Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • What Tests Don’t Get Right

    What Tests Don’t Get Right

        [caption id="attachment_4248" align="aligncenter" width="756"] photo by William Gedney[/caption] Did you read the story about the Florida honors student who is considering suing the Education Testing Service? Kamilah Campbell wasn't satisfied with her first SAT score of 900, so the B-average student hired a tutor,[..]
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  • Missing Yesterday

    Missing Yesterday

    A young lad lay in his bed whimpering when he was supposed to be sleeping. His momma, who had read him storybooks and tucked him in, had thought he was sound asleep until she heard his muffled cries. She eased her way back into the[..]
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  • Dare to Be Happy

    Dare to Be Happy

    In a quiet place in my kitchen hangs a chalkboard. I walk by it a gazillion times a day, going to the garage, going to get a broom, going to feed the dogs a treat. I don't read the words on the board everytime I[..]
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  • So You Want to be Admired

    So You Want to be Admired

    I asked my friends why they thought Michelle Obama was selected as the Most Admired Woman in America. They listed for me all the reasons they admired her: She's nice She's classy She's kind She's smart She's compassionate She's authentic She loves her family She's[..]
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  • Don’t Call It Dementia

    Don’t Call It Dementia

      When I showed up at pre-school yesterday afternoon, the Bean dropped his toys and literally ran across the room and jumped into my arms. He had not been expecting me. The run was his exclamation of delight. Don't you wish everyone would greet us[..]
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  • Family Matters

    Family Matters

    Fittingly, tributes have poured in from around the world for President George H.W. Bush, who is being laid to rest this week, following a long and by all accounts, a joyous life. I, like so many, was moved to tears by the remarks George W.[..]
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  • Why I No Longer Say the Pledge

    Why I No Longer Say the Pledge

    My daughter called me this week, teary-eyed and upset. She had just returned home from a school assembly to honor veterans. It was her first school assembly for such a purpose as a mom. And as any parent comes to understand, parenting makes you see[..]
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  • The Source of All Goodness

    The Source of All Goodness

    As I read the translation of the Hebrew prayer to that in English during last week's Shabbat services (the first I've ever attended), I was struck by a particular description of Creator God: The Source of all Goodness.  During my recent trip to West Virginia,[..]
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  • An Isolating Affair

    An Isolating Affair

    We were just a couple of songs into the Shabbat service on Saturday when a congregant sobs cracked across the crowded room. Those sobs soon turned into downright wails. The rabbi paused, looked, then offered words of comfort to the rest of us. Other congregants[..]
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