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Exploring Georgia one of the few good things about the 2020 pandemic

A look on the bright side of god-awful 2020, right before it ends  

Making the most of constant proximity to family, cheap outdoor adventuring around Georgia, and the gift of oppressive boredom.

For 17 years, Demetress Williams fostered children. Then she met four siblings she wanted to adopt.

"I’ve fostered maybe 10 kids. Most of the time, the main objective is reunification, so you don’t want to get too attached. But that wasn’t the case with these [four] siblings."
Herman Russell: Joyce Alston

After Atlanta icon Herman Russell died, DNA proved Joycelyn Alston is a daughter he never knew. That’s when things got complicated.

Sixty years ago, as he was building the construction empire that would make him one of Atlanta’s richest and most influential men, Herman Russell fathered a daughter out of wedlock. Now, four years after his death, Joycelyn Alston is fighting her three half-siblings for a portion of their father’s vast estate.

Why chef Nick Melvin left Venkman’s

In October 2015, just a month after Venkman's opened its doors to the public, chef Nick Melvin wasn't in the restaurant's kitchen. He was two hours away in a North Georgia rehab facility.
comfort food

The case for comfort food

When I was coming up in West Virginia, all food was comfort food. Which is to say the food that graced our dinner table was entirely home cooked, from simple ingredients, made that day. Every dish was familiar. Every meal surprise free. This was less about style than economics.
Atlanta Falcons

Commentary: I’m not much of a sports fan, but I hope the Atlanta Falcons win it all

For the life of me, I can't understand my family's unwavering support and love for the hometown football team. But I admire it.

Why kitchens are the beating heart of a home

If home is where the heart is, the core of that beating heart must be the kitchen. I feel like I was born in one.

Editor’s Note: A story at home

Words are one thing, photographs another. In the 25 years I’ve been in journalism, I’ve learned that though a lot of people are willing (grudgingly) to talk to reporters, and maybe even let them tag along for a few days as they go about their lives, letting a photojournalist do the same thing is a different story. Because good photos often require getting up in people’s faces.

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