More Rafferty, More ABBA Coming

by Kevin Burton    Here’s great news about even more new Gerry Rafferty music.    Rafferty’s daughter Martha did an interview Aug. 31 on BBC Scotland. Twice she told host Roddy Hart that there was other unfinished music she hoped would come out “later.”    The Scottish singer/songwriter was working on several new songs just …

Little Sis Had Her Day, Did It Her Way

by Kevin Burton    It was years after the fact when he told the story, but the anger was still there in his voice.    Apparently someone in obstetrics at the Minot Air Force Base suggested that my father could, or maybe should, allow my newborn sister Patricia to die.    This was before she …

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).  …

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 …

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 …

Virus Won’t Stop World Series This Year

by Kevin Burton    The board that governs beep baseball may ban the traditional end-of-game handshake at the upcoming 2021 World Series to avoid the spread of Covid 19.    But if that happens it will be one of the few virus concessions employed by a sport that is thrilled to have its signature event …

Juneteenth, Facebook “Geniuses” And Trust

by Kevin Burton    If you have ever spun an old-school non-digital radio dial tuner, you’ll be at home in this post.    Imagine yourself tuning the dial, looking for music to groove on, political thoughts that agree with your own, a game of your favorite team or the weather report.     These are thoughts, …

A Victory For Family, Canada, The Expos

by Kevin Burton    Game one of the sibling rivalry baseball series went to yours truly last week.  It was the moves I didn’t make that saved me.    Life is like that sometimes.    I mentioned earlier on Page 7 that my brother Steve and I are playing a best-of-five baseball series using a …

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, …

Let’s Hear It For Geezer Beepball

By Kevin Burton    In a recent post about attempting to move forward in a Covidized world, I mentioned a project (“The Covid Question Still Looms Over All,” March 24).    I mentioned that some friends asked my wife and me to participate in a major collaborative effort, without giving details.    As of Tuesday …