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: Are white churches doing Christianity right?
 As Hurricane Irma barreled toward us last week, I was hunkered down at home putting the finishing touches on a less threatening story and half-listening to the television. Then at precisely the moment my husband switched the channel from the weather forecast to ABC’s “The View,” I was forced to lean in. Robert E. Lee IV...

Posted: 11 hours ago

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward us last week, I was hunkered down at home putting the finishing touches on a less threatening story and half-listening to the television. Then at precisely the moment my husband switched the channel from the weather forecast to ABC’s “The View,” I was forced to lean in. Robert E. Lee IV...
Maternal instinct
 Stephanie Scott’s mother, Jean, was never the same after giving birth to Stephanie’s little brother, William, in fall 1972.  That day marked the end of the idyllic childhood Stephanie once enjoyed when her mother threw elaborate birthday parties for her, when she’d spend days making Christmas ornaments and the two of...

Posted: 4 days ago

Stephanie Scott’s mother, Jean, was never the same after giving birth to Stephanie’s little brother, William, in fall 1972.  That day marked the end of the idyllic childhood Stephanie once enjoyed when her mother threw elaborate birthday parties for her, when she’d spend days making Christmas ornaments and the two of...
Close the business? 2 store owners killed at same location 7 years apart
 Bloodied footprints that once marked where a southwest Atlanta grocer was stabbed and killed in 2010 have long faded. But bloodshed in the area is hardly a distant memory. The owner of Southern Grocery was shot and killed Sunday, and the shooter is still on the run, Atlanta police said. Seven years ago, the owner of a similarly named...

Posted: 4 days ago

Bloodied footprints that once marked where a southwest Atlanta grocer was stabbed and killed in 2010 have long faded. But bloodshed in the area is hardly a distant memory. The owner of Southern Grocery was shot and killed Sunday, and the shooter is still on the run, Atlanta police said. Seven years ago, the owner of a similarly named...
This Life with Gracie: Teddy the Spaz Man more than a hound dog
 Teddy the Spaz Man is a 3 1/2-year-old hound mix who lives with a man, a woman, two dogs and a cat, last name Warren at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. The Warrens, Diane and Aaron, first met Teddy at a shelter in October 2014 and brought him home here to Canton, where he has lived happily ever since. You might have heard of him. He&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Teddy the Spaz Man is a 3 1/2-year-old hound mix who lives with a man, a woman, two dogs and a cat, last name Warren at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. The Warrens, Diane and Aaron, first met Teddy at a shelter in October 2014 and brought him home here to Canton, where he has lived happily ever since. You might have heard of him. He&rsquo...
This Life with Gracie: Wondering if Westside Works works? Here’s one answer
 On the eve of The Falcons-Cardinals football game a few weeks ago, Antonia Thomas sat just outside the small kitchen of West Nest and told me how the stadium restaurant has changed her life. Thomas, 43, moved with her four children from Americus eight years ago to Atlanta’s Westside just as talks of a new Falcons stadium began. She...

Posted: 7 days ago

On the eve of The Falcons-Cardinals football game a few weeks ago, Antonia Thomas sat just outside the small kitchen of West Nest and told me how the stadium restaurant has changed her life. Thomas, 43, moved with her four children from Americus eight years ago to Atlanta’s Westside just as talks of a new Falcons stadium began. She...
This Life with Gracie: Pizza and the 9/11 terrorist attack
 Every year around this time Robert Eisenhardt gets an uncontrollable urge to go outside and be alone. He knows instinctively the moment when a plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center and that he will fall part because, well, that’s what he’s always done. With the 16th anniversary of the terror attack falling on...

Posted: 11 days ago

Every year around this time Robert Eisenhardt gets an uncontrollable urge to go outside and be alone. He knows instinctively the moment when a plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center and that he will fall part because, well, that’s what he’s always done. With the 16th anniversary of the terror attack falling on...
Life with Gracie: White retired educator offers a different view of affirmative action
 Janet Hogan Chapman believes there was a time when affirmative action was needed to correct discriminatory practices against blacks and other minorities. Not anymore. “Let each be judged solely on set parameters and qualifications,” the 63-year-old retired McDonough school teacher said. Chapman was responding to the Justice Department&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

Janet Hogan Chapman believes there was a time when affirmative action was needed to correct discriminatory practices against blacks and other minorities. Not anymore. “Let each be judged solely on set parameters and qualifications,” the 63-year-old retired McDonough school teacher said. Chapman was responding to the Justice Department&rsquo...
This Life with Gracie: Mom opens up about postpartum depression
 The pregnancies were pretty easy except Amy Corn felt unusually anxious. About germs. About death. The dark moments first surfaced in 2008 when Corn was pregnant with her daughter and again in 2011 while pregnant with her son. “There were days when I felt completely hopeless, and nervous, and cried for no reason,” Corn said recently...

Posted: 13 days ago

The pregnancies were pretty easy except Amy Corn felt unusually anxious. About germs. About death. The dark moments first surfaced in 2008 when Corn was pregnant with her daughter and again in 2011 while pregnant with her son. “There were days when I felt completely hopeless, and nervous, and cried for no reason,” Corn said recently...
This Life with Gracie: Forsyth mom opens up about postpartum depression
  The pregnancies were pretty easy except Amy Corn felt unusually anxious. About germs. About death. The dark moments first surfaced in 2008 when Corn was pregnant with her daughter and again in 2011 while pregnant with her son. “There were days when I felt completely hopeless, and nervous, and cried for no reason,” Corn said...

Posted: 13 days ago

 The pregnancies were pretty easy except Amy Corn felt unusually anxious. About germs. About death. The dark moments first surfaced in 2008 when Corn was pregnant with her daughter and again in 2011 while pregnant with her son. “There were days when I felt completely hopeless, and nervous, and cried for no reason,” Corn said...
This Life with Gracie: Mom, are you suffering from postpartum depression?
 The pregnancies were pretty easy except Amy Corn felt unusually anxious. About germs. About death. The dark moments first surfaced in 2008 when Corn was pregnant with her daughter and again in 2011 while pregnant with her son. “There were days when I felt completely hopeless, and nervous, and cried for no reason,” Corn said recently...

Posted: 14 days ago

The pregnancies were pretty easy except Amy Corn felt unusually anxious. About germs. About death. The dark moments first surfaced in 2008 when Corn was pregnant with her daughter and again in 2011 while pregnant with her son. “There were days when I felt completely hopeless, and nervous, and cried for no reason,” Corn said recently...
Personal stories help counter negative images of black gay men
 One night in November 2014, Charles Stephens listened intently as black gay men rose to recount their stories — some heartbreaking, some inspiring — about homophobia, racism, HIV and other issues at an event called the Blueprint Dialogue. There was the Morehouse college senior who expressed a need for unconditional love. Small...

Posted: 17 days ago

One night in November 2014, Charles Stephens listened intently as black gay men rose to recount their stories — some heartbreaking, some inspiring — about homophobia, racism, HIV and other issues at an event called the Blueprint Dialogue. There was the Morehouse college senior who expressed a need for unconditional love. Small...