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Kirsten and Maria Palladino

My road to marriage and parenthood was confronted with challenges straight couples never face

While there’s nothing “step” about any LGBTQ+ parents who are present from conception onward, we are still subject to the terminology of the government and the whims of the people who run it.
John Lewis in 2016

John Lewis championed immigrant rights—and that made him even more of a hero to me

"The lasting memory I’ll have of him is how much he made me and my community feel seen and known, especially during a time when we were the most in need of help," writes Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Atlanta founder Helen Kim Ho.
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.
Atlanta must lead the way in advancing racial equity

Atlanta must lead the way in advancing racial equity

This time of unrest offers the chance to take a different path forward and lead the Atlanta region, the South, and the nation toward a more equitable future. We must take the lessons (both good and bad) from our courageous past to realize a New Atlanta Way.
Atlanta takeout Talat Market

My life in takeout

Ordering food is a way to relive old restaurant memories—and to, somehow, strangely form new ones.
Going on walks in Atlanta

Taking walks forced me to slow down—and better appreciate Atlanta

In Atlanta, we can be spread out without forfeiting the existential balm of seeing a variety of other people. But nothing makes the details shine like just walking around.
Miss the gym

The gym helped me cope. Now that I need it more than ever, it’s gone.

The blistering-hot yoga class I took every Friday? It helped me take my mind off negative messages. With the studio shuttered, I was required to face some of my worst thoughts—the world is in trouble, your family is in danger, you might get fired, there is no end to this in sight—without my most reliable coping tool at my disposal.
In defense of walls in your home

No, we won’t be “opening up” the floor plan in our historic Grant Park home

No, we won’t be “opening up” the floor plan in our historic Grant Park home
Piedmont Park Atlanta

The last good day

A sunny Saturday in mid-March, the day before my 26th birthday, is one I have come to think of in the weeks since as “the last good day.”
How Kimball House and Ticonderoga Club build their bars

What does it mean to be a food critic without restaurants?

COVID-19 is a direct attack on the thing that made my life not just exceptional but livable.

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