Are You A Pessimist, Optimist Or Realist?

by Kevin Burton    I call myself a realist.  I’m guessing most people think I’m a pessimist.    I try to be a thinker, and I run most if not all decisions through a risk/reward assessment. Still, I could surely be true to this while putting a more positive spin on things.     It doesn’t …

More Discrimination Against The Blind

by Kevin Burton    Today, two stories about blind people standing up for their rights, one of a pending lawsuit, one of a successful suit in Ohio.    I’m happy to see blind people demanding their rights, but sad that we should have to go to such lengths to get the right to lead basic, …

Explosive Goods Under My Christmas Tree

by Kevin Burton    One of the Christmas gifts I was given this year by a family friend, came in a bag with a green and white label.  Ostensibly it’s a healthy snack.    I now wonder if this “gift” was in fact a hostile act. It’s suspicious anyway. I’ve been doing some research.    …

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, …

Hotel Ejects Blind Woman Over Guide Dog

by Kevin Burton     If I ever go back to London, I know where I am not staying.    The Premier Inn in North London ejected a blind woman, her partner and her guide dog, saying the woman “didn’t look blind,” according to published reports.       My information comes from reporter Jessica Frank-Keyes, writing …

Rage And Despair In The Business Center

by Kevin Burton    Dear, gentle, intelligent Page 7 reader, may I ask you a question?    What would you say is the key element, all things considered, in the business center of a hotel? What makes a business center a business center?    If you were told by a hotel employee that, yes, said …

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 …

These Guys Were Really Into Chocolate

by Kevin Burton    More than once I’ve gotten myself into a sticky situation and needed rescuing, but never like this.    Two workers were rescued by firefighters after falling into a vat of chocolate at the Mars-Wrigley plant in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania June 9.    “It’s a real life Willy Wonka story,” wrote http://www.entrepreneur.com.  “At …

Personal Data Scattered To The Four Winds

by Kevin Burton    Yes, of course you’re going to do your due diligence, you’ll do what you can. But is this a lost cause already?    I’m talking about the safe keeping of your personal data, personal identifying information. The intimate details of your life.    How much of that information do you truly …

Let God Design Your Business Plan

by Kevin Burton    Did you ever go to God for a business loan?     Well God’s blessings are for keeps, so it wouldn’t be a loan. But you know what I mean. Ever take your plan to God to get His endorsement?    So it’s like saying to God, “Father, I read here in …