[caption id="attachment_1747" align="aligncenter" width="956"] AP Photo[/caption] For the record, I do have an uncle named James Spears. He died a few years ago. So as far as I know I am of no relation to the James Spears, the Great Titan of the Loyal[..]
My girlfriend and I were talking about things, you know the way you do when you get together with a friend you haven't visited with for awhile. We were catching up on all the family and friends goings on. Our family had a new[..]
"Every flower created by God is beautiful. The brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. If all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would[..]
If you want to teach a child to hate, you have to be a hater first. You cannot teach a child to hate if you go around loving on everybody. It is best that you model hatred from a very early age. Children are[..]
We have been expecting you. Not just your mom and dad, But all of us, The Spears Family. With each pregnancy – there have been nine of them prior to yours! – we all wondered, wished, and sometimes prayed: A girl. Maybe this time[..]
There came this point last year where I felt I had to make a decision about somethings I had been avoiding. Chiefly, should I or should I not pursue a MFA program. I've been thinking about it for a few years now but something else[..]
Here are the things Verizon didn't mention when I bought the phone & insurance: - Apple's 5c has a history of software problems - The insurance we sell is a 3rd party insurance - Even if you pay for the insurance, we will not[..]
Editor's Note: I saved a chicken once. Back in 2009. See yesterday's post. This is a story about how I tried to save another one but failed. As it turns out, not every chicken seeks salvation. Some will turn tail and run from it. I[..]
Editor's Note: The following is a true account of a true life event in which I saved a chicken in Pinehurst, North Carolina while working as an editorial writer at the FayObserver.com. Stay tuned for the next adventure in Saving Chickens. I saved a chicken[..]
The first week of June always brings Karly Sheehan to mind. It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since Karly was tortured to death on June 3, 2005 after her mother left her in the care of an angry man. That man[..]
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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