Thursdays With Mom: Golden Memories

by Kevin Burton    I took custody of the gold yesterday.  Didn’t make me any richer, not in the monetary sense anyway.     The transaction took place at my mother’s apartment at an assisted living facility twelve miles north of where I live.  I go there to visit her just about every Thursday.  We are …

News At My (And On My) Fingertips

by Kevin Burton    On the next-to-last night of our Upper Midwest vacation we found ourselves watching the clothes go round.    We were in Norfolk, Nebraska, boyhood hometown of Johnny Carson, when we gathered our quarters and the Tide Pods Jeannette had bought for the occasion, and took advantage of the Hampton Inn’s coin …

Stumbling Into Success Through Humility

by Kevin Burton    This is not a story about soccer, but that’s where it starts.    One time, I think it was while I was a reporter with the Muscatine Journal, I was assigned to do a soccer story.  I still don’t know much about soccer, but back then I knew next to nothing.  …

Blind Rock Climber Has Life In Focus

by Kevin Burton    After seeing one too many stories about blindness that was full of stereotypes and stupidity, I started a conversation.      I wrote about how my time as a newsman who happens to be legally blind made me sensitive to misconceptions about blindness that seep into society through the pages of …

Cleaning Up My Act In The “Newsroom”

by Kevin Burton    For some reason, the mere act of moving a piece of furniture into my office has jump started my inner neat freak.    My long-somnolent, even comatose neat freak.     There was a mini entertainment center we had in the master bedroom.  My wife said it was broken down and with …

“No More Tears,” A Promise From God

by Kevin Burton    Look around you, if you can bear to. Look at the war, the pain, the strife, the death, the violence. What do you call these things?    You could call them page one of your local newspaper. I love newspapers, always have. But there is better news to be found in …

Hospital Fires Unvaccinated Nurses

by Kevin Burton    Thirteen employees at an Ontario hospital, were terminated last week for defying a mandatory Covid vaccination policy, according to published reports.    Sault Area Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada fired eight nurses and five support staff after they failed to get a first vaccine shot by the Nov. 22 …

Yo, Hartville, Ready For Your Closeup?

by Kevin Burton    Apologies right up front here, because Garrison Keillor would do this story better than I.    The US Census Bureau announced Nov. 16 that Hartville, Missouri, population 594, is the “center of population” for the United States.    Here is what that means, according to the Census Bureau release:    “If …

Are You Prepared To Deliver In Full?

by Kevin Burton    Three words leapt out at me during our regular family Bible study recently.    These days we are in the book of Ezra. That book tells the story of the rebuilding of the temple after Israel’s return to Jerusalem after Babylonian captivity.  Not long ago we studied the book of Nehemiah, …

Reflecting On News As CNN Turns 41

by Kevin Burton     CNN first hit the airwaves 41 years ago yesterday. But you wouldn’t be wrong to say it really started in 1991.    Any way you slice it, news has never been the same since Ted Turner’s brainchild went live.  That’s when changes in the way news is gathered and consumed began. …