All The Letters Can Be Silent? Shut Up!

by Kevin Burton    Silent E is so famous it has a song, we all know about that one. We know how the letter e at the end of man, changes the word to mane, for example.    The silent e turns the a from short to long.    But did you know all the …

On Date Night We Paint The Town Beige

by Kevin Burton    It’s Saturday baby, the day we’ve all been waiting for! You know what that means.    It’s date night!    But what does date night mean anymore?    Between Covid 19 safety measures and the new geezer bedtimes we’re learning to prefer, date night isn’t what it used to be.    …

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 …

A Week To Show Appreciation To Teachers

by Kevin Burton    One of the things I said I would never do, is teach. I thought there might be some payback coming.    I reasoned that if I got back anything close to my just desserts after tormenting my teachers for so long, I’d be in serious trouble.      May 2-5 is National Teacher …

Spiritual Graduation: Heaven Or Hell

by Kevin Burton    This time of year, high school seniors are starting to smell that finish line.  Graduation smells like freedom, I remember.     This is the 27th post focusing on our Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind.  We have compared physical blindness to spiritual blindness and found the latter much more dangerous.    …

Must Be The Queso That Sells These Chips

by Kevin Burton     Covid has changed so many things, I can’t begin to tell you how many, but here’s one change in the Burton household.    Whereas before my wife and I would be going to our favorite Mexican restaurant on a pleasant Friday evening, hanging out, chillin’, placing our order and waiting for …

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 …