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Life with Gracie: What United Way is doing to improve children’s well-being
 A year ago, United Way of Greater Atlanta invited community residents and leaders to join a campaign to improve the lives of metro Atlanta children. At the time, a Child Well-Being Index the agency commissioned revealed that nearly 500,000 youths across its service area lived in neighborhoods with some of the highest rates of poverty and...

Posted: 22 hours ago

A year ago, United Way of Greater Atlanta invited community residents and leaders to join a campaign to improve the lives of metro Atlanta children. At the time, a Child Well-Being Index the agency commissioned revealed that nearly 500,000 youths across its service area lived in neighborhoods with some of the highest rates of poverty and...
Motivated by love, nonprofit aids lives
 Taos Wynn sat on a Haitian rooftop, surveying the damage to the impoverished Caribbean nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thinking. In just seven days on the island, he’d seen more poverty, more suffering than he cared to remember. As he recorded his thoughts on the pages of his journal that hot summer day in 2013, he thought of...

Posted: 4 days ago

Taos Wynn sat on a Haitian rooftop, surveying the damage to the impoverished Caribbean nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thinking. In just seven days on the island, he’d seen more poverty, more suffering than he cared to remember. As he recorded his thoughts on the pages of his journal that hot summer day in 2013, he thought of...
This Life: Atlanta a hot spot for sugar daddies willing to pay college tuition
 We’ve known for some time that Atlanta is considered a hub for sex trafficking. But who knew metro Atlanta is also known for having an abundant number of, ahem, sugar daddies — older men seeking the companionship of college-age women? According to SeekingArrangement.com, Georgia ranks sixth in the country, behind places like Arizona...

Posted: 4 days ago

We’ve known for some time that Atlanta is considered a hub for sex trafficking. But who knew metro Atlanta is also known for having an abundant number of, ahem, sugar daddies — older men seeking the companionship of college-age women? According to SeekingArrangement.com, Georgia ranks sixth in the country, behind places like Arizona...
When hate strikes in North Fulton, a community comes bearing gifts
 Last Friday, not far from the place where six teens allegedly scrawled anti-Semitic drawings on Hilary Karp’s driveway, Erik Schefstad, his wife, Carson, and one of their two children came hoping to communicate a decidedly different message, and it blew Karp away. Actually, they came bearing many messages, about two dozen total that...

Posted: 5 days ago

Last Friday, not far from the place where six teens allegedly scrawled anti-Semitic drawings on Hilary Karp’s driveway, Erik Schefstad, his wife, Carson, and one of their two children came hoping to communicate a decidedly different message, and it blew Karp away. Actually, they came bearing many messages, about two dozen total that...
This Life with Gracie: How you can help this campaign to feed the hungry
 The fifth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign has been up and running for two weeks now, but there’s still time to get in on the action. You can either make a donation during checkout at any Walmart store, participate through social media or log onto walmart.com/fighthunger and give that way. If...

Posted: 7 days ago

The fifth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign has been up and running for two weeks now, but there’s still time to get in on the action. You can either make a donation during checkout at any Walmart store, participate through social media or log onto walmart.com/fighthunger and give that way. If...
Life with Gracie: Why Taylor Swift and Gucci Mane are wrong about the haters
 There’s a lot of stuff bothering us. Politics. Social issues. Societal changes. You name it, there’s someone or something to loathe. It’s safe to say that we’ve always been this way, but for Wes Parham, an organizational analyst with WEEW consulting and author of “Be a Hater: A Polemic on the Hater Mindset...

Posted: 12 days ago

There’s a lot of stuff bothering us. Politics. Social issues. Societal changes. You name it, there’s someone or something to loathe. It’s safe to say that we’ve always been this way, but for Wes Parham, an organizational analyst with WEEW consulting and author of “Be a Hater: A Polemic on the Hater Mindset...
Life with Gracie: In fighting ‘summer slide,’ Horizons Atlanta giving kids better future
 The gap between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next can wreak havoc on student learning, erasing as much as three months of academic achievement. Summer slide, experts call it. But for nearly 825 metro Atlanta students from three school districts, that won’t likely happen. Instead of kids falling behind, children...

