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Traci Burns

Traci Burns

“If you can find a way to follow your passion and do what you love, you should always do that,” – that’s solid advice from Kathleen O’Neal, owner of Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions and living embodiment that it is absolutely possible to build a successful life this way.  Kathleen grew up

Born: Wrightsville, GA Occupation: Retired, civil service Note: this is from a longer piece of recorded oral history I did with my dad, who is the best storyteller and baddest-ass badass I know. He was born in Wrightsville, Georgia and later moved to Warner Robins to work at the base,

One of the first dates I ever went on with the lucky fella I’m now married to was at an unassuming little Thai place on Pio Nono Avenue in Macon way back in the year 2000 (why does that still look so weird and futuristic even though it’s 17 years

Everett Verner is fun to talk about music with. He’s well-versed across a variety of genres, he’s opinionated without being overbearing, he’s been to a ton of shows and festivals and has good stories to tell, and he has an articulate, intelligent way of expressing his aesthetic. During our lunch

The Moonhanger Group – and their arsenal of powerhouse downtown restaurants – is widely known for their inspired, inventive approach to dining out, whether it’s The Rookery’s themed smorgasbord of milkshakes and burgers, H&H’s delightfully long list of breakfast biscuits, or Dovetail’s impeccable craft cocktails and farm-to-table finery. A little

There’s something to be said for a shift in perspective – specifically, the shift that comes from someone seeing for the first time things that you’ve driven or walked or biked past a thousand times before; not just seeing them, but adoring and appreciating them in a way that reminds

For a music lover, there’s no experience quite as sublime as walking into an independent record store and being surrounded by the history, the potential, the treasures, and just the singular atmosphere there. Modern music technology is amazing, sure, but nothing about it could ever replace the feeling you get

Anybody who knows much about living in New York City will be familiar with the concept of a bodega; bodegas (that’s Spanish for small store) are community hubs, offering grocery-store necessities and treats in a convenient residential location. Bodega owners and customers often develop a rapport, and the small, family-owned

Suzanne Doonan is nothing short of exuberant when discussing the work she used to do as director of the historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy, most especially the careful, loving research and writing she did in order to bring to life selected stories for the annual Spring Spirit Stroll and Spirits in

“Gabriel, my husband, is a writer,” says Becca Balmes, the 33 year old self-taught visual artist and owner/operator of [&] Guild, Macon’s only public artist-run space. “He can go to coffeeshops and write. He can sit there all day if he wants to – he has writer friends who do