This Scottish Song Brings In New Years

by Kevin Burton    As December fades and January rushes in, one song is ubiquitous.    Every year without fail, time zone by time zone, it’s difficult to avoid “Auld Lang Syne.”  It’s the song of New Year’s Eve, nostalgia and old friends.     “Auld Lang Syne is an international anthem and one of Scotland’s …

American Emigration Over The Years

by Kevin Burton    It is conventional wisdom in the United States that a US passport is the prized possession.    It would be foolish to downplay the benefits of American citizenship to many who live here. But for some it may be wise to at least look into what some other places may have …

Why People Are Leaving The USA

by Kevin Burton    Leaving your home country is a foreign concept that pushes against everything you have known from earliest childhood.    At least for Americans it is.    What set of circumstances would cause you to think about relocating permanently?    Wednesday we told one woman’s story. Amber Blackmon moved from the United …

Could You Leave The United States?

by Kevin Burton    Amber Blackmon told her story Monday on insider.com, I wish she had told more of it.    Or maybe it’s better this way. Maybe we are meant to insert our own details into what she has given.    The story hit home because she did something I sort of did years …

Updates: Page 7’s Mexican Debut

by Kevin Burton    Within my general and ongoing shameless plea for readership, I got specific two months ago.    On the occasion of Mexican Independence Day I lamented that nobody in Mexico had ever read Page 7 (“Happy Birthday Mexico, Please Read This,” Sept. 15). That hurts, because I used to live in Mexico. …

Let’s See If I Really Know My ABCs

by Kevin Burton    One day my kindergarten teacher Mrs. Wolf asked me, “Kevin, do you know your ABCs?”    “My good woman,” I replied, “if you are referring to the English aaal-phabet, then yes, I suppose I do know my A-B-Cs. May I be of some assistance to you in this matter?”    It …

Fantasyland: When You’re Hot You’re Hot

by Kevin Burton    In Mexico, when I was there, they called it “buen camino.”    In English that means good road, or good path.  It’s what you talk about when things are going well.     “Tu vas por buen camino,” roughly translated means you’ve got it going on.   Singer Jerry Reed might translate …

Happy Birthday Mexico, Please Read This!

by Kevin Burton    Hello Mexico, are you there?    Are you listening? Happy birthday!    Yes, I know I’m just a shade early. Tomorrow is Independence Day in Mexico.    Viva Mexico! You’re 211 years young.    Just one question though: what does a respectable, kind-of-bilingual, ex ex-pat blogger have to do to get …

Cinco De Mayo Started In My “Hometown”

By Kevin Burton    Do you know the story behind Cinco de Mayo?    No, it isn’t the Mexican national Independence Day.  That would be Sept. 16.     Cinco is the celebration of a famous battle an undermanned Mexican army won over invading French troops at Puebla, Mexico. Puebla is the city I lived in …