Album Challenge: Rafferty Before The Hits

by Kevin Burton    Before “Stuck In The Middle With You,” before “Baker Street,” probably before you ever heard of Gerry Rafferty, came the 1971 album “Can I Have My Money Back?”    This is the first answer to the album challenge I received on Facebook. I explained it previously on Page 7 (Album Challenge: …

To BARD Be The Glory, Great Books

by Kevin Burton    Today I am singing the praises of BARD and of technology. For my sighted friends, that means I am singing the praises of books.          One of the few good things about being blind is you can read a lot of books for free.   The National Library Service for the Blind …

Album Challenge, I’ll Do It “My Way”

by Kevin Burton    Twice on Facebook someone has asked me to do an album challenge that didn’t make sense to me.    The deal is you’re supposed to tell which ten albums influenced you when you were younger, one a day for ten days. You are supposed to just give the name of the …

Sweet Lou Piniella, Great For My Teams

by Kevin Burton    Ever have a person who just showed up in your life multiple times?    Maybe you worked with them once, then they dated a friend of yours, shopped at your main grocery store, maybe volunteered at one of the places you do?    Well in the baseball sense I have someone …

Life And Hope From An Empty Tomb

by Dane Massey    (Dane Massey is the former Pastor of Mulvane Christian Church. He is now in ministry in Houston, Texas.)      My heart and mind is captive to the cross and an empty grave!     Genesis opens with the glory of creation but slams shut with a coffin (Gen. 50:26). Exodus opens with …

Peace To Get You Through Long Days

by Kevin Burton    Your friendly neighborhood astronomer will tell you tomorrow will be the longest day of the year.  I beg to differ.    Of course it’s true in the scientific sense. It’s the summer solstice, the day with the most sunlight in the northern hemisphere.    But the days since mid-March have been …

What’s So Difficult About Decluttering?

by Kevin Burton    The word “declutter,” to my ear, has the ring of euphemism. The word is much too tidy.    It’s the verbal equivalent of throwing your junk in a closet until it is packed top to bottom, to make your visible living space look better.     “Today, I plan to declutter,” you …

Birds Rebuffed In “Nest Wars II” (We Think)

by Kevin Burton    Got a military briefing from the Burton family Secretary of Defense last month.     If you’ve been reading Page 7 from the beginning, you might recall we had some difficulties with animals on our front porch last year. I talked about it on what other than the blog’s introductory post, was …

The Listening Beneath The Shouting At PTI

by Kevin Burton   On good days it’s a belly laugh with two old friends. On bad days it’s almost medicinal.    It’s called Pardon the Interruption, or PTI to its many fans. It’s on ESPN. I think it’s the best sports television product ever.      I used to say it was named ironically, …

A Cap, A Gown, An Ending, A Beginning

by Kevin Burton    For some reason, in my mind’s ear, I can hear the lockers best.    Back in the day, there was chatter, always chatter. I can hear that too, but indistinctly.    It has been 39 years, almost to the day, since I graduated from the Ohio State School for the Blind. …