We took the train to Paisley. It's about an hour ride from Ayr. The two-way trip costs about $21 USD. Paisley is home to another University of West Scotland campus. A much larger campus, it is located about a 10-minute walk from the train[..]
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It has barely been a week since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became a household name after defeating long-time incumbent Senator Joe Crowley, Democratic Caucus Chair, for New York's 14th Congressional District. Prior to that defeat, few people outside the Bronx had heard of this 28-year old intellect.[..]
Maybe it's because I belong to the club now that I notice these things. A club I am thrilled to be a member of, mind you. It took longer than I imagined and the path wasn't always easy but I'm thrilled whenever the boys run[..]
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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