Reality Intrudes Upon Laverne And Shirley

by Kevin Burton    Shame on me for this, but there was a time when I believed every word of the song from Laverne and Shirley.   That show ran from 1976 to 1983 on ABC. It was a big hit for its first few years, a spinoff from the very popular “Happy Days.” It …

Blind Rock Climber Has Life In Focus

by Kevin Burton    After seeing one too many stories about blindness that was full of stereotypes and stupidity, I started a conversation.      I wrote about how my time as a newsman who happens to be legally blind made me sensitive to misconceptions about blindness that seep into society through the pages of …

Grandma’s Joy And Suing To Get There

by Kevin Burton    What’s so grand about being a grandma?     I took that question to an expert in the field. She’s had days and days of experience so she knows whereof she speaks; my friend Tracy from North Carolina.     Her first grandchild was born last Friday in Cincinnati.     “Lucy Jane Duffy …

Seeing The World As A Blind Newsman

by Kevin Burton    I’ve heard some speeches, I’ve made some speeches. In the end, I am speechless.    For years I was a self-styled superhero, defending the blind from the ignorant and the arrogant. I had logic on my side. I had passion.    But that metaphorical cape I wore on the job, I …

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 …

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 …

Paul Exhorted Others To Run A Good Race

by Kevin Burton Watching the Olympics, you can see the runners’ supreme effort etched upon their faces. If you have run track yourself, you know that moment of truth begins long before the actual race does. School is out at the Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind (ESSB). We’re now at an after-school track practice. …

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 …