Road Trip! An Old-World Pleasure

by Kevin Burton     Found a little note in my briefcase last Thursday morning.  It reads, “Got the hurry turned down to minimum, the worry off altogether.”    And this is in my handwriting.  Wow!     It appears that this notion came from my brain at some point in the medium-distant past.     Oh merciful …

The Heavenly Voice Of Cynthia Clawson

by Kevin Burton    Ever been around a really good singer, who really, really wanted people to notice how good they were?     We all have. Makes you appreciate those great voices filled with love, as opposed to pride.    Ever liked a record, then listened again years later and found a new level of …

American Tribes, No Nuance, No Thinking

by Kevin Burton    There’s a song I used to sing with some feeling when I was a child. The lyrics went like this:    “We don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, the whole state of Michigan, the whole state of Michigan. We don’t give a damn for the whole state …

God Can Make Even A Tantrum Work Out

by Kevin Burton    Then there was the time I signed a contract I didn’t read. Actually, I couldn’t read it.    Who knew back then that one of my future jobs would involve giving career advice? How about, always read your contracts!    I know these things happened. But sometimes it feels like I …

Mexican Rock: I’ve Got All The Flans Tapes

by Kevin Burton    And now, a departure.    This is my sixth post in response to the album challenge. I’m writing about the records that meant the most to me as a younger person.    It’s not possible for me to do this without talking about my Mexican interlude.    Short version? My all-time …

What Power Source Are You Relying On?

by Kevin Burton    The electricity at my house went out ever so briefly on a recent Sunday morning.    Of course, I couldn’t know this would be a brief interruption. With the lights out I went into contingency mode, thoughts running out ahead of me.    If this lasts long the house will get …

Better Stay Humble In Scrabble And In Life

by Kevin Burton    In Scrabble there is a factor I call “the tyranny of the tile.”     That means the game you play is only as good as the tile you pull.  This truth has its parallel in the larger life experience.    I’ve never been a golfer or liked watching golf. But I …

Treasures From A True Artist, Jim Croce

 by Kevin Burton   Great stories that we needed to hear wrapped in great music that we wanted to hear.  Such were the offerings of one Jim Croce.    Croce died in a plane crash at age 30. Somehow he had gathered and distilled a full basket of life lessons in his twenties. We still …

Do You Care About The Coin Shortage?

by Kevin Burton    There is a nationwide coin shortage.  By now most people know that. But do you care?    Depending on who you are and where you work maybe, the shortage may be critical or a complete non-story.    According to the New York Post the Coronavirus pandemic has “significantly disrupted the supply …