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 …

How Much Does America Miss Sports?

by Kevin Burton    Bitter pill for me to swallow last Saturday When Daniel Ginszek scored for Wolfsburg in stoppage time to beat FC Augsburg 2-1.    Tough blow.    I’ve been a huge fan of FC Augsburg going way back to Saturday afternoon at about 1:15 when I first learned of the team’s existence. …

The Great Stevie Wonder Turns 70

by Kevin Burton    Reflecting on Stevie Wonder makes me feel like a slow learner, very slow.        Last week Stevie turned 70. I found out about it because a magazine in Scotland, for the occasion, ranked his twelve biggest songs.     I am sure nobody thought people in Scotland would be marking his …

What The Bible Says About Life After Death

by Kevin Burton     On Friday we talked about our tendency to put off thoughts of death and the afterlife, even though death is a certainty (A Theology Lesson From My Microwave, April 15).    When my microwave is finished counting down cooking time, instead of flashing zero, it flashes “End.”  So if I forget …