The Maybe Box Keeps The Peace At Home

by Kevin Burton    One box in our house provides encouragement and saves us from arguments. We call it the maybe box.    This is the box that ensures that Jeannette and I stay on the same side as we fight the Great Clutter War.  Every family needs a maybe box.     The maybe box …

A Scientific Study Of Groove In Music

by Kevin Burton    As a consumer of popular music for more than 50 years I thought I knew exactly what a groove was, until I tried to define it.     I have no trouble feeling the groove in “Ain’t That Peculiar,” by Marvin Gaye for example. But how to define it?     The website …

Quick Music Fans, What Is A Groove?

by Kevin Burton    One of my beep baseball coaches called me “the answer man.” This time, I struck out.   My wife asked me “What is a groove?” I am an amateur musician and somewhat of a historian. You would think that question would be right in my wheelhouse.      I gave perhaps the …

Easter Means Hope For The Hopeless

by Kevin Burton    You’ll hear Christians today saying “He is risen!” and others answering “He is risen indeed!” What does that mean?    For the Christian faith, for the human race, it means everything.    Today is Easter, “the annual celebration of Christ’s resurrection to life after His crucifixion and death,” according to http://www.gotquestions.org.    “The …

Plans Evaporate Into A Dose Of Real Life

by Kevin Burton    One day at the Ohio State School for the Blind, my roommates and I put a sign on our door: “No houseparents allowed.”    We were two fourth graders and a third grader, establishing boundaries, setting up rules.    In due time the houseparent, Kitty Thomason, walked by and read our …

Leaving Comfort Zone, Finding True Love

by Kevin Burton    When we started a beep baseball team in Wichita, my then girlfriend-now wife Jeannette was issued uniform number 5.    Why? Glad you asked.     It’s anniversary week with the Burtons. Ten years ago yesterday we tied the knot after five years of dating.  I’ve talked about this from several angles, …

The Wait, The Wedding, The Wonder

by Kevin Burton    Turns out our ultimate 10th anniversary celebration is not a shout, but a sigh.    You can’t go shouting your way through life all the time. I should have known better by now.     My wife Jeannette and I have been talking about what to do on the big day, which …

Wedding Bells Are Music To My Ears

by Kevin Burton    Songwriters Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich were married in 1962. The next year they wrote “Chapel Of Love,” perhaps the most famous pop song about a wedding.    In 1964 The Dixie Cups took Chapel of Love to number one on the Hot 100, where the song enjoyed a three-week honeymoon. …

Can We Count On Our Better Angels?

by Kevin Burton    From Shakespeare to Lincoln to Susan Ashton come thoughts today of “better angels.”    “Better angels of our nature,” was the phrase Lincoln used in his first inaugural address.  That speech was a plea, ultimately ignored, for unity in a nation divided over the issue of slavery.    We think Lincoln …

Love My Good Friends And Fried Chicken

by Kevin Burton    Gonna tell you a funny story, then tell you what it means to me beyond the humor.    My friend Tracy sent me the story.  Not sure where she got it. It is told from the perspective of a school-aged child:    “Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, I …