[caption id="attachment_1747" align="aligncenter" width="956"] AP Photo[/caption] For the record, I do have an uncle named James Spears. He died a few years ago. So as far as I know I am of no relation to the James Spears, the Great Titan of the Loyal[..]
My girlfriend and I were talking about things, you know the way you do when you get together with a friend you haven't visited with for awhile. We were catching up on all the family and friends goings on. Our family had a new[..]
"Every flower created by God is beautiful. The brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. If all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would[..]
If you want to teach a child to hate, you have to be a hater first. You cannot teach a child to hate if you go around loving on everybody. It is best that you model hatred from a very early age. Children are[..]
We have been expecting you. Not just your mom and dad, But all of us, The Spears Family. With each pregnancy – there have been nine of them prior to yours! – we all wondered, wished, and sometimes prayed: A girl. Maybe this time[..]
There came this point last year where I felt I had to make a decision about somethings I had been avoiding. Chiefly, should I or should I not pursue a MFA program. I've been thinking about it for a few years now but something else[..]
Here are the things Verizon didn't mention when I bought the phone & insurance: - Apple's 5c has a history of software problems - The insurance we sell is a 3rd party insurance - Even if you pay for the insurance, we will not[..]
Editor's Note: I saved a chicken once. Back in 2009. See yesterday's post. This is a story about how I tried to save another one but failed. As it turns out, not every chicken seeks salvation. Some will turn tail and run from it. I[..]
Editor's Note: The following is a true account of a true life event in which I saved a chicken in Pinehurst, North Carolina while working as an editorial writer at the FayObserver.com. Stay tuned for the next adventure in Saving Chickens. I saved a chicken[..]
Author/Journalist Karen Spears Zacharias is a Gold Star daughter and an alumna of Oregon State University, Shepherd University and University of West Scotland.
Karen's work has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America.
Her debut novel, Mother of Rain (Mercer University Press), received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction from Berea College and was adapted for the stage by Georgia's Historic State Theater, The Springer. In 2018, Karen was named Appalachian Heritage Writer by Shepherd University, and Mother of Rain was chosen as the One Book One West Virginia Read.
Her first true crime book A Silence of Mockingbirds was chosen by the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the One City Read.
The Murder Gene is her second true crime work.
Karen and her husband, Tim, make their home in Deschutes County, Oregon.
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