Goodgrief app

What creating a grief app taught me about connection

Western culture idolizes feeling good, making us chronically incapable of facing human fragility. People shun discussions of death. They fear talking about grief. If you haven’t yet squirmed in grief’s grip, I’m sorry to say, it’s ahead.

Commentary: Criminal justice reform in Georgia cannot end with Governor Deal

Sara Totonchi and Marissa McCall Dodson of the nonprofit law firm Southern Center for Human Rights on how the next governor of Georgia must continue Governor Nathan Deal's mission of criminal justice reform.
MARTA

Commentary: Only transit investment—not tech hype—can solve Gwinnett’s transportation woes

"In communities like Gwinnett’s around the nation, we’ve also seen Uber, automated vehicles, hyperloop, and even flying cars offered as reasons not to commit to long-term transit planning. These expectations are wildly inflated." An automated vehicle specialist defends the need for conventional rail and bus service.
C.J. Stewart Hank Aaron

How Hank Aaron inspired my professional career

"One thing most people know about me is that I love my wife and daughters with a fierce, protective love. I cannot imagine leaving home, knowing that my family faced FBI-level threats, and still going to work and hitting bombs daily."

To Dance with the White Dog, 25 years later

For no reason other than Terry Kay is a writer of novels, I sometimes imagine there is a small corner of heaven reserved for my dearest friend of 60 years. To banish him to everlasting hell would represent a clear case of literary redundancy. How else would I describe his state of mind in 1989 when he typed the words, “He understood what they were thinking and saying: Old man that he is, what’s to become of him?”
The troubled triangle of Scottish heritage, Southern racial politics, and Stone Mountain

The troubled triangle of Scottish heritage, Southern racial politics, and Stone Mountain

"While history can provide an anchor to one’s soul, myths can become a kind of prison." Retired AJC columnist Jim Galloway looks at how myths of Scottish history influenced the South's Lost Cause myth.
The Gulch

Commentary: The Gulch could connect downtown—and more. We can’t squander that opportunity.

Done right, CIM Group’s redevelopment of the Gulch could stitch together more than 200 acres in downtown, creating a new chunk of the city core. The opportunity to build a new grid, one that’s open to pedestrians and transit users, doesn’t come along often. We can’t design and develop for one tenant or one use. We’ve got one chance to do it right.
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library new central library

Commentary: Before we knock holes into Central Library, we should be certain that’s what Atlantans really want

The problem isn’t that residents have chosen not to participate in the process of renovation downtown Atlanta's Central Library; it’s that they weren’t given the opportunity to truly engage in the process.
chris gash

I was a teenage performer in a racist Wild West show, and I loved it—then

Once upon a time, my job description was “attack the train, terrorize the passengers, chase the pretty showgirls, fight the armed conductors, get killed.” As an Indian in a Wild West show with the Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad, I carried out these duties faithfully, with occasional embellishment, for two consecutive summers in the late 1970s.
Dugans Atlanta Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl LI was a good game. Let’s remember that.

When Pastor Troy’s “No Mo Play in GA” started playing inside Dugans, everyone chanted along with the chorus: “We ready, we ready.” An elderly man who had, up until that moment, been calmly enjoying his cigar, leapt to his feet and swayed, punctuating his moves with flicks of his wrists.

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