Beltline Cat Guy Atlanta

Jeremy Smith—aka BeltLine Cat Guy—explains life with a feline sitting shotgun

"People see the cat and they see me on the bike, and they get happy. It makes me feel like I have some influence in my life with other people to make them feel happy and maybe even feel a little bit of peace, rather than just negativity."
Monica Helms

Meet the Navy veteran who created the trans Pride flag

"I didn’t start to feel like a woman at a certain age—I started to feel like a girl. I was five years old, growing up in Arizona, and I prayed to God to turn me into a girl. You can’t tell me that this is a choice."
Terence Lester Love Beyond Walls

The moment Love Beyond Walls’ founder decided to become an advocate for the homeless

"In about 2004, my wife and I were about to graduate college. We were eating ramen noodles and thinking about how we didn’t have enough gas in the car to go drive somewhere we wanted to. Then, we asked ourselves, who are we to start complaining?"
Ryan Wilson The Gathering Spot

Here’s the single best way to help Black people, according to Ryan Wilson

(Hint: It’s not by tweeting “Black Lives Matter.”)
Chaplain Renée Owen

What it’s like to be a hospital chaplain in a pandemic

"One of the first things that concerned me and my team after the pandemic started was: How do we continue to be present when we can’t be physically present?"
David Cowan Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ASL Intrepreter

Meet the breakout star of Governor Kemp’s press conferences: sign language interpreter David Cowan

David Cowan’s expressive style of signing frequently captures the public’s attention—most recently when he was interpreting onstage at Governor Brian Kemp’s coronavirus press conferences.
Brother Philip Holy Spirit in Conyers

“A part of me had to die, to open up to newer life.” A monk shares his calling

"Every monk has a unique story, and it all begins with the call." Meet Brother Philip, one of 26 monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers.
Nicolaus Sherrill

The runner: Nicolaus Sherrill is tracing the boundaries of every Atlanta neighborhood—on foot

I have run on every single highway in this city. I’ve run every section of major railroad. I ran across a couple of lanes of the Connector in order to properly map Midtown.
Kameel Srouji Aviva by Kameel

The happiest chef in Atlanta—Aviva’s Kameel Srouji—explains his secrets. And why he loves you.

I love watching a customer’s face light up after taking a bite of my food. I’m friendly because it’s our tradition: to be generous, hospitable.

A disability advocate explains the joys—and challenges—of navigating Atlanta

"When I was nine, I was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. I’ve probably uploaded a few hundred pictures of inaccessible sidewalks to Atlanta’s 311 app. The city is typically good about responding. Still, we need to be more proactive than reactive."

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