Deshala Dixon has a passion for helping others. So shortly after she moved to Warner Robbins to become a senior assistant district attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit, she signed up to start a local chapter of the newly formed national organization Black Girls RUN!
She skates with the likes of Belle of the Brawl, Quadratic Abrasion and Harper Lethal. They call her Axtual Malice. Together they are Apocalpstix, one of seven cleverly named Atlanta Rollergirls teams, all part of the national Women's Flat Track Derby Association.
Richard Hubert isn't worried about what he'll do after he retires. In fact, he's excited about the prospect.
Vivian Hoard doesn't consider herself an athlete. A tax controversy litigator at Taylor English Duma and mother of two, she's more comfortable sitting in the stands watching her daughter play soccer than sweating. Yet she has biked, hiked and run long distances to support friends who have battled cancer.
For boys of a certain generation, collecting baseball cards was as integral to their lives as reading comic books and watching Saturday morning cartoons. After becoming adults, the vast majority of those hobbyists either abandoned their interest or bumped it to a new level by trafficking in rare and expensive cards.
If you have a heart attack, pass out from heat stroke, break your arm tripping over a computer cable or are bitten by a snake, David McLaughlin is a guy you want kneeling next to you.
At his day job, Tilman "Tripp" Self III decrees while wearing a black robe and maintains order with the pounding of a gavel. At his side gig, Self decrees while wearing a black-and-white striped shirt and maintains order with the toot of a whistle.
Growing up in Milwaukee, Bennett Bryan saw plenty of graffiti and street art. As a teen he liked to paint murals with his friends, but he also was interested in politics and majored in political science. "By the time I went to law school, I knew my skills were more analytical than artistic," he said. "A lawyer was absolutely what I was meant to be. I leave the public art to the professionals now."
Growing up in Greenwood, S.C., Charles "Chuck" Beaudrot discovered his passion for music early on. His parents sang in the church choir, and his mother was a church organist.
When the curtain goes up for "A Courthouse Line X" at the 14th Street Playhouse on Nov. 7, Catherine M. O'Neil will be frenetically busy backstage, directing the popular fundraiser for the Atlanta Bar Foundation. Then, she will dance.