Birds Rebuffed In “Nest Wars II” (We Think)

by Kevin Burton    Got a military briefing from the Burton family Secretary of Defense last month.     If you’ve been reading Page 7 from the beginning, you might recall we had some difficulties with animals on our front porch last year. I talked about it on what other than the blog’s introductory post, was …

The Listening Beneath The Shouting At PTI

by Kevin Burton   On good days it’s a belly laugh with two old friends. On bad days it’s almost medicinal.    It’s called Pardon the Interruption, or PTI to its many fans. It’s on ESPN. I think it’s the best sports television product ever.      I used to say it was named ironically, …

A Cap, A Gown, An Ending, A Beginning

by Kevin Burton    For some reason, in my mind’s ear, I can hear the lockers best.    Back in the day, there was chatter, always chatter. I can hear that too, but indistinctly.    It has been 39 years, almost to the day, since I graduated from the Ohio State School for the Blind. …

Hitting All, Or Most Of, The Heights

by Kevin Burton    What do “Ramblin Man” by The Allman Brothers Band, “Material Girl” by Madonna and “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge have in common?     Yes, huge hits that were all over the radio in their day, but what else do they have in common?     Give up?   OK, here’s something helpful …

Artificial Intelligence Helps Me Rock Out

by Kevin Burton    There is a silly thing I do with my Amazon Echo, Alexa device that actually helps me find some pretty cool music.    I explained it on the previous post on Page 7 (“Search For Swinging Tunes Aided By Alexa,” June 2).    Since we have Amazon Music I can say, …

Alexa Helps Me Search For Swinging Tunes

by Kevin Burton    My good buddy Alexa feeds my insatiable appetite for new music.    It doesn’t have to be newly-minted music, just new to me.  In fact it’s better if these treasures are obscure 70s and 60s tunes that some record company honcho didn’t like, but that I might like just fine.     …

Board Cancels World Series, Looks To 2021

by Kevin Burton    Blind baseball players have taken their place alongside other athletes sidelined by the Coronavirus.    The National Beep Baseball Association Board of Directors on Saturday, voted 12-3 to cancel the 2020 World Series. The series had been scheduled for July 26 to Aug. 2 in Ames, Iowa.    The decision upholds …

My Beep Baseball Fantasy, Just Play Ball

by Kevin Burton    My beep baseball fantasy has finally shifted from pulling big upsets over better teams, away from wins and losses altogether.     Shocking, I know.     My beep baseball fantasy has no coronavirus in it. That’s how you can tell it is pure fantasy.    On Facebook, there are loads of comments …

Virus May Wipe Out 2020 Beepball Series

by Kevin Burton    A longstanding tradition in sports for the blind could become the latest casualty of the Coronavirus in 2020.    The National Beep Baseball Association’s Board of Directors at its regular meeting Saturday, is expected to decide whether the league’s annual World Series will be held.    The tournament is scheduled for …

Well Done Ravi Zacharias, 1946-2020

by Kevin Burton    Helping believers think, helping thinkers believe. That’s what Ravi Zacharias did on God’s green earth.    He was a Christian apologist, someone who made the case for Jesus Christ. Nobody did so with more intelligence, eloquence, passion.    “Only in Jesus do you find the answers to the deepest questions of …