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

An end to HIV in decade? First, Atlanta must catch up to other cities
 President Donald Trump had been speaking for nearly an hour when he finally arrived at the place in his State of the Union address for which Dr. Melanie Thompson had been waiting. After taking the helm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last April, Dr. Robert Redfield had made the bold statement that the U.S. could end its...

Posted: a day ago

President Donald Trump had been speaking for nearly an hour when he finally arrived at the place in his State of the Union address for which Dr. Melanie Thompson had been waiting. After taking the helm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last April, Dr. Robert Redfield had made the bold statement that the U.S. could end its...
Why women need to (literally) look out for their hearts
 Outside a Georgia Aquarium ballroom filling with women wearing red, Sherry Kinard told me about the day she almost died. She was 27 years old, had just given birth to a son. He was two months premature but healthy. Kinard had no reason but to believe better days were ahead. She was looking forward to moving into a new home and starting a...

Posted: 3 days ago

Outside a Georgia Aquarium ballroom filling with women wearing red, Sherry Kinard told me about the day she almost died. She was 27 years old, had just given birth to a son. He was two months premature but healthy. Kinard had no reason but to believe better days were ahead. She was looking forward to moving into a new home and starting a...
How many of us are living paycheck to paycheck?
 If the recent government shutdown didn’t teach us anything else, it should be that all of us had better be saving for a rainy day. Just weeks into the partial shutdown, we were bombarded with stories about people turning to food banks to feed their families. We heard stories about people who were in dire straits because they couldn&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

If the recent government shutdown didn’t teach us anything else, it should be that all of us had better be saving for a rainy day. Just weeks into the partial shutdown, we were bombarded with stories about people turning to food banks to feed their families. We heard stories about people who were in dire straits because they couldn&rsquo...
Cobb couple’s nonprofit works to help orphans, those trying to adopt
 As anyone who has ever wanted to adopt or foster a child knows, the process can be fraught with setbacks, anxiety and a whole lotta red tape. Whether domestic or international, private or via agency, there are reams of paperwork to fill out, home inspections to get the ball rolling, background checks and more inspections. Along the way, all...

Posted: 8 days ago

As anyone who has ever wanted to adopt or foster a child knows, the process can be fraught with setbacks, anxiety and a whole lotta red tape. Whether domestic or international, private or via agency, there are reams of paperwork to fill out, home inspections to get the ball rolling, background checks and more inspections. Along the way, all...
HIV activists react to Trump’s promise to eradicate the epidemic
 President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night included all sorts of promises, including  unifying the country, building a wall along a portion of the country’s southern border and  ending the HIV epidemic in a decade. Trump’s speech came two days before National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. “We...

Posted: 9 days ago

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night included all sorts of promises, including unifying the country, building a wall along a portion of the country’s southern border and ending the HIV epidemic in a decade. Trump’s speech came two days before National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. “We...
Is it time you had ‘the talk’ with your aging parents?
 Another year was coming to an end. Betty Tarr’s husband had died, and she wasn’t the woman she liked remembering. That woman raised three independent children. She hiked for fun, volunteered in her community, cut her own grass, loaded the debris in her small Ford SUV and hauled it away. But in 2014, Tarr, 82, was diagnosed with...

Posted: 10 days ago

Another year was coming to an end. Betty Tarr’s husband had died, and she wasn’t the woman she liked remembering. That woman raised three independent children. She hiked for fun, volunteered in her community, cut her own grass, loaded the debris in her small Ford SUV and hauled it away. But in 2014, Tarr, 82, was diagnosed with...
A funny thing happened the last time the Rams, Andrea Kremer were here
 Well, well. The Rams and Andrea Kremer are back in Atlanta. For the Super Bowl. If that doesn’t spell trouble or tickle your funny bone just a little, you probably weren’t paying attention the year Atlanta hosted its second Super Bowl. But a funny thing happened. It’s January 2000, four days until Super Bowl XXXIV, a matchup...

Posted: 15 days ago

Well, well. The Rams and Andrea Kremer are back in Atlanta. For the Super Bowl. If that doesn’t spell trouble or tickle your funny bone just a little, you probably weren’t paying attention the year Atlanta hosted its second Super Bowl. But a funny thing happened. It’s January 2000, four days until Super Bowl XXXIV, a matchup...
Heart patient hopes $11 million gift saves, inspires others
 For years, Brett Samsky had taught people the finer points of mountain climbing, whitewater rafting and hiking along the Appalachian Trail, all the while lugging an 80-pound backpack. But by his 30s, Samsky found himself experiencing chest pains and struggling to breathe. He was sure something was wrong with his heart, but doctors kept telling...

Posted: 21 days ago

For years, Brett Samsky had taught people the finer points of mountain climbing, whitewater rafting and hiking along the Appalachian Trail, all the while lugging an 80-pound backpack. But by his 30s, Samsky found himself experiencing chest pains and struggling to breathe. He was sure something was wrong with his heart, but doctors kept telling...
This Life with Gracie: A ‘Gridiron Giveback’ to Georgia National Guard members, their families
 One Thursday early this month, Susan O’Dwyer arrived at the Kids II showroom in Buckhead, still unsure if Will Bozarth was real and if he was if he would show up. Tiny glass vials of mustard seeds dangled from her ears because if there was ever a time O’Dwyer needed faith, this was it. She had recruited 100 people to help her...

Posted: 22 days ago

One Thursday early this month, Susan O’Dwyer arrived at the Kids II showroom in Buckhead, still unsure if Will Bozarth was real and if he was if he would show up. Tiny glass vials of mustard seeds dangled from her ears because if there was ever a time O’Dwyer needed faith, this was it. She had recruited 100 people to help her...
No surprise Aimee Copeland’s still capturing hearts. But gold medals?
 The temperature hovered around 40 degrees. Atlantan Aimee Copeland shivered beneath a navy Speedo parka near the heated swimming pool. From the cold. From a bad case of nerves. It was Dec. 15, the second day of the 2018 Paralympic National Swimming Championships, and the first hadn’t gone so well. Copeland, a 30-year-old amputee, swam...

Posted: 24 days ago

The temperature hovered around 40 degrees. Atlantan Aimee Copeland shivered beneath a navy Speedo parka near the heated swimming pool. From the cold. From a bad case of nerves. It was Dec. 15, the second day of the 2018 Paralympic National Swimming Championships, and the first hadn’t gone so well. Copeland, a 30-year-old amputee, swam...
Antioch North pastor and Mrs. A together again
 About an hour into the service celebrating the life of Barbara Jackson Alexander on Saturday, a soloist launched into a rendition of “I’m Free.” Listening you knew Myra Walker believed what she was singing, knew for sure that Mrs. Alexander was indeed free now and that her soul was at rest. That is the promise of the Christian&rsquo...

Posted: 26 days ago

About an hour into the service celebrating the life of Barbara Jackson Alexander on Saturday, a soloist launched into a rendition of “I’m Free.” Listening you knew Myra Walker believed what she was singing, knew for sure that Mrs. Alexander was indeed free now and that her soul was at rest. That is the promise of the Christian&rsquo...