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 …

My New And Improved Wedding Vows

by Kevin Burton    We’re up to nine now, the bride and I. Nine years of marriage, and counting, as of today.     There was so much to do in the days leading up to the wedding.  Jeannette was a lot better about being on task on list, making things happen.     One thing I …

Now Every Day Is Valentine’s Day

by Kevin Burton    How shock-to-the-system, how literary thriller, how puppy dog energy, how dawn of discovery, and can it be, acceptance, the late-life fact that every day is Valentine’s Day.    No. Didn’t say that Valentine’s Day is an everyday day. I said every day is Valentine’s Day.    Every day is an envelope, …

Encouraging Words For Singles On Feb. 14

by Kevin Burton    Last year just before Valentine’s Day   I heard on KEYN radio that 15 percent of people will either give themselves a gift or buy a valentine card for themselves on Feb. 14.     The valentine part struck me as odd, so I wrote it up as a blog post complete with …

Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song!

by Kevin Burton     For every romance there’s a soundtrack, am I wrong?  Certain songs where the first notes of the introduction transport you to that special place.    Every couple has a story. Sometimes a favorite singer will sum it up with lyrics in a way they hadn’t thought of.  The music underneath it …

This Christmas, Shower The People

by Kevin Burton    Ah the sounds of Christmas!    It’s Christmas Eve and workers are pounding into place the new siding we hope will last as long as we live in this house.  Jeannette is vacuuming. My Christmas carols, Andy Williams, Point of Grace, don’t stand a chance.     But I feel like if …