87 MAYNARD STREET
A wayward Vietnam veteran reunites with family after disappearing for over 50 years.
Tamala Baker had just gotten home from her job as manager of the soup kitchen in Athens on May 14 when she noticed the incoming call from Denise. The last time she’d had contact with her cousin’s half-sister was five years ago when Denise said she and her siblings wanted nothing to do with their biological father Walter Dukes, or with Baker’s family. So Baker knew something must have happened for Denise to call her out of the blue.
“Hey, there’s a detective trying to get in touch with you,” Denise said. “Walter had a stroke.”
Awarded Best Feature Writing in 2022 by the North American Mature Publishers Association
First midcentury planned subdivision introduced Athens to modern living
Jack Miller came to Athens in 1953 in his late 20s with a dream to build a new life and home for his wife and growing family. Now 94 years old and the longest and oldest living Beechwood Hills resident on record, Jack reflects upon the house he and his late wife Marianna built in the first ranch-style planned subdivision in Athens.
Boomer volunteers take on passion projects
Sandy Adams has long believed that her work should have purpose, that she should do good in the world and always leave things better than she found them. When she retired in 2013 as the physical education department chair and adaptive Physical Education teacher in the Elbert County School System, she turned her full-time focus to something not just good, but really special. She has created an innovative program for special needs students that has become a model for other school systems in Georgia.
THE JOURNEY HOME
A soldier finds her way back home.
When Nell Browne left her hometown of Comer, Georgia in 1972, she had no plans to return to the Jim Crow South. But her heart—and a house that crossed her path by fate—called her home.
Planning for travel after the pandemic
June Warfield felt as if she and her family had stepped off their cruise ship into a strange new world when they docked in San Diego on March 19. The city, normally brimming with people strolling palm-lined streets, was deserted. The new arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. had shut the doors of restaurants and bars, so their only source of dinner was sandwich take-out from the hotel’s sundry shop.
John Archibald was destined to write about injustice.
In his recent book, “Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Movement,” he explores how that letter impacted his life and intersected with the beliefs of his family, including those of his father, United Methodist minister Rev. Robert Archibald.
Pets and the Pandemic: An Afternoon with Cosmo
Most people have grown closer to their pets during the pandemic, but few pets talk to their owners like Cosmo.
If you’ve lived in the Athens area for any length of time, chances are you know or have heard of Dr. Betty Jean Craige and her African Grey parrot Cosmo. It could be said that Betty Jean is well-known because of Cosmo, although some could argue the reverse. But it does seem the two are often spoken of together, as in, “You know, the professor with the talking parrot.”
STIR FROM THE BOTTOM
One church, one recipe, and a beloved tradition.
Members of a small community tucked into the rolling hillsides of Northeast Georgia maintain their connection with neighbors over a hot bowl of chicken mull, a rich, brothy stew originating on the farm more than a century ago.
THE PRACTICE OF HUMAN-KINDNESS
An Entire Career Dedicated to Helping Students
Bonnie Joerschke has spent a long career in student financial aid. But she's been more than just the Director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Georgia. She’s been on a personal mission to help all students needing extra support, and very has often that assistance has extended to her role as mentor.
Learn. Create Inspire.
I was the originator, writer and designer for GO, a bi-monthly e-newsletter from the University of Georgia Office of Instruction for faculty, staff and students to stay current on instructional news, events, and teaching and learning opportunities.
Flying High as an Elite Pilot
When the Air Force's elite air demonstration squadron took to the skies in their golden anniversary year, University of Georgia alum Lt. Col. Richard McSpadden led the way.
THE ART BARN
Creating Art Out of Necessity
Remember the 1987 movie “Baby Boom,” where Diane Keaton forsakes high-pressure corporate success for a quiet little job in the country? Well, say hello to Susan Shaw’s real-life story.
A Gourmet Concept Born in Her Mother's Kitchen
University of Georgia alumna Cathy Cunningham Hays' contribution to gourmet food aisles is 25 tons of cheese snacks per day.
GROWING PAINS AT VET MED
Meeting the Demands of a Growing Animal Healthcare Market
Small exam rooms, crowded surgical facilities, and an increasing number of patients have prompted UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine to embark on an ambitious fundraising campaign to build a new state-of-the-art teaching hospital.
A DIARY OF WAR
Through the Lens of a War Journalist
Photojournalist Mandi Wright has twice been sent to Iraq by the Detroit Free Press. The images she sent back tell a story of ordinary people whose lives have been forever changed by war.
A UGA Alumni Veterinary News Magazine
The Aesculapian was redesigned from a two-color tabloid format into a glossy, four-color quarterly magazine for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. I served as editor and managing editor, primary writer, and advertising coordinator, directing an in-house designer.
CVM ANNUAL REPORT
An Up-Close Look at the College of Veterinary Medicine
This was the first of a redesigned format of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously a newspaper tabloid version, the new design provided a graphically pleasing photo-filled magazine of updates and financial reports. Most of the photos included in the report are the CVM's hospital clients. I directed an in-house designer, wrote the bulk of the content and hired freelancers to supplement stories.