Buddy Holly’s Visual And Musical Acuity

by Kevin Burton    I have never seen a picture of Buddy Holly without his thick glasses, but I never have pondered whether he was legally blind until now.    He probably was not, by the way, though he had poor vision. More about that in a bit.    This comes up today on the …

Forlorn, Frostbitten, Forgettable, February

by Kevin Burton    Most people, hate, February.    My research is not exhaustive, but I have looked into this a little bit. If your research finds otherwise, I will stand corrected.   But I found this:   “February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March.”- Dr. J. R. …

Note To Bengals And Self: Don’t Lose Stupid

by Kevin Burton    Two takeaways from Sunday’s Chiefs-Bengals AFC Championship game, one a smirking aside, the other more lasting.    To set up the first one, I remember when the late great John Madden had just left his brilliant career as Oakland Raiders coach and just begun what would prove to be a brilliant …

Happy Birthday Dear Kansas, And Many More

by Kevin Burton    Today is Kansas Day kids, so just for today, the rules will be a little different.    Most notably, do not even talk to me about The Wizard of Oz today.  I’m not going to have it. I am a mild-mannered sort, but I will fight you today if you start …

Blind BBC Reporter Gets Best Of Mugger

by Kevin Burton    A blind BBC reporter, retrieved his cell phone from a mugger and restrained the assailant until help arrived, multiple sources reported in late December.    “Wrong blind person, wrong day,” said Sean Dilley, a blind news reporter and project lead for the BBC’s Reframing Disability program.    Dilley was taking a …

Bengals Roar, Bills Snore, Cowboys Lose

   My father used to say that NFL games were fixed.  Then and now I scoff at that, but sometimes I wonder.    Like Sunday, when Buffalo was so passive and so awful in a blowout 27-10 loss to Cincinnati.  Maybe this is just me needing to adjust my expectations for teams as they coalesce …

Are You A Pessimist, Optimist Or Realist?

by Kevin Burton    I call myself a realist.  I’m guessing most people think I’m a pessimist.    I try to be a thinker, and I run most if not all decisions through a risk/reward assessment. Still, I could surely be true to this while putting a more positive spin on things.     It doesn’t …

Raised On Radio: Gaga For That Sound

by Kevin Burton    Can’t remember how we got on the topic, but a co-worker was telling me last week how radio was the life blood of his youth.    Radio was the conveyor belt on which everybody travelled in my day, as in his (he is roughly ten years older than I am, if …

The Wages Of Sin Include More Negatives

\by Kevin Burton    You get wages for the work you do at your place of employment. But you get much more, right?    You get benefits.    During the recruiting/onboarding process some HR type will review with you an employee handbook and benefits package. These are the terms of employment.    God gave one …

What Does It Take To Be A Screenwriter?

by Kevin Burton     Writer Lily Cooper, on the Grand Canyon University website, lists seven traits one needs to be a screenwriter.    Just about any kind of writing is interesting to me, so when my church offered a screenwriting class I jumped at the chance. I shared some of the details last Saturday (“My …