A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

By Carl Sampson It’s been my long-held opinion that there is no need for capital punishment as long as there are home improvement projects to be done. Instead of spending eternity on death row, the worst offenders should be sentenced to fixing ...

Keys to destruction: A choice between fears and facts

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Keys to destruction: A choice between fears and facts

By Carl Sampson If I wanted to destroy a nation, I wouldn’t use an army, airstrikes or missiles. I would use lines. I would draw lines between people and constantly remind them how different they are from one another. I would remind ...

A Grin at the End: Things I wish hadn’t been invented …

July 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Things I wish hadn’t been invented …

By Carl Sampson As a society, we are spoiled. We are surrounded by gadgets and gizmos that are supposed to make our lives easier and, by inference, better. The fact of the matter is, some have done that, and others haven’t. Some examples: We ...

A Grin at the End: Do your homework – Responsible voting takes a little effort

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Do your homework – Responsible voting takes a little effort

By Carl Sampson For the 69 percent of Oregonians who cast ballots in the last general election, this will be a busy year. Not only are we going to choose a new president — God help us all with that bunch — ...

Madeline’s Adventures: Lessons learned – My mom is my greatest teacher in being a mom

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Madeline’s Adventures: Lessons learned – My mom is my greatest teacher in being a mom

By Madeline Lau Marin-Foucher There are many times in life when people will annoyingly tell you, “you won’t understand until you’ve been through it yourself” but motherhood is one heck of a great example. When you are a child, you have no ...

A Grin at the End: Nine-step plan – A surprising visit yields tips for enjoying ‘The City’

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Nine-step plan – A surprising visit yields tips for enjoying ‘The City’

By Carl Sampson I go to New York City every 35 years whether I need to or not. And I always believed that was plenty. I mean, how often should a guy, whose idea of the perfect town is measured in hundreds ...

A Grin at the End: Music list – Sharing my play list in hopes you will create your own

March 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Music list – Sharing my play list in hopes you will create your own

By Carl Sampson Sometimes on a rainy afternoon — we have quite a few in Oregon — I like to listen to music. Not just any music. I like to listen to music with meaning. I’m not talking about religious music necessarily, although ...

A Grin at the End: Check list – In search of the perfect doc

February 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Check list – In search of the perfect doc

By Carl Sampson I think I’m going to hire a doctor. Well, not really hire one, but get one to occasionally take a look at me. I’m feeling good but I just want to get a 100,000-mile check-up. First, a disclaimer. I’m not ...

Changing tactics: Out with the resolutions, in with words of wisdom

January 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Changing tactics: Out with the resolutions, in with words of wisdom

By Carl Sampson Here we are again, standing on the precipice of an entirely new year. It’s a blank slate that we will fill in for the next 366 days — 2016 is a leap year. I just hope we do a ...

A Grin at the End: Best holiday ever… With an even better after-day tradition

November 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Best holiday ever… With an even better after-day tradition

By Carl Sampson I like holidays — all of them. I like Christmas, New Year’s, the Fourth of July, Labor Day — even National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday in July) and Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19). But my ...