Dan O’Brien’s Writings


Almost fifty years ago I was a freshman at Michigan Technological University. I did not go to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for academic reasons – not interested in philosophy, mathematics, or engineering like almost everyone else. Those years spent…

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Wildness Retained

*This essay appeared in Patagonia’s recent catalogue focused on falconry. It is reprinted with permission from Patagonia, Inc. For fifty years my days and dreams have been haunted by falcons, eagles, and hawks. I have been fortunate enough to live…

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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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