Thanking God For Closed Doors

by Kevin Burton    One of my frequent prayers is that God will “open the doors that need to be open and close the doors that need to be closed.”    This is a necessary prayer because I can’t see around time corners to see the future and I’m not always so good at the …

Remote Adventures In South Dakota

by Kevin Burton    Checked into the Hampton Inn in Sioux Falls on a Monday, settled into our room. One thing was missing.    We were two days into a much-needed vacation and having a great time, ready to watch the Chiefs-Raiders game on Monday Night Football.    The room was nice, lots of space …

Want Fries With That? Yes, Yes I Do

by Kevin Burton    Just learned that I missed out on a big, big opportunity this year and I’m just sick about it.    I love stories about people getting second chances and making it all work out. Happy endings. Sometimes though it’s just too late.    My big chance came from Idaho in February, …

Sonic Booms Or Bust This Fantasy Season

by Kevin Burton    I’m not going to tell you how many mock fantasy football drafts I have done on Yahoo.   Don’t ask me cuz I ain’t gonna tell ya.    You wouldn’t remember the number anyway. It’s not important.     I use my time wisely. My kindergarten teacher was obsessed with how we used …

K&J Points: Our Mercurial, Floating Currency

by Kevin Burton    I was born in the heyday of S&H Green Stamps. By God’s grace I have lasted into the era of bitcoin.    I learned barter by baseball cards before I ever heard the word barter. I used to get fistfuls of Pesos for teaching Mexican nationals how to speak idiomatic American …

This Is One Plan I Can Execute For Sure

by Kevin Burton    Not today, baby. Nope.    Not feelin’ it.    Yes the clock is tick-tick-ticking just like on 60 Minutes. Yes, I hear it.    The winds of progress are whipping as usual, making the pages of my calendar flutter seductively.    “Got to get a move on,” both clock and calendar …

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.     …