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by Dan O'Brien

Equinox: Life, Love, and Birds of Prey download ebook
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0803234597
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978-0803234598
Author:
Dan O'Brien
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Bison Books (October 1, 2010)
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232 pages
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Equinox: Life, Love, and. has been added to your Cart. The South Dakota winter gives a man time to think. One subzero morning, as Dan Oâ?™Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes stock

Equinox: Life, Love, and. One subzero morning, as Dan Oâ?™Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes stock. Feeling a waning sense of purpose, he decides to devote himself entirely, for the first time in his life, to his greatest lovesâ?”falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home. That summer he obtains a remarkable falcon chick who immediately distinguishes herself by her ferocity.

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Start by marking Equinox: Life, Love, and Birds of Prey as Want to Read . Dan O'Brien was born Daniel Hosler O'Brien in Findlay Ohio on November 23, 1947. He attended Findlay High School and graduated in 1966.

Start by marking Equinox: Life, Love, and Birds of Prey as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. He went to Michigan Technological University to play football and graduated with a BS degree in Math and Business from Findlay College in 1970 where he was the chairman of the first campus Earth Day. He earned an MA in English Literature from the University of Sou Dan O'Brien was born Daniel Hosler O'Brien in Findlay Ohio on November 23, 1947.

Dan O'Brien has been consumed with a lifelong passion for falconry. As he approaches his fiftieth birthday, the autumnal equinox of his life, feeling a waning sense of purpose, he decides to devote himself entirely for a season to his greatest loves - falconry, his bird dogs, and the South Dakota prairie he calls home. He takes on a remarkable falcon chick who immediately distinguishes herself with her ferocity; he names the bird Harley and trains her in the ways of falconry. Harley's powers of flight are awe-inspiring, her hunting success astounding

Dan O'Brien has been consumed with a lifelong passion for falconry

Dan O'Brien has been consumed with a lifelong passion for falconry. As he approaches his 50th birthday, he decides to devote himself entirely for a season to his greatest lovesfalconry, his bird dogs, and the South Dakota prairie he calls home. Equinox" is the story of a life lived closely to the natural cycles of the earth, and a midlife revelation of the importance of staying connected to all things held dear. I just finished reading "Equinox" and I was inspired by Mr. O'Brien's words on birds of prey, the unique beauty of his home, and the importance of staying in touch with the real and genuine aspects of life.

Find sources: "Dan O'Brien" author – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (May . Equinox: Life, Loves, and Birds of Prey, 1997. Buffalo for The Broken Heart, 2001.

Find sources: "Dan O'Brien" author – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (May 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Dan O'Brien is the winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Grants for fiction, A Bush Foundation Award for writing, a Spur Award, two Wrangler Awards from the National cowboy Hall of Fame, and an honorary PhD from the University of South Dakota.

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Buffalo for the Broken Heart was selected as the 2009 One Book South Dakota winner. Country of Publication.

Books & Magazines. O'Brien, Kdane The author decides to devote himself entirely to his greatest loves-falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home ISBN: 1558214569 (Falconry. Equinox: Life, Love, And Birds Of Prey. The author decides to devote himself entirely to his greatest loves-falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home ISBN: 1558214569 (Falconry, Great Plains, Anecdotes).

One subzero morning, as Dan O’Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes . Harley’s powers of flight are awe-inspiring, her hunting success astounding, and like a lover, she captivates him.

One subzero morning, as Dan O’Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes stock. Feeling a waning sense of purpose, he decides to devote himself entirely, for the first time in his life, to his greatest loves-falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home. He names the bird Harley and trains her in the ways of falconry

