Rubber Bands, An Inelastic Purchase?

by Kevin Burton    It hurt my heart to do it, but I did it, last week. Something I thought I would never do.    Along with the eggs and bacon and paper plates, and the baking stuff my wife Jeannette got, I also, purchased, rubber bands.    Still can’t believe it. But there it …

Honoring The Musicians We Lost In 2022

by Kevin Burton   Toward the end of his life my father said it was strange getting old because many of his friends and relatives had died and he was left behind.   I understand where he was coming from. But I extend that to teachers and public figures.   Even though I don’t interact …

Musical Genius Thom Bell Dead At 79

by Kevin Burton    Just as Philly Soul is unfairly overshadowed by Motown and Stax, Thom Bell didn’t always get the credit he deserved.     The producer, arranger and songwriter died Dec. 22 at the age of 79.  I never heard his name mentioned in the 70s when I was soaking in his Sound of …

Have A Real Christmas My Friends

by Kevin Burton    Christmas is real. Always has been.     The Christmas they show you on the soft drink and credit card commercials, if that Christmas exists at all, it’s fleeting.     Christmas is a day we Christians set aside to remember and give thanks for the birth of Jesus. Imagine, God loving us …

Christmas Tree Is A Loving Family History

by Kevin Burton    By one measure it has been Christmas season for weeks now, but by another it hasn’t started yet.    I used to say it isn’t Christmas season until I have broken one of the glass Christmas tree ornaments.   At least twice before we were married, I came to Jeannette’s house to …

More Words About Deep Thinking

by Kevin Burton    Last Friday I presented some of the words about thinking compiled by Merriam-Webster. Today I bring you the rest of their list.    Call this overthinking if you like. It wouldn’t be my first visit to that particular boulevard.     Whereas all the words I included Friday are useful, most of …

Marriage Advice And Pleasant Surprises

by Kevin Burton    There may never be a more heart-felt but quieter airing of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” than the one at my house Monday.     My spirit was sky high because L.A. Rams running back Cam Akers had finally stopped running the ball, and the team just in front of me lost …

Nostalgia For Sale: Zellers Returns To Canada

by Kevin Burton    On memory lane the strolling is peaceful and mighty fine.    On memory lane there is never a cold wind blowing to turn your head around, the cold wind that James Taylor sings about in a song.    So could it be that Canadian retailer Zellers is making the right decision, …

Has The Grinch Stolen Your Christmas?

by Dr. Jeff Schreve    (Guess blogger Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you.)    “And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy …

Bovine Divas Bolt From Acting Debut

by Kevin Burton   Two reluctant actors in a live Nativity scene were on the mooooove Dec. 3, reports Mark Price of the Charlotte Observer.   Stage fright is a thing, but usually not a call-the-police thing.    “One coastal church’s wish to recreate a “live Nativity” scene turned chaotic in the strangest way, when …