Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • 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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  • Welcome to Wallering Season

    Welcome to Wallering Season

    I am really absolutely the last person anyone would expect to speak out on behalf of Donald Trump, so don't let my words here be misconstrued in anyway to be in support of this man, his policies, his position, or his very bad behavior. My[..]
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  • When the VA Comes Calling..

    When the VA Comes Calling..

    Just to give you a bit of insight into how messed up our current Veterans Administration system is, listen up. A couple of weeks ago, I received an official letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs. That might not seem like an unusual thing to the[..]
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  • Kids These Days

    Kids These Days

    [caption id="attachment_3926" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Students marching in Bend, Oregonphoto credit Bill Dahl[/caption] When I hear people bemoan the youth of today, how lazy and insolent they are, how disrespectful and disruptive they are, how they don't do anything but stare at their phones all day[..]
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  • Good-Hearted People Doing Good

    Good-Hearted People Doing Good

    [caption id="attachment_3909" align="aligncenter" width="567"] Karen Spears Zacharias with then Senator Barack Obama at the Senate Hart Bldg. prior to his first term in office.[/caption]   Sometimes people ask: Whose's the most famous person you've ever met? I used to pause before answering - there are[..]
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  • Where Goodness Abides

    Where Goodness Abides

    The menu was straight up Ireland: Corned beef (soaked in 2 pints of Guinness), boiled onions, potatoes and rutabagas. Boiled cabbage. Rye bread slathered in Irish butter. The guests were mostly California transplants. They came via serendipitous routes to Oregon, followings spouses, or children, or[..]
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  • Following Jimmy Buffett’s advice

    Following Jimmy Buffett’s advice

    On my way into town this morning, I heard Jimmy Buffett interviewed on NPR. Ever since I did that residency at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, I've felt a kinship with Jimmy. I am by no means a Parrothead like my buddy Tim[..]
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  • Don’t Give Up

    Don’t Give Up

    My daughter Shelby thanked me for providing her with a sheltered and mostly joyous childhood. She was prompted to do so shortly after I shared my latest dream with her. The dream came to me in a dozing stage, that early sleep when you are[..]
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  • Good Days and Better Days

    Good Days and Better Days

    [caption id="attachment_3881" align="aligncenter" width="768"] View from outside my window at the Portland hotel.[/caption] It snowed this morning. The blowing, blinding kind of snow. It might have been a blizzard if it hadn't stopped, but it did. By noon the sun was breaking through blue sky.[..]
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