Sonic Booms Or Bust This Fantasy Season

by Kevin Burton    I’m not going to tell you how many mock fantasy football drafts I have done on Yahoo.   Don’t ask me cuz I ain’t gonna tell ya.    You wouldn’t remember the number anyway. It’s not important.     I use my time wisely. My kindergarten teacher was obsessed with how we used …

No Separation From God, Thanks To Jesus

by Kevin Burton    One of the wonders my new schoolmates told me about after I got to the Ohio State School for the Blind was a great separator.    It delineated this side from that side, my side from your side.  They called it The Magic Door.    See, I even capitalized it. It …

Saginaw USA, Why Not Exactly?

by Kevin Burton    I think I’ve found America kids! This after considerable searching. You’ll never guess where.    Listen to this:    “The Saginaw Valley Rail Trail is one of Saginaw County’s gems, stretching 11 miles from St. Charles to Saginaw. It incorporates a number of natural features including: seven bridges over various rivers …

First Date Leads To Second Date, In Court

by Kevin Burton    The first date sets a tone, a pattern for, in the moment, who knows what.    On that first stroll down Love Boulevard, there is hope and exploration.    “Dating is about finding out who you are and who others are,” said clinical psychologist and author Henry Cloud. “If you show …

“Best Of My Love,” Pure Joy In 1977

by Kevin Burton     Their gospel wailing and harmonies brought out the emotion from listeners in their native Chicago. People confided as much to their mentor/father Joe.    That’s why when the singing Hutchinson sisters needed a new name for the group, they called themselves The Emotions.    Forty-five years ago, their “Best Of My …

Pastore: This One Belongs To The Lord

by Kevin Burton On opening day 1979 the great Tom Seaver of the Cincinnati Reds didn’t have it. His early exit led to the major league debut of Frank Pastore. Pastore was born on this day in 1957.  He had an early exit from life, at age 55, and he sort of predicted it on …

Hey Sports Nut, Could You Give Up ESPN?

by Kevin Burton     What was previously unthinkable, now I don’t even think about. I’m talking about a ravenous, red-blooded American sports fan giving up ESPN.     I did that, we did that, years ago.    This comes up because it is football season now, or close enough. The pre=season pro games have started. The …

Corneas Made From Pigskin Restore Vision

by Kevin Burton    Fourteen blind people had vision restored after receiving cornea implants made from pigskin, according to published reports.    Three of those people had perfect vision after undergoing a new surgical technique developed by Swedish researchers, wrote Sarah Kuta in Smithsonian Magazine.    The cornea is the clear outer layer that protects …

Speaking Of English, Speaking In British

by Kevin Burton    Not smashing, not daft, something mid-table I’d say, to use a football analogy.    I thought I was ready, so I had a go, with middling results.    Every day Merriam-Webster sends me an e-mail to help me watch my language.  A few weeks ago they announced “The Great British Vocabulary …

Did Gilbert O’Sullivan Launch Disco Era?

by Kevin Burton    There have been many theories to explain the rise and fall of disco music. Here’s a new one for its rise:    Disco music exploded in the mid-70s as a direct result of “Alone Again Naturally” by Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan.    OK, so I can’t prove I’m right, but you …