Skip to main content

WE FISH: THE JOURNEY TO FATHERHOOD

WE FISH: THE JOURNEY TO FATHERHOOD
AUTHORS: Jack L. Daniel, Ph.D. and Omari C. Daniel, Ph.D.
ISBN: O-8229-5891-0

PUBLISHER: University of Pittsburgh Press (www.pitt-edu/ press)


WE FISH

My grandfather stays with my father
because he fishes.
Wading these motherly banks
of the Juniata evokes memory.
Each cast, each fish,
keeps the memory of his father fresh.
This is how we beat death.

I know if Alzheimer’s ever claims my
father; as it did his, all I have to do
is fish, I will fish the Juniata, and
let the memories of my father flow
through me. Fishing for channel cats,
doing the Juniata float, and sneaking
down the back side of the church
to fish on Sundays, I will fish
because we fish, and they fished, and
I know my father can never leave me,
if I just fish.

Mr. Omari C. Daniel, Ph.D.
Excerpted from Chapter 13: We Fish
We Fish: The Journey To Fatherhood
Page 185



It is an unapologetically honest and soulful masterpiece. It is We Fish: The Journey To Fatherhood authored by Jack L. Daniel, Ph.D. and Omari C. Daniel, Ph.D. Dr. Jack L. Daniel is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Communications at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dr. Omari C. Daniel is a poet and educator in the Montgomery County Public Schools in suburban Washington, D.C. They are Father and Son.

We Fish: The Journey To Fatherhood is more than a collaborative literary undertaking between Father and Son. Dr. Jack L. Daniel and Dr. Omari C. Daniel represent two generations of “Daniel Men” for whom the ritual of fishing became their link to the past, the present and the future. The time spent together fishing deepened their relationship as Father and Son and their understanding of one another as Men.

Dr. Jack L. Daniel’s poignant accounts of his journey from childhood to manhood, depiction of the cluster of strong male role models that influenced and surrounded him which consisted of his Father, his Uncles Nash and Bill and men in his church and in his neighborhood, the joys and challenges of shaping the mind and soul of his son, and the fishing trips which became both a balm and a ritual for multiple generations of “Daniel Men” and their extended family are dramatically punctuated by Dr. Omari C. Daniel’s repertoire of heartstring-tugging poems.

Through We Fish: The Journey To Fatherhood, two generations of “Daniel Men” are forcing us to come to grips with the fact that we must move with all deliberate speed to provide “life lines” to our young males. The good news is that two generations of “Daniel Men”, through We Fish: The Journey To Fatherhood, are providing us with some of the tools that we will need to get the job done.

Reviewed By: D.A. Sears, Managing Editor - IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)
* * *

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DRAWING A STRAIGHT LINE TO RECIDIVISM, SUSTAINABILITY, AND RENEWED PROSPERITY IN PHILADELPHIA

Heralded by many as the “Next Great American City”, the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States, the City of Philadelphia is on the move.  Real estate developers are transforming an area between Market and Chestnut Streets spanning from 11th to 12th Streets once considered the epicenter of Philadelphia into East Market, a towering and expansive structure which will be home to residential units, restaurants, retail outlets, and office space. Looking westward, a cluster of gleaming glass and steel skyscrapers which rise above the end of the Walnut Street Bridge and which appear to obfuscate the line of demarcation between the City of Philadelphia’s downtown business district, University City, and the neighborhoods surrounding Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania come into view .. These developments are helping to create excitement about Philadelphia. Despite the perceived “renewed prosperity” of Philadelphia’s downtown business district an…

MEN'S HEALTH ADVOCATE, MUSIC PRODUCER, ARRANGER, SONGWRITER AND SINGER MR. GREG BEST TO SPEAK AT THIRD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR MEN AND BOYS TELECONFERENCE 6 NOVEMBER 2016

The USA International Men’s Day Team has disclosed that Men’s Mental Health Advocate, arranger, music producer, songwriter and singer Mr. Greg Best will be featured as a speaker at the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys’ Teleconference on Sunday, 6 November 2016 beginning at 10:00 A.M. (E.D.T.). “Voices Of Our Fathers” is the theme for the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys’ Teleconference which leads up to the United States’ observance of 2016 International Men’s Day (www.imd-global.org) on Saturday, 19 November 2016. The general public is encouraged to join Mr. Best in the teleconference by dialing the following conference call number: 712-775-7031 and access code: 803 828. To register for the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys Teleconference and to learn more about the event, please visit the following website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-annual-international-day-of-prayer-for-men-and-boys-nat…

SEEING INVISIBLE MEN AND BOYS: JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.

On 19 November 2015, a panel discussion was held at the Student Activity Center at The University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago (in the Caribbean). It was spearheaded by an undergraduate female student, Ms. Michelle Roopnarine, and featured Dr. John Gedeon of the University's Office of Planning and Development; Ramia Coleman, the Chairman of the all-male Hall of Residence on campus; and Jonathan St. Louis-Nahous, the Guild of Students' Representative for Part-time and Evening Students. The panel successfully generated some interest and lively discussion among a cross-section of students on campus and across faculties. During the past five years, similar small scale observances have been held on campus. Despite this recognition many students and members of the public are still unaware of the existence of International Men’s Day.
From 1999, International Men’s Day was tailored and revamped to continue building the global Men’s Movement and promote an ideology that…