Happy Holidays, One and All

For the first time ever, my children will not all be under my roof for the holiday.  They are 18, 21 and 26, all independent creative humans. I love being with them, not only because I am their mother, but also because they are interesting, engaging, political, funny and… good helpers in the kitchen.  I … Continued

It’s finally fall, friends!

  My mother taught at a cooperative preschool for more than 20 years. She was gentle, cheerful and encouraging. Everything a preschooler (or daughter) needed. On Thanksgiving, we would unwrap the porcelain turkey shaped salt and pepper shakers and she would task me and my sister with the job of making place cards. We would … Continued

Hello foodies

  Elevated burgers, craft cocktails, seasonal beers, hand tacos, roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower pureé, kimchi this and kale that, farm-to-table here and dock-to-table there. I like all food trends. They are fun and sometimes even tasty. But mostly, trying something new builds our confidence and gives us perspective.   I remember begging my mother to … Continued

Hello Lovelies!

When I was in eighth grade, my brother gave me a book of fashion photographs by Richard Avedon. This little Midwest girl shopped at The Gap and some other long-gone boutique in the local mall. I was a short tomboy with zero fashion sense but knew that book was something special. The only thing I … Continued

Hello friends,

Don’t judge me. I don’t like cats. They are moody, bossy and aren’t always thoughtful when it comes to choosing the best spot to leave their mark.  But, we have three at our house since everyone else loves cats. And, we’ve always had a cat, adopting them from friends and shelters. Johnny (named after the … Continued

Happy Summertime

This issue hits my sweet spot. Summertime. As a kid, I’d ride my 10-speed bike own a dusty dirt road to Colony Swim Club after I’d finished my chores and practiced piano. With a towel, book, PB&J sandwich and a quarter in my backpack, I’d be set for the day. By 5:30pm, my mom and … Continued

Happy Father’s Day, Guys

For this men’s issue, I channeled my dad, Spud Sparling, who lived life voraciously and was gregarious, hard working and athletic. He worked hard but played harder. I was the first girl after four boys so I ran faster, climbed higher and just did more, not to keep up with my brothers, but to keep … Continued

Happy May!

When it comes to girlfriends, I’m the luckiest the jackpot. My first and oldest girlfriend is Nancy P. We share a birthday and met when I was 3. Our mothers were friends, probably because they both had a boat load of kids and husbands who worked too much. I enrolled in a small liberal arts … Continued

April 2018 Lifestyle Letter

I probably had kale stuck between my teeth during the entirety of the 20th annual Georgia Organics conference, but nobody seemed to care (or find it off-putting). Farmers, journeymen, health and wellness professionals, chefs, public health workers and farm-to-school administrators from Georgia and the Carolinas gathered in Augusta to celebrate all things agricultural. And, boy do those folks know how…

Hello Alpharetta

We are still reeling from the success of our 2017 Readers' Choice Awards party last month.