I am of that bridge generation. I remember when lives were private matters, when the only persons who knew the latest news and most of the town's gossip were the Baptist preacher and the party-line operator. But that was another life-time ago. A time before[..]
Joseph Galloway is a military correspondent and former columnist who frequently reported from war zones and is co-author of "We were Soldiers Once … and Young." In November 1965, Galloway embedded with the 1st Calvary Division in the first major battle of the Vietnam[..]
I suppose it was inevitable, still it caught me completely off-guard. I suffered a lot of nightmares as a child and even through my college years. Just ask my college roommates. I'm sure I've been the talk of their dinner party laughter for dozens of[..]
Mr. & Ms. Politician: I heard you on the radio the other day. Public Broadcast, my favorite station. I listen to it every morning. Lately, though, I've taken to turning it off. Or not even turning it on. I don't like starting my day angry[..]
I was driving over the pass today, headed from one state to the next, from one grandson to the next, from one daughter to the next, doing that thing women have done ever since we could stand on our own two feet - helping. It[..]
As if the NFL wasn't knee-deep in dookey already. Now comes a report that they charged the military millions to "pay tribute" to the troops. According to Military.com, this has been a common practice: The Guard paid NFL teams $5.6 million in 2013 and 2014.[..]
I don't write about her much. My own family has always been fair game. When you grow a writer in the family there are no more family secrets. Everything and everyone is a story-in-the-making. But my in-laws didn't raise a writer. So they didn't[..]
God is an orphan. As far as any of us know, he had no father, no mother. He had to learn to scrap by on his own from the earliest of time. He didn't have a mother to tell him when to switch the lights[..]
Oh, my, lands. Did you see the photo of Princess/Duchess Kate a mere 12 hours after delivering her daughter who weighed over 8 pounds? She looks amazing! I mean her hair is washed, dried and curled. She is smiling jubilantly. And who can blame[..]
Karen Spears Zacharias is an Appalachian writer, a former journalist, and author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction.
She holds a MA in Appalachian Studies from Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and a MA in Creative Media Practice from the University of West Scotland, Ayr, Scotland.
Her debut novel Mother of Rain received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction from The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College, Kentucky.
Zacharias was named Appalachian Heritage Writer in 2018 by Shepherd University.
Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and in numerous anthologies.
She lives at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in Deschutes County, Oregon, where she’s an active member of the League of Women Voters and Central Oregon Writers Guild. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. A Gold Star daughter, she is a fierce advocate for democratic principles and women’s rights.
Zacharias taught First-Amendment Rights at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, and continues to teach at writing workshops around the country.
Her forthcoming novel No Perfect Mothers will be released by Mercer University Press, Spring 2024.
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