Gracie Bonds Staples

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Gracie Bonds Staples is a lifestyle writer for AJC. She joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July 2000, after stints at the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, Sacramento Bee, Raleigh Times and two Mississippi dailies . Gracie graduated in 1979 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She and her husband Jimmy Staples have two daughters, Jamila and Asha.

Latest from Gracie Bonds Staples

This Life with Gracie: Druid Hills Fulbright scholar headed to Greece
 At the end of another school day early this month, I met Vincent Gray again in the teacher’s lounge at Druid Hills High School. It was the second time in just two years. The first time, a parent had reached out to tell me what a great teacher Gray is, the kind that not only teaches students facts, but how to think critically. After...

Posted: 3 days ago

At the end of another school day early this month, I met Vincent Gray again in the teacher’s lounge at Druid Hills High School. It was the second time in just two years. The first time, a parent had reached out to tell me what a great teacher Gray is, the kind that not only teaches students facts, but how to think critically. After...
This Life with Gracie: What is nonviolent domestic abuse?
 A year after her husband died in May 2013, Angie Racine was still reliving the emotional abuse she says she suffered during their marriage. Like a lot of women, she didn’t consider the secrets he kept — his drug use and money problems — harmful. When he died in May 2013 of colon cancer, Racine found herself processing their...

Posted: 5 days ago

A year after her husband died in May 2013, Angie Racine was still reliving the emotional abuse she says she suffered during their marriage. Like a lot of women, she didn’t consider the secrets he kept — his drug use and money problems — harmful. When he died in May 2013 of colon cancer, Racine found herself processing their...
This Life with Gracie: Thanks to Habitat, another family is home for the holidays
 Next week, Jamilah Najeeullah will sit down to a table surrounded by family and spread with a large turkey, turnip greens, dressing and all the trimmings that make Thanksgiving Day special. And in keeping with family tradition, she and nearly 20 others will take their turn at reciting the thing for which they are most grateful. For 64-year-old...

Posted: 6 days ago

Next week, Jamilah Najeeullah will sit down to a table surrounded by family and spread with a large turkey, turnip greens, dressing and all the trimmings that make Thanksgiving Day special. And in keeping with family tradition, she and nearly 20 others will take their turn at reciting the thing for which they are most grateful. For 64-year-old...
Mom says Tripp Halstead doing well
 Tripp Halstead was expected to return home Wednesday after a bout with pneumonia sent him to the hospital Monday. Stacy Halstead said she noticed her son’s temperature starting to drop a little below normal on Sunday and that he struggled to breath. When he didn’t get any better, they took him to Athens Regional Hospital, where...

Posted: 7 days ago

Tripp Halstead was expected to return home Wednesday after a bout with pneumonia sent him to the hospital Monday. Stacy Halstead said she noticed her son’s temperature starting to drop a little below normal on Sunday and that he struggled to breath. When he didn’t get any better, they took him to Athens Regional Hospital, where...
This Life with Gracie: HIV quarantine? No. Better access to health care? Yes, by all means
 Last month, Georgia Rep. Betty Price set off a national firestorm when she asked a state health official whether people with HIV could be legally quarantined. It wasn’t the first time the word and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, ended up in the same sentence, of course. We heard it a lot in 1985, when 51 percent of respondents in a...

Posted: 7 days ago

Last month, Georgia Rep. Betty Price set off a national firestorm when she asked a state health official whether people with HIV could be legally quarantined. It wasn’t the first time the word and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, ended up in the same sentence, of course. We heard it a lot in 1985, when 51 percent of respondents in a...
Mom in overdose case still in jail
 A 28-year-old Snellville mom was still in jail late Saturday after store employees found her with a needle in her arm on the bathroom floor of the Kroger on Scenic Highway in Snellville, police said. Her 18-month-old son was crying nearby in a child safety seat when the woman was found in the store earlier this week. Jessica C. Widner, who...

Posted: 10 days ago

A 28-year-old Snellville mom was still in jail late Saturday after store employees found her with a needle in her arm on the bathroom floor of the Kroger on Scenic Highway in Snellville, police said. Her 18-month-old son was crying nearby in a child safety seat when the woman was found in the store earlier this week. Jessica C. Widner, who...
Police: Mother overdoses on heroin in store bathroom with child nearby
 A Snellville mother who overdosed on heroin Tuesday in a grocery-store bathroom remained in jail Saturday, charged with child cruelty, police said.  Jessica C. Widner, 28, was found with a needle in her arm on the bathroom floor of the Kroger on Scenic Highway in Snellville, police said. Her 18-month-old son was crying nearby in a child...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Snellville mother who overdosed on heroin Tuesday in a grocery-store bathroom remained in jail Saturday, charged with child cruelty, police said.  Jessica C. Widner, 28, was found with a needle in her arm on the bathroom floor of the Kroger on Scenic Highway in Snellville, police said. Her 18-month-old son was crying nearby in a child...
For father-son business duo, every day is Veterans Day
 Metro Atlantans, drawn by the usual pomp and ceremony, braved cool temperatures Saturday to pay tribute to America’s veterans at area events. It’s a special kindness that veterans can depend on at least one day out of the year, but for father and son Lowell and Scott Hester, the day isn’t particularly special. “To...

Posted: 10 days ago

Metro Atlantans, drawn by the usual pomp and ceremony, braved cool temperatures Saturday to pay tribute to America’s veterans at area events. It’s a special kindness that veterans can depend on at least one day out of the year, but for father and son Lowell and Scott Hester, the day isn’t particularly special. “To...
8 tips to consider before your church falls victim to gun violence
 Tuesday morning, two days after a gunman killed 26 people during a morning church service in Texas, the Rev. Bruce Cook awakened to find himself still shell-shocked like the rest of us. Unlike the rest of us, Cook, who spent nearly three decades as a parole examiner and chaplain in local jails and state and federal correctional systems...

Posted: 12 days ago

Tuesday morning, two days after a gunman killed 26 people during a morning church service in Texas, the Rev. Bruce Cook awakened to find himself still shell-shocked like the rest of us. Unlike the rest of us, Cook, who spent nearly three decades as a parole examiner and chaplain in local jails and state and federal correctional systems...
Please tell me: Who do you think is the good Samaritan in this tale?
 I might have dismissed her judgment of me out of hand, but she called me sister. Sister as opposed to racist, like so many others. Sister instead of some other rather graphic label. She called me Sister in Christ. Sisters who are polar opposites apparently when it comes to loving your neighbor as yourself. It rang like old news. It wasn&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

I might have dismissed her judgment of me out of hand, but she called me sister. Sister as opposed to racist, like so many others. Sister instead of some other rather graphic label. She called me Sister in Christ. Sisters who are polar opposites apparently when it comes to loving your neighbor as yourself. It rang like old news. It wasn&rsquo...
What if developmental disabilities get between you and playing ball?
 Less than two years ago, Taylor Duncan’s dream for a baseball league that welcomed teens and adults with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental and intellectual disabilities was just that. A dream. He tried desperately to join one league after another, but each time, he was rejected. Coaches decided he just wasn’t cut out...

Posted: 19 days ago

Less than two years ago, Taylor Duncan’s dream for a baseball league that welcomed teens and adults with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental and intellectual disabilities was just that. A dream. He tried desperately to join one league after another, but each time, he was rejected. Coaches decided he just wasn’t cut out...