Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kennedy for City Council Website

The campaign is in full swing! If you're looking for the Kennedy for City Council website, click here: Campaign Page

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pete Hamill - In Awe of Angela's Ashes

From this fantastic piece by Pete Hamill:

Author and raconteur Frank McCourt, in his autobiography, “has examined his ferocious childhood, walked around it, relived it, and with skill and care and generosity of heart, transformed it into a triumphant work of art,” writes Pete Hamill.

Frank McCourt has written a triumphant book. His memoir of an Irish childhood is in turns hilarious, heart-scalding, bitterly angry. It takes us through a world of daily, repetitive, cyclical horror in “the lanes” of Limerick in the 1930s and 1940s, providing the sort of soul-murdering detail that no survivor can ever forget. But McCourt’s soul was not murdered. This book is the proof of his survival. This book, this affirmation of humane values in the face of all odds, is his triumph.

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all,” he writes on the first page. “It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

City Council Campaign

If you're looking for the Kennedy for City Council page, this is its temporary home! We're getting the website up and running at:, which currently routes to here. You can also join our Facebook campaign group at:

Keep checking in for more updates and a new website!


Monday, June 08, 2009

Gearing up for the Campaign

This is the temporary website for the Mike Kennedy for City Council Re-Election Campaign!

If you're interested, we'll be bringing up a more official website soon, but to get involved you can join the Facebook group here: or email me at: and we'll take it from there.

I do have an announced opponent, and though I haven't made an "official" kickoff announcement, we'll be planning that this summer and be off and running. Thanks for your support!


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Gearing up for St. Patrick's Day - An Oldie but Goodie

On vacation in Rome I noticed a marble column in St. Peter's with a golden telephone on it. As a young priest passed by I asked who the telephone was for. The priest told me it was a direct line to Heaven and if I'd like to call it would be a thousand dollars.

I was amazed, but declined the offer. All throughout Italy I kept seeing the same golden telephone on a marble column. At each, I asked about it and the answer was always the same: a direct line to Heaven and I could call for a thousand dollars.

After Italy I finished up my vacation with a tour of Ireland. I decided to attend Mass at a local village Church. When I walked in the door I noticed the golden telephone. Underneath it there was a sign stating: "DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN, 25 CENTS."

"Father," I said, "I have been all over Italy and in all the cathedrals I visited I've seen telephones exactly like this one. But the price is always a thousand dollars. Why is it that this one is only 25 cents?"

"The priest smiled and said, "Darlin', you're in Ireland now. It's a local call."