Fitted Sheets, Fitting In, Second Chances

by Kevin Burton    You could call me a fitted sheet, with unquestioned utility, but hard deal with at times.    Hard to come to grips with. I maybe don’t slip snugly into one of your convenient boxes, the ones that take that edge off, keep it all tidy clean.    Surely you’ll never, ever …

I’ll Be On My Best Behavior, Promise

by Kevin Burton     The beep baseball league wanted me to sign a code of conduct agreement in order to appear in the 2021 World Series.     It’s one of many things that has changed since I retired as a player/manager five years ago.     It makes me smile.     Required is actually the word, …

Woman Gets Vaccinated In Bridal Finery

by Kevin Burton    What do white lace and promises look like in a global pandemic? Sarah Studley is happy to tell you.    She was one of many brides to have her wedding reception cancelled by virus protocols in 2020.  But the Baltimore woman wore her wedding dress to another special occasion last month, …

Sedaka’s “Bad Blood” Still A Favorite

by Kevin Burton    The night my beloved Cincinnati Reds became world champions for the first time in my lifetime, “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka was the number one song in the nation.    It was number one for three weeks, then slid off the charts as all songs do.  But it never did fall …

Christian, Are You Swimming Or Floating?

by Kevin Burton    Yesterday on Page 7 we tried to keep up with the apostle Peter as he exhorted believers to grow in their Christian character.    We looked at 2 Peter 1: 5-7, which in the New King James version reads, “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith …

Peter’s Formula For Christian Growth

by Kevin Burton    There is a passage in 2 Peter that forces me to slow down to get the depth of meaning. It’s just too much to take in all at once.    In fact, it’s too much for one post.  We’ll finish the subject tomorrow.    I’m talking about Peter’s exhortation to believers …

Discrimination In The American Heartland

by Kevin Burton    Housing industry officials in Indianapolis face charges under the Fair Housing Act after a woman went to great lengths to prove discrimination.    This story was reported by Alexandria Burris in the Indianapolis Star. I found it reprinted on the USA Today website.    It’s about systematic discrimination against non-whites in …

Taking The Helm Of Expos Baseball

by Kevin Burton     Growing up, if you had a sibling, you had a sibling rivalry.     There are a lot of variables here, closeness of ages, gender, talents, interests.  But even if it was just competition for the attention/approval of mom and dad, chances are you had a little something simmering at all times, …

The Rich Musical Tapestry Of Carole King

by Kevin Burton    I think this happened twice. I know it was at least once.    We have packed up our suitcases, equipment and high hopes and the Wichita Sonics are on the road, headed to a beep baseball World Series. I’m in charge of the team, right down to the music in the …

I Can Spell Ambidextrous But I Am Not

by Kevin Burton    Though I have no background in statistical analysis, I fancy myself a talent scout for the Cincinnati Reds.    For you non baseball fans, that was a slap at the people who use analytics to determine a baseball player’s potential rather than say watching how well he plays.    Anyway, I …