Flannery’s Prayers Made Public

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  Somewhere in my office, or perhaps in the garage, are the journals I kept as a college student, and as a young married woman. Included in those papers are drafts of my wedding vows, and drafts of letters I penned but never mailed to that boyfriend I didn’t marry. The journals are almost all [Read More...]

Radio Interview: Mother of Rain. Appearance The Dalles. Friday 5 p.m.

Gorge News Center Audio Interview with Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Mother of Rain, at Klindt’s tonight on November 15, 2013 ·  Mother of Rain is one of the best books that I have read in the last five years. Karen Spears Zacharias has a wonderful sense of place, a terrific way with dialogue, and firm grip on the emotional [Read More...]

Obamacare’s Sticker Shock

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  I voted for Obama twice. After President George W. Bush foolishly led us headstrong, willy-nilly into an ill-conceived war I was eager to put anybody running against the GOP into office. At least I had the good sense to only vote for Bush the first term. Yes, I am one of those independent-minded people [Read More...]

It’s My Birthday

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It’s my birthday. The very first in my life without the woman who birthed me. I’d post one of those photos here. You know the kind with the mother kneeling beside her daughter or son, as they blow out their candles, but I don’t have a single photo of me and my mother on my [Read More...]

Gone off the Farm

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  It’s her daddy’s fist slamming the table that Diane Carlson Evans remembers whenever she thinks back to that morning in 1966 when she broke the news to her family that she was headed to Vietnam. “I can still see his hand leaving that coffee cup,”Evans said. “That tight fist on the table, then he walked out [Read More...]

Un-Fan Mail: Silence of Mockingbirds

Today Inbox: Un-fan Mail for A Silence of Mockingbirds Mrs. Zacharias,   First let me introduce myself.  I am a longtime friend of not just Sarah’s but the Brill’s having known them since I was 4.  Sarah was my first friend when I moved to Pendleton, and being painfully shy it was hard to find friends, [Read More...]

Hobbling Faith

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I took an ailing veteran to the VA Center in Boise, Idaho this week. He’s a young fellow, in his mid-forties. A big lug of a guy, 6′ 3″, and hauling around too much weight on his broken frame of a body. Twenty years ago, when he was all taut muscle and in running form, [Read More...]

Giveaway: A Confident Heart

Swope

Ever have one of those times when:  We switched our sons’ school, we adopted a baby from Ethiopia  our twelve-year-old got swine flu the week before we went to Africa and we all got sick while we were there. At the same time, our adopted daughter had pneumonia and wanted nothing to do with us … [Read More...]

Cultivating Curiosity: Bruccoli & Fitzgerald

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I once held F. Scott Fitzgerald’s battered leather briefcase in my trembling hands. “Most libraries are showrooms. This place is a mess. This is my workroom,” said Dr. Matthew J. Bruccoli. It was the spring of 2005 and the preeminent F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar and collector was giving me a guided tour at the University of South [Read More...]

If Oprah ever asks what one thing I know…

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She stood across the table from me unable to speak. A catch in her throat, she said. You see, I read your other book, A Silence of Mockingbirds, the one on Karly Sheehan. I started following your blog. It was such a powerful book. Can you tell me, she said, pausing again, tearing up: How [Read More...]

Drinking from toilets

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  So the thing is I hate November. I should probably seek therapy for hating a month. I mean, it’s not like a month is a living, breathing, hating thing. It’s just days in a year-long calendar, right? I think the only other person in the world who might feel like I do is Joe [Read More...]

Writing Workshop: Clarkston, Wa.

NW Writers

Developing Unforgettable Characters: A Writing Workshop Event Details Date(s) & Time(s): November 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM Location: Downtown Asotin County Library, 417 Sycamore, Clarkston, WA. Phone: (509) 758-5454 for more information Event Description Calling all writers and aspiring authors: Do you know how to create truly unforgettable characters? Are you hamstrung [Read More...]

Re-homing: Lastest fad in Child Trafficking

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Re-homing. It has such a welcoming sound to it, doesn’t it? Like a bird who returns south for a season. Or the once homeless now resettled into a comfy place. In reality, it’s the verbiage assigned to the very ugly practice of parents swapping out adopted children they no longer want. Reuters reports: “As nations [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll: On the attack

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Jesus is not a pansy or a pacifist -Mark Driscoll Pansy: a usually disparaging :  a. weak or effeminate man or boy b. usually disparaging :  a male homosexual Pacifist:  adverb: strongly and actively opposed to conflict and especially war.   Over at Religion News Service, Jonathan Merritt reports that Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll has outraged several well-known Christians with [Read More...]

Definitely a Big Deal

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The call came the other night. A family member wanting to let me know that Dave Matheny had passed away earlier that morning, surrounded by the family who loved him so well. Dave Matheny was a farmer from out Heppner way. An avid outdoorsman, Matheny was scouting for elk in Oregon’s Morrow County on Sept. [Read More...]


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