Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • This Generation’s Shut-Ins

    This Generation’s Shut-Ins

        Two of my adult children made major moves right before the pandemic rocked the entire world and sent us into an isolation most of us had only read about in dystopian novels. Newscaster Gayle King said she spent 105 days never leaving her NYC[..]
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  • Remembering Karly

    Remembering Karly

      I think of her almost daily.  Certainly every time I read a story about another child abuse death. There have been so many since Karly Sheehan was beaten to death in June, 2005. I can't help but hope that her murder would have stirred[..]
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  • Letting Go

    Letting Go

      We are starting out our New Year with one less family member. It was not a death that claimed him. Not a death in the typical sense at any rate, though, if I am completely honest, there have been moments when I think that[..]
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  • The People We Don’t Miss

    The People We Don’t Miss

    Hardly anyone ever mentions the people  we don't miss at the family gatherings. I don't mean those we love who have gone on to what I hope is an eternal celebration and not an eternal rest. I'm talking about the people who no longer gather[..]
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  • They’ve Stolen Jesus

    They’ve Stolen Jesus

        There's a search underway in the town of Ayrshire, Scotland for the Baby Jesus. Someone stole the infant from the manager where he lay sleeping, no crib for his bed. Alec Kelly, who built the nativity scene out of the kindness of his[..]
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  • The Endings

    The Endings

      "Evie set the bar low but Peckerwood just considered it a challenge. There seemed to be no expectation so low that Peckerwood couldn't get beneath it. You know a man ain't worth a wooden nickel when his own mother quits him." - Barbara Thurman, [..]
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  • Rittenhouse: The Slaughter isn’t over yet

    Rittenhouse: The Slaughter isn’t over yet

    Before Tim got home on Friday I called him and said, "We are not going to talk about it. I am making supper and we are going to have a quiet weekend. We can't do anything about it anyway except live our kindest lives possible[..]
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  • Dangerous Delusions

    Dangerous Delusions

      In the mid 1960s, we lived in a Filipino village on the island of Oahu. Mama and Daddy were always loathe to live on base. I think they wanted the separation between their family life and Dad's work. Our house was in a cul-de-sac.[..]
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  • How to be a Racist

    How to be a Racist

    It's exhausting living in a country divided. When I was a child growing up in the red dirt of Lester Maddox and George Wallace's racism, I just thought adults like them were crazy hateful people. I considered them as the flag-bearers of all that hatefulness.[..]
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