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Mike O'Mary

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Mike O'Mary is founder of Dream of Things (dreamofthings.com), which publishes memoirs, anthologies of creative nonfiction, and other books. Mike is series editor for Dream of Things anthologies, including Be There Now, a collection of travel stories from around the world, and Saying Goodbye, an anthology of true stories about how we say goodbye to the people, places, and things in our lives.

Mike is also author of The Note and Wise Men and Other Stories, and he has published stories and essays in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Detroit Free Press. In addition, Mike was a regular commentator on WNIJ – Northern Illinois Public Radio, doing weekly comment
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She’s Not Herself

Shes Not Herself“An honest and compelling story by a brave and gifted writer.” Wally Lamb.

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Description: "Wise Men" is the title essay from my collection "Wise Men and Other Stories."

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Mike O'Mary Thanks, Bob! Same here...I've learned a lot from John.

Bob wrote: "Hi Mike,
You are applauded for choosing John Rember's books. He is a very good author from whom I have learned much.
Many thanks,
Bob Cornell

P.S. Your..."



message 1: by Bob

Bob Cornell Hi Mike,
You are applauded for choosing John Rember's books. He is a very good author from whom I have learned much.
Many thanks,
Bob Cornell

P.S. Your invited to read my free read at smashwords.com. The name of the book is "And Bobby Makes Two".


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