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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.

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Rape survivors hopeful campus rape bill will still die
 Lisa Anderson was raped late one evening in the fall of 2003, while attending graduate school at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her hair had barely grown back after surgery to remove a brain tumor, but for the first time in a long while she was feeling hopeful. She was at a reception for graduate students that night when she...

Posted: 23 minutes ago

Lisa Anderson was raped late one evening in the fall of 2003, while attending graduate school at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her hair had barely grown back after surgery to remove a brain tumor, but for the first time in a long while she was feeling hopeful. She was at a reception for graduate students that night when she...
Life with Gracie: Oprah network actress is star teacher at Georgia academy
 Fans of the Oprah Winfrey television series “Greenleaf” know her as Janice Turner, the mother of one of Mac’s alleged sexual abuse victims. At Clayton County’s Utopian Academy for the Arts, she’s Ms. Jackson, actress, artist in residence and drama teacher. That’s one interesting tidbit you may not have...

Posted: a day ago

Fans of the Oprah Winfrey television series “Greenleaf” know her as Janice Turner, the mother of one of Mac’s alleged sexual abuse victims. At Clayton County’s Utopian Academy for the Arts, she’s Ms. Jackson, actress, artist in residence and drama teacher. That’s one interesting tidbit you may not have...
Life with Gracie: From mother to daughter: Wishing you a love that lasts
 Last Saturday, my daughter Asha married her best friend at Agnes Scott College’s Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, a stunning, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired sanctuary. We’d been planning this moment since December 2015 when Herman Hall Jr. asked Jimmy for her hand in marriage, but I was totally unprepared. I was ready when she headed...

Posted: 6 days ago

Last Saturday, my daughter Asha married her best friend at Agnes Scott College’s Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, a stunning, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired sanctuary. We’d been planning this moment since December 2015 when Herman Hall Jr. asked Jimmy for her hand in marriage, but I was totally unprepared. I was ready when she headed...
Which ‘down-and-dirty’ men should you spring-clean from your life?
 Normally when we think of spring cleaning, we think of a thorough do-over of our homes. We wipe the windows inside and out. We send dirt and germs packing. We toss the old in favor of the new. But how many of us ever consider getting rid of the — ahem — “down-and-dirty” men in our lives? Shannon Colleary did and...

Posted: 8 days ago

Normally when we think of spring cleaning, we think of a thorough do-over of our homes. We wipe the windows inside and out. We send dirt and germs packing. We toss the old in favor of the new. But how many of us ever consider getting rid of the — ahem — “down-and-dirty” men in our lives? Shannon Colleary did and...
Life with Gracie: Once a ‘walking skeleton,’ rescued horse shows kids what love can do
 When she arrived at High Meadows School late last year, no one expected the thoroughbred to survive. She had no color. Her hair was almost all gone. Her hoofs were overgrown. She was at least 400 pounds underweight. “She looked like a walking skeleton,” said Walt Knapp, head horse trainer at the Roswell school. “I couldn&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

When she arrived at High Meadows School late last year, no one expected the thoroughbred to survive. She had no color. Her hair was almost all gone. Her hoofs were overgrown. She was at least 400 pounds underweight. “She looked like a walking skeleton,” said Walt Knapp, head horse trainer at the Roswell school. “I couldn&rsquo...
Life with Gracie: DeKalb businessman Tom Stokes a ‘paragon’ to Georgia Boy Choir
 For nearly a decade, Tom Stokes has been a staunch supporter of the Georgia Boy Choir. Sometimes fundraising. Other times traveling to faraway places like Scandinavia as they sang Mozart in Latin, Bach in German and Thomas Tallis in English, of course. Touring in Scandinavia, where his wife, Helena, grew up, was particularly heartening...

Posted: 15 days ago

For nearly a decade, Tom Stokes has been a staunch supporter of the Georgia Boy Choir. Sometimes fundraising. Other times traveling to faraway places like Scandinavia as they sang Mozart in Latin, Bach in German and Thomas Tallis in English, of course. Touring in Scandinavia, where his wife, Helena, grew up, was particularly heartening...
Life with Gracie: Single moms gather to celebrate and honor one another
 Joyce Amilcar lives with her 9-year-old daughter in a second-floor high-rise just off Peachtree Road in Buckhead. It is a nice place and at 9 a.m. in the morning, when her daughter is away at school, and Amilcar, a software salesperson, is waiting for the West Coast to wake up, it is especially quiet. Little about her or her home even hints...

Posted: 20 days ago

Joyce Amilcar lives with her 9-year-old daughter in a second-floor high-rise just off Peachtree Road in Buckhead. It is a nice place and at 9 a.m. in the morning, when her daughter is away at school, and Amilcar, a software salesperson, is waiting for the West Coast to wake up, it is especially quiet. Little about her or her home even hints...
Single-father families outpace ones led by single mothers
 Andy Kuklinski and his son will likely spend this Father’s Day with friends, cooking barbecue and, well, just having fun. Except for time around their apartment complex swimming pool, it will be an otherwise uneventful day. But this 40-year-old Dunwoody dad doesn’t need much these days to be happy. Just being with little Yusuf...

Posted: 22 days ago

Andy Kuklinski and his son will likely spend this Father’s Day with friends, cooking barbecue and, well, just having fun. Except for time around their apartment complex swimming pool, it will be an otherwise uneventful day. But this 40-year-old Dunwoody dad doesn’t need much these days to be happy. Just being with little Yusuf...
Why I’m not an atheist
 The more-direct sun of spring has already arrived, the azaleas in my front yard have opened, and green sprigs of Bermuda grass are starting to emerge. After fall, this is my favorite time of year, when in the words of Tennyson, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love, and everywhere I look I see God. Why? Apparently there&rsquo...

Posted: 22 days ago

The more-direct sun of spring has already arrived, the azaleas in my front yard have opened, and green sprigs of Bermuda grass are starting to emerge. After fall, this is my favorite time of year, when in the words of Tennyson, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love, and everywhere I look I see God. Why? Apparently there&rsquo...
Black men and the new Jim Crow
 Bert Skellie, a 70-year-old retired state employee and civil rights activist, had known about bias in our nation’s criminal justice system for a long time. All you had to do, he said, is witness who shows up in our courtrooms: mostly young black men. Nothing in his mind could justify a criminal justice system that had essentially eviscerated...

Posted: 26 days ago

Bert Skellie, a 70-year-old retired state employee and civil rights activist, had known about bias in our nation’s criminal justice system for a long time. All you had to do, he said, is witness who shows up in our courtrooms: mostly young black men. Nothing in his mind could justify a criminal justice system that had essentially eviscerated...
You won’t believe how poorly metro Atlanta children are doing
 Research by United Way of Greater Atlanta and community partners about the state of our children contains plenty of food for thought – some of it heartening, some downright alarming. On the good news front, birth rates are improving in some areas like Clayton County. The region’s homelessness rate has dropped 61 percent over the...

Posted: 27 days ago

Research by United Way of Greater Atlanta and community partners about the state of our children contains plenty of food for thought – some of it heartening, some downright alarming. On the good news front, birth rates are improving in some areas like Clayton County. The region’s homelessness rate has dropped 61 percent over the...