Category Archives: Life

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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Pathfinding

He was a goalball guru and once told me there was a reason for his world without sight. He also taught me about the importance of finding a path. Sebastian was about eighteen when I first met him more than a decade … Continue reading

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March Madness: The Bump That Makes Her Stand Tall

“I’ll probably read Luke, Chapter Eight, before I see the doctor,” Emma told me a few weeks ago before she went in for lung cancer testing. “Hey, if my number’s up, it’s up. I’ve learned not to worry about things … Continue reading

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The Ladder

A tribute to my father, Dick Kenney, who passed away this week: My father got high and I held the ladder. “All you have to do,” he’d tell me, “is to hold it steady and turn the radio dial when I tell … Continue reading

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