As one of ten siblings, Michael O’Neill lived his childhood years on a farm in Middlesex County, Ontario. For more than thirty-five years, Mike and his wife, Kerri, have farmed a few miles north in Bruce County. "I have a wonderful family and home life, and can find treasures in the darndest places," Mike says. Besides a sense of eternity and how it affects daily life, he has "learned to laugh at myself—with lots of material."
Mike’s Christmas stories have appeared for many years in The Lucknow Sentinel as well as in a collection he self-published. With two other independently published books and several stories in print, he contributed one of twelve tales in Our Family Farm: stories from Bruce & Grey.
Retired from a dual career as farmer and plumber, which provided the plot and characters for his memoir Tooling Around .
Now a grandfather, he still feels a boyish excitement when preparing for, and enjoying, this special season. With his wife, Kerri, he keeps the traditions of decorating a Christmas tree and arranging the familiar nativity scene.
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