New book by Philip Kenney

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Family Stories

December 29, 2015

The Joy of Disappearing

I first experienced it as a boy running home in the dark on a warm summer night. Moving through the night air with fireflies darting everywhere and crickets fiddling a happy tune, I ran my fastest until there was nothing left of me but joy. Initially, it took effort to get my body up to … + read more

August 2, 2015

My son is leaving home

It’s a lesson too late for the learnin’ made of sand, made of sand Tom Paxton Each time I listen to Doc Watson’s arrangement of this sad song, my belly fills with that sick feeling of regret for the many lessons too late for learning and certainly too late to use. At the top of … + read more

March 24, 2015

Living To Be 101

Everyone has at least one thing in common: we are all aging. Even those adorable babies you see cradled in a backpack close to Mom or Dad’s chest are probably aging faster than any of us as biology races to make them fit for living in the world. Yesterday I saw one of those beautiful … + read more

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