A Heartwarming Family Fantasy Football Story

by Kevin Burton    I am 6 feet, 1½ inches tall. My wife Jeannette is only 5’4”. But I bet you five dollars we see eye to eye!    How do I know this? I let her know recently that my brother has a whopping eleven fantasy football teams. This knowledge floated for a time, …

Christmas Tree Is A Loving Family History

by Kevin Burton    By one measure it has been Christmas season for weeks now, but by another it hasn’t started yet.    I used to say it isn’t Christmas season until I have broken one of the glass Christmas tree ornaments.   At least twice before we were married, I came to Jeannette’s house to …

Thursdays With Mom: Golden Memories

by Kevin Burton    I took custody of the gold yesterday.  Didn’t make me any richer, not in the monetary sense anyway.     The transaction took place at my mother’s apartment at an assisted living facility twelve miles north of where I live.  I go there to visit her just about every Thursday.  We are …

Thankful Dependence On God For Daily Bread

by Kevin Burton    God knows I am thankful. He also knows I’m not thankful enough.    My mind is on thanksgiving these days, being truly grateful to God for the things He has given me.  Stopping, or at least slowing down, long enough to acknowledge that “every good gift and every perfect gift is …

The Return Of Sunday Go To Meeting

by Kevin Burton    The Burtons have entered the building, the church building.    We have been watching church on the big screen of my Macintosh computer in the basement for more than two years now.  That was a virus thing of course. We didn’t close our Bibles; we were just trying to stay safe. …

Walking And Gawking At The Omaha Zoo

by Kevin Burton    Let history record that it was my idea to go to the Omaha Zoo.    My wife will be both surprised and not surprised to read that. Surprised because technically it was her idea; I am not hostile to zoos but certainly indifferent to them.    She will not be surprised …

Retirement Practice Makes Perfect, I Hope

by Kevin Burton    I’ve got retirement fever now. May it spark in me a desire for discipline.     Retirement has been on my mind for a while, but the taste for it was whetted during our recent vacation, spent mostly in Nebraska and South Dakota. We called the trip retirement practice. I would say …

Dakota Territory Welcomes The Burtons

by Kevin Burton    After more than half a century’s absence, I returned to the Dakota Territory last week.   We determined that the covered wagon wasn’t roadworthy, so my wife and I took the Toyota instead.    This was part of our long-awaited, much-needed vacation.  We think Kansas is a great place to be, but …

This Soup Is Super But Not As A Soup

by Kevin Burton     I would never eat Campbell’s Golden Mushroom soup as a soup, but as a cooking ingredient it sure does its job.    I’ve been cooking with golden mushroom for years. Not sure when I started or where I first heard about it.  But I’ve never even thought about preparing it like …

Want Fries With That? Yes, Yes I Do

by Kevin Burton    Just learned that I missed out on a big, big opportunity this year and I’m just sick about it.    I love stories about people getting second chances and making it all work out. Happy endings. Sometimes though it’s just too late.    My big chance came from Idaho in February, …