With God Every Day Is A Chance To Serve

by Kevin Burton    Got my rap name from the Bible. Gather round and hear the story.    When I first got saved, I started my Christian studies in the book of Ecclesiastes. Not sure how that happened.    Nobody steers new Christians in that direction. But for some reason I sought out Ecclesiastes in …

Singer Gladys Knight Turns 78

by Kevin Burton    Happy 78th birthday to gospel singer Gladys Knight, and all aboard that midnight train!    I think we’ve all taken that midnight train. It’s the one you ride when you are forced to leave cherished dreams behind and build a new life.    The song “Midnight Train To Georgia” hit number …

Rapping To The Ladies, Wishful Thinking

by Kevin Burton    I love the Doobie Brothers, but I have a complaint.   Let’s engage in a little wishful thinking, shall we? I wish Michael McDonald would enunciate.    Wishful thinking is “the attribution of reality to what one wishes to be true or the tenuous justification of what one wants to believe,” according …

Cats’ Purring Says More Than We Think

by Kevin Burton    Apparently the purring our cats do isn’t all good vibrations.      These are cats after all, I should have known. It just had to be more complicated than we thought.    “We think we know what a cat’s purr means,” writes Stephen Dowling of the BBC.  “It is arguably the most recognizable sign …

Can’t Stop Dancing? Read This Cautionary Tale

by Kevin Burton    You say the YMCA dance made you sick in the 70s? The Bump?  That Saturday Night Fever pointing dance?    But did anybody ever die from it?    From reporter Rosalind Jana on the BBC, comes the story of a dance craze that was truly crazy.    In Strasbourg, France, in …

Power To The Burtons, Thank God

  Are you thankful for the little things? Can you tell the little things from the big things?     I was forced on Friday to answer these questions, to stop and think about something I almost never think about.  Five syllables, starts with an E, made my breakfast, brought us together as writer and reader.     …

Baseball’s 70s Mighty Have Fallen Hard

by Kevin Burton    When I was growing up in the 70s these teams were baseball royalty: Cincinnati, Oakland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.     Of the 40 division titles available in the decade in the old playoff format, those four teams won 22 of them.  That was five each for Oakland and Baltimore, six each for …

Grandma’s Joy And Suing To Get There

by Kevin Burton    What’s so grand about being a grandma?     I took that question to an expert in the field. She’s had days and days of experience so she knows whereof she speaks; my friend Tracy from North Carolina.     Her first grandchild was born last Friday in Cincinnati.     “Lucy Jane Duffy …

The Unsavory Reality Of Breakfast In Bed

by Kevin Burton    Certain things sound great, but once you examine them are really not.    One such concept is breakfast in bed. People talk about breakfast in bed as a mother’s day or birthday kind of special thing you do for someone.      So I’m thinking about this and it hits me, who really …

A Magic Carpet Ride To New Orleans

by Kevin Burton    While at the Quiet Knight bar in Chicago, Steve Goodman saw fellow singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie, and asked to be allowed to play a song for him, according to a story on Wikipedia.    “Guthrie grudgingly agreed, on the condition that if Goodman bought him a beer, Guthrie would listen to him play …