“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 …

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 …