Karen & Kurt 
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Most in need of mercy

Posted by karenandkurt on February 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (200)

It is the simplest and quickest of prayers, but it’s one that I whisper a lot.

“Oh my Jesus, lead all souls to you, especially those most in need of your mercy.”


I’m not going to take it apart for you and I’m not going to go on a theological explanation. But in the past few days we have seen again the horror of ISIS, or the Islamic State, and the abominable acts it is capable of committing. It murders. It takes hostage...

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What comes after 3?

Posted by karenandkurt on January 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (2)

I’ll admit this right here: I made a big aunting mistake during the Thanksgiving break while driving back with my sister and her three kids.


I realized I had no idea what comes after “three.” I’m just glad my nephew didn’t know I was clueless at that moment. (I’m also glad – I think – that my sister was sleeping at that moment, too.)


We spent a wonderful long weekend for Thanksgiving with our brother, parent...

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Oil tanker rolls off hill

Posted by karenandkurt on December 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (1)

By Gracie Hargrove

Sampson Media Correspondent


An oil tanker fell off the railroad tracks because erosion from the flood caused by Hurricane Agnes washed away the railroad ties in June 1972.


The oil tanker rolled off the track and down the hill. When it rolled down the hill, years later a tree grew between the hill and the tanker. Today, the oil tanker is rusty and dented.


There is also a flour mill that was built in 1856 and burn...

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Leaving Misty Lake

Posted by karenandkurt on September 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As I write this, we are almost done moving the last drips and draps out of Misty Lake and cleaning the townhouse. I never realized how emotional this process is! Stuff just seems to keep coming out of the house! It’s amazing what two people, who lived full single lives for 15 years, can cram into one house during the first few years of marriage.

We have loved Misty Lake. The neighborhood – our corner of it – has been beautiful. The pond made a huge difference in hel...

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Welcome to our house

Posted by karenandkurt on August 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)

So, my friends, here’s the update: We signed on the house on Friday. We bought our house! After last month’s crushing rejection, Kurt and I spent a serious two weeks grieving for the Sutton Avenue house that we lost out on. As you recall, I spent the first week waiting for a call that was not going to come.

But an email did.

On the Friday of the second week, at 10:30 ...

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Pamela Mercer, Reporter and Friend

Posted by karenandkurt on August 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (4)

I have written obituaries before, and I have written them for people who were friends and acquaintances. But this obituary for a friend isn’t running in my newspaper.

I have been looking for Pamela’s obituary online all morning. I haven’t found it. She died last Wednesday. I have emailed her sister and hope to learn her family’s arrangements.

Pamela deserves an obit. We all do, but those of us who pledge to seek the truth and report it deserve this o...

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Not Our House

Posted by karenandkurt on July 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (5)

I keep checking my email account for an email that isn’t coming. Kurt and I spent this past weekend trying to buy a beautifully redone house built in 1887 and adjacent to Patapsco State Park.

And we didn’t get it; someone out bid us. And we’re crushed. And I keep hoping that the “someone’s” bid falls through and we’ll get an email saying that the seller has accepted our offer instead.

I stood there in the room that would have been m...

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ADHD is real and I'm really tired of the bullshit

Posted by karenandkurt on June 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Yes, I did write “bullshit” in the title above. I have spent six years as a member of the ADHD community – I don’t have the disorder but I work for an organization that struggles to get real, good, science-based information into the hands of parents, affected adults, their spouses and partners, teachers, friends, doctors, health care administrators and everyone else who has even the slightest interest in this disorder. And what is the damn message that the popular cult...

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An open letter to Angelina Jolie

Posted by karenandkurt on May 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Dear Ms. Jolie:

I don’t make a habit of commenting on another woman’s medical decisions. They are intensely personal, wrapped in emotion and often made while we are trying to weigh the information we’ve been given, the research we do, our best and worst impulses and the too-many opinions of friends and family who are all convinced they know what’s best for us. It’s hard to make a decision about our long-term health in the best of circumstances when all o...

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Vikings - A Review of the History Channel Epic Series

Posted by karenandkurt on May 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1)

More than 125 years ago, my great-great-grandfather passed through Ellis Island, carrying with him a family history of a long-ago devotion to  Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. Just ask each one of the men in the family who’s name comes from our ancestor, Thor Saulmanson who Americanized his given name to Thomas. I was taught that I am descended from a mighty warrior people who explored the seas and new lands, who fought and died bravely a...

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