New book by Philip Kenney

The Writer's Crucible Meditations on Emotion, Being and Creativity

Phil Kenney

Philip Kenney is a practicing psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon. He did his post-graduate work in British Object Relations at the Washington D.C. School of Psychiatry and has taught Self Psychology as part of his private practice. A long time meditator and poet, Mr. Kenney is the author of the novel, Radiance, and a collection of poetry, Where Roses Bloom. He strives to bring together the worlds of psychology, creativity and spirituality in his work and is the author of a new book on those subjects entitled, The Writer's Crucible: Meditations on Emotion, Being and Creativity.

February 12, 2013

Thoughts on Violence

I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty to know what occurs but not recognize the fact. William Stafford A few years back, I took my oldest son, Joey, to his first professional basketball game. Joey was about ten at the time and really eager to see his hometown Portland Trail Blazers, … + read more

January 29, 2013

Are We Good Enough?

Every day, in the privacy of my office, I hear the terrible truth so many people live with from the moment they wake until sleep eases the distress in their hearts. What is real for these folks, who by the way are largely smart, successful adults living what would be considered better than normal lives, … + read more

January 18, 2013

William Stafford

Each year in January, Portland honors the birthday of its beloved poet laureate, William Stafford. All over town, in galleries and libraries and coffee shops we gather to read together from his collection of poetry and be moved all over again by what he had to say. This year I’m privileged to be one of … + read more

January 16, 2013

Punishment and The Baseball Hall of Fame

First of all, a disclaimer: much of what I have learned on the subject of punishment, that has changed my views, came my way through the yoga of parenting. My instructors are my two sons, Joey (16) and Georgio (14). I must credit them, and their full-bodied aliveness, coupled with patience and forgiveness, for affording … + read more

January 9, 2013

Special Edition: Dad

Tomorrow marks the 12th anniversary of my father’s passing. He left the morning of the most luminous full moon I’ve ever witnessed, one that bathed the wetlands of South Carolina in a pearl white lotion of what felt like nothing short of grace. Dad’s stubbornness was legendary in our family, and it was no surprise to … + read more

January 8, 2013

Forgetting and Remembering

Sometime in my early forties, I began to joke that my best memories never happened. Now that I’m a year from signing up for Medicare, I can say the same, but without the ironic chuckle. Some events are seemingly lost forever in the deep sea of forgetfulness. Others can be retrieved with a little help … + read more

January 3, 2013

Welcome to a new year and a new blog!

Many years ago, I experienced a long series of flying dreams. These dreams were exquisite and really quite blissful. During the waking day I pined for them and if a night went by when I didn’t soar through the sky, I was deeply disappointed. While flying through dream space, I could influence the flight of … + read more

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