Sophomore’s Summer Playlist

I made this playlist two days after completing my second year at college. Sitting in the passenger seat on the way home, I added more than 70 songs to a playlist as the 1996 Chevy Suburban, that would later break down in Indianapolis, schlepped along the weathered Midwestern freeway. With each song I placed, I remembered the moment that was…

Happy Father’s Day

That's little Brooks in the wagon. Brooks is now a big brother to Larson. Dean and Ingrid live in Mill Glen with the boys and their neighbor is Lifestyle Publications' photographer Nicole Stephens who took this lovely shot. We're so pleased that Nicole introduced us to the Hudson family and that they agreed to share thoughts on why they chose…

Festivals For The Rest of us

Are you ready for the second half of 2017? These food, beverage and music festivals will help you look forward to it! As the weather gets warmer and vacations become imperative after a long winter, here are some festivals throughout the nation—plus one north of the U.S. border—our travel expert Dennis Malcolm Byron--aka beer expert Ale Sharpton--strongly recommends especially for…

Dear Papa Jim,

We like your magazine! Since this issue is full of the BEST things about living here, we wanted to say that YOU are the BEST thing about living here. We love you, Papa Jim.

Alaina’s Home Ranch Chili

While visiting the enchanting luxury dude ranch, Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado last month, one of the kitchen's talented chefs served this chili during a three-course gourmet lunch. After a morning of snow shoeing and horse back riding through just a slice of the ranch's 4,000 rolling acres, we rambled into the log-hewn dining room to find a roaring fire…

Sue’s picks for local spirits

Atlanta is flush with home-spun spirits. This isn't your grandpappy's moonshine, though. Distilleries like Old Fourth Distillery and American Spirit Whiskey are making us proud. This gin is one of my favorites, an impressive rich and smooth pour. Handcrafted Southern Dry Gin from Old Fourth Distillery is distilled from organic Italian wheat and vapor infused with fresh botanicals: juniper berries…

Blues Be Gone

Following the fun and festivities of the holiday season, mild depression or mental distress is common as many people find it difficult to get back into their normal daily lives. This is commonly referred to as holiday blues or post-holiday syndrome. It’s not unusual for a person suffering from the blues to behave erratically for the first few weeks after…

A Sweet 
Georgia Salute

Pearson Farm has been growing peaches and pecans on the same land for over 130 years. For five generations the Pearson family has farmed the red clay of Crawford County. In 1885, Moses Winlock “Lockie” Pearson and his wife, Cornelia Emory “Emma”, moved to Fort Valley, Georgia and planted the first peach trees for the Pearson family. Now more than…

November 2016 Parting Thoughts

In 2005, the Sparling family decided that a suitable location for our Thanksgiving festivities would be the Monkey Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a dimly lit private club on the edge of Main Street. They transformed the place, where a combined playlist of Motown, 70s and 80s hits and an occasional piano ballad recorded by my late maternal grandfather played…

More than a Meal: a Feature Production

Most people view cooking as a chore, maybe a labor of love, but still work. There’s shopping, chopping, sautéing, simmering, boiling, baking, roasting and grilling. For a few glorious moments, there’s the actual partaking of the meal that took all that effort to prepare…and in what seems like a split second, they’re gone – all your people, they leave you…

Ride a Bike in a New Way

Imagine riding a bike with no brakes and no gears on a track with a 36 degree banking. Sound thrilling? That's Track cycling--a form of cycling based on speed, tactics and strength, and you can learn to do it here in Atlanta at the Dick Lane Velodrome.

Thank You for Making a Difference

This is probably similar to what you’re hearing at your house, as well. All they want is to sleep in, hang out with friends, have sleepovers, and be spontaneous rather than returning to strict schedules. And who can blame them? That’s the fun of being a kid and the magic of summertime.

My Second Lifer Staycation

Heading out in Atlanta, for me, has become a true adventure. As a “Second Lifer,” newly single with older kids, I am finally getting the chance to experience the city on my terms. It is only in the past few years that I have ventured outside my own Sandy Springs community, where I have encountered history, culture and philanthropy. This…

Take Your Dad Outside

Sure, brunch and bow ties are grand, but this year, why not grab your favorite man and head outside? Father's Day shares the month of June with National Trails Day and the 85th anniversary of Georgia’s State Park System. Park rangers are saying “hike with us on Father's Day” as a way to honor our country’s largest public trail event.…

Plan Now, Play Later

This past March, we loaded up our three sons, grabbed our passports, and flew 5,022 miles to Rome, Italy, for spring break. With the oldest kid in the bunch just shy of turning 12, many folks thought we were crazy. This wasn’t the first international trip we’ve taken with our family, but it was our best adventure to date for…

Playlists From The Modern Girl

Growing up, my parents never played the top 40 station as we drove to and fro in our iconic blue mini van. My dad strictly played “80s on 8” and “70s on 7” while my mom played the sinful sounds of Motown and Jill Scott. So, I've never have the same taste for popular music as my peers. When friends…

Cooking With Love

Besides the Meadowcreek High School students who are already scheduled to report to her classes throughout the day, it is a regular occurrence for alumni, aspiring chefs, industry professionals and faculty to pay Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Simone Byron a visit. Their reasons for stopping by range from simply saying hello, to getting a dose of Chef Simone’s humorous, yet…

Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016!

Happy New Year! Now that you’ve got your fitness and wellness goals firmly in place, it’s time to look closely at the space around you and ask yourself, “Are things looking a little cluttered?” or “Are my closets bursting at the seams?” Why not set a goal to de-clutter and, more importantly, to simplify this year?

What Hanukkah Means To Me

Like most Jewish kids, Hanukkah was my favorite holiday—for the obvious reasons—presents and fun celebrations without long synagogue services to attend! Now, as an adult and a parent, it is for the exact same reasons that I have come to dread Hanukkah to some extent.

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

Waiting for Schnapps

Pets were taken so seriously in my household growing up that my dad would refer to one dog as his “number two son.” I hope that meant I was number one.

Why I Taught My Mom To Play Baseball

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”- Yogi Berra My name is Witt Grebe and I love baseball. I started playing baseball when I was 4 years old. Back then, my mom used to stand on the sidelines and cheer. I was so happy when my mom cheered that I wanted to…

Next Step School Year: College Freshman

or years, as summer winds down our thoughts turn to our children’s new school year. In grade school we anxiously awaited emails with teacher and room assignments and compared notes on classes and school supply lists. In middle school we stood for hours outside of dressing rooms and debated whether to buy the next size up in the pricey, must-have…

July 2015 Parting Thoughts

This month is our street’s annual block party. What shall we bring? Something meatless, of course. Fortunately there are other vegetarians on our street, so we don’t feel like complete odd balls. But the only way we found that out was by attending a previous block party. That’s where we found out that we have Presbyterians and Libertarians and a…

Meet Dennis Milton Byron

Greetings everyone. My name is Dennis Malcolm Byron and have been fortunate to contribute to Lifestyle Publications for more than two years covering automobiles, travel, interesting people, shooting covers, and every so often disclosing the wonders of beer under my alias Ale Sharpton. When I happened to invite my father, Dennis Milton Byron, to one of our magazine’s celebratory functions,…

A Family That Travels Together

My husband and I had the wanderlust before we met.  He had lived and studied in Zurich, Switzerland, after college; I had lived and studied in Venice, Italy, during college. We each took the opportunity while in Europe to travel the Old World. He learned German, I learned Italian, and we traveled, getting around the continent bilingually, with scraps of French or…