Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • Prayers for John McCain & Family

    Prayers for John McCain & Family

    My Mama died of brain cancer. One lovely August afternoon, she sat down at her computer and discovered she could no longer read. The words were all jumbled together. She sat there for a moment, blinking. She'd never had very good vision, so maybe this[..]
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  • Trending: I am Blessed

    Trending: I am Blessed

    Seems like every store I go into these days has some trinket, t-shirt or token touting the line "I am blessed." If Capitalism and Calvinism mated they would produce the illegitimate child known as  Christian Consumerism. While on book tour last October, I was unnerved[..]
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  • Build a Better Community: Invest in Women

    Build a Better Community: Invest in Women

      Over $200,000. That's how much money was raised at the 7th annual Women's Fund of East Tennessee luncheon in mid-April. As the keynote, I was delighted to play a small role in this year's event, which was dedicated the formidable Betsy Bush. Much to my regret,[..]
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  • Keeping Witches at Bay

    Keeping Witches at Bay

    We buried Mama's ashes atop a bed of wild honeysuckle vines. I had stopped alongside the road in Greeneville, Tennessee, and picked them myself. You might think it's the dollar-sized magnolias in bloom that most remind me of my Southern childhood. Or the wild dogwoods[..]
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  • Set Yourself On Fire

    Set Yourself On Fire

      There was a lecture I gave every term while teaching First Amendment Rights. I titled that lecture: Setting Yourself on Fire.  In that lecture, I would talk about what led up to the Arab Spring (Lord, doesn't that whole thing seem ancient history now?).[..]
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  • Beloved Barbara Bush

    Beloved Barbara Bush

    Perhaps the one thing we can all agree on in today's current political climate is that Barbara Bush is beloved by people from all walks of life and all political persuasions. I guess I always thought George would die before Barbara.  So when the news[..]
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  • Paul Ryan and the Meat-Cutter

    Paul Ryan and the Meat-Cutter

    I was just walking the dogs through the neighborhood. No agenda, really, other than to let the dogs sniff things out. Over on the street just north of us, I saw a fellow poking around one of the houses currently under construction. I thought perhaps[..]
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  • Patrick Reed’s Bitter Family Feud

    Patrick Reed’s Bitter Family Feud

    When Patrick Reed slipped into that green jacket in Augusta on Sunday, his parents, Bill and Jeannette Reed, were not in attendance. Neither was his sister Hannah, when Reed, 27, won his first major title at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia. This was the biggest[..]
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  • The Cult of Bhagwan Trump

    The Cult of Bhagwan Trump

      When I was in college, I focused some of my studies of the Moonie cult. I was a Com major and studying a cult was a given for me, having grown up in the Bible Belt, having spent so much of my early years[..]
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