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You are invited to watch our 1-Minute Video: “Moments” on SaportaReport

Please watch our one-minute video preview of “Moments,” our new weekly glimpse into the men and women whose own personal moments have changed metro Atlanta:

Two former mayors, Sam Massell and Shirley Franklin, former Georgia Tech graduate student Ryan Gravel who envisioned the Beltline, radio personality Clark Howard – and many others who aren’t so famous – will share their insights into a time when everything changed in their lives. The videos will last only a minute, but we’ll place them into context in an adjoining column.

Life comes at us quickly – especially with all the electronic distractions on our desks or in our pockets. I’m certainly guilty of reading my iPhone when I ride an elevator or wait in line. I’m not as aware as I once was of the circumstances and people around me. The Internet connects me to you but also allows us to disconnect, especially when we’re in a crowd. We’ve learned to ask quick questions, not expecting or perhaps not wanting a long answer. How would you know if that friend or stranger passing by you is in need of a friendly smile or understanding ear – unless you take a moment to look a little deeper into their eyes.

As you dash around this holiday season, take a moment to connect with those who are dear – or perhaps just near – to you. In the next few weeks, try asking an unexpected question and see if you get an unexpected answer. Be creative. Move closer. Make a moment.

Perhaps our Moments column will spark a conversation at your dinner table about that moment that changed you, a friend or a family member. At the least, please share our video preview with your online “friends.” Maybe it will spark a story you haven’t heard. If so, please share it when you join SaportaReport in January for “Moments.”

Chris Schroder is publisher of SaportaReport.com, president of Schroder Public Relations and a former newspaper reporter and owner. He can be reached at [email protected] Video by Reid Childers at Eyesome Productions.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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