Traditions That Shape Graduation Ceremonies

by Kevin Burton    Wanted to give a shoutout to all the 2023 high school and college graduates, but without reflecting, depressingly, on how long it has been since I became a new grad myself.    So I decided to talk tradition, rituals, why we do what we do at graduation ceremonies.    A lot …

Standing O For Diane Tirado, My Zero Hero

by Kevin Burton    At work you shouldn’t expect pay for, and at school you shouldn’t expect credit for, work you didn’t do.    I give you that conclusion up front, lest it be lost in this strange little tale. There is weirdness in this story, I warn you.    The first strange thing is …

The Abacus Is Still A Low-Tech Wonder

by Kevin Burton    Do you remember any of the gifts you received in fourth grade? Do you have any of them still? Are they in working order?    I have one.    In fourth grade our teachers at the Ohio State School for the Blind sat us down and introduced us to Mrs. Davidow.  …

A Little Good News Goes A Long Way

by Kevin Burton    Have you had enough of the shouters and the doubters, the doom and the gloom?  How about a little good news?    The Apostle Paul encouraged people to focus on things that are true, honest, just and pure. “If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on …

Don’t Be A Dunce, Learn This Trivia

by Kevin Burton    Read into this what you will, but the American election day today, coincides with National Dunce Day.    That’s from the mouth of the National Day Calendar to your ears, through me, a humble reporter.    “National Dunce Day is celebrated on Nov. 8 each year. The day commemorates the death …

Lifelong Learning, Exercise For The Mind

by Kevin Burton    Had some fun last week speculating about new hobbies that could take the place of fantasy football, should that pastime drive me too crazy.    I was picking from a list of 50 hobbies for seniors on the website 55places.com. A few of the hobbies, such as axe throwing, were laughable …

Doctor Runs The Extra Mile To Do Surgery

by Kevin Burton Your favorite news source is going to bring you down chances are, with relentless bad news. So every now and then we celebrate the positive on Page 7. It’s an idea that comes from Philippians 4:8 (KJV) “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just whatsoever …

Of OSSB And A Bright Sunshiny Day

by Kevin Burton    How do you get to 50 years? It starts with a day, or a night.    Then, you turn your heart toward the sunrise, again and again.    There was a night when my parents put me into the family Delta 88 and drove me from our home in Yellow Springs …

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 …

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 …