OPINION: Looking for hope in a world gone crazy

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The events of recent weeks have left me in a funk—the clash between protesting groups that turned deadly in Charlottesville, the deaths and injuries in Barcelona from a terrorist attack, the growing prominence of hate groups, the protests and counter-protests surrounding removal of Confederate monuments. Add to that the mounting controversies involving President Donald Trump, […]

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Building camaraderie while rubbing elbows in the kitchen

Donna Satchell Kimble, right, and her teammates assemble a smoked salmon appetizer.

Team building activities in the great outdoors have been popular for years. Now a local business is focusing on strengthening teams by taking them into the kitchen. Team Building With Taste is an enterprise that seeks to foster collaboration and innovation and build trust for the team members of its clients—all while cooking up appetizers, […]

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OPINION: Summer’s not over yet

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  The Labor Day weekend is often viewed as the unofficial end of summer, but for many of us in metro Atlanta the beginning of the school year signals that the sunshine and fun season is just about over. Back-to-school shopping frenzies and all those yellow school buses clogging our morning commute are often what […]

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Nautical Manhattan tour reveals other side of city

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Being a tourist in New York City presents a traveler with a “cornucopia” challenge—there’s just so darn much to choose from when deciding on things to see and do.  Transportation options for seeing the sights are many—subway, big bus tours, city buses, taxis, rideshare and more. But one can’t go wrong picking a Circle Line […]

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Green + green = green: Novices getting paid to learn about conservation and green jobs

In front of Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia (from left) LEAF interns Naimah Ashford, Amanda Turner, Epiphany Johnson, Attallah Smith and Johanna Amaro. Photo by LA Allen/The Nature Conservancy

  What would entice teens to work in a forest in the summer’s sweltering heat? Concern for the environment and the opportunity to learn something new could be reasons. Getting paid also could be a motivator. For 11 local high school students, the great outdoors has been their office and classroom this summer as they […]

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Confessions of Uber/Lyft drivers

Confessions of Uber/Lyft drivers

Hard-to-believe occurrences when strangers jump in their cars  One of the trendiest ways to get around these days is through rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft. One gets picked up and dropped off by regular folks who use their personal vehicles and it’s all done in real time through mobile apps. It’s been estimated […]

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Monks welcome outsiders to their serene retreat

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A place where monks spend their lives in prayer and labor may not sound like an attraction for outsiders to tour, but that’s exactly the opportunity being offered at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Located in the Conyers countryside, the monastery, home to 28 Trappist monks, has been a spiritual home and worship site […]

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NYC’s High Line is an attraction high above the rest

The 1.45-mile High Line occupies an elevated rail line that in its prime carried goods through Manhattan’s largest industrial district. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

A trip to New York City can be a pressure cooker-like experience when it comes to deciding what to do—so many options. Choose among theater, museums, historic sites, shopping, dining, sporting and musical events as well as adventures on the water.   One of the likely lesser known places to explore is the High Line, […]

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