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July 4 — Happy Sunday and Happy 4th of July from the team at Atlanta Senior Life

This week's holiday edition of our newsletter has four stories including our third installment in a series of profiles about local Atlantans who have started new businesses after retiring. Today we visit with Geoffrey Levy who has entered the CBD business in Sandy Springs.

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Have a great week!
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1. Joe Earle bakes a 'going out pie'

🥧 In his monthly Around Town column, Senior Life editor Joe Earle reflects on his newly vaccinated status and venturing out of the house after over a year on lockdown. 

In the days before widespread vaccinations, COVID made going out of the house into something threatening. A simple trip to the grocery literally could prove fatal. Working at your office could make you sick. People were – and still are — fighting over wearing masks, keeping apart and just how to act in the company of strangers.

In a world like that, it was easy to keep to oneself and fall back on simple pleasures. Puzzles. Books and magazines. TV shows delivered up by Netflix that provided hours of English detectives and French detectives and even Icelandic and Korean detectives unraveling twisted crimes.

Those things offered a measure – or at least a feeling — of control. They seemed to say that the world, despite the weirdness of lockdown and the sudden scariness of strangers, hadn’t really changed. My little domestic pleasures provided a sort of comfort food for the scared.

Which brings me back to strawberry pie."

[Photo by Taryn Elliott]

2. Starting Fresh: Exploring CBD

For most folks, retirement means slowing down. But, Geoffrey Levy isn't most folks

For many years, Geoffrey Levy has made his living with his South Sea pearl business. His business has taken him all around the world as he sold the high-quality Australian, Tahitian and Indonesian pearls to jewelers, wholesalers and manufacturers.

Now a metro Atlanta resident, Levy was born in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia at the time) and came to the United States in 1977. “Like most citizens of Rhodesia, I was drafted into service during the Bush War,” he said. The Rhodesian Bush War, 1964-1979, was a civil conflict that resulted in the independence of Zimbabwe. For three years, Levy was a pilot in the Police Air Wing (PRAW), flying reconnaissance, before he made his way to the U.S. 

About a year ago, Levy decided to open a marketplace for CBD products – Apothecary ATL in Sandy Springs. He explained that, personally, he had a good experience with CBD when he broke a toe and was getting no help from doctors. “Nothing helped,” he said. “Then several people told me to try CBD, and when I did, it gave me relief.”

Read more about his story here.


3. Georgia's National Parks


Some 50 years ago, journalist Charles Seabrook set an ambitious lifetime goal for himself — to visit every unit of the National Park Service, 423 of them by the latest count.

The park units, of course, are a diverse lot. They range from a few acres to millions of acres in size. They include our familiar national parks such as Yellowstone and the Everglades, but also encompass national monuments, national historic sites, national battlefields, national seashores, national recreation areas and on and on. No matter their title or purpose, though, they’re all referred to as “national parks.” 

In his latest "Travels with Charlie" feature, Seabrook recounts a part of that goal he has checked off the list: visiting all of the locations in Georgia, including Cumberland Island National Seashore which is pictured above.  

4. A Metro Fresh mix

Before he opened the popular MetroFresh restaurants in Atlanta, Mitchell Anderson was known for his roles on TV shows and films like Party of FiveThe Karen Carpenter Story (he played brother Richard), Jaws: The Revenge, and most recently an Emmy-nominated turn on the Amazon Prime series After Forever.

These days, Anderson spends most of his time in the kitchen, and now behind the bar.

“When I decided to leave show business [Jenny Levison, aka Souper Jenny] took me into her kitchen and taught me a very improvisational approach to fresh food," Anderson says. "I took to it right away and MetroFresh was born. Jenny was definitely ahead of her time and, with her blessing and help, we brought farm-to-table food to Midtown all those years ago.”

Atlanta Intown caught up with Anderson to talk about the evolution of Bar MetroFresh and his acting career. Plus he shared his In the Mix playlist featuring tunes by everyone from Elton John to K.T. Oslin – and, of course, The Carpenters. Press play!

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