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Traci Burns

Traci Burns

Oftentimes, media representation of what it’s like to parent an autistic child paints a bleak, isolated picture – children ‘trapped’ behind their diagnosis, unable to interact with their families or the larger world; parents sad and struggling, wondering what could have been if only things were different. As parent to

On September 21, 2005, Katherine Stafford received some news that would change her life forever. A 1997 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy, Katherine loved to express herself via all types of art – drawing, painting, photography, fashion design – and she loved music, especially Tori Amos. She had just

There’s something about the Allman Brothers Band that inspires a fierce, familial loyalty and sense of community in their fans; even though the bulk of the band’s musical output came out decades ago, and even though the lineup of musicians that compose the band itself has gone through multiple changes,

Tommy Sadler is a friendly, charming, enthusiastic sweetheart of a man – when I visited his new restaurant Tommy’s Cafe and Bakery early one morning for an interview, he was busy in the kitchen doing what he does best; instead of having me wait for him to finish, he insisted

There aren’t a lot of spots in middle Georgia that look and feel just about the same way now as they did twenty years ago – either age and neglect have done their dirty work, or progress and modernization have forced a facelift. For the Cox Cafe downtown on Lower

Curious, I polled a group of my friends to see what first came to mind when they heard the word “burlesque.” For me, there’s an iconic image burned into my psyche – me sitting front row at a performance in Athens, momentarily stunned as a dancer shimmied up to me,

Stebin Horne is a man on a mission, and that mission is, in its purest form, helping people slow down and enjoy their lives a bit more. Horne’s savvy lies in connecting people with products that will help them move away from the dronelike adult routine of work-eat-sleep-repeat and into

You may not know Kathy Hoskins by name, but chances are, if you’ve been around middle Georgia for awhile, you’ve seen some aspect of our city filtered through the lens of her unique perspective. As creative director for the advertising agency Bright Ideas Group, she’s done award winning work for

It’s hard to imagine many things in life that couldn’t be improved by the presence of good beer. Family dinners become more tolerable; holiday gatherings are immediately more exciting; even health fairs can turn into festivals with enough delicious craft beer added to the mix. Wait a minute. Health fairs?

Anybody who grew up in middle Georgia is familiar with the name Sidney Lanier – he’s one of our literary claims to fame, a nineteenth-century poet and scholar considered to be on par with Whitman and Dickinson as far as influential writers of his era go. With all the musical