We have several healthcare professionals in our family: several nurses, a doctor of physical therapy, a physician assistant or PA, etc. My own mama became a nurse after daddy died, something I think she had wanted to do for a long time prior. When one[..]
I am married to a teacher. I have an education degree myself and have spent 30 years in and out of classrooms. I have four school age grandsons. Not surprisingly, I take this directive from Betsy DeVoss and Donald J. Trump that schools must be[..]
If you watched 60 Minutes on Sunday, you heard the desperation in the voices of medical professionals who are having to treat #Covid19 patients with what one nurse declared was "medical waste." She was referring to the inadequate PPEs they have to keep reusing because[..]
In some ways, Ted Bundy is an icon of the '70s. He mixed show biz and violence in a way that had never been done before. - Stephen Michaud [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TZ6fTYrsE[/embed] Ann Rule and I used to talk about certain murder cases. We met when I[..]
[caption id="attachment_5093" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Mother Jones & Children Shoes[/caption] Some of you know that I returned to grad school this semester to work on a Masters in Appalachian Studies. When I mentioned to my personal physician that I was going to grad school, she[..]
Editor's Note: North Carolina author Wiley Cash wrote the following opinion essay hoping it would be picked up by a North Carolina newspaper. It wasn't. So I asked if I could post it here since I have a lot of friends who live in the[..]
The Stolen Child W. B. Yeats - 1865-1939 Where dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake, There lies a leafy island Where flapping herons wake The drowsy water rats; There we've hid our faery vats, Full of berrys And of reddest stolen[..]
Friday the 13th marks the first 24 hours I have gone without a fever over the past week. If you have been following the recent blog posts you know by now that I came down sick last Saturday, went to Urgent Care on Sunday, called[..]
[caption id="attachment_5067" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Model Naomi Campbell in her new traveling gear during a pandemic. [/caption] The hospital volunteer switched the channel to the 700 Club. "Seriously?" I whispered. So she changed it to FOXNews. Sigh. I was waiting to be ushered into the isolation[..]
I have a job in which I work from home, thankfully. On days like today I come into contact with less than oh, two people. Me and the Starbucks gal. There's something to be said for solitude. My husband said this week, "You are becoming[..]
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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