Tales From The Day: Life Changing Events That Truth be Told all Happened Under the Heading of

Tales From The Day: Life Changing Events That Truth be Told all Happened Under the Heading of "Oops."

Paperback(First Printing ed.)



A collection of 19 humorous, moving, and often heart-pounding stories.

Yeah, this is a memoir of sorts, if shark fishing in one’s underwear, roping a bear, getting drunk with your Grandfather, or losing ten grand at the Hollywood Sign is a memoir. The Day Johnny Cash Hit On My Wife is on the roster as well, for the only name drop in all the stories. There’s also a thing about getting shot in Arkansas and a road trip with a monkey. I can’t deny these were life shaping events, but truth be told they all happened under the heading of “oops.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684331246
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Edition description: First Printing ed.
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Wayne McFarland wandered away from a small, mid-western town some years ago. With no planning at all, his history is one of stumbling into one bog after another from the Dakotas to California, from Pamplona to Paris. His main claim to fame is mostly and surprisingly not being dead, plus getting involved with a lot of strange stuff, usually unwillingly or by accident.

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Tales From The Day: Life changing events that truth be told all happened under the heading of "oops." 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
TurnThePage More than 1 year ago
82 days is too long to wait for another appreciative review of McFarland’s Tales. If you’ve ever enjoyed Dave Barry (“You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.”)… Bill Bryson (“Nearly a quarter of American men were in the armed forces [in 1968]. The rest were in school, in prison, or George W. Bush.”)… or Jim Harrison (“The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps.”)… you won’t put this one down till you’re done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amusing and delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining book. Thank you, Mr McFarland, and I hope to read more of your life adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like sitting down with grandad, with grandma in another room. McFarland's ability to spin a tale w made for an enjoyable read. He indicated that there are more to tell. I hope it’s soon. Highly recommend this book.
BigDLittleToad More than 1 year ago
I am a voracious reader of short stories. This book is one of the finest reads I’ve encountered in a long time. Interestingly, I just saw the Coen Brothers Movie “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” on it’s first day on Netflix. The “Tales from the Day” book is similar to the movie with short well-written stories of McFarland’s interesting life. They range from humorous to heartwarming. It was fascination to hear of McFarland’s checkered business interests from his early college years to his later successful California software business in LALA Land. His story of bringing in the Rock and Roll Band of Paul Revere and the Raiders to Fargo ND is hilarious. He and his college buddy pulled off a successful night, but counting out their money from the band’s manager was so Fargo-like. He also tells 2 compelling stories of his Grandfather – one with an adversarial Game Warden and one where he and his elderly Grandfather take off for a Night on the Town. It made me ask myself why I didn’t do something fun with my Grandfathers like he did. I am giving this book 5 stars and feel that this book has something for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McFarland takes the reader on a rollicking, freewheeling, often times poignant and scary ride across a landscape few of us have ever seen or imagined. He uses the hidden, off-the-beaten path as a canvas to paint a portrait of a life well lived, full of the triumphs, failures, and introspection that define the human experience. His story telling style lies at the intersection where William Least Heat Moon, Poe Ballentine, Ken Kesey, and Hunter S. Thompson meet and mingle yet it is totally unique in tone and texture. It is any honest and straight-forward read that everyone can enjoy and relate to. Michael Kaiser-Retired High School Teacher and Current Blogger
JS_2018 More than 1 year ago
I had enjoyed reading a couple of Wayne D. McFarland stories when they were published on OZY. As soon as I started reading Tales from the Day I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to know what would happen next and where the story was going to take me. I am looking forward to reading many more books from this author.
Schroeds More than 1 year ago
A fun, witty and laugh out loud read. One could only hope to have lived half of the adventures and safely imagined the rest!! Exceptional, descriptive and addictive.
Country_Steve More than 1 year ago
"Tales from the Day" is a delight! A collection of vividly written short stories about the wide-ranging life experiences of the author. From his roots in rural Minnesota to the mountains of Idaho and the shores of Trinidad, the author transports you in time and place through a series of wonderfully humorous and insightful "lessons learned." Tales from the Day is a joy to read! I only hope that there is more to come . . .
Werps More than 1 year ago
