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 …

My Bilingual Doubletalk In Mexico

by Kevin Burton    My career as an English as a Second Language teacher came to an abrupt early end one night under the streetlights outside a small taco shop in Puebla.    To tell you how and why that happened, I first turn to BBC writer Nicole Chang, who recently wrote about what speaking …

Studying Social Interactions Of The Blind

by Kevin Burton    A North Carolina State University research study offers tips for blind people on how to make social interactions less awkward.    I found the story by NC State’s Matt Shipman on http://www.medicalxpress.com.    “A recent study highlights the range of uncomfortable situations people living with blindness or visual impairment encounter due …

Thoughts About Disability Pride Month

by Stephen Kuusisto     (Nationally-known poet and disability advocate Stephen Kuusisto writes the “Planet of the Blind” blog on WordPress. The following is his post there from July 2.)    Because this is “Disability Pride Month” and owing to my own disability I must reveal I’m not “feeling it” as they say.    Don’t get …

All The Letters Can Be Silent? Shut Up!

by Kevin Burton    Silent E is so famous it has a song, we all know about that one. We know how the letter e at the end of man, changes the word to mane, for example.    The silent e turns the a from short to long.    But did you know all the …

A Week To Show Appreciation To Teachers

by Kevin Burton    One of the things I said I would never do, is teach. I thought there might be some payback coming.    I reasoned that if I got back anything close to my just desserts after tormenting my teachers for so long, I’d be in serious trouble.      May 2-5 is National Teacher …