My Bilingual Doubletalk In Mexico

by Kevin Burton    My career as an English as a Second Language teacher came to an abrupt early end one night under the streetlights outside a small taco shop in Puebla.    To tell you how and why that happened, I first turn to BBC writer Nicole Chang, who recently wrote about what speaking …

Getaway Day, Above The Old Routine

by Kevin Burton    Tomorrow is Getaway Day and there’s just nothing like it.    It’s World Series week in the land of beep baseball, baseball for blind players. Getaway Day is about heading to the competition site and into another world.    If you’ve never seen beep baseball, check it out on You Tube.  …

Making Good Use Of Trapped Time

by Kevin Burton    It’s twenty minutes to 10 a.m. on a Saturday. My wife and I have agreed that Bible study will be at 10.    She’s on the phone. I have twenty minutes to use or lose. What to do?    I can’t get into a project that’s too complicated, but neither do …

NFL Football In June Is Just A Fantasy

by Kevin Burton    I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing with you. Have you ever told that lie?    Also, what happens when your so-called “seasonal obsession” shows up out of season? Can a true obsession ever be limited to one season?    Spoiler alert, I do not have definitive answers to these questions.  …

This Is Boot Camp And We Are Serious

by Kevin Burton    I think this thing is going to come down to water.    My wife Jeannette has declared a boot camp.  It started Monday. I signed up right away when I heard about it.    This is despite the fact that I don’t know the terms and conditions or how long it …

Quick Music Fans, What Is A Groove?

by Kevin Burton    One of my beep baseball coaches called me “the answer man.” This time, I struck out.   My wife asked me “What is a groove?” I am an amateur musician and somewhat of a historian. You would think that question would be right in my wheelhouse.      I gave perhaps the …

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 Truth About Losing A Friend

by Kevin Burton    There was a day in 1995 that shook me and shaped me.         My best friend from fourth grade up into young adulthood had died the night before. I didn’t know it yet. We hadn’t seen each other in a long time, because I had moved out of state.     …

Sometimes A Fantasy Is All You Need

by Kevin Burton    If the NFL season ended at this writing, my Bengals would be included in the playoffs. They would travel to Kansas City for a first-round game.    Blood rivals Cleveland and Pittsburgh, though they are having fairly good seasons, would be excluded if the playoffs began today.  How sweet is that? …

Hey Yahoo, Ya-hooey, Out Of My Face!

by Kevin Burton    I’ve got Travis Kelce on my fantasy team.    Such a sentence I never thought I would utter. But there you have it.    Tuesday night was draft night for the USA Legends fantasy football league.  The Legends were/are a new beep baseball team made up of older players from all …