Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • Keeping it Weird and Loud

    Keeping it Weird and Loud

      I have lived in Portland at various times of my adult life. First as a college student, then as a young married woman. My three older children were all born in the Greater Portland area. I was living there when Mt. St. Helen's erupted.[..]
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  • Death without a Funeral

    Death without a Funeral

      This was going to be the blog post in which I announced that daughter Konnie and her husband are expecting wee ones. I had it all written in my mind. I was going to share with you how long a struggle this has been[..]
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  • What we can do

    What we can do

      I leave town for a few days and I be dadgum if the whole world didn't fall apart. There are wildfires brewing in Wenatchee. Bombs dropping in Gaza. People shooting down  passengers planes from the sky over the Ukraine. And let's not forget the[..]
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  • A Good Kind of Lonely

    A Good Kind of Lonely

      I was talking with a friend recently. She's moved to a new community, started a new job, is in a new relationship. To the casual observer everything looks hunky-dorey. Everything is hunky-dorey most of the time. But there are these moments - moments like[..]
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  • Dookyheaded Fraud

    Dookyheaded Fraud

      There I was, sitting in that red chair, the one next to the window where I can watch the finches feed, when the phone call came. It was 7:30 p.m. The yellow finch was at the feeder. It was a phone number I did[..]
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  • If Hell had levels …

    If Hell had levels …

      It's hot as blazes around here. That's what I told my buddy Charlie when he called from Boston. Just imagine shoveling all the snow in the winter, he said.  That will put it in perspective. I don't have to imagine shoveling snow in the[..]
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  • Spying: Who gives a bong?

    Spying: Who gives a bong?

      You might worry, too, if your last name was Zacharias. Did you see the report that the National Security Agency and FBI have breached the privacy of US citizens? Not surprisingly there isn't a Jones, Brown, Greene, or Smith in the bunch. But there[..]
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  • Mad Diva’s Meltdown

    Mad Diva’s Meltdown

      We all have these delusions about ourselves. Theses lines in the sand that we draw.  These: I would never  Not in a million years Over my dead body They'd have to horse whip me first  You know what's embedded in such remarks, don't you?  Yeah,[..]
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  • To expose or not to expose

    To expose or not to expose

    Those of you over 50 likely remember the Coppertone ad from our youth:   During its heyday, this ad was considered cute. Sweet. Humorous. But we were a different society then. Nobody owned personal computers. Social Media wasn't a phrase. Facebook's founder hadn't even been[..]
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