OPEN WIDE!

Dentist Hugh Flax’s new book aims to take a bite out of tooth terror

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Sandy Springs dentist Hugh Flax has heard all the corny jokes as well as the terrifying stories of people traumatized by the mere idea of making a dental appointment. It started early, in 1979, when he was accepted to Emory University’s (now closed) dental school.

“I was watching [the movie] Marathon Man […]

DOWN TO EARTH

Artist Adrina Richard specializes in practical pottery

Adrina Richards decorates her handmade crafts with designs inspired by her family.

Adrina Richards decorates her handmade crafts with designs inspired by her family.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

As far back as her teen years, Adrina Richard, 72, has been fascinated with ceramics. “I read about primitive pottery, collected pottery and bought pottery,” […]

LAUGHING HIS WAY TO THE BANK

STAND-UP IS A SIDE GIG FOR MORTGAGE BANKER KEVIN DWYER

STORY: Michael Jacobs
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Interest rates, property values and down payments don’t build the laughs of many Saturday Night Live skits, but mortgage banker Kevin Dwyer has crafted a comfortable home in the comedy world. “There’s a lot of humor in mortgages,” jokes the 44-year-old Brookhaven resident.

The lifelong Atlantan poured the foundation for his double life early […]

STARTING CHARITY EARLY

Local authors introduce youngsters to the basics of raising money for a cause

Veteran fundraiser Del Martin and two co-authors created a kids’ guide to raising and giving money.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Pick just about any social issue and there’s probably a kids’ book about it. From bullying and body image to how not to be wimpy, a selection abounds to give young readers insight on […]

LIFE-CHANGING ART

Schuyler Rideout goes back to her roots for her canvas creations

Buckhead artist Schuyler Rideout blends an eye for fashion with florals in much of her work. She also specializes in house portraits.

STORY: H.M. Cauley
Photos: Clay Fisher

Schuyler Rideout grew up in Savannah surrounded by fashion. “My mom and grandmother were both incredibly stylish,” she recalls. “They […]

CARRYING A TUNE

CHOIR TEACHER JONATHAN PILKINGTON HAS BELTED NOTES FROM GEORGIA TO NEW YORK

Jonathan Pilkington has had professional choral gigs with major groups like the New York Philharmonic and American Symphony Orchestra.

STORY: Muriel Vega

Jonathan Pilkington was born in Georgia on a Wednesday night during church choir rehearsal. While that may seem like a random fact, it marked the beginning of Pilkington’s career in music. “Apparently […]

PUTTING LATINO CULTURE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Aixa Pascual works to promote Latin American visual artists

A native of Puerto Rico, Aixa Pascual leads local efforts to spotlight Latino artists.

STORY: H.M. Cauley
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

Aixa Pascual has her own immigrant story. She grew up in Puerto Rico, came to the mainland to study international relations at Princeton University, then earned a master’s in journalism at Columbia. A job with a business magazine […]

“DOING LIFE” OVER THE AIRWAVES

Radio hosts Kevin Avery and Taylor Scott prove that good, clean fun still has its place

PHOTO / JASON GETZ

STORY: Ann Hardie

With Kevin Avery and Taylor Scott, the longest-running morning show hosts on Atlanta music radio, what you hear is what you get. Over a cup at Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Buckhead, not far from their station, 104.7 The Fish, the conversation goes […]

BREAKING BOUNDARIES

THE ATHLETIC PEASE BROTHERS TAKE ON A NEW CHALLENGE AS AUTHORS

Kyle Pease has never let cerebral palsy stand in his way. Along with brother, Brent, he has competed in marathons and Ironman competitions that have broken barriers for others. Kyle Pease has never let cerebral palsy stand in his way. Along with brother, Brent, he has competed in marathons and Ironman competitions that have […]

LOVE IS THE KEY

A Sandy Springs author puts a new spin on “LOL”

STORY: H.M. Cauley

In texting lingo, “LOL” means “laughing out loud,” though some have mistakenly interpreted those letters as “love you lots.” Sandy Springs author Robyn Spizman now offers another option with the title of her latest book, Loving Out Loud: The Power of a Kind Word.

The prolific writer, who has penned books on topics ranging from buying […]