My ABCs: C Is For Communication

by Kevin Burton    So I had this great idea for a series, my ABCs.    Take the words that letters stand for in kindergarten, A for apple, B for ball, etc., and trade them in for the words that seem more appropriate after years and years of experience in life.    I started this …

Happy Wife, Happy Life, Happy Meals

by Kevin Burton    The happy whirring has begun.    I meant the whirring from our brand new purchased-on-sale, matches-the-oven, shiny, silver refrigerator.  My wife may be whirring happily too, not sure.     I told the story of our kitchen appliance upgrade last week (“So Long Old Fridge, Good Riddance,” June 1).    I said …

So Long Old Fridge, Good Riddance

by Kevin Burton     It’s a little-known fact that the stork who brings babies also delivers kitchen appliances.     We’re having a stork visit of the appliance variety next week. We are replacing the old refrigerator.  My emotions are decidedly mixed.    One of the few bright spots to come from our emergency trip to …

Power To The Burtons, Thank God

  Are you thankful for the little things? Can you tell the little things from the big things?     I was forced on Friday to answer these questions, to stop and think about something I almost never think about.  Five syllables, starts with an E, made my breakfast, brought us together as writer and reader.     …

The Unsavory Reality Of Breakfast In Bed

by Kevin Burton    Certain things sound great, but once you examine them are really not.    One such concept is breakfast in bed. People talk about breakfast in bed as a mother’s day or birthday kind of special thing you do for someone.      So I’m thinking about this and it hits me, who really …

Plans Evaporate Into A Dose Of Real Life

by Kevin Burton    One day at the Ohio State School for the Blind, my roommates and I put a sign on our door: “No houseparents allowed.”    We were two fourth graders and a third grader, establishing boundaries, setting up rules.    In due time the houseparent, Kitty Thomason, walked by and read our …

Leaving Comfort Zone, Finding True Love

by Kevin Burton    When we started a beep baseball team in Wichita, my then girlfriend-now wife Jeannette was issued uniform number 5.    Why? Glad you asked.     It’s anniversary week with the Burtons. Ten years ago yesterday we tied the knot after five years of dating.  I’ve talked about this from several angles, …

The Wait, The Wedding, The Wonder

by Kevin Burton    Turns out our ultimate 10th anniversary celebration is not a shout, but a sigh.    You can’t go shouting your way through life all the time. I should have known better by now.     My wife Jeannette and I have been talking about what to do on the big day, which …

Wedding Bells Are Music To My Ears

by Kevin Burton    Songwriters Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich were married in 1962. The next year they wrote “Chapel Of Love,” perhaps the most famous pop song about a wedding.    In 1964 The Dixie Cups took Chapel of Love to number one on the Hot 100, where the song enjoyed a three-week honeymoon. …