Baby Boy’s Vision Saved Thanks To TikTok

by Kevin Burton     Sometimes we get tired of being beat up by the news and decide to go up-beat.    Today we present a second straight day of positive news from the Good News Network. In our first story, a young boy will be blessed to grow up with normal vision thanks to a …

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 …

Personal Data Scattered To The Four Winds

by Kevin Burton    Yes, of course you’re going to do your due diligence, you’ll do what you can. But is this a lost cause already?    I’m talking about the safe keeping of your personal data, personal identifying information. The intimate details of your life.    How much of that information do you truly …

Cereal, Court Cases And Sweet Memories

by Kevin Burton Kellogg’s and other makers of sugary breakfast cereals will be restricted in how they market those products in the United Kingdom starting this October, according to the BBC. The Royal Courts of Justice last week ruled in favor of the government in a lawsuit filed by Kellogg’s. The American food giant had …

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 …

Hey Word Lovers, Have An Awesome Day!

by Kevin Burton    Good day you awesome readers! Are you sick yet of the word “awesome”?    The term’s overuse is sparking some awesome outrage among speakers of English. Some generational friction emerges when you look into who is cool with “awesome” and who is not.    “Awesome” started with the California surfer crowd …

Cats’ Purring Says More Than We Think

by Kevin Burton    Apparently the purring our cats do isn’t all good vibrations.      These are cats after all, I should have known. It just had to be more complicated than we thought.    “We think we know what a cat’s purr means,” writes Stephen Dowling of the BBC.  “It is arguably the most recognizable sign …

The Unsavory Reality Of Breakfast In Bed

by Kevin Burton    Certain things sound great, but once you examine them are really not.    One such concept is breakfast in bed. People talk about breakfast in bed as a mother’s day or birthday kind of special thing you do for someone.      So I’m thinking about this and it hits me, who really …

Wedding Bells Are Music To My Ears

by Kevin Burton    Songwriters Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich were married in 1962. The next year they wrote “Chapel Of Love,” perhaps the most famous pop song about a wedding.    In 1964 The Dixie Cups took Chapel of Love to number one on the Hot 100, where the song enjoyed a three-week honeymoon. …

My Phone’s Not Dumb, You’re Dumb

by Kevin Burton    One last petulant blast. That’s all this is, I fear.    BBC business reporter Suzanne Bearne did a story on the return of the “dumbphone.” I hadn’t heard that anything not a smartphone is considered a dumbphone, but it doesn’t surprise me.    Neither am I surprised that flip phones like …