Karen Sampson Hoffman

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An obit for a friend

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Pamela Mercer

I have written obituaries before, and I have written them for people who were friends and acquaintances. But this obituary for a friend is different.

Pamela deserves an obit. We all do, but those of us who pledge to seek the truth and report it deserve this one last time for our names to appear in print, for this one time to have our stories told. Pamel...

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Paula Deen and the Bad Word

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometime during the 1980s, a man walked into a southern Georgia bank and threatened the teller, holding a gun to her head and demanding money. Frighten beyond her wits, the teller complied, handing over the cash.

That night, she went home and told her husband. The man who robbed her was black; the woman was Paula Deen. Telling her husband about the gun placed to her head, Ms. Deen used a word that is considered to be so abhorrent that the

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Moore, Okla., and Cleveland Hill, N.Y - A tale of two school disasters

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On Monday, May 20, a tornado hit Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. Seventy-five children and their teachers hunkered down in hallways and bathrooms, with books over their heads, the loving words of their teachers and a community’s prayers attempting to shelter them.

Seven children died when the tornado took the roof off the school. One litt...

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The Kitten in the Newsroom

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I regularly write with our cat, Luca David, fitting his full-size cat body into the undersized space on my desk between the computer and the stack of books next to my in-box. His tail will occasionally thump-thump-thump across the keyboard, adding more fur to the collection beneath the keys.

If you check Sampson Media, you will see that he is listed as the administrative assistant. He’s not very good at ...

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Robins outside my window

Posted on January 25, 2009 at 5:51 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the marvels of Maryland I am still coming to understand is the one of robins in January. As a Buffalo gal, I can't imagine a robin in the January snow, let alone the bird at the very beginning of the year. Robins don't return to New York State until March and their entrance is heralded as the beginning of spring.

The flock of full-bellied, red-breasted birds...

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A New Adventure

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 12:43 PM Comments comments (0)

The current estimate is that 11 million employees have been laid off or otherwise released from employment since the beginning of the current recession. This is the most people out of work - and counted as such - since the Great Depression and more people than the during

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