Lieu Nguyen, a refugee from Vietnam, spent three decades—day and night—welcoming others to Atlanta

Mr. Midnight: Lieu Nguyen, a refugee from Vietnam, spent three decades welcoming others to Atlanta

Today, I am a senior refugee referral specialist. Until 2006, I was a case manager, and case managers do everything: come to the rent appointment, help them buy food, help them apply for food stamps, social security card, take them to the health center, to their appointment for the doctor, looking for a job. I cannot tell you how many times I was there at the airport [meeting refugees]. From 1990 to 2000, I only had Saturdays and Sundays not at the airport. Every Friday night, I was in the airport. They called me Mr. Midnight.
Kimberly Stone Georgia Aquarium

What it’s like taking care of fish and invertebrates at Georgia Aquarium

"We work with the animals, but our backgrounds also include plumbing, electrical, chemistry, water quality. You get to tinker a lot—we can fix anything with duct tape and a zip tie."
Susan Lasby plums West End

The plum lady of West End

The plum tree is a small tree, about 15 feet tall. I’ve never really done anything to or for it. I didn’t know much about gardening or how to prune or fertilize a tree. My modus operandi was just to stick it in the ground, and that was it. But this little tree just grew and grew, and it has been the most incredibly bountiful tree, very quickly, bearing more fruit than anyone could ever possibly eat. Baskets and baskets of plums.
David Bakara Bigfoot

How the founder of Blue Ridge’s bigfoot museum keeps the faith

"It’s part museum, part roadside family attraction. Walk in the door, and there isn’t a quiet place—there’s somebody talking, music, movies, audio of bigfoot talking and screaming," says David Bakara of Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Museum. "You have no idea what’s coming around the next corner."
Meet the Atlantan who's rescued nearly 1,000 cats from trees

Meet the Atlantan who’s rescued more than 1,000 cats from trees

Atlantan Normer Adams on cat rescue and conquering fears (and starlings)
Silas “Si-Man” Alexander

A late-stage cancer diagnosis inspires a veteran Atlanta radio host’s next step

Propelled by a late-stage cancer diagnosis, veteran radio host Silas “Si-Man” Alexander plots his most meaningful production yet.
Jonah McDonald

The intown hiker: Jonah McDonald on appreciating the beauty that is right in front of us

"I discovered that Atlanta had all of these hidden forests and pockets of nature—over 90 hidden forests that were all a short drive from my house. I started compiling them into a book, Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: Intown and Out."
Vicki Powell

DJ Vicki Powell on queer nightlife, a changing Atlanta, and the art of throwing a party

"I got into DJing because I was an introvert—really shy. But I loved nightlife, and I loved going to Backstreet. I just couldn’t quite find my groove. But once I figured out that I could throw a party with a DJ booth around me, I was like, 'Oh, it’s on now.'"
Miya Bailey

Atlanta artist Miya Bailey on finding—and rekindling—your passion

After a three-year hiatus, tattoo artist and painter Miya Bailey finds his stroke again.
Animal wrangler Jamie Stimach

The animal wrangler: Jamie Stimach on why raccoons make great costars

"Never work with kids or animals." I hear it every day. That’s why we have wranglers.

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