Some men were just born beside a river of melancholy. Some men live a lifetime there - Rick Bragg/The Speckled Beauty It's her birthday today. We used to celebrate with vines of red licorice. She introduced me to the treat while we were in[..]
Did you hear about the Oregon Oncology nurse who posted a bragging video on TikTok about how she travels as she likes, doesn't wear a mask when she's off work and lets her kids have unfettered play dates? You can get the story here. [..]
When the neighbors moved in next door, the very first thing I asked was that they keep their Great Dane on the north side of the house. Their Great Dane is huge. I worried about their dog tearing up the new privacy fence Tim[..]
Apparently teenagers-in-chief Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump haven't yet blown us all to smithereens. It isn't for a lack of trying. Thanks a lot for absolutely nothing, Lindsey Graham. Don't you just love it when folks who couldn't pass the entrance exam to[..]
I pulled into the driveway, dropped my head to the steering wheel and wept a hurricane of tears. I wept for Senator John McCain. I have stood in the room in Hanoi where he was imprisoned, saw the photos of the POWs of Vietnam. I've[..]
While millions tuned into the Grammys last night, I re-watched a movie I haven't seen in some 20 plus years. I'd had my fill of Kanye Lost from his weekend Twitter begging like a wayward Prosperity Gospel preacher on a midnight binge. Good for Taylor[..]
Race Elder sat in his Nashville law office alone on yet another Saturday night. He'd taken up working on Saturdays after his wife of 23 years died. One minute they'd been planning a trip to the South of France, and the next they were[..]
He's a family member, this veteran I know. But he'd have you know that he was never on the front lines, never fought in combat the way so many of my veteran friends did, the way my own daddy did. So for far too[..]
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[..]
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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