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: Could DeKalb police do more to find Jenna Van Gelderen?
 I don’t know how they do it. How they get through the day. How they sleep at night. Roseanne Glick and Leon Van Gelderen don’t really know either. What they know for sure is their daughter, Jenna, has been missing for more than a year, and they still don’t know why she disappeared—or if she’s dead or alive. &ldquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

I don’t know how they do it. How they get through the day. How they sleep at night. Roseanne Glick and Leon Van Gelderen don’t really know either. What they know for sure is their daughter, Jenna, has been missing for more than a year, and they still don’t know why she disappeared—or if she’s dead or alive. &ldquo...
This Life with Gracie: Is Georgia’s foster care system really in crisis?
 One of the best things about being a grandparent, I hear, is you get to spoil the grandchildren, then send them home. Eugene Vickerson didn’t have that choice. For more than a decade, he was like millions of other grandparents across the country. He was his grandchildren’s parent. The proportion of children being brought up by...

Posted: 3 days ago

One of the best things about being a grandparent, I hear, is you get to spoil the grandchildren, then send them home. Eugene Vickerson didn’t have that choice. For more than a decade, he was like millions of other grandparents across the country. He was his grandchildren’s parent. The proportion of children being brought up by...
This Life: Take your small group to see ‘Small Group the Movie’
 Just when I think I’ve heard it all, Matt Chastain takes a seat across from me at a popular Norcross coffee shop to talk about “Small Group the Movie.” Movie, I get. I’ve seen a lot of them — loved some, others not so much. But “Small Group” means nothing, especially not in a religious context, which...

Posted: 5 days ago

Just when I think I’ve heard it all, Matt Chastain takes a seat across from me at a popular Norcross coffee shop to talk about “Small Group the Movie.” Movie, I get. I’ve seen a lot of them — loved some, others not so much. But “Small Group” means nothing, especially not in a religious context, which...
This Life with Gracie: Why are women surprised, angered by Kavanaugh confirmation?
 The reaction to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation left me flummoxed. I don’t know why people, women in particular, were surprised. The handwriting was clearly on the wall. Remember Clarence Thomas? All of it reminded me of a story I used to read to my daughters about a certain snake biting the one that cared for it because, well...

Posted: 10 days ago

The reaction to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation left me flummoxed. I don’t know why people, women in particular, were surprised. The handwriting was clearly on the wall. Remember Clarence Thomas? All of it reminded me of a story I used to read to my daughters about a certain snake biting the one that cared for it because, well...
This Life: Ever tried to imagine what it’s like to be exploited for sex?
 The little girl was just 10 years old when she walked into the courtroom, her hands cuffed in front of her and her ankles shackled. She’d been found in the back of a van with a 42-year-old man who had rented her for sex for two hours. Because pimping and pandering a child was still considered a misdemeanor in Georgia, he was given what...

Posted: 12 days ago

The little girl was just 10 years old when she walked into the courtroom, her hands cuffed in front of her and her ankles shackled. She’d been found in the back of a van with a 42-year-old man who had rented her for sex for two hours. Because pimping and pandering a child was still considered a misdemeanor in Georgia, he was given what...
This Life: Clayton charter school an academic role model
 The first thing you notice these days about Utopian Academy for the Arts isn’t what’s happening within its walls. Nothing much has changed about that. The Clayton County charter school is still churning out some impressive alumni. But for the first time since Utopian was founded, its name is prominently displayed on the corner...

Posted: 16 days ago

The first thing you notice these days about Utopian Academy for the Arts isn’t what’s happening within its walls. Nothing much has changed about that. The Clayton County charter school is still churning out some impressive alumni. But for the first time since Utopian was founded, its name is prominently displayed on the corner...
This Life: Cobb’s accidental comic causing women to laugh out loud
 In the summer of 2014, Heather Tolley-Bauer moved with her husband and son to Marietta. Craig Bauer, an Aetna executive, went off to work and their son Reid headed to kindergarten, and it wasn’t long before Heather was, well, peed off. Actually, she used another term, but it can’t be published here. You, dear reader, are welcome...

Posted: 17 days ago

In the summer of 2014, Heather Tolley-Bauer moved with her husband and son to Marietta. Craig Bauer, an Aetna executive, went off to work and their son Reid headed to kindergarten, and it wasn’t long before Heather was, well, peed off. Actually, she used another term, but it can’t be published here. You, dear reader, are welcome...
This Life with Gracie: ‘America’s dad’ lifted us, then betrayed us
 America’s dad was sentenced to prison Tuesday and all I could think of was his damning pound-cake speech. You might remember it, too. The year was 2004. Comedian Bill Cosby was at an NAACP awards ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, criticizing the African-American community...

Posted: 19 days ago

America’s dad was sentenced to prison Tuesday and all I could think of was his damning pound-cake speech. You might remember it, too. The year was 2004. Comedian Bill Cosby was at an NAACP awards ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, criticizing the African-American community...
This Life with Gracie: Forget likes, what the world needs now is love
 A week ago at Compton Elementary School, something wonderful happened that we don’t get to see too often. Band students from Hillgrove High School arrived to hang out with the little guys, talk some and to make sure, if for some reason there was no food in their homes during fall break this week, they had something to eat. That was...

Posted: 24 days ago

A week ago at Compton Elementary School, something wonderful happened that we don’t get to see too often. Band students from Hillgrove High School arrived to hang out with the little guys, talk some and to make sure, if for some reason there was no food in their homes during fall break this week, they had something to eat. That was...
This Life: Lilburn family’s dream to foster community hits roadblock
 For years, Jessica Vaughan imagined life with her husband and three children in an urban area populated with diverse people and ages and ideas. When her mother-in-law passed and the couple received a modest inheritance, that place seemed within reach. But they wanted to use the money for good, perhaps extend some goodwill to the community...

Posted: 26 days ago

For years, Jessica Vaughan imagined life with her husband and three children in an urban area populated with diverse people and ages and ideas. When her mother-in-law passed and the couple received a modest inheritance, that place seemed within reach. But they wanted to use the money for good, perhaps extend some goodwill to the community...
2 strangers come together to find the good in suffering
 Just as 2016 was beginning, Robynne Boyd found herself facing the end of things. The husband she loved had left, and her mother was slowly dying of breast cancer. A thousand miles away from her home in Decatur, Kimberly Libertini, a woman she didn’t even know existed, was experiencing a similar grief in Huntington, N.Y. The morning...

Posted: 27 days ago

Just as 2016 was beginning, Robynne Boyd found herself facing the end of things. The husband she loved had left, and her mother was slowly dying of breast cancer. A thousand miles away from her home in Decatur, Kimberly Libertini, a woman she didn’t even know existed, was experiencing a similar grief in Huntington, N.Y. The morning...