Here’s To Socrates And Travis Kelce

by Kevin Burton    “The unexamined life is not worth living,” said Socrates, the Greek philosopher who was said to have driven people to distraction with his constant questioning.    “There were times where I feel like I was just out there thinking too much instead of just playing instinctual football. It’s definitely something that …

The Burtons Make Room For Two

by Kevin Burton     Four mouths to feed on a Sunday morning. Four heartbeats on the second floor.     It’s the morning after the big move and our two new cats seem to be at home already. Yes, two new cats.     Making their Page 7 debut today are Ronnie and Gabbie. That Ronnie is …

Little Drummer Boy And The King’s Smile

by Kevin Burton    Gift giving has me digging into what I’ve always considered a strange little song this Christmas season.    I’m beyond exasperated at the commercialization of Christmas and at myself for not doing anything significant to change the way my family does things. Maybe next year.    But the gift giving I …

What Child Is This? Glad You Asked

by Kevin Burton    “What child is this” is, or should be, the burning question behind this whole Christmas phenomenon.    How transforming would it be if the season surrounding Dec. 25 were an honest, worldwide examination of Jesus, his miraculous birth and the implications for mankind, rather than the orgy of merchandising it has …

The Games Quarantine People Play

by Kevin Burton    A stirring comeback is underway as the calendar year winds down.    It’s all about the games quarantine people play, the ones in my household that is.    My wife and I have always played card and dice games together, going back to the dating days. Quarantine inspired us to keep …

Merry Birthday Or Something Like That

by Kevin Burton    What if your big day got overshadowed every year by the biggest day of all?    What if the season to be jolly also brought your birthday?    This is probably not just a problem for Christmas Day babies.  I would guess any birthday between about Dec. 22 and 27 or …

Here’s My Farewell To Fantasy Football

by Kevin Burton   There was a day in 2003 when I took a late afternoon city bus ride to a music store, just in case.     Undefeated Ohio State would play defending champion and heavily-favored Miami of Florida for the college football championship that night. I needed a copy of “Celebration,” on Kool and …

Christmas Music Makes The Season Bright

by Kevin Burton    I have a friend who hates Christmas music. I just giggle every time I think about that.    If you knew this friend, actually a former manager of mine, she is so upbeat and positive about everything.  If you woke up determined to be downcast you’d want to steer clear of …

No Roads Between Heaven And Hell

by Kevin Burton    A distance calculator on my computer desktop tells me how far it is from point A to point B.    This feature is helpful for planning trips.    Today’s post represents a sixth-period geography class at our Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind.    Physical blindness is nothing compared to spiritual …