Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • The Responsibility of a Free People

    The Responsibility of a Free People

    One of my morning routines is listening to The Daily podcast from the New York Times. I listen as I get ready for the day. I always learn something new and it helps me keep abreast of the world. I, like you, rarely read an[..]
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  • Let the People Speak

    Let the People Speak

    The first thing I killed was no kind thing at all: It was an enemy soldier. Which is a hell of a lot easier to say than the first thing I ever killed was a man." - Steve Mason, Vietnam veteran & poet laureate of[..]
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  • Prayers of a Decade

    Prayers of a Decade

    “I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston There was a time when I took decades for granted. They[..]
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  • If Wishes Were Horses…

    If Wishes Were Horses…

    There are times when grief feels selfish. Today for instance, on the seventh anniversary of my mother's passing. It feels like an act of selfishness to even admit that I associate the holidays with her death, and that such an association leaves me feeling conflicted.[..]
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  • June Bug God

    June Bug God

    The text arrived in the morning. A girlfriend offering an invite: Join me for a labyrinth walk for winter solstice? It was tempting. I have not done a labyrinth walk since I visited a monastery for a quiet retreat. But the family had gathered at[..]
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  • My Friend Bob

    My Friend Bob

    Bob Hollis was my friend. We first met at Navarre United Methodist Church in Florida. He had read a book I'd written titled Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? (Zondervan) and may have encouraged his pastor to read it as well. I received an invitation[..]
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  • How to Watch the Impeachment: The People’s Role

    How to Watch the Impeachment: The People’s Role

      And so it starts,  the third presidential impeachment of my lifetime. That might be the case for several of you readers as well. I was in high school during the Watergate impeachment inquiry. I was a reporter working the newsroom during the Clinton impeachment.[..]
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  • I am the Whistleblower

    I am the Whistleblower

    I once walked in on a teacher and a student in a situation. The door was closed. The female student was leaned over the male teacher from behind, hugging him. It was an act of intimacy. One you might see exchanged between a husband and[..]
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  • God Ain’t Using You to Show Off

    God Ain’t Using You to Show Off

      I recoil almost every time I walk into someone's home and eye a big ole "BLESSED" painted on a slab of wood hanging on the wall. Or whenever someone walks past me in the grocery store wearing a t-shirt that declares "Blessed." Really, y'all?[..]
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