Author: Karen Spears Zacharias

  • Lessons from Muscle Shoals

    Lessons from Muscle Shoals

    Muscle Shoals. I'd venture to say most Americans of a certain age, that is to say those of us old enough to remember Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, have heard of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Muscle Shoals is one of those iconic southern towns that beckons[..]
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  • Cold River of Sorrow

    Cold River of Sorrow

    [caption id="attachment_1028" align="aligncenter" width="633"] I took the girls to Hawaii in Sept. 2001 for their high school graduation present. We'd spent 10 days reliving the history of life with my father and the impact of war. On our last morning in Hawaii we woke to[..]
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  • Spiritual Refugees

    Spiritual Refugees

    I keep thinking about the families. The ones caught up in the Driscoll/MarsHill debacle. I read the news stories, the blog posts, the Twitter feed. I take note of the wise-cracks, the I-told-you-sos, the self-righteous parading about, and I can't help but think about Mark[..]
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  • Help a Veteran

    Help a Veteran

        For the past year I have been traveling with a disabled veteran back and forth to the VA hospital in Boise, Idaho. This veteran lives in a remote area of Oregon, which makes Boise the nearest VA hospital for him. This complicates things,[..]
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  • Don’t Apologize for Men

    Don’t Apologize for Men

        I've seen it too much in my lifetime. Women, red-faced, shamed, apologizing. Not for wrongs they have done. But for the wrongs their husbands, their sons, their brothers, their fathers, their bosses have inflicted. Why do we do that? Apologize for men. Own the[..]
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  • This Marriage of Ours

    This Marriage of Ours

      "To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round[..]
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  • James Wright Foley:  Truth-Teller

    James Wright Foley: Truth-Teller

        He had been taken hostage before. In April, 2011, James Wright Foley, a freelance journalist, was held captive in Tripoli by militant forces. They released him 44 days later. While imprisoned, Foley worried about his family most of all. He wrote about that[..]
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  • Masters of Outrage

    Masters of Outrage

      It's not that words have failed me. It's just that silence seems a more fitting response to the news that has bombarded us, all of us, over the past several weeks. Outrage is our go-to response. I confess that it has been too often[..]
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  • Harvest Magic

    Harvest Magic

      It's harvest around these parts. Farmers working day and night making hay. We are surrounded on all sides of town by wheat farms.   Harvest is a crazy busy time. It's been hot as blazes around here, too. Not that it matters to those[..]
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