Norah Jones Two Needed Better Material

by Kevin Burton    Had a quick notion a few years ago to poke my musical head out of the seventies and try some 21st-century artists.    A friend recommended Maroon 5, John Mayer and Norah Jones. I loved the debut records from those three so much, I bought their follow-up records.    Then for …

You Feel That Longing For A Reason

by Kevin Burton    In the title track from her 1994 album “Longing In Their Hearts” Bonnie Raitt speaks eloquently about spiritual blindness.    Really, Bonnie Raitt?    Yep.    That’s why we have called a special assembly here at the Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind to discuss the song and hear it twice, …

Five Bows On Five Boxes, Holy Smokes!

by Kevin Burton    There was this last Friday from the heart and voice box of my loving wife Jeannette: “I want you to give me a list of five things you want for your birthday.”    This had already been an especially productive and fun day.  Then in the winding down part came this …

Love, Tears And Doing The Right Thing

by Kevin Burton    This is a story about a boy and his mother.    The mother has thought things through. She will push through the pain. She is doing the right thing. She is resolute.    The big house on the corner? The boy will be leaving that now. He will be back on …

Virus Won’t Stop World Series This Year

by Kevin Burton    The board that governs beep baseball may ban the traditional end-of-game handshake at the upcoming 2021 World Series to avoid the spread of Covid 19.    But if that happens it will be one of the few virus concessions employed by a sport that is thrilled to have its signature event …

Racism Sucks, Disco Is Just Music

by Kevin Burton    Silly me, I was just listening to the music.    I was young for sure, but not that young. Still, I had to have it all spelled out for me, after the fact.    The first person I ever heard utter the phrase “disco sucks,” years later turned out to be …

Can’t Grow Unless You Feed Your Spirit

by Kevin Burton    OK class, that’s lunch!    We’ve been through five classes at our Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind.  It’s time to refuel. Since this is ESSB we’re not talking about cheeseburgers and tater tots. We’re talking about feeding our spirit.    What an outrage it would be if schools did not …

Happy Birthday Jerry Terrell, Man Of God

by Kevin Burton    I remember former Kansas City Royals infielder Jerry Terrell for a pregame interview more than anything he did on the field.      Next Tuesday, July 13 is Terrell’s 75th birthday.  This is a shoutout to this little-known player for being true to his Christian faith and keeping everything in perspective.    …

Wish I Could Talk Baseball With Costas

by Kevin Burton    Surely you’ve read some anecdotes about a kid who was treated badly by one of his sports heroes.     Famous people are just people with a job in the public eye. They are not some publicity photo come to life. So they have foul moods and some of them are generally …

More Famous People I Have Met

by Kevin Burton    Does your bucket list include going to all 50 American states?  If so, do you count airport states?    North Carolina is an airport state for me.  That means I was in an airplane that landed there. I either changed planes or just sat in the plane waiting for the second …