My Brain Prefers Old-School Music

by Kevin Burton    Regular readers of my Tuesday posts may be shocked to learn there is music from the current millennium that I like.    No, I’m not all about the Beatles and Steely Dan.        There are three albums in particular that I have played in heavy rotation at times.  They are not …

A Healthy Heart Is Filled With God’s Word

by Kevin Burton     When King David prayed “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10) he wasn’t talking about cholesterol.    David was in trouble and he knew it.  He never ignored his physical health, but in this moment of repentant prayer after being confronted with his sin with Bathsheba, he called …

Yes Is Better, But No Is Not Half Bad

by Kevin Burton    Success is often measured by yesses. Did you get what you asked for? But I do take no for an answer, often gladly.     Of course, what we all want to hear is yes. You’re applying for a job, asking someone out on a date. Hotel or rental car availability, concert …

Thoughts Behind NBBA Code Of Conduct

by Kevin Burton    Last Friday on Page 7 we had some fun with the National Beep Baseball Association’s code of conduct policy.    I turned the clock back to a time even before my playing days and talked about brawls among Chicago teams.  But the incidents weren’t limited to the Windy City.    Former …

Reflecting On News As CNN Turns 41

by Kevin Burton     CNN first hit the airwaves 41 years ago yesterday. But you wouldn’t be wrong to say it really started in 1991.    Any way you slice it, news has never been the same since Ted Turner’s brainchild went live.  That’s when changes in the way news is gathered and consumed began. …

Why Lesley Gore Tunes Sound So Good

by Kevin Burton     Do you know the connection between “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson and “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore?    I mean, beyond the fact that they were both number one hits.     Believe it or not there is at least one. I just found out last week, and it explains some …

Can’t See Without The Light Of The World

by Kevin Burton    Spiritual blindness comes from the lack of spiritual light. If you don’t have spiritual light, you can’t see straight.    It’s a simple concept when you boil it down.  But that notion is missing in many heated conversations about God, life on earth and the afterlife.    The Holy Bible teaches …

Fitted Sheets, Fitting In, Second Chances

by Kevin Burton    You could call me a fitted sheet, with unquestioned utility, but hard deal with at times.    Hard to come to grips with. I maybe don’t slip snugly into one of your convenient boxes, the ones that take that edge off, keep it all tidy clean.    Surely you’ll never, ever …

I’ll Be On My Best Behavior, Promise

by Kevin Burton     The beep baseball league wanted me to sign a code of conduct agreement in order to appear in the 2021 World Series.     It’s one of many things that has changed since I retired as a player/manager five years ago.     It makes me smile.     Required is actually the word, …

Woman Gets Vaccinated In Bridal Finery

by Kevin Burton    What do white lace and promises look like in a global pandemic? Sarah Studley is happy to tell you.    She was one of many brides to have her wedding reception cancelled by virus protocols in 2020.  But the Baltimore woman wore her wedding dress to another special occasion last month, …