Four Birthday Wishes And One Deferred

by Kevin Burton    My generous wife made an offer some weeks ago. Really it was a demand.     Tired of my elusiveness about what I wanted for my birthday, she requested in the strongest of terms, a list of five things that I wanted (see Five Bows On Five Boxes, Holy Smokes!, July 17).  …

Going To Music School With Alison Trelfa

By Kevin Burton    Twice in her life Alison Trelfa has worked as a music teacher. Some of her advice on a recent zoom call has me going to school.    Trelfa is a blind singer/songwriter from Middleborough, England. I wrote about her and her self-released album Decades Of Creation Saturday and Sunday on Page …

Alison Trelfa: At Home With The Music

by Kevin Burton    The inside photo is the most evocative of the two that come with “Decades of Creation” an album by Alison Trelfa.     That one shows her seated on a porch swing, holding her ukulele and smiling.  That picture lets you know you’re at home with Alison Trelfa, who is at home …

Discovering The Music Of Alison Trelfa

by Kevin Burton    Alison Trelfa can’t recall a time without music.    You could say music filled the world surrounding her as a girl, to paraphrase one of her favorite songs.     On weekends home from the Royal Victoria School for the Blind, Trelfa would usually spend the Saturday at rehearsals for her mother’s …

Never Underestimate The Power Of Bunco

by Kevin Burton    We seek for signs that normal is returning. We seek them individually. Your heart-warming milestone may leave me totally cold.    Dismissing the current threat of the virus is a fool’s ploy, despite all the progress. On that I want to be perfectly clear.    But the tide just may be …

Friedlander Lives On Through Her Books

by Kevin Burton     A familiar and beloved voice has been silenced, yet her voice lives on.    Public law 89-522 is the law under which copyrighted books can be read on tape and distributed for the benefit of blind readers. I am one of those blind readers.    The earliest voice I can remember …

Little Susie Was Not That Kind Of Girl

by Kevin Burton     “Wake Up Little Susie” by the Everly brothersis the focus of our usual Tuesday music post on Page 7.      This is my answer to the musical questions: What are we gonna tell your Mama? What are we gonna tell your Pa?    In short, the truth shall set you free! …

Preparing For The Real “Real World”

by Kevin Burton     When I was a senior in high school my teachers warned me to up my game to get ready for life in the “real world.”    It didn’t take long for college professors to start talking about a greater real world and the realities I needed to get ready for.    …

No Need For Fake Commutes At My House

by Kevin Burton    Working from home is one of the virus-era changes that I think is here to stay.     It continues to be a necessity for many and it just makes a lot of sense for employers and employees alike.        But some people are having trouble with one aspect of home …

Canadian Border Opens For US Tourists

by Kevin Burton    My Canada vacation dreams are on the table again, but for how long?    On Monday Canada lifted its restriction of non-essential travel by US citizens for the first time since the pandemic hit in March 2020.  That made for immediate celebrations for border dwellers who have relatives, friends and property …