Long before camera phones, a local group was promoting the joys of photography

Viewing photographic works from the Atlanta Photography Group’s exhibition, Reverie.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Thanks to smartphones, just about everyone has a camera in their purse or their pocket these days. But it doesn’t come with details on how to produce a quality photograph.

Luckily, there’s a group for that.

The roughly 400 members of the […]


A comedian’s podcast pursues happiness with money

Paul Ollinger brings deep curiosity and observations about the absurdities of life to both his stand-up and his new podcast.

STORY: Michael Jacobs
Photos: Mike Carano

Being one of Facebook’s first 250 employees seemingly resolved Paul Ollinger’s lifelong stress over money. But after he left his job as the social network’s vice president of West Coast sales after four years […]


From playing violin to teaching children to composing with whales, Juan R. Ramírez Hernández hits all the right notes

STORY: Ann Hardie

Juan R. Ramírez Hernández performs, conducts and composes. What does he love most? Teaching kids. “The children are like vessels, and you put into those vessels what they need,” says Ramírez. “It’s always interesting to see what they can do with the information.”

On top of more […]


A Sandy Springs author dishes on dating and the senior set

STORY: H.M. Cauley

It might be raising a few eyebrows, but author Lynn Garson is happy with the title of her new book, Sex and the Single Grandma.

“Some people said they didn’t consider themselves a ‘grandma,’ and some didn’t like the idea of grandmas having sex,” says Garson. “I worked through a lot of titles before I […]


A Buckhead artist delves into her past for creative inspiration

Blayne Macauley’s artworks capturing memories in symbols have found a following thanks to HGTV.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Blayne Macauley’s days as an artist date back to her high school years at The Westminster Schools, where she took up photography. Then a trip to Italy between her junior and senior years introduced her to the power of […]


A local makeup artist sings a different song on stage

STORY: Kevin C. Madigan
Lahcen Boufedji Photography / Wardrobe courtesy of Tootsies

Latin jazz singer and songwriter Sarai Mateo can be found most Friday evenings and various other dates throughout the month performing at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Buckhead, but she took a long, circuitous route to get there.

Mateo is Puerto Rican but started life in Nicaragua in […]


A Buckhead artist moves from walls to floors with hand-painted rug designs

Artist Alan Vaughn creates durable works for floors as well as walls.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Put a painting on the floor? The idea does raise eyebrows, says Buckhead artist Alan Vaughn. But in fact, it’s been happening for eons.

“It goes back many hundreds of years, when big expanses of ship sails were painted by […]


After years of nurturing successful restaurants, chef Ford Fry whips up his first cookbook

Be it fajitas or flan, Ford Fry’s new Tex-Mex tome has it all.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Atlantans have long enjoyed dining at Ford Fry restaurants. In Buckhead alone, the Texasborn chef is behind the flavors of St. Cecilia, King + Duke and Superica, while also overseeing operations at nine other eateries around […]


Film critic Stephen Michael Brown shares his search for the creative and different on the big screen

STORY: Michael Jacobs

Stephen Michael Brown started writing movie reviews as a third grader in Greenville, South Carolina. His parents regularly took him to the theater and movies, and the storytelling of stage and screen hooked him. He brought monthly HBO guides to kindergarten for show-and-tell, joined the Boy Scouts for […]


Clothing boutique founder Dana Spinola adds author to her resume

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Call it a life crisis; call it a crossroads. Whatever it was, it hit Dana Spinola hard last year. After 16 years, the founder of the Fab’rik clothing stores and the mom of four was wiped out.

“I was living at 1 percent battery life,” says the 44-year-old. “When my team told me to take a […]