The Fickle Bounce Of The Fantasy Football

by Kevin Burton    The morning orange juice is sweeter, the song of the birds outside more melodious, even the cats’ litter box is less odoriferous, when all four of your fantasy teams have won.     This is silliness, even profound silliness, but it’s a thing, I promise you.    Winning at fantasy football is …

Don’t Be A Dunce, Learn This Trivia

by Kevin Burton    Read into this what you will, but the American election day today, coincides with National Dunce Day.    That’s from the mouth of the National Day Calendar to your ears, through me, a humble reporter.    “National Dunce Day is celebrated on Nov. 8 each year. The day commemorates the death …

The Return Of Sunday Go To Meeting

by Kevin Burton    The Burtons have entered the building, the church building.    We have been watching church on the big screen of my Macintosh computer in the basement for more than two years now.  That was a virus thing of course. We didn’t close our Bibles; we were just trying to stay safe. …

What A Blessing To Be A Child Of God

by Kevin Burton    In my moments of despair, my wife will remind me that I am a child of God.  But what does that mean?    Let’s look at it in two ways today, first by peeling the phrase apart, second by taking it as a whole.    What does it mean to be …

Walking And Gawking At The Omaha Zoo

by Kevin Burton    Let history record that it was my idea to go to the Omaha Zoo.    My wife will be both surprised and not surprised to read that. Surprised because technically it was her idea; I am not hostile to zoos but certainly indifferent to them.    She will not be surprised …

The Sky’s The Limit For Blind Pilot

by Kevin Burton    Last month a blind woman flew a small airplane across the country. That’s a story you want to read about, right?     OK, here it is, short version:   Kaiya Armstrong, a 22-year-old Arizona woman who can see only a few inches in front of her face, flew a two-seater Cessna …

News At My (And On My) Fingertips

by Kevin Burton    On the next-to-last night of our Upper Midwest vacation we found ourselves watching the clothes go round.    We were in Norfolk, Nebraska, boyhood hometown of Johnny Carson, when we gathered our quarters and the Tide Pods Jeannette had bought for the occasion, and took advantage of the Hampton Inn’s coin …

A Day For Making A List, Checking It Twice

by Kevin Burton    In the aftermath of a Boeing B-17 plane crash in 1935 administrators and pilots invented a way to make sure all safety procedures have been followed, and stopped relying on the pilot’s memory.    This was the birth of the mighty checklist, according to the National Day Calendar.  Today is national …

Remote Adventures In South Dakota

by Kevin Burton    Checked into the Hampton Inn in Sioux Falls on a Monday, settled into our room. One thing was missing.    We were two days into a much-needed vacation and having a great time, ready to watch the Chiefs-Raiders game on Monday Night Football.    The room was nice, lots of space …

Retirement Practice Makes Perfect, I Hope

by Kevin Burton    I’ve got retirement fever now. May it spark in me a desire for discipline.     Retirement has been on my mind for a while, but the taste for it was whetted during our recent vacation, spent mostly in Nebraska and South Dakota. We called the trip retirement practice. I would say …