March Sadness Instead Of March Madness

by Kevin Burton  It’s Selection Sunday and I have the blues.    Well, I will call it the blues until a better word comes to mind. I’m more numb than blue.    Today was supposed to be the big report card day for college basketball when schools found out whether they were good enough to …

A Virus Puts An End To Fun And Games

by Kevin Burton    One day in Columbus I decided to buy a newspaper.  But I needed help to get there.    The night before, the Ohio State football team shocked most observers by beating Miami 31-24 in the Fiesta Bowl, and winning the national championship.     Around noon the next day I arrived at …

Remembering Glory Days In Cincinnati

by Kevin Burton    Just saw a marketing campaign for Cincinnati Reds baseball 2020 under the title “The New Machine.”    Hmmm…..    Well, I hope so.    The Reds are the team of my youth. “The New Machine” harkens back to the “Big Red Machine.”  That was the name for the 1970s Reds teams …

Of Obstacles, 2020 And Seeing Clearly

by Kevin Burton    On Sept. 9, 1972 a song by Texas-born musician Johnny Nash entered the US Hot 100 at number 84.  In Newsday, rock critic Robert Christgau later called it, “two minutes and 48 seconds of undiluted inspiration.”    The song is called “I Can See Clearly Now.”  Christgau also called it, “the …

One Item I Bet Is Not On Your Holiday Table

by Kevin Burton    It starts with turkey or ham, ham or turkey, two Thanksgiving staples.    Thanksgiving is often called Turkey Day, which I guess makes turkey 1 and ham 1A as Thanksgiving fare.     Different families have fun filling in the rest.  My mother always wants that corn with the little red things …

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 …