One Man’s Treasure From The Blind School

by Kevin Burton    The least attractive piece of furniture I own might be the most precious.     It’s a night stand by my bed that didn’t begin its furniture life as a night stand.     For the back story we go way back to my time at the Ohio State School for the Blind.  …

Sports Hate Is A Thing, But What Is It?

by Kevin Burton    My mother used to get on me for saying I “hated’ certain sports figures or teams. She wanted me to say instead that I didn’t appreciate this or that about them.   Well OK, call it sports hate then.    When I say I love my wife and I also love …

The Covid Question Still Looms Over All

by Kevin Burton    Some friends have asked my wife and me to take part in a major collaborative project this summer. We have taken a few timid steps toward being able to participate.    But none of the questions they have asked can be answered on their own terms.  Covid 19 is the first …

Favorite Songs With Silver In The Title

by Kevin Burton    Silver is second best at the Olympics. Silver lining is a consolation prize.  Yet silver is shiny, gray with a smile on.     Because of silver’s status as second best your bonus track is “Be My Number Two,” by Joe Jackson.  This is one heart-weary love song, performed by the British …

No Avoiding The Question: Who Is Jesus?

by Kevin Burton    In Mark chapter eight, Jesus asks the disciples two questions. The first sets up the second. The second sets up the rest of your life.    This is the seventh installment of our series Ten Questions from the Bible. Our question for today came from Jesus as he was walking with …

Please Stand By For Stupid Word Tricks

by Kevin Burton    So I’m not a plumber, not a fashion designer, I do words. Words are what I do.     I got skillses and stuff. I’m qualified.     Not to brag, but I know my palindromes backward and forward.    So now and then you may see, here on this platform, some of …

More Hoops Notes: Midtgaard Comes Alive

by Kevin Burton    Wow, shame on me!    I did a story about the players who left Wichita State’s basketball program after last year (“Ex-Shockers Prospering With New Teams,” Feb. 7) and didn’t even mention Asbjorn Midtgaard.    He averaged just 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his three seasons at WSU. …

NCAA Marching On Despite The Virus

by Kevin Burton      The virus became real for me at March Madness time last year.     I went to work having heard that the NCAA had cancelled all the conference post-season basketball tournaments.  In my heart, I knew that by the time I got home the big tournament would be cancelled.     And so …

Favorite Songs With White In The Title

by Kevin Burton    White is clean in the Tide commercials, virginal in the wedding chapels. It’s a bit of a beginning or blank slate.   Honestly, this list leaves me with a blank stare.  As great as the music is, most of the lyrics are far from straightforward.    For a bonus track on …

Here Is What You’re Worth In God’s Eyes

by Kevin Burton    Did you ever feel unworthy? Ever feel like a failure? A disappointment to yourself and to God?      When life wrestles you down and those kinds of feelings come, it’s helpful to know what God thinks of you and how He answers a question posed by King David of Israel.      …