This Father’s Day, Orion’s editorial staff curated this list of our five favorite articles about fatherhood.
“He Sets Me in the Stream” by David James Duncan
The old storytellers of India, according to my brother Peter, said that when you reached the end of even the longest story you should still be able to remember all the way back to the beginning. I have to work to remember what I had for lunch yesterday. Read more.
|“21 Laws of Nature as Interpreted by my Children” by Brian Doyle
September/October 2014 issue
1. If you shake hands with an evergreen tree and the branch bites you, that’s a spruce.
“To the Dairy Queen and Back” by John Landretti
“The Trumpet of the Swan” by Kim Todd
When I was five and my sister was two, my father started to lose his balance. He stumbled down the sidewalk, tripped up the stairs. Clumsiness became extreme. Newspapers were reporting that children who had radiation to reduce their tonsils were developing thyroid cancer as adults. He went in for a thyroid examination, only to have the doctor note his swaying and order a CT scan of his head instead. It showed a tumor on his brain stem. Read more.
“Gaze Upon This World” by Amy Weldon
I’m biking through the dark in the smoky chill of October. Overhead, a great-horned owl gathers itself and lands on a snag, its swiveling, feather-crowned head wider than my palm. I stop the bike and stand still. For a while, the owl and I watch each other. Then, hearing some creaturely snap in the brush, it ungrips its branch and springs into the dark. Read more.