Dan O’Brien’s Writings

Meaning of a Name

Many of the fathers in my family have been saddled with the deceptively simple, yet unusual, middle name of Hosler. It was my great grandfather’s last name and, though he blinked out of our scraggly family tree with an awkward…

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Bluebird Days

My Sibley’s Field Guide to the Blue Bird says that there are three kinds of bluebirds in North America: Eastern, Western, and Mountain. The first bluebird that I remember seeing had to have been an eastern. It was standing on…

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