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Daddy’s Gunslinging Daughter

Ina Chadwick is known around here as a gifted writer.

Still, what’s the Westporter’s essay “Daddy’s Gunslinging Daughter” doing in The Good Men Project — an online magazine “reporting hourly from the front lines of modern manhood”?

The teaser above her story reads:  “In 1962, when Marilyn was queen, Ina Chadwick could never keeper her union-leader father’s attention — until she picked up a .22-caliber rifle.”

The essay begins:

On August 5, 1962, just 18 months before my father would drink and medicate himself to death, he was on the dock of our lake house, giving his boat a tune-up. The sun was darkening his broad shoulders; his toolbox was open as he leaned over the outboard motor.

I inched up behind him to tell him what I had just heard on the radio: Marilyn Monroe was dead from an overdose. I watched as his wrench fell onto the gunwale. He slumped forward to cover his face. His broad back heaved, and then he wept.

To read more of her insightful, provocative words, click here.