Racist Oklahoma Officials Caught On Tape

by Corky Siemaszko NBC News    (McCurtain County is in the Southeast corner of Oklahoma, bordering Texas and Arkansas.)      The governor of Oklahoma has called for the resignations of the sheriff and other top officials in a rural county after they were recorded talking about “beating, killing and burying” a father/son team of local …

Russian Reporter Jailed For Telling The Truth

   Maria Ponomarenko has my respect, my admiration and full attention.     Last March the Russian Air Force bombed a Ukrainian theatre in the town of Mariupol, with 1,200 civilians inside. The Russian defense ministry denied the attack. Ponomarenko, a 44-year-old Russian journalist, told the truth about it in a social media post.  This is …

Curiosity, Kevspeak And What To Call A Street

by Kevin Burton   I am a former fulltime newspaper reporter, but maybe my wife Jeannette would have been better than I was.    Maybe much better.    She stuns me with the questions she asks sometimes.  She’s just so curious.  Me?  I am so not curious, I’ve had to come up with a euphemism …

Blind BBC Reporter Gets Best Of Mugger

by Kevin Burton    A blind BBC reporter, retrieved his cell phone from a mugger and restrained the assailant until help arrived, multiple sources reported in late December.    “Wrong blind person, wrong day,” said Sean Dilley, a blind news reporter and project lead for the BBC’s Reframing Disability program.    Dilley was taking a …

When Thumbs Up Doesn’t Come, Then What?

by Kevin Burton    When I was a sort of young beep baseball player, I had a team mate who always talked about heart guards.     Beep baseball is baseball for blind players. The ball is slightly bigger than a softball and depending on who made the ball, it can be quite hard.     When …

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 …

Thanking God For Closed Doors

by Kevin Burton    One of my frequent prayers is that God will “open the doors that need to be open and close the doors that need to be closed.”    This is a necessary prayer because I can’t see around time corners to see the future and I’m not always so good at the …

News At My (And On My) Fingertips

by Kevin Burton    On the next-to-last night of our Upper Midwest vacation we found ourselves watching the clothes go round.    We were in Norfolk, Nebraska, boyhood hometown of Johnny Carson, when we gathered our quarters and the Tide Pods Jeannette had bought for the occasion, and took advantage of the Hampton Inn’s coin …

Up All Night And Original Thinking

by Kevin Burton    I’m sitting in the dark, on the couch my mom gave us. I hear the sound of a train in the distance.    There is romance, poetry in the sound.    I’m in the Man Cave and it couldn’t be mancavier. Two smallish beacons of light accompany the night without interrupting …

So Tomorrow, Is It Fall Or Is It Autumn?

by Kevin Burton     I hear you asking, should I say “fall” or “autumn” beginning tomorrow as the season changes?    I hear you asking this because my hearing is good. It’s my vision that isn’t so good.    Both my vision and hearing are selective, as my wife will tell you, and as you …