Author Archives: Rich Kenney

About Rich Kenney

Rich Kenney is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Social Work Program at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska.

Light Years Ago

What follows is the beginning of a lecture I presented in February 2014, at the Graves Lecture Series at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. It is entitled, “Poemhenge: Poetry on the Rocks,” and you can view the lecture at … Continue reading

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Wedding Speech

Two weeks ago, my step-daughter, Shelley, was married. My wedding speech went something like this: There’s a movie I like called When Harry Met Sally. And in this old movie, a love story, actually, there’s a scene where Harry says … Continue reading

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Two Takes on MLK Day

While sitting in a cafeteria in Oklahoma, on MLK Day a  couple of years ago, I overheard a conversation between an elderly couple sitting at a nearby table and their middle-aged waitress. The woman at the table said to the … Continue reading

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Christmas Smoke Rings

While the holiday season is filled with many good scents like pumpkin pie and balsam fir, the one I like best is smoke from a White Owl Cigar. That’s what “Big Ray” smoked. The other day, I caught a whiff … Continue reading

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Tribute to an Old Friend

Every now and then, I look at this picture. It was taken in 1969 during my senior prom. It was supposed to be of my date and me – one for the ages, one of those stunning photos that you … Continue reading

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A Warm Language

My mother and I had a secret. The thought of it breathed life into Mondays during fifth-grade arithmetic with Mrs. Smith. Its mid-week approach helped me endure sticky-finger Wednesdays and the glue-fest, art class fiascos with Mrs. Puffer. And come … Continue reading

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Green Rosary Beads

Beach sand and green rosary beads… They’ll always remind me of the summer of 1961. It was the year my brother, Steve, and I spent two weeks at Cedar Crest, a summer camp run by Catholic seminarians, in Green Harbor, … Continue reading

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