I remember the first time I realized what an angry people Americans are. I'd pretty much gone about life thinking that Americans overall were generally kind folks who really cared about one another. For the most part, that was the bubble in which I lived.[..]
We arrived in Des Moines about an hour before the rain did. It had been threatening to rain for about 40 miles before we arrived, so I had urged Tim to find a place for us to get our walk in before the skies opened[..]
My grandsons came for a visit. We have not seen them in six too long months. Not since Christmas. Not since the worldwide pandemic took over our lives. My daughter called before arriving: "Should we wear masks?" "Yes," I said without any hesitation whatsoever. Her[..]
Editor's note: Meet my friend Ralph Mitchell. Ralph and I grew up in the same segregated Southern town in military families and both had our lives impacted by the war in Vietnam. Ralph is a veteran, a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Reserves. He[..]
It is not lost on me that the Robert Mueller hearings are taking place on the anniversary of my father's death in Vietnam. I heard an interview with Former FBI director James Comey in which he admitted that he never expected to be fired, and[..]
There are things I regret as I look back over my life, having an abortion is no longer one of them. This month marks the 45th anniversary of the day I checked into the Medical Center in my hometown of Columbus, Georgia, for a three[..]
I had an opportunity recently to go around the neighborhood and meet my neighbors. We are all new here. I met a nurse from Texas, a soldier from Portland, a retired life flight fella who is Jewish, an immigrant from Germany, two moms of toddlers.[..]
I told Tim last night that if the students from Parkland go to march in DC I want to be there with them. When my father died in Vietnam I was only nine, which was old actually. I have friends who are visiting Vietnam this[..]
Democrat Jim Crary is not the only person looking to unseat Representative Greg Walden (Or-R) come November. There's handful of folks, women and men, hoping to take the top spot in the upcoming primary, but Crary has an edge others don't - he was on[..]
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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