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: When is ‘routine’ really just an excuse for denying dignity of others?
 The calendar hasn’t yet declared it so, but summer is officially over. School bells are ringing and bumper-to-bumper traffic is upon us once more. Depending on how you look at it, that alone makes this a dreadful time of year. The 45 minutes it takes to make my 19-mile commute to work has nearly doubled. Again. And yet, even in the...

Posted: 3 hours ago

The calendar hasn’t yet declared it so, but summer is officially over. School bells are ringing and bumper-to-bumper traffic is upon us once more. Depending on how you look at it, that alone makes this a dreadful time of year. The 45 minutes it takes to make my 19-mile commute to work has nearly doubled. Again. And yet, even in the...
This Life with Gracie: Morehouse president wants tuition to play smaller role in who can go
 Two nights in a dorm room is by no means a long stay, but Morehouse President David A. Thomas is hoping it is enough to begin to understand his newest customers — freshmen — and what they need, expect from their experience. And so there he was last week in Room 116 of Graves Hall, a five-story brick building that once housed all...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two nights in a dorm room is by no means a long stay, but Morehouse President David A. Thomas is hoping it is enough to begin to understand his newest customers — freshmen — and what they need, expect from their experience. And so there he was last week in Room 116 of Graves Hall, a five-story brick building that once housed all...
Open arms, full house
 Lexie is relaxing in her mama’s lap when a nurse arrives and leads them to the second floor of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and eventually to Room 16. It is just 7:30 a.m., one hour since Amy Delaney made the nearly two-hour drive from her home in Calhoun to Children’s, a place so familiar she could navigate its corridors...

Posted: 3 days ago

Lexie is relaxing in her mama’s lap when a nurse arrives and leads them to the second floor of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and eventually to Room 16. It is just 7:30 a.m., one hour since Amy Delaney made the nearly two-hour drive from her home in Calhoun to Children’s, a place so familiar she could navigate its corridors...
This Life with Gracie: Living while black
 By now, much of the world knows Oumou Kanoute, the Smith College sophomore who looked suspicious eating in a common area on the western Massachusetts campus. An employee of the school, the story goes, saw her and called police, saying Kanoute, who is black, “seems to be out of place.” Police responded quickly and just as quickly...

Posted: 5 days ago

By now, much of the world knows Oumou Kanoute, the Smith College sophomore who looked suspicious eating in a common area on the western Massachusetts campus. An employee of the school, the story goes, saw her and called police, saying Kanoute, who is black, “seems to be out of place.” Police responded quickly and just as quickly...
This Life with Gracie: Women redefining retirement
 Sometime in 2009, Rhoda Margolis was sitting at her desk, working on a retirement program when up popped an invitation to a webinar on the same subject. She logged on. By then Margolis, who celebrated her 73rd birthday early this week, had been contemplating what her own life might look like after retirement. Without a job, what would give...

Posted: 7 days ago

Sometime in 2009, Rhoda Margolis was sitting at her desk, working on a retirement program when up popped an invitation to a webinar on the same subject. She logged on. By then Margolis, who celebrated her 73rd birthday early this week, had been contemplating what her own life might look like after retirement. Without a job, what would give...
This Life with Gracie: Morehouse trauma team rewriting medical history
 Dr. Alvin Blount was the first African-American to serve in an integrated MASH unit during the Korean War. Dr. Clinton Battle was just 29 when he delivered conjoined twins without the use of anesthesia at a rural Mississippi home. And Dr. Vance Marchbanks designed an oxygen mask that became standard equipment in aviation and aerospace. If...

Posted: 14 days ago

Dr. Alvin Blount was the first African-American to serve in an integrated MASH unit during the Korean War. Dr. Clinton Battle was just 29 when he delivered conjoined twins without the use of anesthesia at a rural Mississippi home. And Dr. Vance Marchbanks designed an oxygen mask that became standard equipment in aviation and aerospace. If...
This Life with Gracie: Getting older and loving it. How about you?
 Reading about Lyn Slater, the Fordham University professor and Instagram idol the other day, I couldn’t help thinking, “You go, girl.” If you missed it, Slater, 64, was featured in a New York Times piece about a certain group of women — all on Instagram — who are determined not to age. Not that she’s out...

Posted: 16 days ago

Reading about Lyn Slater, the Fordham University professor and Instagram idol the other day, I couldn’t help thinking, “You go, girl.” If you missed it, Slater, 64, was featured in a New York Times piece about a certain group of women — all on Instagram — who are determined not to age. Not that she’s out...
CDC study shows what AIDS advocates already knew about gay black men and HIV
 On any given day, the health staff with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is out making the rounds at nightclubs, community festivals, concerts and area colleges and universities, any place black gay men are known to congregate. >> Read more trending news  They and AID Atlanta have been doing this work via Mobile Testing Units for...

Posted: 19 days ago

On any given day, the health staff with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is out making the rounds at nightclubs, community festivals, concerts and area colleges and universities, any place black gay men are known to congregate. >> Read more trending news  They and AID Atlanta have been doing this work via Mobile Testing Units for...
Who, besides the CDC, didn’t know black gay men needed HIV outreach?
 On any given day, the health staff with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation are out making the rounds to nightclubs, community festivals, concerts, and area colleges and universities, any place black gay men are known to congregate. They and AID Atlanta have been doing this work via Mobile Testing Units for years in an effort to reach those most...

Posted: 20 days ago

On any given day, the health staff with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation are out making the rounds to nightclubs, community festivals, concerts, and area colleges and universities, any place black gay men are known to congregate. They and AID Atlanta have been doing this work via Mobile Testing Units for years in an effort to reach those most...
Caregivers: What you won’t see in Robin Williams documentary
 It’s hard to imagine how anyone seeing the premiere of “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” on HBO could have walked away from the documentary the same. While I can’t say the film’s title does what it promises — gets us anywhere near what’s inside the comedian’s mind — his struggles with...

Posted: 21 days ago

It’s hard to imagine how anyone seeing the premiere of “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” on HBO could have walked away from the documentary the same. While I can’t say the film’s title does what it promises — gets us anywhere near what’s inside the comedian’s mind — his struggles with...
This Life with Gracie: For this doctor, reducing prescription painkillers is personal
 Dr. Scott P. Rose was in his final year of a surgical residency at the University of Florida, on the way to the hospital to make rounds when he learned his brother suffered an overdose. He doesn’t remember exactly when Steven plunged into his addiction, but he figures it must have been around the time he had his wisdom teeth removed...

Posted: 23 days ago

Dr. Scott P. Rose was in his final year of a surgical residency at the University of Florida, on the way to the hospital to make rounds when he learned his brother suffered an overdose. He doesn’t remember exactly when Steven plunged into his addiction, but he figures it must have been around the time he had his wisdom teeth removed...