Sign Me Up, Forever In Blue Jeans

by Kevin Burton    We talk Neil Diamond for the second time this week today, but first, a short digression back to my college days.    My college friend Matt once commented that “the only things Kevin Burton and I agree on are Billy Joel and freedom of the press.”    We favored both, for the …

A Message In Your Valentines Candy?

by Kevin Burton    Researching material for this Valentine’s Day post has been a labor of love.   See what I did there?    It gets better though kids, because I got some help from Good Housekeeping magazine.  GH had a lot to say about Valentine’s Day in an article written by Amanda Hawkins and …

Taylor’s “Shower The People” Says It All

by Kevin Burton    In the great human family James Taylor got the voice. The rest of us are just making do.    That’s a favorite old saying of mine. It may be difficult to stick to it, given the thousands of talented singers we’ve heard over the years. But every time I listen to …

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 …

Love Blooms On A Greyhound Bus

by Kevin Burton    Must be true cause it couldn’t be fiction.    I found this love story in The Guardian newspaper online. Those of you looking for that special someone take note, and get your Greyhound bus tickets.    This is the story of Andy, an artist from Glasgow, Scotland and Becky, a mother …

“Grandpa Kev” Just Doesn’t Sound Right

by Kevin Burton    My wife drove like a grandma ever before she was one.    I said this to her in person long before I said it to you in print and I assured her it was no putdown. In fact I mean it as the highest of compliments.    What does a grandma …

Four Birthday Wishes And One Deferred

by Kevin Burton    My generous wife made an offer some weeks ago. Really it was a demand.     Tired of my elusiveness about what I wanted for my birthday, she requested in the strongest of terms, a list of five things that I wanted (see Five Bows On Five Boxes, Holy Smokes!, July 17).  …

Your Time To Speak Up For Jesus

by Kevin Burton    Not all Christians need to major in public speaking. But does the Bible not require at least a minor?    You’ve heard the one about people fearing public speaking more than death? That makes being in the casket at a funeral preferable to giving the eulogy.    And yes, there is …

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 …