Yo, Hartville, Ready For Your Closeup?

by Kevin Burton    Apologies right up front here, because Garrison Keillor would do this story better than I.    The US Census Bureau announced Nov. 16 that Hartville, Missouri, population 594, is the “center of population” for the United States.    Here is what that means, according to the Census Bureau release:    “If …

Make It Happen For God Today

by Kevin Burton    The first time I ever heard the phrase “make it happen” was in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fight song in the 70s.    The 70s-era Cavs are my all-time favorite pro basketball team.    A few years later the staff at the Frontiersman, the newspaper in Wasilla, Alaska where I worked, got …

Sometimes A Fantasy Is All You Need

by Kevin Burton    If the NFL season ended at this writing, my Bengals would be included in the playoffs. They would travel to Kansas City for a first-round game.    Blood rivals Cleveland and Pittsburgh, though they are having fairly good seasons, would be excluded if the playoffs began today.  How sweet is that? …

Getting Booster Shot Was An Easy Call

by Kevin Burton    Got a glorious soreness in my left arm last Friday.  It felt great.    I signed up for a moment of pain, a period of soreness, then months of relief.    Maybe you guessed it. I’m talking about getting my Covid 19 booster shot. Put a little spring in my step …

How About A Little Thanksliving?

by Kevin Burton    This may be hard to believe, but once in a great while I can be a little grumpy.    I know, I know, but it’s true. You can take my word for it, or ask my wife.    But I always see the bright side, 100 percent of the time. In …

Tooling Around, Feeling Virtuous

by Kevin Burton    Looks as if I’ve had the definition of “tooling around” wrong all these years.    Tool around is a verb, says vocabulary.com, meaning to “ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it.”    On yourdictionary.com the definition is “to drive or jaunt about, going from place …

Too Early For New Year’s Resolutions?

by Kevin Burton    My friend Linda who lives in England has picked out her New Year’s resolution already. Rather, she had it picked out for her by her brother.    He said her resolution should be not to visit any hospitals or have any illnesses in 2022. She’s had her share this year.    …

American Emigration Over The Years

by Kevin Burton    It is conventional wisdom in the United States that a US passport is the prized possession.    It would be foolish to downplay the benefits of American citizenship to many who live here. But for some it may be wise to at least look into what some other places may have …

Why People Are Leaving The USA

by Kevin Burton    Leaving your home country is a foreign concept that pushes against everything you have known from earliest childhood.    At least for Americans it is.    What set of circumstances would cause you to think about relocating permanently?    Wednesday we told one woman’s story. Amber Blackmon moved from the United …

Could You Leave The United States?

by Kevin Burton    Amber Blackmon told her story Monday on insider.com, I wish she had told more of it.    Or maybe it’s better this way. Maybe we are meant to insert our own details into what she has given.    The story hit home because she did something I sort of did years …