NFL Football In June Is Just A Fantasy

by Kevin Burton    I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing with you. Have you ever told that lie?    Also, what happens when your so-called “seasonal obsession” shows up out of season? Can a true obsession ever be limited to one season?    Spoiler alert, I do not have definitive answers to these questions.  …

My ABCs: C Is For Communication

by Kevin Burton    So I had this great idea for a series, my ABCs.    Take the words that letters stand for in kindergarten, A for apple, B for ball, etc., and trade them in for the words that seem more appropriate after years and years of experience in life.    I started this …

Happy Wife, Happy Life, Happy Meals

by Kevin Burton    The happy whirring has begun.    I meant the whirring from our brand new purchased-on-sale, matches-the-oven, shiny, silver refrigerator.  My wife may be whirring happily too, not sure.     I told the story of our kitchen appliance upgrade last week (“So Long Old Fridge, Good Riddance,” June 1).    I said …

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.     …

The Unsavory Reality Of Breakfast In Bed

by Kevin Burton    Certain things sound great, but once you examine them are really not.    One such concept is breakfast in bed. People talk about breakfast in bed as a mother’s day or birthday kind of special thing you do for someone.      So I’m thinking about this and it hits me, who really …

A Virus Antidote Of Sorts In A Little Book

by Kevin Burton    The house is more than a little cluttered just now. We’re in the mode of getting stuff out the door. But I found a keeper Wednesday.    My wife Jeannette put it in the maybe box that I wrote about last month (“The Maybe Box Keeps The Peace At Home,” April …

This Is Boot Camp And We Are Serious

by Kevin Burton    I think this thing is going to come down to water.    My wife Jeannette has declared a boot camp.  It started Monday. I signed up right away when I heard about it.    This is despite the fact that I don’t know the terms and conditions or how long it …

The Maybe Box Keeps The Peace At Home

by Kevin Burton    One box in our house provides encouragement and saves us from arguments. We call it the maybe box.    This is the box that ensures that Jeannette and I stay on the same side as we fight the Great Clutter War.  Every family needs a maybe box.     The maybe box …

Quick Music Fans, What Is A Groove?

by Kevin Burton    One of my beep baseball coaches called me “the answer man.” This time, I struck out.   My wife asked me “What is a groove?” I am an amateur musician and somewhat of a historian. You would think that question would be right in my wheelhouse.      I gave perhaps the …

Plans Evaporate Into A Dose Of Real Life

by Kevin Burton    One day at the Ohio State School for the Blind, my roommates and I put a sign on our door: “No houseparents allowed.”    We were two fourth graders and a third grader, establishing boundaries, setting up rules.    In due time the houseparent, Kitty Thomason, walked by and read our …