Witty, erudite and often touching at the Same time. A wonderful, can't put down read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was glued to the book from first page to the last, the way Wayne McFarland explains every detail in humorous way is commendable. Gives a feel of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" . Its a best buy !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wayne Mcfarland is a master story teller,even though its a memoir,its written so well that readers will be immersed and can feel themselves in the stories Highly Recommended!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McFarland is a story teller, a humorist and a great writer. This book is a collection of stories about life’s activities and adventures that are largely unplanned. We all have them. McFarland has collected his in this gem of a book. It will have you smiling and saying to yourself “It’s crazy, but I can see that happening.”
Jorge_Boose More than 1 year ago
Camping with Boy Scouts, I can just imagine the boys "Roping the Bear.'' I was there in the "60s" and this read brought back memories of my "Adventures from the Day." A very pleasant read and entertaining. I'm sure there are more adventures to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! He truly has a gifted way of describing life's highs and lows with such wit and unique perspective. It's a guaranteed laugh and cry. I couldn't recommend it more!
LinSim More than 1 year ago
An anthology by the same author can lead to boredom but not 'Tales from the Day'. The style is light and sharp and always leaves you thinking "surely this did happen". There's some excitement, comedy, lots of comedy and surprises but also some things to fill out the brain and the heart. I'm convinced that these are real stories and that's why they satisfy. That's also why I wonder about the author and how he came to be in these stories and even be the cause of the delightful chaos. He's lucky he had a chance to get through all that and write the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tales From The Day: Life changing events that truth be told all happened under the heading of “oops.” by Wayne McFarland is an excellent collection of short stories. The book is extremely well written. It's witty and incredibly entertaining. I recommend it as a fantastic read!
MikeHansen More than 1 year ago
'Takes From The Day' is a fantastic and very often hilarious, book of short stories about everyday life of the long ago days (well, long ago for me anyway!!! LOL)!!!! I was hooked from the very first of Wayne's stories!!! Thanks, Wayne, for keeping me so well entertained throughout the years!!!!!! Mike Hansen, Nuneaton, England (but from the Hill Country of Texas!!!)
Stondrydr More than 1 year ago
Tales from the Day is sure to satiate your appetite for adventure! In this book, readers will follow along with the author through a whimsical a quest with a monkey. Readers will also find themselves enveloped with excitement as they learn of challenges faced in the Idahoan mountains. From the frozen ground of North Dakota to the treacherous running of the bulls in Spain, readers will be riveted and possibly, helplessly hooked on this gem.
Nck More than 1 year ago
I can't help but think that, at the expense of the author's own experiences, I've learned some important life lessons, such as the story about The Doomsday Code and business. I found the stories exceptionally well written with a degree of humility and humor that made it hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An apt title for this book would be Adventures of a Young Man. But alas, Hemingway has already gobbled that one up. Wayne McFarland’s rollicking memoir reads like the autobiography of a mature Huckleberry Finn. This series of separate vignettes weaves into a narrative arc, that describes a number of humorous misadventures strewn along the pathway to maturity and ultimate success. The tales are all well paced, brilliantly written, poignant, agonizing, funny and, in places, all-consuming. It is told with great verve, pluck and gusto. The rich metaphors and sometimes self-debasing similes produced peals of laughter in this hardened old combat soldier. Set largely in the 60’s, any reader from boomer to millennial will find meaning in the life lessons imparted by this story. An excellent read.
Devious More than 1 year ago
In a world full of autobiographies and attention seeking authors, Wayne really pulls this one off, and not by a little.... by A LOT. Wonderfully crafted stories that may be too strange to believe at times. Delivered to you in a manner that's refreshing, intriguing, and really puts somethings into perspective. Like being pissed on by a bear, or having your genitals threatened by Cinderella. I've seen some things, but this book has me hooked. Nice and short, yet hanging on every word. Well done Wayne, cant wait for the audio book!!
Dutch_Man More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and exciting book that will captivate your imagination. Wonderful short stories about a young man's experience in various laughable and imaginative situation. Particularly like the one about being jailed in Arkansas under false pretenses and his method of getting home safe with his friends. Another one that's fun is The Day Johnny Cash hit on my wife. You just can't make this stuff up. Wow! Each story is crafted to get to the point quickly and will have you laughing though out your journey through the book. I've set aside several for Christmas gifts. Can't put it down and re-read it from time to time. Recommend highly.