Gifts From God That Keep On Giving

by Kevin Burton    In the old days at the school for the blind in Ohio, semester break meant Christmas, time off, and gifts.    Regular Page 7 readers know I am legally blind and have had longtime hobbies and vocations in the blindness field. So I know a thing or two about blindness.    …

A Little Good News Is Good For The Heart

by Kevin Burton    And all my floors do is squeak. Check this out:    Researchers in Switzerland are developing floors that use your footfalls to generate energy.    They have improved their “nanogenerator” with the use of a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystals to produce “a device that was 80 times more efficient, enough …

NFL Week: A Fantasy Win, A Bengals Win

by Kevin Burton    It’s Sunday and the now-hated Cleveland Browns are about to increase their lead over Kansas City.    They call a running play and there is a bit of a scrum near the goal line. My three-word thought: “get in there!”    Why would I do a thing like that, root for …

Happy Birthday Mexico, Please Read This!

by Kevin Burton    Hello Mexico, are you there?    Are you listening? Happy birthday!    Yes, I know I’m just a shade early. Tomorrow is Independence Day in Mexico.    Viva Mexico! You’re 211 years young.    Just one question though: what does a respectable, kind-of-bilingual, ex ex-pat blogger have to do to get …

A Moment To Savor With Gerry Rafferty

by Kevin Burton    The hit sniffers at United Artists wanted the title track from Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 smash album “City To City” to be the first song released as a single.    Rafferty knew better, successfully spoke up for the sonic masterpiece “Baker Street” as the first single and the rest is history.    …

A More Important Kind Of Wrestling

by Kevin Burton    The end of classes for the day at our Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind does not end all activities.      For an after-school extra-curricular activity we take you to wrestling practice.    I was a wrestler in high school. At the time I had little or no comprehension of the …

“Grandpa Kev” Just Doesn’t Sound Right

by Kevin Burton    My wife drove like a grandma ever before she was one.    I said this to her in person long before I said it to you in print and I assured her it was no putdown. In fact I mean it as the highest of compliments.    What does a grandma …

Little Sis Had Her Day, Did It Her Way

by Kevin Burton    It was years after the fact when he told the story, but the anger was still there in his voice.    Apparently someone in obstetrics at the Minot Air Force Base suggested that my father could, or maybe should, allow my newborn sister Patricia to die.    This was before she …

Derby Non-profit Is All About The Cats

by Kevin Burton    Look, these are cats. They’re not going to admit it or act like it, but some of them really do need you.   Could be their first human contact wasn’t such a good one.  It happens.    You have a story unique to you, right? So do the kitties.    There …

Last Echoes From The Brilliant Rafferty

by Kevin Burton    Thanks to his daughter Martha, we have a new studio album from Gerry Rafferty, ten years after his death.    Parlophone Records released “Rest In Blue” on Friday.  It’s a revamping of the songs he was working on at the time of his death.    For dedicated Rafferty fans it’s a …