That Warehouse Look Annoys My Wife

by Kevin Burton    This is going to be harder than I thought, maybe much harder. Home sweet home is getting a makeover.    I have written about my mother’s move to an assisted living facility last summer and the chaos of organizing her new place and fitting new furniture and other things into our …

Win Some, Lose Some, Split The Rest

by Kevin Burton    Memories aren’t what they used to be, but I’m good with it.    For some reason one of the headlines on a story in Sports Illustrated has stayed with me down through the years. I used it above: “Win Some, Lose Some, Split The Rest.”    My memory said that headline …

Christmas Shopping In January! You Bet!

by Kevin Burton    Did a little Christmas shopping today me and the wife. We were in the moment.    The moment had been delayed at least three weeks, but it was still a moment. Let’s call it a moment out of place.    We didn’t get 100 percent of the things done that we …

Christmas Music Makes The Season Bright

by Kevin Burton    I have a friend who hates Christmas music. I just giggle every time I think about that.    If you knew this friend, actually a former manager of mine, she is so upbeat and positive about everything.  If you woke up determined to be downcast you’d want to steer clear of …

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 …

The Hall Call That Pete Rose Never Got

by Kevin Burton    An open letter to a “friend” of sorts, Pete Rose. Dear Pete,    In my house I always had to defend you.    My father didn’t respect you, said you got all your hits with two outs and nobody on and hit into double plays with men on.     I never …

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 …

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 …

One Man’s Treasure From The Blind School

by Kevin Burton    The least attractive piece of furniture I own might be the most precious.     It’s a night stand by my bed that didn’t begin its furniture life as a night stand.     For the back story we go way back to my time at the Ohio State School for the Blind.  …

This Christmas, Shower The People

by Kevin Burton    Ah the sounds of Christmas!    It’s Christmas Eve and workers are pounding into place the new siding we hope will last as long as we live in this house.  Jeannette is vacuuming. My Christmas carols, Andy Williams, Point of Grace, don’t stand a chance.     But I feel like if …