It's a two-and-half hour trip by train from Ayr to Edinburgh, and that's if you can make the connections in a timely fashion. But the trains are comfortable and make for a good place to read or catch up with a friend. I am always[..]
On Saturday, we took the train into Glasgow, unaware that we would be joined by fellas headed to the football game. The train has never really been crowded during any of our trips. Saturday was different. It was only 10 in the a.m. but that[..]
Castle road signs are not uncommon in Scotland. Catch bus 361 at Smith Road near the Burns memorial and ride it south for 20 minutes to the stop in Dunure. It’s not the way Mary Queen of Scots did it in August of 1563,[..]
I took a trip with Ellen to Glasgow this week. We had several events lined up. I had hoped to get to the Museum of Modern Art but by the time we found it, replete with sunflowers in remembrance of Ukrainians, we had to hurry[..]
I've read stories about the dying process, about those who claim to have died and come back to life had this moment where they were in the upper corner of the room looking down on their dying selves and their loved ones grieving. Perhaps[..]
Author/Journalist Karen Spears Zacharias is a Gold Star daughter and an alumna of Oregon State University, Shepherd University and University of West Scotland.
Karen's work has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America.
Her debut novel, Mother of Rain (Mercer University Press), received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction from Berea College and was adapted for the stage by Georgia's Historic State Theater, The Springer. In 2018, Karen was named Appalachian Heritage Writer by Shepherd University, and Mother of Rain was chosen as the One Book One West Virginia Read.
Her first true crime book A Silence of Mockingbirds was chosen by the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the One City Read.
The Murder Gene is her second true crime work.
Karen and her husband, Tim, make their home in Deschutes County, Oregon.
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