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: Counselor’s compassion to family helps anchor student’s future
 So often we get so caught up in our differences that we forget, whether we admit it or not, that at our core we’re all the same. We all bleed red. We all want to be loved and accepted. We’re all human. Keep that in mind as you read the story of 15-year-old Jemariya Patterson and her mom La Toya, who at just 34 years of age has...

Posted: 3 days ago

So often we get so caught up in our differences that we forget, whether we admit it or not, that at our core we’re all the same. We all bleed red. We all want to be loved and accepted. We’re all human. Keep that in mind as you read the story of 15-year-old Jemariya Patterson and her mom La Toya, who at just 34 years of age has...
This Life: What hurting teens in school may need most: A listener who cares
 In any given school week, Kara Thompson sees as many as 38 students who need her help. Sometimes the need is as simple as a word of encouragement and other times as complicated as finding them a place to stay. As often as she can, she does whatever it takes to fulfill those needs. However and whenever she can. At just 29, Thompson, a site...

Posted: 5 days ago

In any given school week, Kara Thompson sees as many as 38 students who need her help. Sometimes the need is as simple as a word of encouragement and other times as complicated as finding them a place to stay. As often as she can, she does whatever it takes to fulfill those needs. However and whenever she can. At just 29, Thompson, a site...
This Life: #MeToo movement inspires Marietta mom to seek justice
 For the longest time, Empress Rellise accepted other people’s impressions of her. She was, in their eyes, a promiscuous whore, a nymphomaniac. The problem with that is she never had a choice in the matter. No 5-year-old girl, or boy for that matter, ever does. Most 5-year-olds know their address and phone number. They can recognize...

Posted: 9 days ago

For the longest time, Empress Rellise accepted other people’s impressions of her. She was, in their eyes, a promiscuous whore, a nymphomaniac. The problem with that is she never had a choice in the matter. No 5-year-old girl, or boy for that matter, ever does. Most 5-year-olds know their address and phone number. They can recognize...
This Life with Gracie: Prison chaplain gets a pardon
 For a long time, Omar Howard had waited for his answer, but when it came, when he saw the letter from the Georgia Department of Pardons and Parole in his mailbox last week, he couldn’t bring himself to open it. He was just too scared it was another “no,” and he’d grown tired of the rejection. “I didn’t...

Posted: 10 days ago

For a long time, Omar Howard had waited for his answer, but when it came, when he saw the letter from the Georgia Department of Pardons and Parole in his mailbox last week, he couldn’t bring himself to open it. He was just too scared it was another “no,” and he’d grown tired of the rejection. “I didn’t...
This Life: Gate City Bar president helping the village that helped him
 Clyde Mize was attending a forum last year at Douglass High School, when a handful of teachers stood to lament the proposed shutdown of their elementary school in southwest Atlanta. They weren’t just a school, they were a close-knit community that not only provided classroom instruction but emotional support to students and even...

Posted: 12 days ago

Clyde Mize was attending a forum last year at Douglass High School, when a handful of teachers stood to lament the proposed shutdown of their elementary school in southwest Atlanta. They weren’t just a school, they were a close-knit community that not only provided classroom instruction but emotional support to students and even...
This Life with Gracie: Life after Chipper Jones and divorce
 Karin Luise’s Facebook post was simple and straightforward. “From my heart, I want to congratulate Chipper for making it into the Hall of Fame. He was an incredibly talented, passionate ball player. We had quite a ride together from the years in the minor leagues through injuries, the strike, the highs and lows, the best World...

Posted: 17 days ago

Karin Luise’s Facebook post was simple and straightforward. “From my heart, I want to congratulate Chipper for making it into the Hall of Fame. He was an incredibly talented, passionate ball player. We had quite a ride together from the years in the minor leagues through injuries, the strike, the highs and lows, the best World...
This Life: Why Women’s March hat moniker strikes me wrong
 A year after they were introduced as a symbol for the Women’s March, those outrageous pink hats, to my dismay, were back in the news last week. I had hoped I’d seen the last of them, but just as sure as seconds turn to minutes, annual anniversaries come and wouldn’t you know this year marked the first anniversary of both...

Posted: 19 days ago

A year after they were introduced as a symbol for the Women’s March, those outrageous pink hats, to my dismay, were back in the news last week. I had hoped I’d seen the last of them, but just as sure as seconds turn to minutes, annual anniversaries come and wouldn’t you know this year marked the first anniversary of both...
 Software exec brawls for kids
 Eddie Capel stepped into the ring one spring night in 1981 and knew instinctively the mostly Irish crowd, downing glasses of Guinness, wanted to see blood. His opponent, a 19-year-old who was leaner and taller, gave it to them, pummeling Capel to the head hard and often. “He didn’t knock me out but there was indeed plenty of blood...

Posted: 23 days ago

Eddie Capel stepped into the ring one spring night in 1981 and knew instinctively the mostly Irish crowd, downing glasses of Guinness, wanted to see blood. His opponent, a 19-year-old who was leaner and taller, gave it to them, pummeling Capel to the head hard and often. “He didn’t knock me out but there was indeed plenty of blood...
This Life with Gracie: Overseas work makes nurse long for more merciful immigration policy
 When Connie Venuso arrived in Bangladesh late last year, she’d seen enough refugee camps, cared for enough of their sick to know life in these places can be untenable. That kind of bird’s-eye view allows us to look at people as just “people” and not make any judgments. And so having looked into the faces of thousands...

Posted: 24 days ago

When Connie Venuso arrived in Bangladesh late last year, she’d seen enough refugee camps, cared for enough of their sick to know life in these places can be untenable. That kind of bird’s-eye view allows us to look at people as just “people” and not make any judgments. And so having looked into the faces of thousands...
Life with Gracie: ‘Rewind’: Atlanta Women’s Chorus takes a look back
 After 16 years supervising performing arts teachers in Cobb County schools, Melissa Arasi was starting to miss being in the classroom, making music, so much so she’d fancied starting her own chorus. As fate would have it one day in 2012, she discovered a former Walton High School student singing with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus...

Posted: 26 days ago

After 16 years supervising performing arts teachers in Cobb County schools, Melissa Arasi was starting to miss being in the classroom, making music, so much so she’d fancied starting her own chorus. As fate would have it one day in 2012, she discovered a former Walton High School student singing with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus...
This Life with Gracie: I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. message to empower girls goes national
 On Saturday, the nonprofit I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Inc. hosted its annual Pink Pajama Jam, by all measures the biggest slumber party eyes have ever seen. Try and imagine mothers and daughters dressed in their best pink jammies, talking into the night about the things that matter most to them, things that have changed and will change...

10:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

On Saturday, the nonprofit I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Inc. hosted its annual Pink Pajama Jam, by all measures the biggest slumber party eyes have ever seen. Try and imagine mothers and daughters dressed in their best pink jammies, talking into the night about the things that matter most to them, things that have changed and will change...