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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

Life with Gracie: Gwinnett single mom makes medical history
 You might say Danielle Ward has lived her entire life for days like this. Rushing off to yet another hospital to train for the day she becomes a full-fledged Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The thought of such a thing ever happening began, she said recently, when she was no more than 5 and witnessed a doctor perform surgery on television...

Posted: a day ago

You might say Danielle Ward has lived her entire life for days like this. Rushing off to yet another hospital to train for the day she becomes a full-fledged Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The thought of such a thing ever happening began, she said recently, when she was no more than 5 and witnessed a doctor perform surgery on television...
Life with Gracie: 3 friends make cut for YWCA annual ‘Woman of Achievement’ award
 For more than three decades, the YWCA has been honoring women for their commitment and contributions to Atlanta, women who embody the organization’s mission to eliminate racism and empower other women. In recent years, Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, the Rev. Joanna Adams, and Billye Aaron...

Posted: 3 days ago

For more than three decades, the YWCA has been honoring women for their commitment and contributions to Atlanta, women who embody the organization’s mission to eliminate racism and empower other women. In recent years, Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, the Rev. Joanna Adams, and Billye Aaron...
Child support scofflaws given alternative to jail
 John C. Cook’s life was a mess. He was divorced, and child support payments for his three children were so far in arrears he feared there was no way to catch up. Then in May 2005, the law intervened. Cook landed in jail for driving under the influence and he was held on contempt for missed child support payments. Instead of the judge...

Posted: 7 days ago

John C. Cook’s life was a mess. He was divorced, and child support payments for his three children were so far in arrears he feared there was no way to catch up. Then in May 2005, the law intervened. Cook landed in jail for driving under the influence and he was held on contempt for missed child support payments. Instead of the judge...
Life with Gracie: Flipside of ‘13 Reasons Why’: Grady program helps women choose to live
 You notice Stephanie Ball’s eyes brighten the moment there’s any mention of her toolbox. For years before she discovered Grady’s Nia Project, Ball couldn’t think of one reason why she should live. It seemed everyone she encountered, she said, “used me up, then spit me out.” After years of abuse &mdash...

Posted: 8 days ago

You notice Stephanie Ball’s eyes brighten the moment there’s any mention of her toolbox. For years before she discovered Grady’s Nia Project, Ball couldn’t think of one reason why she should live. It seemed everyone she encountered, she said, “used me up, then spit me out.” After years of abuse &mdash...
Life with Gracie: First school in decades opens in English Avenue
 One afternoon recently, Benjamin Wills took me on a quick tour of Peace Preparatory Academy, its well-appointed classrooms and new playground, then led me to a small second-story office to explain how the small English Avenue school came to be. Wills, a 30-year-old bespectacled father of three with a penchant for slim jeans and bow ties,...

Posted: 10 days ago

One afternoon recently, Benjamin Wills took me on a quick tour of Peace Preparatory Academy, its well-appointed classrooms and new playground, then led me to a small second-story office to explain how the small English Avenue school came to be. Wills, a 30-year-old bespectacled father of three with a penchant for slim jeans and bow ties,...
Life with Gracie: AID Atlanta takes its case against CDC to court
 AID Atlanta filed suit Thursday against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claiming the federal agency’s decision to defund it threatens the delivery of HIV testing and prevention services to the community most at risk of getting the deadly virus — young, black gay and bisexual men. The suit, filed in the United States...

Posted: 14 days ago

AID Atlanta filed suit Thursday against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claiming the federal agency’s decision to defund it threatens the delivery of HIV testing and prevention services to the community most at risk of getting the deadly virus — young, black gay and bisexual men. The suit, filed in the United States...
Life with Gracie: Why you’re getting bad customer service and not just from airlines
 When it comes to customer relations, the airlines have had a bad couple of months. Denying boarding to teens for wearing leggings. Dragging a passenger from his seat because he refused to give it up for an employee. Booting a family over the use of a seat even though they were paying customers. If you’ve bought into the old adage...

Posted: 17 days ago

When it comes to customer relations, the airlines have had a bad couple of months. Denying boarding to teens for wearing leggings. Dragging a passenger from his seat because he refused to give it up for an employee. Booting a family over the use of a seat even though they were paying customers. If you’ve bought into the old adage...
Life with Gracie: Champion swimmer in race against childhood cancer
 There was no reason to think the eye infection plaguing Mary Ellen Warta’s 3-year-old son Jonas was anything more than pink eye, but it just wouldn’t heal. Both she and her husband, Geoff, had been diligent in following doctor’s orders, administering drops to Jonas’ right eye on time and as scheduled. For weeks...

Posted: 21 days ago

There was no reason to think the eye infection plaguing Mary Ellen Warta’s 3-year-old son Jonas was anything more than pink eye, but it just wouldn’t heal. Both she and her husband, Geoff, had been diligent in following doctor’s orders, administering drops to Jonas’ right eye on time and as scheduled. For weeks...
Life with Gracie: Trying to reconnect with your dreams? It might be time to pursue ‘Oola’
 More than 60 years ago, Langston Hughes penned one of the most famous poems of the Harlem Renaissance, “What Happens to a Dream Deferred?” Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore — And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over — like a syrupy sweet? Now come Troy Amdahl...

Posted: 22 days ago

More than 60 years ago, Langston Hughes penned one of the most famous poems of the Harlem Renaissance, “What Happens to a Dream Deferred?” Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore — And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over — like a syrupy sweet? Now come Troy Amdahl...
Life with Gracie: If you’re grateful I-85 is reopening sooner, say amen
 I’m grateful for any amount of highway lanes above one. I didn’t know that, of course, until very recently when my twice-weekly commute to church turned into a short road trip. Thursdays to and from choir rehearsal have always been considerable — the trip down I-85 more than the trip northward toward home — but I&rsquo...

Posted: 23 days ago

I’m grateful for any amount of highway lanes above one. I didn’t know that, of course, until very recently when my twice-weekly commute to church turned into a short road trip. Thursdays to and from choir rehearsal have always been considerable — the trip down I-85 more than the trip northward toward home — but I&rsquo...
Life with Gracie: Homeless youths more likely to be bought and sold for sex
 Je’Brial Lee talks about her years in metro Atlanta’s sex trade the way one talks about a day at the office, only she was posing in sexy outfits, naked inside cages and performing untold sex acts. “For me, it was business, easy money in my hand,” she says matter-of-factly. For three years — from ages 14 to 17...

4:17 PM Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

Je’Brial Lee talks about her years in metro Atlanta’s sex trade the way one talks about a day at the office, only she was posing in sexy outfits, naked inside cages and performing untold sex acts. “For me, it was business, easy money in my hand,” she says matter-of-factly. For three years — from ages 14 to 17...