Speaking Of English, Speaking In British

by Kevin Burton    Not smashing, not daft, something mid-table I’d say, to use a football analogy.    I thought I was ready, so I had a go, with middling results.    Every day Merriam-Webster sends me an e-mail to help me watch my language.  A few weeks ago they announced “The Great British Vocabulary …

The Bell Tolls For Olivia And For Me

by Kevin Burton    There is a picture of Olivia Newton-John that haunts me.    The picture is of her at the end of “Grease,” her character Sandy riding in the car with Danny, John Travolta’s character.  She turns around and waves at the camera as they ride off into the high school and movie …

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 …

Easter Means Hope For The Hopeless

by Kevin Burton    You’ll hear Christians today saying “He is risen!” and others answering “He is risen indeed!” What does that mean?    For the Christian faith, for the human race, it means everything.    Today is Easter, “the annual celebration of Christ’s resurrection to life after His crucifixion and death,” according to http://www.gotquestions.org.    “The …

God’s Word Can Break Through Blindness

by Kevin Burton    “Those who have been reckless with their lives are usually reckless with their deaths,” writes Christian singer/songwriter and speaker Christine Wyrtzen in her blog on WordPress.    Her topic is spiritual blindness, which has been a Page 7 focus on recent Sundays.     “While the end of life should be sobering, …

Spiritual Graduation: Heaven Or Hell

by Kevin Burton    This time of year, high school seniors are starting to smell that finish line.  Graduation smells like freedom, I remember.     This is the 27th post focusing on our Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind.  We have compared physical blindness to spiritual blindness and found the latter much more dangerous.    …

“No More Tears,” A Promise From God

by Kevin Burton    Look around you, if you can bear to. Look at the war, the pain, the strife, the death, the violence. What do you call these things?    You could call them page one of your local newspaper. I love newspapers, always have. But there is better news to be found in …

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.     …

The Burtons Make Room For Two

by Kevin Burton     Four mouths to feed on a Sunday morning. Four heartbeats on the second floor.     It’s the morning after the big move and our two new cats seem to be at home already. Yes, two new cats.     Making their Page 7 debut today are Ronnie and Gabbie. That Ronnie is …

No Roads Between Heaven And Hell

by Kevin Burton    A distance calculator on my computer desktop tells me how far it is from point A to point B.    This feature is helpful for planning trips.    Today’s post represents a sixth-period geography class at our Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind.    Physical blindness is nothing compared to spiritual …