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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …