Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • What Darkness Fears

    What Darkness Fears

      [caption id="attachment_1285" align="aligncenter" width="580"] On the streets of Paris.[/caption] It was not for love of fashion or the macaroons that I went to Paris. What drew me to France was the art of remembering and honoring. What drew me to France was the writing[..]
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  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful Death

      [caption id="attachment_1278" align="aligncenter" width="851"] Photo by Levi Mulkey. Mt. Baker, Wa.[/caption] I went to another burial today. Seems like all my social outings lately are all death-related. Somebody needs to invite me to a party of a different sort. I need to remember what[..]
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  • For the Least of These

    For the Least of These

    When our twin girls turned 13 we rented a barn in a big field on the outskirts of Pendleton, Oregon. We invited all their school friends and threw an old-fashioned barn dance party. A couple of college-age kids came and taught everyone there how to[..]
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  • The County

    The County

      We were tucked into a couple of chairs at the corner diner. A wood stove burned hot in the far north corner. In the far south corner sat a gaggle of men swapping stories. The young ones wore blue jeans, fleece-lined jackets and baseball[..]
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  • Forgiveness: The Path to a Better World

    Forgiveness: The Path to a Better World

    Editor's Note: The following prayer was given to me by a World War II POW I had the honor of interviewing many years ago. He spent two years in the German POW camps. Of the 27,000 Americans taken prisoner by the Japanese, a shocking 40 percent died[..]
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  • The Promise of God

    The Promise of God

    [caption id="attachment_1246" align="aligncenter" width="644"] Mama, Daddy. Jim. Clinch Mountain. June 28, 1953.[/caption]   I woke to the beat of rain pouring down, and the far off sound of an unhappy and likely very wet dog barking. The last Christmas I woke to rain was at[..]
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  • Succotash: The Family’s Favorite Holiday Dish

    Succotash: The Family’s Favorite Holiday Dish

        Being a mother-in-law has been one of the hardest roles I've ever stepped into. There aren't a lot of resources out there to draw from, other than observation. My own mother was a terrific mother-in-law. She loved on all our spouses and cared[..]
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  • Less than Angelic

    Less than Angelic

    Daughter Ashley told me that during church service last Sunday the pastor asked for all the members of the congregation who were facing their first Christmas without a loved one to please stand. My mother would have probably hated that. She never liked anything that drew[..]
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  • Shame has a purpose

    Shame has a purpose

      Shame lost favor with the American public at about the same time Reality TV found its footing. Perhaps there is a correlation between the two? I'm not sure but I want to give a holler out to my fellow South Korean brothers and sisters[..]
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