a story from my childhood about a poor kid from my old neighborhood and the lesson I learned when we were both cast as wise men in the school play." That story was published in newspapers across the nation and broadcast on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program, and so began a tradition of holiday essays from Mike O'Mary.

Over the years, the essays in this collection were read as part of "Morning Edition" on Northern Illinois Public Radio, and published in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Free Press and elsewhere. Along the way, O'Mary developed a cult following for his holiday stories.

"O'Mary has a gift for simple, frank exposition of life's most poignant moments," says author Stephen Parrish (The Tavernier Stones). In Wise Men and Other Stories, O'Mary shares that gift with all of us. Enjoy this priceless collection of humorous and thoughtful stories this holiday season -- and for many holidays to come.

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author of "The Tavernier Stones" - Stephen Parrish
This collection is a treasure. O'Mary writes poignantly about episodes in his life, from making ice cream out of snow to experiencing his sister being placed in an orphanage to competing against the national Scrabble champion. The outstanding pieces in the collection are the first and last: a tale about playing one of the three wise men in a nativity scene, and a moving story about an evening Christmas drive the author took with his daughter.
author of "Any Road Will Take You There" - David Berner
O'Mary is a master at taking the ordinary and allowing us to see the extraordinary. He illuminates what we many times miss in the fog of our hurried, modern-day lives.
IndieReader.com - Catherine Langrehr
Indie Reader Approved! If you feel in need of some warm-hearted philosophical companionship, and a bit of holiday reflection on what really matters, this book is good company. 4.5 Stars.
editor, Saying Goodbye to the People, Places, and Things in Our Lives - Julie Rember
Perfect at Christmas or any time. Twenty-three short essays that will make you laugh, make you think, make you glad to be human.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982579411
  • Publisher: Dream of Things
  • Publication date: 12/4/2009
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,154,269
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike O'Mary is a writer of essays, fiction, drama and sketch comedy. He has published stories and essays in Catholic Digest and in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Detroit Free Press, and he has written and produced sketch comedy in Chicago. He was also a commentator on WNIJ - Northern Illinois Public Radio from 1996 to 2000, doing weekly commentaries as part of the local segment of National Public Radio's Morning Edition program.
Mike is a graduate of Knox College (BA in Economics and English-Writing), the University of Montana (MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Literature), and the Second City Comedy Writing Program. In addition to his creative work, Mike has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, producing speeches, annual reports and other executive communications for the CEOs of many leading companies, including AAR Corporation, Andrew Corporation, Bank One, DeKalb Genetics Corporation, Discover Financial Services, Federal Signal, GE Zenith Controls, Hewitt Associates, Nicor Inc., RR Donnelley, Tellabs, UOP and others.
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