The Killdeer: And Other Stories From The Farming Life by Michael CotterThe Killdeer: And Other Stories From The Farming Life by Michael Cotter

The Killdeer: And Other Stories From The Farming Life

byMichael Cotter

Paperback | September 1, 2014

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"Even after dark, if you are quiet and attentive, you can hear a Killdeer far off. Sandbars, mud flats and grazed fields are where you find them. They are commonplace. So much so, that you might miss them if not for the unique sound they make as they fly overhead, or dart back and forth on the ground, as if wondering which way to go next. So it is with Michael Cotter's stories. They are like a comfortable pair of slippers. Not flashy at all, but each time you put them on and walk in them, you are so glad you did. They appear so ordinary, but the way they wrap around your soul surprises you. And like slippers you thought you'd never buy, Michael's stories surprise you. Even though they are not flashy, energetic or dramatic in ways we have come to expect in this digital age, they are grounded in universal truths, with timeless characters. They provide us with a sense of memory, wisdom and peace that celebrates the human spirit, and revels in the common man, woman, boy and girl that is in us all. When Michael tells his stories, it's as if time stands still. We are reminded of who we really are..down deep..after the television is turned off, the radio is silenced, and we have put our egos on the shelf to rest a spell." 
 --Rex Ellis, Director of Museum programs, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Honored by his peers as a Circle of Excellence Storyteller of the National Storytelling Network, Michael Cotter was born near Austin, Minnesota, in 1931 on the farm that had been in his family since 1876. He was the youngest of eight children and was raised in a strict Irish-Catholic household. However, the barn and fields were...
Title:The Killdeer: And Other Stories From The Farming LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 2014Publisher:Parkhurst Brothers Publishers IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1624910424

ISBN - 13:9781624910425


From the Author

I was born on a farm in the Depression and graduated from a Catholic School. A strong work ethic and responsibility were always a part of my life.The dinner table of my youth often contained a mixture of hoboes who worked on the farm and became part of our family, the neighbors on the threshing crew, teachers, missionaries, doctors, Catholic nuns and priests in my mother’s family - all stopping on the farm for dinner and trying to connect with their stories.Forty years later, when I became a storyteller, I found myself revisiting these early experiences of people who didn’t match at all, finding common ground in their life stories. Because this was the only type of storytelling that I knew, I began telling stories from my life. I learned that as I told these memories, I would look at them in a new way. In the feedback from the audience and the other tellers, I began to see the healing power of sharing those personal stories. This came into focus in 1990 when I was invited to conduct a workshop with terminally ill people where I learned that we can be healed without being cured. This brought me to the place where I am now, where I believe that the personal story has a great self-healing potential. And, of course, as we heal ourselves, the people around us are also changed

Editorial Reviews

"Michael Cotter's voice is wise and real.  In this book, he reflects upon what is truly important in his life, and in ours."