Thank you so much for your kind notes.

I am really grateful for the notes and thoughts and prayers.  The internet can be an icky place.  This, at least, isn’t.

In the rote, the procedural, you do not witness a lot of love. It tampers, I think, our celebration. You cannot dance to a song you are not hearing. I am in the waiting room of Mount Sinai, where I have been since this morning. This morning the room was chock full. But surgery comes in waves, and it takes some out and others in, while those of us who came a low tide must wait for low tide again before we pull up. So. A time lapse of this group. Standing sitting pacing phone chatting laying bathroom. A day spent in and on love for our families, in whatever form that takes.

It is a pleasure amidst the mud of waiting to witness the kindness and the prayer. It is the hug of commonality.

The chorus of “It should not take THIS for us to appreciate THAT” comes from the eldest of folk songs. I prefer to note that there is a higher us.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. They are riptides that change the direction of things.


Andover OCBD, Mountain & Sackett tie and Burberry suit, all for good luck.

42 Comments on "Thank you so much for your kind notes."

  1. John,

    Best wishes and good vibes to you and the family.


  2. May the LORD guide the doctor’s hand. Amen.

    To lighten the mood for a moment, I’ll say doctors look best with a BOCBD under the white lab coat. Light grey all-wool suit, vintage long-wings, seasonal tie, all instill confidence.

  3. John I do not envy at all what you’re going through today. I pray all goes well. You’re in good hands.

  4. Brendan Hartford | October 5, 2022 at 9:02 pm |

    I am at a loss to understand who has undergone surgery, but allow me to offer my best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery and for the best of health.

    • John Burton | October 6, 2022 at 12:23 pm |

      Someone in my immediate family who probably does not want their name splashed across the internet. Thanks.

  5. “[T]here is a higher us.” That’s beautifully put. Here’s hoping the procedure went smoothly and that a robust recovery is in store. Thinking of you and yours as you move through it all.

    …Great idea to have a lucky outfit, be it for waiting through surgeries, or for any purpose requiring a little bit of extra assistance from whatever forces are out there taking an interest.

    • John Burton | October 7, 2022 at 9:23 am |

      Thank you! Still wear suits and ties for travel and for doctors. Got a weird thing about wearing them to church though (suits). For some reason it seems off nowadays.

  6. A hospital, despite its life-saving capabilities, is a dreadful place to wait. May God grant you and yours peace and amelioration.

  7. Oh my god did something happen to Amazing Tom???

  8. But seriously, it’s interesting how you can’t even be bothered to explain what this article is even about but you did apparently find time to take a selfie while someone is (taking a wild guess here) having a very serious medical procedure done? Good lord, you are self absorbed. Thoughts and prayers, etc.

    • whiskeydent | October 6, 2022 at 5:07 am |

      The intrusion of the lower us makes one appreciate the higher us all the more.

    • Prayers, Strength, & Best Wishes to you/your family JB!

      Gentlemen, that’s how such should be approached. If you can not or will not offer such keep your own counsel. To those unfamiliar with idiom, in modern parlance, it means stfu.

    • John Burton | October 6, 2022 at 12:25 pm |

      Hi “Craig” – wow, it takes a special kind of person to… I was in the waiting room for 11 hours. You’re right, I found a minute there. Agree with Whiskeydent – we thank you for being the bottom so that we can see how high the top is.

  9. Peter René Lebenthal | October 6, 2022 at 5:01 am |

    All the Best and a quick recovery here from Paris to you !!

  10. John, praying for you and trusting in the healing power of our Great God!


  11. Jordan Forbes | October 6, 2022 at 12:27 pm |

    Thanks to Scott Rye, over at the Facebook group, we’ve been informed that the post was about John’s wife. I wouldn’t have had a clue otherwise; John’s prose was less than clear.
    My sincere best wishes and prayers to Mrs. Burton for a quick recovery and my prayers to John for healing after this traumatic experience.

    • John Burton | October 7, 2022 at 9:27 am |

      Hi Jordan and thanks. My Facebook page serves another community (my music) so I have different rules for it. Here, I feel like people come for the fashion, the lifestyle, and the people and not necessarily what they go to my FB page for. That said, I did write that in a waiting room while waiting for surgical results, so it may not have been my best piece. But it wasn’t on purpose.

      • whiskedyent | October 7, 2022 at 11:37 am |

        I’ve spent enough time in waiting rooms to immediately understand that you were dealing with a difficult situation yesterday. I assumed that you checked in as a stress relief (I would have) or to let folks know there was nothing up with the site.

        However, I must point out that your hair appears to have lost some altitude. That would, of course, be a dramatic change that demands an explanation. Hang in.

        • John Burton | October 7, 2022 at 5:10 pm |

          You know, I was thinking the same thing. Then I remembered. It was raining that day and I wore a ballcap. If not being exposed to love tampers our celebration, being exposed to a ballcap tampers my hair.

  12. Sending positives thoughts your way, John.

    Kind Regards,


  13. The peace of Christ be with you.

    St. Patrick wasn’t Presbyterian, but, well, this is good:

    “Christ with me,
    Christ before me,
    Christ behind me,
    Christ in me,
    Christ beneath me,
    Christ above me,
    Christ on my right,
    Christ on my left,
    Christ when I lie down,
    Christ when I sit down,
    Christ when I arise,
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
    Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
    Christ in every eye that sees me,
    Christ in every ear that hears me.”

  14. JB – been where you are now, so I get what you’re going through. It’s a tough journey but an important one to see through. All the best thoughts to you and your loved ones.

    • John Burton | October 7, 2022 at 9:29 am |

      You always write so well, you should do a post. AND thank you so much. I will see it through.

  15. I very well might be missing something, but there’s just a little more drama playing out in the comments than seems appropriate following a post like this. Respectfully, I hope you can all resolve whatever it is.

    • John Burton | October 7, 2022 at 9:29 am |

      It was one person posing as many, and not even being all that clever about it. I think we got it now. Thank you.

  16. Richard E. Press | October 7, 2022 at 6:16 am |

    Thoughts with you.

  17. Charlottesville | October 7, 2022 at 11:02 am |

    Continued prayers, John.

  18. Best wishes to you and your family during this trying time.

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