The following is a prayer that Roger Fuchs wrote to use in a prayer service he conducts weekly. It is, I think, the most fitting prayer of all in response to yet another mass shooting: Let us pray: Dear God of creation, compassion and redemption,[..]
America is not great. America is not even good. America is a country where children are being gunned down in their schools, in their homes, in their churches. America is not great. America is not even good. America is a country where white men with[..]
Gina remembers being hungry a lot as a youngster. It's something that sticks with a person, that desperation, even years after the hunger has been satiated. Go hungry as a child and that's what you'll remember of your childhood, the way you had to scrape[..]
She started coming around the house when she was an itty-bitty thing, knee-high to a water-bug or thereabouts. She'd come to play dollies with the girls in the "museum" room. That's what everyone called the formal living room back in the day because nobody ever[..]
There are these documents most every Gold Star family has stashed somewhere. The signatures on those documents change from era to era, but the White House seal, it stays the same. The ones I have are over 50 years old now. They belonged to my mother[..]
The roads are slick with snow and ice. The sky is grey and foreboding. Holed up here in my office, thinking of Karly Sheehan. Today is her birthday. Or the day that marks what is her 15th birthday, although Karly died at age 3. Tortured,[..]
Maybe it's the Orlando shooting. Maybe it's the access to military-style weapons. Maybe it's 13 months of temperatures rising. Maybe it's Donald Trump. I've been torn from pillar to post over one thing over another lately. I find myself discombobulated much of the time.[..]
Last night I started randomly receiving a series of text messages from daughter Ashley. At first, I thought she was sending me silly things my grandsons say. Just recently she sent me a note saying that Sullivan had asked if she could go get his[..]
Several years ago, I was approached by a young boy outside a classroom. "Do you have a knife I can borrow?" he asked. "A knife?" I replied. "Why do you need a knife, Jack?" "Because I am going to kill that girl," he replied. Jack[..]
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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