Coming Of Age Part II, Are We There Yet?

by Kevin Burton      Does she or doesn’t she?    If you are of a certain age, that question is recognizable as part of an ad campaign for “Miss Clairol” hair coloring products.  The earliest ad I could find was from 1957. The campaign continued into the 70s.    I brought you this memory and …

Entry-level Or Not, It’s All About Leverage

by “Italy”    Welcome back readers. I’m super excited for the opportunity to write to you again. Last post I said there were some things I thought might be good to consider before taking a position at an agency specifically designed to hire blind and visually-impaired employees.   Rather than keep you waiting, which would probably …

Dear Expos, We Stand On Guard For Thee

by Kevin Burton      Do you know who Bob Henley is? I didn’t.    Henley is the third base coach for the Washington Nationals, who begin play in the 2019 World Series on Tuesday.     Henley is also the only link from the Nationals to the old Montreal Expos, the Nats’ ancestors. He was a …

Aiming For The Top, Starting At The Bottom

by “Italy”    For the sake of this blog, let’s say my name is Italy.  This may or may not go without saying, but I am and have been a blind job seeker. I am a black woman, a millennial, who is well educated.    I hold a masters, a bachelors and a few certifications …

The Rocky Road To Employment For The Blind

by Kevin Burton When I was interviewing for my current job as a recruiter, one of the interviewers asked “where do you see yourself in five years?”    The first time someone asked me that, in a previous interview for a newspaper reporting position, I wasn’t ready and sputtered out a non-answer.  This time I …

In The Bag Got Discount Right, Message Wrong

by Kevin Burton      A blogger left speechless, that is not a good thing. Kind of defeats the purpose.    But speechless I was.    I had some questions for In The Bag Cleaners after a recent transaction. I presented a card they sent me promising a 33 percent discount. The next day when I …

The Gift, The Giver And Numbered Days

by Kevin Burton    The gift arrived on a Friday afternoon in the office where the words dance freely.     The practical meets the inspirational there. The gift speaks to both. These are the intentions of the giver.    With anything so sublime, naturally, Snoopy is involved. Snoopy is on top of his doghouse bent …

Did I just get taken to the cleaners?

by Kevin Burton      You get a card in the mail from a cherished friend, don’t you just love that?    Warms the heart. Don’t you just grin in anticipation?  Can’t wait to read it!      Many days, maybe most days, you stick your hand in the mailbox and pull out a fist full of …

My Barrel Of Ink, Making A Splash?

by Kevin Burton One of the cool things I got from Word Press when I signed up for this website was my very first barrel of ink.    That is figurative of course, a reference to that great old journalism quote “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”  The quote …

Unsavory Food Served With Pretension

 by Kevin Burton   When I am sad and blue, annoyed by life’s futilities, I sometimes reach for a cookbook as the remedy, for therein lies some of the best comedy this side of Bill Bryson.    Or even better, any cable TV cooking show. Food Network.  Have you seen these shows?    Here’s what they …