The South Dakota winter gives a man time to think. One subzero morning, as Dan O’Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes stock. Feeling a waning sense of purpose, he decides to devote himself entirely, for the first time in his life, to his greatest loves—falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home. That summer he obtains a remarkable falcon chick who immediately distinguishes herself by her ferocity. He names the bird Harley and trains her in the ways of falconry. Harley’s powers of flight are awe-inspiring, her hunting success astounding, and like a lover, she captivates him. O’Brien hunts with her obsessively, reveling in her prowess and beauty. What he learns from her and from what happens one wind-driven day lead him to see fully things he had only just begun to glimpse. In this lyrical evocation of the grasslands, Equinox is a story of a life lived close to the natural cycles of the earth and of a midlife revelation of the importance of staying connected to all things held dear.
Reviews:
  • Gela
Having begun working with birds of prey (in a rehabilitation center) in the last couple of years I have searched for books that gave more personal insights into the practice of falconry. Mr.O'Brien certainly knows his subject and does a fine job of describing the sport and the birds themselves. His accounts of hacking (early training) young peregrines in particular are excellent. I found his descriptions of what can go wrong, as well as right, in the caring and training of these birds quite illuminating and engrossing. His use of falconers-speak is well balanced with the story and the annotations quite helpful for those unfamiliar with the sport.
I unfortunately found the overall concept of a man in midlife attempting to convince the reader that he is on a quest for some sort of middle age epiphany a bit trying. His relationship with his wife - an anesthesiologist who spends the majority of her time in a sleep deprived state, taking hospital call, and generally supporting his rather indulgent and self-centered lifestyle- frustrated me and was distracting from an otherwise interesting story about the training of a gifted young peregrine falcon.
I give much credit to Mr. O'Brien for being a man in touch with nature and clearly environmentally sensitive and conservation oriented. But, as my wife said after finishing the book, he comes across as something of a jerk in his personal life. Given that Mr. O'Brien's skills in describing the beauty of the land he lives on and the animals he has the great privilege of interacting with are most enviable, it's a shame that this aspect diminishes an otherwise excellent story.
  • Wild Python
We were recently at the falconry at Ashford Castle in Ireland. Our excellent falconer guide mentioned this book as the definitive read about this type of wonderful bird. I ordered it for my husband and he is enjoying it. The book itself looks like it stood on library shelves for a time and was discarded. This makes us like it all the more.
  • Arashitilar
One of my favorite and most recommended books.
  • Foxanayn
a hawk fancier must read
  • Golden freddi
This book lured me in from across a gargantuan bookstore before I'd even turned a page. The cover illustration of a peregrine falcon looking with quiet intensity over one of its folded wings told me "you must read this book."
I'm so glad I did.
I'm interested in falconry and hope to pursue that interest as soon as I have the time and financial resources to devote to it. It is a rich, noble sport, although one all too often glamorized and sensationalized by the media. In Equinox, Dan O'Brien takes falconry and firmly anchors it in the "real." It's a challenging pursuit that necessitates being taken seriously.
Alternating between heartbreaking and breathtaking, O'Brien tells readers of a pivotal time in his midlife where he takes an autumn to fly falcons and shake out his priorities. Weaving in hunger-pang-inducing tales of delicious food with quiet moments of sleeping under a star-filled sky, O'Brien tells us about Harley, a skilled and temperamental female peregrine falcon that impresses and entrances O'Brien almost like a lover...only with feathers and razor-sharp talons.
The masterpiece in this book comes from the magic found in everyday life. Faithful dogs. The steady respect and love of a spouse, even across hundreds of painful miles. The companionship of a good friend and the wisdom of telling it straight. Loss, and how it teaches us even as it's breaking our hearts.
Equinox is about more than falconry. As O'Brien has titled it, it is about life and love, as well as birds of prey. It's an inherently gentle story that will resonate deeply for many readers.
  • Jack
I've never hunted before - game or fowl. I grew up in the city, and have never held a shotgun in my 40 years. I had no understanding of hunting - it's potential for beauty and forging a connection with nature - until I read Dan O'Brien's Equinox.

Dan's connection with nature through falconry is moving, and at times tangible throughout Equinox. He reveals hunting as a truly noble sport - if approached with reverence for nature and respect for predator and prey.

Dan's prose is straightforward, without frills or fancy, well-suited to the rustic life he describes, stalking grouse on the South Dakota plains with bird and dog.

I think most people will enjoy Equinox, regardless of background, but I especially recommend it to people who have negative feelings about hunting but are open to thinking about it in a new way.
  • Oppebro
I liked this book. At times, there may have been too much emphasis on the dogs, or too much on just falcons (red-tailed hawk coverage would have been great, but the author caters to peregrine falcons, so it is obviously his choice). Regardless, the amount of detailed coverage is impressive and written very well. Fortunately, the author eases you into the detail and doesn't toss it in your lap like some books. Whenever a new falconry term is mentioned in the text, there is a small side-bar definition of that term.
Some have said that the author's attitude gets in the way. When I read the few pages from the website, I also got a little of that. However, when I read the rest of the book, I did not get that at all. Often, appearances can be deceiving.