Also by Mike O’Mary

The Note

A story about the power of appreciation

Saying Goodbye

To the people, places, and things in our lives
Julie Rember, Editor
Mike O’Mary, Series Editor

Be There Now

Travel stories from around the world
Julie Rand, Editor
Mike O’Mary, Series Editor

Wise Men and Other Stories

Mike O’Mary

Copyright © 2009 by Mike O’Mary

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Dream of Things
Downers Grove, Illinois

Dedicated, with love, to my mother, Barbara

Many of these essays were first read on WNIJ – Northern Illinois Public Radio, as part of NPR’s Morning Edition program. Others were published, sometimes in different versions, in the following publications: Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Peoria Journal Star, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Baltimore Sun Magazine, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine, Louisville Courier Journal, Joliet Herald, and Catholic Digest.

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