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

Antoinette Tuff’s son challenges negative portrayal in memoir
 Derrick Tuff’s life began the way a lot of premature babies do — fraught with uncertainties. He was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a rare but devastating inherited disorder affecting nerves in the hands, arms, feet and legs. He also had retinopathy of prematurety, a disease that causes abnormal blood vessels to grow...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Derrick Tuff’s life began the way a lot of premature babies do — fraught with uncertainties. He was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a rare but devastating inherited disorder affecting nerves in the hands, arms, feet and legs. He also had retinopathy of prematurety, a disease that causes abnormal blood vessels to grow...
Life with Gracie: Cherokee’s first black nurse takes friend’s illness as cue to retire
 The email said that Velma Blackwell had decided to retire and her colleagues were planning to throw a celebration in her honor at Northside Hospital Cherokee. It was hard to fathom. When I met the 71-year-old nurse back in April, retirement didn’t quite figure into her future. She balked at even the suggestion because, well, the...

Posted: a day ago

The email said that Velma Blackwell had decided to retire and her colleagues were planning to throw a celebration in her honor at Northside Hospital Cherokee. It was hard to fathom. When I met the 71-year-old nurse back in April, retirement didn’t quite figure into her future. She balked at even the suggestion because, well, the...
Why we women are flocking to ‘Girls Trip’
 You know these girls. They live down the street, around the corner or across the hall. They are your ace boon coon, your BFF, family. They laugh with you and cry with you. They’re there through the good and bad, the ups and downs, through thick and thin. And whether you talked yesterday, a week ago or sometime last year, they have your...

Posted: 3 days ago

You know these girls. They live down the street, around the corner or across the hall. They are your ace boon coon, your BFF, family. They laugh with you and cry with you. They’re there through the good and bad, the ups and downs, through thick and thin. And whether you talked yesterday, a week ago or sometime last year, they have your...
How many aluminum cans does it take to build a home?
 Rashawn Medley sits on the steps of her new home, imagining the moment her empty driveway will be filled with relatives arriving for, well, no particular reason. Family doesn’t need a reason to visit. It’ll be a heady moment for the 35-year-old single mother of two. For four years they’ve shared a one-bedroom apartment always...

Posted: 8 days ago

Rashawn Medley sits on the steps of her new home, imagining the moment her empty driveway will be filled with relatives arriving for, well, no particular reason. Family doesn’t need a reason to visit. It’ll be a heady moment for the 35-year-old single mother of two. For four years they’ve shared a one-bedroom apartment always...
Life with Gracie: Diane Pfeifer’s quirky journey from hits to grits
 Listening to Diane Pfeifer recount the days of her life, I couldn’t help remembering that ancient proverb that claims a cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays. Truth or myth, some believe it foretells cats’ ability to always land on their feet, which gets me back to 66-year-old...

Posted: 10 days ago

Listening to Diane Pfeifer recount the days of her life, I couldn’t help remembering that ancient proverb that claims a cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays. Truth or myth, some believe it foretells cats’ ability to always land on their feet, which gets me back to 66-year-old...
Life with Gracie: DeKalb mom wages fight to help her autistic son
 If Rivkah Eidex had her way, Effie would be in his room down the hall, a short distance from the dining room table where she is seated telling his story. Happy. Safe like his four siblings. And weeks from now when school starts, he’d re-enroll at Druid Hills Middle School, just like last year. But Eidex has known since he was 9 months...

Posted: 14 days ago

If Rivkah Eidex had her way, Effie would be in his room down the hall, a short distance from the dining room table where she is seated telling his story. Happy. Safe like his four siblings. And weeks from now when school starts, he’d re-enroll at Druid Hills Middle School, just like last year. But Eidex has known since he was 9 months...
Life with Gracie: A campaign to pour more coffee and help more refugees
 The White House had just let it be known that it would not host an Iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It was a break with an annual tradition begun under President Bill Clinton and continued by both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama that Muslims in metro Atlanta found hard to digest. And so when...

Posted: 15 days ago

The White House had just let it be known that it would not host an Iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It was a break with an annual tradition begun under President Bill Clinton and continued by both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama that Muslims in metro Atlanta found hard to digest. And so when...
Steve Harvey welcomes 5-year-old Atlanta bookworm
 Five-year-old Daliyah Arana of Gainesville, who made national headlines earlier this year after reading more than 2,000 books, will be a guest Wednesday on the “Steve Harvey” show.   The show airs weekdays locally at 3 p.m. on FOX 5 Atlanta (WAGA).  Even at age 4, Daliyah understood how books opened the world to...

Posted: 16 days ago

Five-year-old Daliyah Arana of Gainesville, who made national headlines earlier this year after reading more than 2,000 books, will be a guest Wednesday on the “Steve Harvey” show.   The show airs weekdays locally at 3 p.m. on FOX 5 Atlanta (WAGA).  Even at age 4, Daliyah understood how books opened the world to...
Life with Gracie: Are black girls worse than white girls?
 I think sometimes about Salecia Johnson, the little girl handcuffed and arrested a few years ago after school officials called police to report she’d assaulted a principal and damaged school property. Milledgeville police said at the time that they were called to Creekside Elementary School because Salecia was allegedly throwing a tantrum...

Posted: 17 days ago

I think sometimes about Salecia Johnson, the little girl handcuffed and arrested a few years ago after school officials called police to report she’d assaulted a principal and damaged school property. Milledgeville police said at the time that they were called to Creekside Elementary School because Salecia was allegedly throwing a tantrum...
Life with Gracie: No parent should have to choose between paying rent, buying medicine
 Just weeks after she celebrated her 15th birthday on Jan. 28, 2016, doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite diagnosed Shuntica Carroll with leukemia. She had undergone only three rounds of chemotherapy treatments when doctors noticed another problem: The left side of Shuntica’s heart had been damaged by the...

Posted: 22 days ago

Just weeks after she celebrated her 15th birthday on Jan. 28, 2016, doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite diagnosed Shuntica Carroll with leukemia. She had undergone only three rounds of chemotherapy treatments when doctors noticed another problem: The left side of Shuntica’s heart had been damaged by the...
Life with Gracie: Parents who met in China to adopt children became a family, too
 As another weekend together drew to a close, four families from four states crowded around Amy Venn’s Alpharetta kitchen table. One family had already said its goodbyes and headed out the day before. Two others could not make it this year. Not because they didn’t want to but because life just demanded something else. You know...

Posted: 24 days ago

As another weekend together drew to a close, four families from four states crowded around Amy Venn’s Alpharetta kitchen table. One family had already said its goodbyes and headed out the day before. Two others could not make it this year. Not because they didn’t want to but because life just demanded something else. You know...