“Songs In The Attic” Closes Another Show

by Kevin Burton    Do you have certain albums you play to set certain moods?    Like a baseball manager has a closer, there is one album I go to when one era of life is ending and another beginning.    I moved a lot in my 20s and I listened to Billy Joel a …

Prayer Needed For Tough Family Decisions

by Kevin Burton    I went literary on you last Friday.  Hope that was OK.     I wrote about my mother moving to an assisted living facility and the parallels for that move and my move to the Ohio State School for the Blind as a fourth grader in 1972 (“Love, Tears And Doing The …

Love, Tears And Doing The Right Thing

by Kevin Burton    This is a story about a boy and his mother.    The mother has thought things through. She will push through the pain. She is doing the right thing. She is resolute.    The big house on the corner? The boy will be leaving that now. He will be back on …

Kansas Nice: My Tribute To A Great Blog

by Kevin Burton    Well I’ve never been to Heaven, but I’ve been to North Dakota. Well they tell me I was born there, but I really don’t remember.    That of course is borrowed from the Three Dog Night song “Never Been to Spain.”  I put my own spin on it to give a …

Life Lessons From A Loving Family Man

by Kevin Burton    I think of Herb Beauchamp and I keep coming back to the IRS term, “head of household.”     Tomorrow is Father’s Day. It will be the first for my wife Jeannette without her father Herb. He is still very much alive in a lot of ways that truly matter. Lessons taught, …

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 …

Fitted Sheets, Fitting In, Second Chances

by Kevin Burton    You could call me a fitted sheet, with unquestioned utility, but hard deal with at times.    Hard to come to grips with. I maybe don’t slip snugly into one of your convenient boxes, the ones that take that edge off, keep it all tidy clean.    Surely you’ll never, ever …

My Wife’s Father, At Home In Heaven

by Kevin Burton    Herb Beauchamp stood up and gave his daughter away nine years ago on my wedding day.    He was a giver until the day he died. I am not the only one in his debt.    The day he died came this week not as a surprise, but as a shock …

Thoughts On Mothers And Mother’s Day

by Kevin Burton    “Your mother!” is the ultimate street putdown because your mother is your ultimate friend.     When it doesn’t work out that way for a person, that lack is felt and carried, maybe unexpressed or unacknowledged, but carried nonetheless.     If you have somehow overlooked it, today is Mother’s Day. It may …

What Is Your Definition of Family?

by Kevin Burton    At a church I attended in Columbus years ago, the pastor mistakenly referred to my “wife and kids” one day.   Back then I had neither wife nor kids, but his mistake was understandable. I am mentioning this anecdote today as I try to define the term “family.”    A good …