Overchoiced And Underconfident

by Kevin Burton My longtime beep baseball team mate Mike Miller who pitched for the Columbus Vipers is famous for calm under pressure and for saying “It’ll all work out.” So it was his voice I heard in my head Sunday night when I realized, against all odds, I was in position to get four …

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 …

Loud Arguments About Silent Letters

by Kevin Burton    When my parents issued me flash cards before kindergarten, I wondered why the work “knife” had a K in it when it didn’t do anything.     All these years later I hear from Merriam-Webster that not just e’s and k’s but all the letters of the English alphabet are silent at …

Hearing My Story In The Rock And Roll

by Kevin Burton    The stories, the images, the sound and fury of rock and roll, truly resonate when they hit close to home.    By now we have enough rocking sounds to fill the seven seas. The messages are all over the map. The sheer variety is breathtaking. Not every song will get in …

We Have Hope Because Of God’s Grace

by Kevin Burton    God’s grace is truly amazing. But what does it look like in everyday life?    Here is a poem, written by an anonymous elementary school teacher, that paints us a great picture: A New Sheet He came to my desk with a quivering lip the lesson was done“Have you a new …

Quibbles And Bits: Shame On Starbucks?

by Kevin Burton    Got some things to say. Don’t want to make a federal, 700-word case of them, just want to have my say as they say in England.    Just some things I need to get off my chest.     I’ll call them Quibbles And Bits. I’ll serve them up on Page 7 …

The Deep Conversation I Never Had

by Kevin Burton    “Daddy?”    “Grrrpha-umph.”    “Daddy?”    “Yes Jeanie, what do you want?”    “I don’t want anything Daddy, how can I? I’m not here, remember?”    “I know you’re not here, you don’t exist. Now go to sleep.”    “What would I want daddy, if I were here, there, wherever? What …

Shopping For Fruit With Paul In Galatians

by Kevin Burton    Being a Christian goes deeper than displaying a cross. A true Christian is going to be different and look different.     The Apostle Paul has a lot to say about what a Christian looks like. That’s why I’m going shopping today at a new grocery store. The sign out front reads, …

Grandma’s Joy And Suing To Get There

by Kevin Burton    What’s so grand about being a grandma?     I took that question to an expert in the field. She’s had days and days of experience so she knows whereof she speaks; my friend Tracy from North Carolina.     Her first grandchild was born last Friday in Cincinnati.     “Lucy Jane Duffy …

A Message In Your Valentines Candy?

by Kevin Burton    Researching material for this Valentine’s Day post has been a labor of love.   See what I did there?    It gets better though kids, because I got some help from Good Housekeeping magazine.  GH had a lot to say about Valentine’s Day in an article written by Amanda Hawkins and …