Two of my adult children made major moves right before the pandemic rocked the entire world and sent us into an isolation most of us had only read about in dystopian novels. Newscaster Gayle King said she spent 105 days never leaving her NYC[..]
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[..]
Tim brought back yesterday's mail this morning, along with my Starbucks coffee. This is our ritual when he is with me. I write while he picks up the coffee. Like many who are seeking to follow the medical professionals pleas, we had a quiet[..]
Editor's Note: The following is an interview I did with author Terry Kay upon the release of his latest book - The Forever Wish of Middy Sweet (Mercer Univ. Press). Set in rural Georgia, the story contrasts the present with the past and the ways in[..]
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[..]
I was standing with the buggy at Lowes. You know how it is when you move - there's a bunch of stuff you realize you need for the new home. Barstools for example. Our new kitchen has a countertop island big as a coffin. No[..]
My friend Gordon was diagnosed with cancer before we ever met. It was a type of melanoma. It appeared first as a place on his leg. The story I heard over the years was that it was gardening season and Gordon, who always planned his[..]
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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