Humorous and Poignant Holiday Tales
Editor’s Note: WISE MEN AND OTHER STORIES is full of insights and also full of humor. The short essays make for quick reads that will brighten the holidays for anyone.
Book Description: The subtitle of the book says it all: “Lessons from the Holidays About Santa, God, Heaven, Death, and More Fun Stuff from Someone Who Still Has a Lot to Learn.” It’s a collection of short essays about lessons learned from various holiday experiences, told with a good deal of self-deprecating good humor.
Author’s Inspiration: My inspiration was the experience of being cast as a “wise men” in the school play when I was in the second grade. A “poor” boy from the class was also cast as a wise man. (I later learned that everybody in my class, including me, was poor. But he had even less than the rest of us.) So the book started with lessons learned from a school play and went on to include other lessons from the holidays.
Mike O’Mary learned the craft of writing in formal programs at Knox College, the University of Montana, and at Second City, but he really found his “voice” as a storyteller during a stint as a guest commentator for National Public Radio. Many of the essays in this book were first read on NPR’s “Morning Edition” program and published in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Baltimore Sun and elsewhere.