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: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes
 The last time George Jones stepped foot into this old Southern bungalow, someone had bought it and transformed it into a real estate office, and before that, it was a school for children. A few days ago, he returned and it was bustling with men and women eating plates of coal-roasted beets, seafood crudo, hand-cut pasta, and wood-fired fish...

Posted: a day ago

The last time George Jones stepped foot into this old Southern bungalow, someone had bought it and transformed it into a real estate office, and before that, it was a school for children. A few days ago, he returned and it was bustling with men and women eating plates of coal-roasted beets, seafood crudo, hand-cut pasta, and wood-fired fish...
This Life with Gracie: FDA-approved drug holds first promise for kids with genetic disease
 In the nearly five decades since Mucolipidosis Type IV, or ML4, was first identified, children with the disease have had little promise of ever having a “normal” life. ML4 generally strikes their nervous system early and hard. Most never learn to walk or talk and have a maximum mental capacity of about 18 months. By their teen...

Posted: 5 days ago

In the nearly five decades since Mucolipidosis Type IV, or ML4, was first identified, children with the disease have had little promise of ever having a “normal” life. ML4 generally strikes their nervous system early and hard. Most never learn to walk or talk and have a maximum mental capacity of about 18 months. By their teen...
This Life with Gracie: Young mother loses battle with cancer but her memory lives on
 Sometime in the fall of 2016, during yet another hospital visit, an ultrasound revealed Emily Moore’s pancreas was inflamed, she had spots on her liver and it was as if her appendix had disappeared altogether. Doctors weren’t worried. It was common among women who’d used contraception to have spots on the liver, but Emily...

Posted: 6 days ago

Sometime in the fall of 2016, during yet another hospital visit, an ultrasound revealed Emily Moore’s pancreas was inflamed, she had spots on her liver and it was as if her appendix had disappeared altogether. Doctors weren’t worried. It was common among women who’d used contraception to have spots on the liver, but Emily...
This Life with Gracie: Nothing could stop this Dunwoody girl
 The past three years have been a blur, but suffice it to say Emily and Kurt Moore essentially grew up together. They met during their freshman year at the University of Alabama and except for one summer when she was back here working at camp and he was back home in New Orleans doing the same thing, the two rarely ever parted ways. In short...

Posted: 8 days ago

The past three years have been a blur, but suffice it to say Emily and Kurt Moore essentially grew up together. They met during their freshman year at the University of Alabama and except for one summer when she was back here working at camp and he was back home in New Orleans doing the same thing, the two rarely ever parted ways. In short...
This Life with Gracie: Surprise! Daddy, you’re walking the Peachtree
 Rick Shimandle just about fainted when his daughter jumped from behind the parked car on Oak Valley Road, just beyond the starting point for the final wave of the 49th annual AJC Peachtree Road Race. It was exactly 8:33 a.m. Wednesday. Tears stained Rick’s face as he realized he was about to walk the 6.2-mile trek with his daughters...

Posted: 13 days ago

Rick Shimandle just about fainted when his daughter jumped from behind the parked car on Oak Valley Road, just beyond the starting point for the final wave of the 49th annual AJC Peachtree Road Race. It was exactly 8:33 a.m. Wednesday. Tears stained Rick’s face as he realized he was about to walk the 6.2-mile trek with his daughters...
This Life with Gracie: What makes you an American patriot?
 If you’re among those astonished by the cheers and applause of folks elated at the suggestion that NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem be fired, if you could never quite understand why they saw that as somehow unpatriotic, let’s talk about that. With the Fourth of July this week, the time just seems right. The...

Posted: 15 days ago

If you’re among those astonished by the cheers and applause of folks elated at the suggestion that NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem be fired, if you could never quite understand why they saw that as somehow unpatriotic, let’s talk about that. With the Fourth of July this week, the time just seems right. The...
This Life with Gracie: Another kid falls victim to drug epidemic, but is he in danger?
 It’s been nearly two years since I last saw Chase Howard, the little boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. No one thought he’d even see his 10th birthday then. As Sept. 19 approached, his aunt, Michelle McClain issued a Facebook appeal to make his day extra special. “He won’t be able to have a normal birthday like...

Posted: 18 days ago

It’s been nearly two years since I last saw Chase Howard, the little boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. No one thought he’d even see his 10th birthday then. As Sept. 19 approached, his aunt, Michelle McClain issued a Facebook appeal to make his day extra special. “He won’t be able to have a normal birthday like...
This Life with Gracie: You won’t believe how these Redan students won stock market challenge
 Back in February, William Roth walked into his British literature class at Redan High School in Stone Mountain and instead of beginning a reading of, say, “Wuthering Heights” or “The Canterbury Tales,” he announced to his students they’d be entering the annual Stock Market Game Capitol Hill Challenge. He was...

Posted: 20 days ago

Back in February, William Roth walked into his British literature class at Redan High School in Stone Mountain and instead of beginning a reading of, say, “Wuthering Heights” or “The Canterbury Tales,” he announced to his students they’d be entering the annual Stock Market Game Capitol Hill Challenge. He was...
This Life with Gracie: Does an apology for slavery matter to you?
 On the day set aside to celebrate Juneteenth last week, the Charleston City Council formally apologized for the city’s role in the slave trade, its support of slavery and for enforcing Jim Crow-era laws. For hundreds of years, the city was the entry point for at least 100,000 slaves who were captured from West Africa and shipped into...

Posted: 22 days ago

On the day set aside to celebrate Juneteenth last week, the Charleston City Council formally apologized for the city’s role in the slave trade, its support of slavery and for enforcing Jim Crow-era laws. For hundreds of years, the city was the entry point for at least 100,000 slaves who were captured from West Africa and shipped into...
This Life with Gracie: Cultivating deeper learning through silence
 The education of Patricia Owen-Smith’s students begins with moments of silence at the start of every class. Instead of whipping out their cellphones and pencils, they wait until the professor retrieves her singing bowl, pings it three times and altogether they settle into the silence — one of several contemplative practices Owen-Smith...

Posted: 27 days ago

The education of Patricia Owen-Smith’s students begins with moments of silence at the start of every class. Instead of whipping out their cellphones and pencils, they wait until the professor retrieves her singing bowl, pings it three times and altogether they settle into the silence — one of several contemplative practices Owen-Smith...
This Life with Gracie: Of cakes, children and Christ: Moral dilemmas abound
 It’s understandable, given what’s happening at our nation’s borders, if you’ve forgotten the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision. News these days seems to come in torrents with many important issues arising every day only to be forgotten because of new outrages. We’d barely been able to digest the Supreme Court decision...

Posted: 29 days ago

It’s understandable, given what’s happening at our nation’s borders, if you’ve forgotten the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision. News these days seems to come in torrents with many important issues arising every day only to be forgotten because of new outrages. We’d barely been able to digest the Supreme Court decision...