“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 …

Little Sis Had Her Day, Did It Her Way

by Kevin Burton    It was years after the fact when he told the story, but the anger was still there in his voice.    Apparently someone in obstetrics at the Minot Air Force Base suggested that my father could, or maybe should, allow my newborn sister Patricia to die.    This was before she …

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).  …

Never Underestimate The Power Of Bunco

by Kevin Burton    We seek for signs that normal is returning. We seek them individually. Your heart-warming milestone may leave me totally cold.    Dismissing the current threat of the virus is a fool’s ploy, despite all the progress. On that I want to be perfectly clear.    But the tide just may be …

Kansas Nice: My Tribute To A Great Blog

by Kevin Burton    Well I’ve never been to Heaven, but I’ve been to North Dakota. Well they tell me I was born there, but I really don’t remember.    That of course is borrowed from the Three Dog Night song “Never Been to Spain.”  I put my own spin on it to give a …

Juneteenth, Facebook “Geniuses” And Trust

by Kevin Burton    If you have ever spun an old-school non-digital radio dial tuner, you’ll be at home in this post.    Imagine yourself tuning the dial, looking for music to groove on, political thoughts that agree with your own, a game of your favorite team or the weather report.     These are thoughts, …

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, …

Woman Gets Vaccinated In Bridal Finery

by Kevin Burton    What do white lace and promises look like in a global pandemic? Sarah Studley is happy to tell you.    She was one of many brides to have her wedding reception cancelled by virus protocols in 2020.  But the Baltimore woman wore her wedding dress to another special occasion last month, …

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 …

The Bible Warns Against Unequal Yokes

by Kevin Burton    This week in the last of our series Ten Questions from the Bible you get five for the price of one.  We’re looking at the issue of being “unequally yoked” from II Corinthians.    The apostle Paul asks five questions, which are essentially the same:     “Be ye not unequally yoked …