Road to stardom requires determination

Dina Shadwell (in background) directs an actress in a production of Mame. Photo courtesy of Jerry’s Habima Theatre.

Oddsmakers place the chance of becoming a movie star at one in 1.5 million. In fact, one is more likely to be stuck by lightning—one in 134,000, according to safety experts. Still, many unknown actors, such as Thomas Mapother (Tom Cruise), beat the odds to become successful in Hollywood. So, what does it take to […]

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It’s Time for a Little Night (and Day) Music


Spring and summer are synonymous with the start of the outdoor music season, and DeKalb County offers a multitude of opportunities to relax outside in a lawn chair or on the grass while listening to melodious tunes. Many of the outdoor music events in Decatur, Dunwoody and nearby Atlanta are free, which makes these escapes […]

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Gibbs Gardens—More than just a stroll through the park


Combine 300 acres of majestic rolling hills and valleys in North Georgia, expert landscape design, one of the largest collections of water lilies in North America and the largest Japanese garden in America and the result is Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground. The property was purchased in 1980 as a family estate after founder Jim […]

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Summer is right around the corner: Plan now so children aren’t bored

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School won’t be out for summer for another month and a half, but that’s no excuse for not coming up with a master plan for keeping the kids engaged, entertained and, possibly, exhausted this summer. Day camps are one favorite outlet, and there are a number of other venues offering programs designed especially for youngsters. […]

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Preservation of maritime history, traditions and treasures is big in Delaware

The Lightship Overfalls once served as a floating beacon to help ships navigate at night.

Delaware folks seem to have a special passion for the preservation and celebration of maritime history, traditions and treasures. Along Delaware’s southern coast one can have a close encounter with the one-of-a-kind remains of a 1798 British shipwreck, explore a lightship and lighthouses, take a leisurely ferry ride from one state to another and indulge […]

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Broyde ranked among top American rabbis

Rabbi Michael J. Broyde

Newsweek magazine selected Rabbi Michael J. Broyde as one of America’s top 50 rabbis. Broyde, a leading expert on Jewish law, is a law professor at Emory University and a senior fellow of the university’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR). The magazine ranked him 37th on its annual list of notable […]

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Without business savvy new churches often fail

League of volunteers assists the needy

Ingrid Jarvis, president of the Assistance League of Atlanta, shows off the nonprofit’s Attic Treasures Thrift Shop which raises funds to support various needs-based programs. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

The mother of a 5-year-old student at Marbut Elementary School said she was overwhelmed by the help she received from the Chamblee-based Assistance League of Atlanta. “I must say I was reluctant to ask the counselors at Marbut Elementary for help,” the mother stated in a letter to the nonprofit. “I just knew the items […]

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