Karen & Kurt 
Edgewood in St. Denis

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Most in need of mercy

Posted by karenandkurt on February 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (149)

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 (1)

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 (0)

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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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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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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Vikings - A Review of the History Channel Epic Series

Posted by karenandkurt on May 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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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Mother's Day - or not

Posted by karenandkurt on May 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM Comments comments (1)

So let me tell you about my Mother’s Day:


My mom lives in Florida, so I can't celebrate with her. Cards, phone calls and a box of chocolate covered fruit delivered a day late have to suffice.


My husband’s family are truly lovely people and I am fortunate to share holidays with them.  But celebrating with them makes me very aware that I am not with my family. My sister also celebrates with her husband’s family, so I don’t get t...

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Ten Years

Posted by karenandkurt on May 2, 2011 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (2)

For two months I have been trying to find the time – and headspace – to write about post-surgery. I’ve thought about blogs on Lilly & Marshall from How I Met Your Mother and today’s news of Osama bin Laden’s death continues to compete with anything I had planned.


So, I’ll work backward from one and save the other for later.


Kurt and I ...

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A crazy man's rhetoric

Posted by karenandkurt on January 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM Comments comments (0)
“Rhetoric is the art of using language to communicate effectively and persuasively. It involves three audience appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos, as well as the five canons of rhetoric: invention or discovery, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Along with grammar and logic or dialectic, rhetoric is one of the three ancient arts of discourse. From ancient Greece to the late 19th Century, it was a central part of Western education, filling the need to train public speakers...
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