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: Villa Rica teen’s got sport stacking skills
 Fans of the Whistle Sports’ “No Days Off” met P.J. Ball weeks ago when he was featured in the second episode of the short form docuseries airing on YouTube and Facebook Watch. I had the pleasure just days ago when he and his parents joined me for a chat about sport stacking. If you’ve never heard of such a thing until...

Posted: a day ago

Fans of the Whistle Sports’ “No Days Off” met P.J. Ball weeks ago when he was featured in the second episode of the short form docuseries airing on YouTube and Facebook Watch. I had the pleasure just days ago when he and his parents joined me for a chat about sport stacking. If you’ve never heard of such a thing until...
This Life with Gracie: Morehouse valedictorian headed to Harvard Law School
 Two years ago this summer, Derrick Parker was hunkered down studying for the LSAT in a room at the Harvard Law School. Having been invited to participate in the prestigious Harvard/NYU TRIALS program (Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools), he felt good. His dream of graduating from college and going to...

Posted: 3 days ago

Two years ago this summer, Derrick Parker was hunkered down studying for the LSAT in a room at the Harvard Law School. Having been invited to participate in the prestigious Harvard/NYU TRIALS program (Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools), he felt good. His dream of graduating from college and going to...
This Life with Gracie: Jewish program manager’s personal story informs work in opioid crisis
 For years now, we’ve been hearing about the opioid epidemic and the devastation it has wrought here and across the country. No race, no religion, no age group, no community has been untouched. If you ever talked to anyone in the Jewish community, though, you might have missed that fact. Drug addiction is still a taboo topic fraught...

Posted: 7 days ago

For years now, we’ve been hearing about the opioid epidemic and the devastation it has wrought here and across the country. No race, no religion, no age group, no community has been untouched. If you ever talked to anyone in the Jewish community, though, you might have missed that fact. Drug addiction is still a taboo topic fraught...
This Life: DACA student: ‘We just want to better ourselves’
 The Georgia Supreme Court decided last week not to hear a case in favor of allowing immigrants with temporary permission to stay in the U.S. to pay in-state tuition to attend college. It was yet another blow to Sergio Blanco, who’d held out hope that instead of working full time and attending Georgia Highlands College part time, he...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court decided last week not to hear a case in favor of allowing immigrants with temporary permission to stay in the U.S. to pay in-state tuition to attend college. It was yet another blow to Sergio Blanco, who’d held out hope that instead of working full time and attending Georgia Highlands College part time, he...
Why women should know about polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS; what is it, why it matters
 In some ways, Sasha Ottey was lucky. >> Read more trending news  For many women with polycystic ovary syndrome like her, it can take years and untold doctor visits before they get a correct diagnosis. All too often, doctors end up treating the vast array of symptoms caused by the hormonal disorder. Severe acne. Sleep apnea...

Posted: 9 days ago

In some ways, Sasha Ottey was lucky. >> Read more trending news  For many women with polycystic ovary syndrome like her, it can take years and untold doctor visits before they get a correct diagnosis. All too often, doctors end up treating the vast array of symptoms caused by the hormonal disorder. Severe acne. Sleep apnea...
This Life with Gracie: Half of women with PCOS don’t know they have it
 In some ways, Sasha Ottey was lucky. For many women with polycystic ovary syndrome like her, it can take years and untold doctor visits before they get a correct diagnosis. All too often, doctors end up treating the vast array of symptoms caused by the hormonal disorder. Severe acne. Sleep apnea. Obesity. Or thinning hair and excess hair...

Posted: 10 days ago

In some ways, Sasha Ottey was lucky. For many women with polycystic ovary syndrome like her, it can take years and untold doctor visits before they get a correct diagnosis. All too often, doctors end up treating the vast array of symptoms caused by the hormonal disorder. Severe acne. Sleep apnea. Obesity. Or thinning hair and excess hair...
This Life with Gracie: How these siblings are honoring moms everywhere
 She had hopes of surprising her mom, but knowing Carrie Salone isn’t likely to sit still long, Alleah Salone let her mom in on her secret. To celebrate her love for Carrie, she’d be arriving home from Boston sometime Saturday in time to attend church with her, enjoy pampering at a local spa and then a late dinner. “If I...

Posted: 15 days ago

She had hopes of surprising her mom, but knowing Carrie Salone isn’t likely to sit still long, Alleah Salone let her mom in on her secret. To celebrate her love for Carrie, she’d be arriving home from Boston sometime Saturday in time to attend church with her, enjoy pampering at a local spa and then a late dinner. “If I...
“Backyard Wilderness” comes to the Fernbank
 Our backyards are probably the last places we think of when seeking adventure but a new documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Andrew Young and Susan Todd might just change that. “Backyard Wilderness,” which opened this spring at the Fernbank and museums across the country and Canada, is not only inspiring, it promises to...

Posted: 15 days ago

Our backyards are probably the last places we think of when seeking adventure but a new documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Andrew Young and Susan Todd might just change that. “Backyard Wilderness,” which opened this spring at the Fernbank and museums across the country and Canada, is not only inspiring, it promises to...
This Life with Gracie: Sometimes, even good students need push in right direction
 Come Saturday, Indigo Gill will be a college graduate, holder of a bachelor of science degree in biology from Xavier University, and in a year, on her way to medical school. Gill always knew she’d attend college. She excelled at Lithonia’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School — in academics and extracurriculars. On paper,...

Posted: 17 days ago

Come Saturday, Indigo Gill will be a college graduate, holder of a bachelor of science degree in biology from Xavier University, and in a year, on her way to medical school. Gill always knew she’d attend college. She excelled at Lithonia’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School — in academics and extracurriculars. On paper,...
This Life with Gracie: What you should know before choosing a summer camp
 Few of us will soon forget Benjamin “Kamau” Hosch III, the 5-year-old who drowned last summer during an outing with his day camp at Cochran Mill Park in Chattahoochee Hills. Kamau, officials said, went missing sometime during a lunch break on one of the park’s nature trails. His little body was found a short time later in...

Posted: 21 days ago

Few of us will soon forget Benjamin “Kamau” Hosch III, the 5-year-old who drowned last summer during an outing with his day camp at Cochran Mill Park in Chattahoochee Hills. Kamau, officials said, went missing sometime during a lunch break on one of the park’s nature trails. His little body was found a short time later in...
This Life with Gracie: Was Chaplain Conroy really canned for praying for the poor?
 It goes without saying that not all Christians think alike. Still, I couldn’t help wondering what in the world Speaker Paul Ryan could’ve been thinking recently when he forced the Rev. Patrick Conroy to resign. As recently as a few days ago, it wasn’t immediately clear why the House chaplain was dismissed. Some said it was...

Posted: 22 days ago

It goes without saying that not all Christians think alike. Still, I couldn’t help wondering what in the world Speaker Paul Ryan could’ve been thinking recently when he forced the Rev. Patrick Conroy to resign. As recently as a few days ago, it wasn’t immediately clear why the House chaplain was dismissed. Some said it was...