Up On the Roof

Steph_2_cropped. jpgBy Stephanie Stamm

One of the perks of moving to Atlanta is getting to reconnect with my dear friend and fellow Writing Wranglers and Warriors blogger Erin Farwell. When I had dinner with her and her family last weekend, she asked me if anything in particular has struck me as different about Atlanta. Two things came to mind: the multiple skylines and all the trees.

I lived in Chicago for ten years, so when I think skylines, I generally picture Chicago’s distinctive one. Atlanta, in contrast, has three: the Buckhead skyline, the Midtown skyline, and the Downtown skyline. Atlanta feels like multiple small cities merged into one large one.

Part of the Buckhead skyline
Midtown and, in the distance, Downtown

Surrounding these high rise areas are residential areas, filled with single family homes—and trees. Lots and lots of trees. I live on Peachtree, the main north-south artery that runs from Buckhead to Downtown. But to either side of this busy, busy street lie lovely, tree-filled, residential neighborhoods that provide pleasant walking paths. I didn’t know it was possible for a city to be so green. It’s like the best of both worlds, all the benefits of urban living, still surrounded by nature.


I grew up on a farm, and though I have become a city girl, I need to have some nature in my life. When I lived in Chicago, the lake shore provided a kind of refuge for me, a place to reconnect with nature, when I needed to escape the feeling of being bounded by concrete and asphalt. In Atlanta, I don’t feel so hemmed in, because of all those trees. Even if I’m stuck in traffic—unless that’s on I-285, I-75, or GA 400—the view out the windows is usually pleasant.

Stone Mountain in the distance
Stone Mountain on the horizon

And another great thing: I can see the skylines and the tree canopy from the roof of my building. The pictures throughout this post were taken up there. So, if this old world does start getting me down, I guess I know where to go. 🙂


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I am the author of the New Adult/Young Adult urban fantasy series, The Light-Bringer:



I have also contributed stories (one fictional and one true) to the following volumes:

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