Posted: 14 days ago

The gap between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next can wreak havoc on student learning, erasing as much as three months of academic achievement. Summer slide, experts call it. But for nearly 825 metro Atlanta students from three school districts, that won’t likely happen. Instead of kids falling behind, children...
This Life with Gracie: Dunwoody resident remembers night 1998 tornado destroyed her home
 On Monday, the 20th anniversary of a deadly tornado that destroyed her home and the Dunwoody neighborhood she’d called family since the 1970s, Laurel Sybilrud, 69, will be 250 miles away somewhere on the Satilla River. That isn’t to say she won’t be thinking of her daughter Libby, Fontainebleau Forest and the families who...

Posted: 19 days ago

On Monday, the 20th anniversary of a deadly tornado that destroyed her home and the Dunwoody neighborhood she’d called family since the 1970s, Laurel Sybilrud, 69, will be 250 miles away somewhere on the Satilla River. That isn’t to say she won’t be thinking of her daughter Libby, Fontainebleau Forest and the families who...
This Life with Gracie: Boomers leaving suburbs for fun in the city
 Twenty years ago, it seemed everyone was moving out into the suburbs. And now, depending on who you talk to, everyone is moving back to the city. That’s especially true among baby boomers, those of us born between 1946 and 1964. Why? Their nests are empty. They are over the big houses, with big lawns and swimming pools in constant need...

Posted: 19 days ago

Twenty years ago, it seemed everyone was moving out into the suburbs. And now, depending on who you talk to, everyone is moving back to the city. That’s especially true among baby boomers, those of us born between 1946 and 1964. Why? Their nests are empty. They are over the big houses, with big lawns and swimming pools in constant need...
This Life: Bobby Dodd, AADD merge to better serve developmentally disabled
 Late in March one morning, Jeff Piazza bounded upon the stage in the Cobb Galleria ballroom and offered a hearty thanks for having been selected Employee of the Year. That was it. Thank you, he said with a big smile. And then, nattily dressed in a gray suit, Piazza turned and walked away. If anyone was sitting after that, it was hard to tell...

Posted: 21 days ago

Late in March one morning, Jeff Piazza bounded upon the stage in the Cobb Galleria ballroom and offered a hearty thanks for having been selected Employee of the Year. That was it. Thank you, he said with a big smile. And then, nattily dressed in a gray suit, Piazza turned and walked away. If anyone was sitting after that, it was hard to tell...
This Life: Motivated by love, millennial-fueled nonprofit takes action
 Taos Wynn sat on a Haitian rooftop, surveying the damage to the impoverished Caribbean nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thinking. In just seven days on the island, he’d seen more poverty, more suffering than he cared to remember. As he recorded his thoughts on the pages of his journal that hot summer day in 2013, he thought of...

Posted: 26 days ago

Taos Wynn sat on a Haitian rooftop, surveying the damage to the impoverished Caribbean nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thinking. In just seven days on the island, he’d seen more poverty, more suffering than he cared to remember. As he recorded his thoughts on the pages of his journal that hot summer day in 2013, he thought of...
This Life with Gracie: Providing children with developmental disabilities therapy that works
 Long before Children’s Therapy Works opened its doors in 1998, Shelley Margow could sense when a child’s brain wasn’t properly integrating the onslaught of information it was receiving. They were anxious, prone to tantrums and unable to perform to their potential in the classroom, issues parents of children with developmental...

Posted: 28 days ago

Long before Children’s Therapy Works opened its doors in 1998, Shelley Margow could sense when a child’s brain wasn’t properly integrating the onslaught of information it was receiving. They were anxious, prone to tantrums and unable to perform to their potential in the classroom, issues parents of children with developmental...
This Life with Gracie: Where is Jenna Van Gelderen?
 It has been seven months since Roseanne and Leon Van Gelderen learned their daughter, Jenna, was missing. Seven months. Seven months of being stuck in the gray area. Seven months of not knowing. Seven months of feeling helpless. It’s a horrible place to be, but every year, according to DeKalb County police, somewhere around 500 people...

9:00 AM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

It has been seven months since Roseanne and Leon Van Gelderen learned their daughter, Jenna, was missing. Seven months. Seven months of being stuck in the gray area. Seven months of not knowing. Seven months of feeling helpless. It’s a horrible place to be, but every year, according to DeKalb County police, somewhere around 500 people...
This Life with Gracie: Just how bad can an eating disorder really be?
 To look at her now, you’d never guess Megan Higgins once avoided eating and didn’t care if she lived or died. But for years before her parents realized she had a problem, Megan was rarely eating, and purging when she did, because that was the one thing she felt she could control. She is hardly alone. The reality is somewhere around...

9:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

To look at her now, you’d never guess Megan Higgins once avoided eating and didn’t care if she lived or died. But for years before her parents realized she had a problem, Megan was rarely eating, and purging when she did, because that was the one thing she felt she could control. She is hardly alone. The reality is somewhere around...
This Life with Gracie: Gun violence: Instead of a walkout, Roswell students walk in
 At exactly 10 a.m. last Wednesday, when students across the country walked out of their schools to protest gun violence, students at Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell were holding a walk-in. It wasn’t that they weren’t in support of the demonstrations held by their peers. They were. But instead of looking to elected...

9:00 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

At exactly 10 a.m. last Wednesday, when students across the country walked out of their schools to protest gun violence, students at Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell were holding a walk-in. It wasn’t that they weren’t in support of the demonstrations held by their peers. They were. But instead of looking to elected...
This Life with Gracie: Choose words wisely when offering comfort to Tripp Halstead’s family
 Less than 24 hours after little Tripp Halstead passed away, his mother somehow still managed to be gracious. We spoke only a minute or so in which time she could only say—through tears—that she and Tripp’s dad, Bill, weren’t talking to others just yet. It made perfect sense. There are no words. Tripp, who survived...

3:52 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Less than 24 hours after little Tripp Halstead passed away, his mother somehow still managed to be gracious. We spoke only a minute or so in which time she could only say—through tears—that she and Tripp’s dad, Bill, weren’t talking to others just yet. It made perfect sense. There are no words. Tripp, who survived...
Life with Gracie: Which 5K/10K improves lives, qualifies you for AJC Peachtree Road Race?
 A week from now, City of Refuge will host its fifth annual Refuge Run, a 5K and 10K trek across Atlanta’s Westside that organizers hope will help improve the lives of people living on the fringes. Every step we take on their behalf, they will be able to walk across a graduation stage; enter a job interview with confidence; buy...

9:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

A week from now, City of Refuge will host its fifth annual Refuge Run, a 5K and 10K trek across Atlanta’s Westside that organizers hope will help improve the lives of people living on the fringes. Every step we take on their behalf, they will be able to walk across a graduation stage; enter a job interview with confidence; buy...
This Life with Gracie: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ actress using paintings to empower women
 Any time now, Tanvi Lonkar will begin work capturing the faces of South American and European women on canvas, hopefully, for the world to see. She will first study their culture, then zero in on women’s history. If at all possible, she will interview a woman and then paint a mini drawing that incorporates what she learned to study...

9:00 AM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

Any time now, Tanvi Lonkar will begin work capturing the faces of South American and European women on canvas, hopefully, for the world to see. She will first study their culture, then zero in on women’s history. If at all possible, she will interview a woman and then paint a mini drawing that incorporates what she learned to study...
Life with Gracie: Will high school activists make a difference in gun debate?
 The wave of high school students walking out of class to protest gun violence and honor the victims of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting is nothing short of inspirational. If you’re prone to historical flashbacks as I am, you couldn’t help remembering the student led sit-ins of the 1960s and feeling proud that once again our kids...

5:00 AM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

The wave of high school students walking out of class to protest gun violence and honor the victims of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting is nothing short of inspirational. If you’re prone to historical flashbacks as I am, you couldn’t help remembering the student led sit-ins of the 1960s and feeling proud that once again our kids...
Life with Gracie: Dunwoody couple put spotlight on childhood cancer
 In less than a week, Donal Fleming will take a seat along the Atlanta St. Patrick’s parade route in midtown and get his head shaved, a ritual born in 1999 to raise funds for childhood cancer research. The Dunwoody father of two has been doing this now since 2003, the year after his daughter officially completed treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma...

10:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

In less than a week, Donal Fleming will take a seat along the Atlanta St. Patrick’s parade route in midtown and get his head shaved, a ritual born in 1999 to raise funds for childhood cancer research. The Dunwoody father of two has been doing this now since 2003, the year after his daughter officially completed treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma...
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