Of OSSB And A Bright Sunshiny Day

by Kevin Burton    How do you get to 50 years? It starts with a day, or a night.    Then, you turn your heart toward the sunrise, again and again.    There was a night when my parents put me into the family Delta 88 and drove me from our home in Yellow Springs …

“Best Of My Love,” Pure Joy In 1977

by Kevin Burton     Their gospel wailing and harmonies brought out the emotion from listeners in their native Chicago. People confided as much to their mentor/father Joe.    That’s why when the singing Hutchinson sisters needed a new name for the group, they called themselves The Emotions.    Forty-five years ago, their “Best Of My …

You Have A Loving Father In Heaven

by Kevin Burton    My earthly father could hardly have done a better job meeting my physical needs or a worse job meeting my emotional needs.    Everyone has a story. Maybe your father is absent altogether. Maybe he is present but missing in action.  Maybe he is the provider and nurturer you need.    …

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 …

So Long Old Fridge, Good Riddance

by Kevin Burton     It’s a little-known fact that the stork who brings babies also delivers kitchen appliances.     We’re having a stork visit of the appliance variety next week. We are replacing the old refrigerator.  My emotions are decidedly mixed.    One of the few bright spots to come from our emergency trip to …

Power To The Burtons, Thank God

  Are you thankful for the little things? Can you tell the little things from the big things?     I was forced on Friday to answer these questions, to stop and think about something I almost never think about.  Five syllables, starts with an E, made my breakfast, brought us together as writer and reader.     …

Grandma’s Joy And Suing To Get There

by Kevin Burton    What’s so grand about being a grandma?     I took that question to an expert in the field. She’s had days and days of experience so she knows whereof she speaks; my friend Tracy from North Carolina.     Her first grandchild was born last Friday in Cincinnati.     “Lucy Jane Duffy …

Mother’s Day And Victory In Jesus

by Kevin Burton    My mother is running her victory lap with a walker.    Victory laps are supposed to be slower than the race itself, right? So there you go, it’s a chance to celebrate.   And make no mistake this is victory in Jesus, as the song says.    You’ll pardon her if there …

Overdue Tech Upgrade Coming, But When?

by Kevin Burton    One of the truths to emerge from our family emergency April 13 was how badly I need to learn the tech language.     We got an emergency call that my mother-in-law had fallen in the parking lot of her assisted living facility and was unable to get up. We would not …

The God Of The Detour Knows The Way

by Kevin Burton    One of the ways I tried to witness to my late father was to encourage him to listen to the radio ministry of Dr. Tony Evans.    Evans leads The Urban Alternative out of Dallas, Texas.  Evans is a dynamic speaker. I thought my father might be tiring of my dime …