The Art of Living

You may remember when internationally acclaimed virtuoso Joshua Bell sat up camp at a DC’s L’Enfant Plaza Metro station? Bell performed six classical pieces as nearly 1,100 people passed by him. A handful of people paused. One lady stopped to really listen.She had heard him perform at the Library of Congress days before.  She understood [Read More...]

A day in the country

I took a ride out to the country yesterday. I’ve been working hard finishing up a manuscript. (YAY!!!) The thing about writing is that it’s such a solitary activity — kind of like farming. The other thing about writing is that you have to sit still to do it. When I’ve finished a book, I [Read More...]

Thoughts on Good Christian Bitches

Christianity Today reported that they were recently contacted by a reporter asking if they had any comment about a proposed  ABC television show titled Good Christian Bitches. According to CT the proposed show has been deemed the Christian-bashing version of Desperate Housewives.  And thus begins the full frontal assault on all things Christian. There are [Read More...]

Mucked up Mothering

When my memoir — “After the Flag has been Folded” — was first published it was given another title: “Hero Mama”. (We didn’t understand at the time that men will only buy books titled Hot Mama.) There had been a good deal of flak over the title. I had wanted “After the Flag” but my [Read More...]

Why God is mad at his mama

I have this theory that has absolutely no basis in fact, whatsoever. It’s just a notion I drummed up in my head one very long day ago. It’s not even theologically sound. Let’s just say it makes about as much sense as the Big Bang theory. So indulge me, if you will.  If not go have [Read More...]

Special to CNN: My prayer

Editor’s Note: Karen Spears Zacharias is the author of After the Flag has been Folded, serves on the national advisory board for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and blogs at Patheos.com. By Karen Spears Zacharias, Special to CNN The news that Osama bin Laden is dead sent throngs of Americans into the streets hooting and hollering like Super Bowl revelers. Such [Read More...]

The Official Photo of bin Laden dead

URGENT: White House Releases official photo of bin Laden dead. bin Laden’s official death photo. You asked for it. The American public simply will not let a dead dog die. I tried to warn President Obama that releasing this photo will not appease the cynics among you. You will just protest that this is nothing [Read More...]

Revenge & Redemption

I spoke with my friend Lillian tonight. Lillian’s only daughter, Marjorie, was killed in the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon. I’ve invited Lillian, a journalist herself, to write something to share with us here. Anything she wants. If she does, I’ll be sharing that in the days ahead. I didn’t know Lillian before the 9-11 [Read More...]

Bin Laden's Legacy: The Reign of Terror Remains

The news that Bin Laden is dead sent throngs of Americans into the streets, hooting and hollering like Super Bowl revelers. Such a reaction is understandable given the tedious hunt our military has conducted. We should applaud them and their families for the sacrifices they have made, that they continue to make. It is through their [Read More...]

Tuckered thoughts

I know you all are waiting for me to comment on the announcement about Bin Laden’s death, and I do have a lot to say about that but I’m tired tonight. Too tired to speak coherently about something so important. It wasn’t a typical weekend around our household. It was  Bloomsday weekend. The time when [Read More...]

Community in all the good ways

If you haven’t been dropping by All the Church Ladies site, this is only part of what you are missing — Kooking with Konnie is on Saturday. On Sunday’s we have Scripture Stories from Sister Tater and throughout the week we have wonderful posts  like this one that Jeanne wrote on friendship, or the one [Read More...]

Prayers for the Southland

I lived through one tornado. It was the summer of 1977. I was working as a summer missionary with the Southern Baptist Convention. When I applied for the position they asked me for my first choice for service, and being a homesick Georgia girl, I put down Atlanta.  I got my 3rd choice — the Midwest. Gary. Portage. Michigan [Read More...]

When we speak out of turn

This just makes me sad. I’m bone tired of the snarky and the snide — aren’t you? The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,and his tongue speaks justice. Psalms 37:30. The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,but the mouths of fools feed on folly. Prov. 15:14 [Read more...]

Will You or Won't You?

Few things will compel me to get out of bed at o’dark-thirty in the morning: the pop of gunfire, the heat of a house fire, the caterwaul of a baby distraught, and the blast of trumpets announcing the Wedding of the Century. That’s how news anchors the world over referred to the July 29, 1981, [Read More...]

Human indignities

I’m at Sister Tater’s house this week. She had shoulder surgery this morning. It was a little rough at first — the block the doctor said would ensure her rest for 18 hours didn’t take. She came out of the surgery in some kind of hurt. But she’s home now, resting, and doing much better. [Read More...]


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