Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • Looking to Unseat Rep. Greg Walden: Jim Crary

    Looking to Unseat Rep. Greg Walden: Jim Crary

    Democrat Jim Crary is not the only person looking to unseat Representative Greg Walden (Or-R) come November. There's handful of folks, women and men, hoping to take the top spot in the upcoming primary, but Crary has an edge others don't - he was on[..]
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  • Not Everyone Deserves Our Honor

    Not Everyone Deserves Our Honor

      "The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon future generations."   I remember. My Lai. Lt. Calley. Watergate. Selma. Integration. Kent State. And the silence of being a Gold Star family during the Vietnam era. I have written thousands of words on this[..]
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  • Stuff My Wife Says

    Stuff My Wife Says

      [caption id="attachment_3826" align="aligncenter" width="751"] Photo by Julie Utterback[/caption] I noticed the items in the limping man's cart - six boxes of Haagen-Daz ice cream, three bags of kitty litter. I nodded to Tim. "Good choices, heh?" Tim smiled. The man wore a scuffed up[..]
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  • The Minister of Loneliness

    The Minister of Loneliness

    I was standing with the buggy at Lowes. You know how it is when you move - there's a bunch of stuff you realize you need for the new home. Barstools for example.  Our new kitchen has a countertop island big as a coffin. No[..]
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  • Just One of the Dreamers

    Just One of the Dreamers

    [caption id="attachment_3813" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Photo by Julie Juris Utterback[/caption] A black woman preached in the church I'm attending. Her message stirred me to thinking, as it did many others. It wasn't that her message was that different from a hundred others I've heard over my[..]
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  • Not a White Person’s Christian

    Not a White Person’s Christian

    All I am is a vessel, doing God's work. If you watched the National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama, you likely heard words similar to that. Surely, you heard Alabama freshman quarterback Tua stand before the microphone and cameras and declare that the very[..]
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  • A Trip to Sisters

    A Trip to Sisters

    [caption id="attachment_3805" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo by Julie Utterback[/caption] We went to Sisters for a cup of coffee. They make the best vanilla lattes at Sisters Coffee House. I drive out once a week to sit there by the massive stone fireplace, drinking one of those[..]
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  • God Drop-Outs

    God Drop-Outs

    Morning Devotion: Isaiah 1 Go home and wash up.     Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings     so I don’t have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong.     Learn to do good. Work for justice.     Help the down-and-out. Stand[..]
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  • Twirling in a New Year: 2018

    Twirling in a New Year: 2018

        I love new things, don't you? New socks. New mascara. New sheets. New towels. New shoes. New books. New friends. I mean I love old things, too. Old jeans. Old boots. Old photos. Old jewelry. Old books. Old friends. There's just something comforting[..]
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