On this West Virginia Morning, as an alternative to the indoor shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday, a movement called “hashtag opt outside” urges people to get closer to parks, trails, community areas and the joy of being outdoors on that particular day. Randy Yohe took full advantage of the Friday alternative, going on a Blackwater Falls State Park birding hike.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
During the Vietnam War, her father was killed in action, and his death left a major impact on Zacharias’ life and the lives of her mother and siblings.
Writing and faith helped her process the struggles of her youth, and it also gave her a pathway to remain connected to her Appalachian roots.
Zacharias later became a journalist, a nonfiction writer and novelist.
She graduated high school in Georgia, attended Berry College for a short time, and then followed her family out west to Oregon where she still lives today with her husband, Timothy. They have four children.
Zacharias earned a B.A. degree in Communications and Education from Oregon State University.
Her novel Mother of Rain is a Weatherford Award winner and was adapted for the stage by Paul Pierce.
Mother of Rain has been chosen as this year’s One Book, One West Virginia Common Reading selection.