Bread Company Feeds Stranded Motorists

by Kevin Burton    Shoutout to Baltimore-based Schmidt Baking Company for feeding hungry motorists stranded on a frozen Virginia highway this week.     A truck jackknifed on Interstate 95 between Richmond and Washington DC Monday, blocking traffic, reported WMAR-TV in Baltimore. That triggered a chain reaction as other vehicles lost control according to state police.  …

Remembering A Friend, Greg Gontaryk

by Kevin Burton    In the winter, when I rested on my beepball laurels, he was diving on hard gymnasium floors playing goalball, always competing.    On game day he was always on task. Teammate, coach or mentor, he was always teaching.    This is a guy who definitely knew the score.    In the …

Citizen Kev And Playoff-Bound Bengals

by Kevin Burton    One last night on pins and needles.  Now back to reality.    My 17-week stint as a fantasy football owner has ended. Another week, another nail biter.  This final game a 128-122 win in the third place game of the USA Legends league.     For next weekend’s slate of NFL games, …

What We Build In Spiritual Shop Class

by Kevin Burton   What we used to call shop class is more grandly called Industrial Arts. Once again today we go back to your school days to look at the spiritual side of a class.     As inconvenient as physical blindness can be, spiritual blindness is much worse. It hides conditions that if ignored …

This Scottish Song Brings In New Years

by Kevin Burton    As December fades and January rushes in, one song is ubiquitous.    Every year without fail, time zone by time zone, it’s difficult to avoid “Auld Lang Syne.”  It’s the song of New Year’s Eve, nostalgia and old friends.     “Auld Lang Syne is an international anthem and one of Scotland's …

The Truth About Losing A Friend

by Kevin Burton    There was a day in 1995 that shook me and shaped me.         My best friend from fourth grade up into young adulthood had died the night before. I didn’t know it yet. We hadn’t seen each other in a long time, because I had moved out of state.     …

Ronnie’s Bold Risk/Reward Gambit

by Kevin Burton    Out younger cat Ronnie has a strategy for obtaining food that will not serve her well in the Burton household.    Even though we just got our two new cats and are still getting to know them, certain things are obvious from their behavior.  Already we know these cats are no …

Christmas Joy, Late Cards, Lost And Found

by Kevin Burton    You won’t find any turkey or dressing below, but I do have here a sampling of Christmas leftovers.    These are the fragments you can stitch together for a true accounting of the most wonderful time of the year, Burton style. Here is what it looked like:    It isn’t really …

It’s A Wonderful Counting Device Thing

by Kevin Burton    My wife asks me every year what I want for Christmas and every year I can’t think of anything.     You would think she had asked me to cut the grass. I just groan.    And the thing is, I always think of things too late.  It’s like those clever remarks …