Hardly anyone ever mentions the people we don't miss at the family gatherings. I don't mean those we love who have gone on to what I hope is an eternal celebration and not an eternal rest. I'm talking about the people who no longer gather[..]
There's a search underway in the town of Ayrshire, Scotland for the Baby Jesus. Someone stole the infant from the manager where he lay sleeping, no crib for his bed. Alec Kelly, who built the nativity scene out of the kindness of his[..]
The first hint Myrlie had that her boy Dane was up to no good happened on Wednesday night. She’d come into the kitchen through the back door and seen Dane sitting at the dinette table fingering his way through a wad of dollar bills. He[..]
She sent me an email, this woman I didn't know. Let's call her Ginger. There was this story I had written a while back about an Army Ranger. Ginger thought I ought to know the truth about him. We had met by chance, this[..]
They say the Egyptians created time, measuring life by light and darkness, by the turning of shadows. I don't know how people measured their lives before the invention of sundials and clocks, second-hands and tick-tocks. I am not sure if night-shift work was a thing[..]
Morning Devotion: Isaiah 1 Go home and wash up. Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings so I don’t have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand[..]
Tim stopped by the front office where he works last week and apologized to all the women there on behalf of all the wrongs men have perpetuated, continue to perpetuate, against women. It wasn't a planned apology. It was spontaneous and heartfelt. As the[..]
As of late, our family discussions have revolved around duplicitous people. You've met a few in your lifetime, I'm sure. You know the person who pees on your leg and tells you it's raining. The person who pulls you in for that tight embrace moments[..]
Author/Journalist Karen Spears Zacharias is a Gold Star daughter and an alumni of Oregon State University.
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.
Karen's upcoming book 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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