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Philip Kelly

Philip Kelly lives in Newport Beach, California, where each day he swims in the Pacific Ocean and says two prayers to a statue of Saint Francis that sits on his deck. His writing has won a Pushcart Prize.

— From November 2017
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Telling Time

We rent a condominium together, my eighty-six-year-old widowed mother and I. Sometimes she summons me from her bedroom at the end of the hall. I have learned to guess from her tone what it is she wants.

November 2017
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Haole Boy

We all have to borrow in life. We borrow money to buy a home or to travel. We borrow from our independence and our spirit to make a living. I borrowed from my health to try to become Hawaiian. And somewhere a ledger is tallied.

December 2014
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Pity The Man Who Doesn’t Travel

Irish Mike and I had planned my trip — the “Grand Tour,” we liked to call it — on the floor of a job site. While all the other painters and construction workers were busy with lunch and football arguments, we’d draw a map of Europe in the dust with our fingertips and make wavy lines across it for my route.

February 2014
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Painting The Summer Palace Of The Queen

I invade people’s lives for a living. At dawn I climb ladders to their second-story windows and fiddle with their locks. I place flammable materials in their garages and wake their sleeping dogs. I meet flannel-robed housewives as they hurry their husbands out the door.

February 2012
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