Baltimore Pride Parade

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I can’t believe that this year was my first Pride Parade! It was such an incredible event with so much love and acceptance surrounding everyone. I’m so grateful for my friend Steve and his boyfriend Mike who made me feel welcome and introduced me to their friends. While it was beautiful and colorful and fun, it’s important to remember how it began and what it means for people who may not have been accepted and may still not feel accepted by many parts of our society. It’s been a long struggle for equality and still is an incredible struggle. Stonewall was only 50 years ago and things are happening today trying to erase all the progress that has been made towards equality.

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Even though this event was 4+ months ago, we shouldn’t wait for just one month to highlight and support the LGBTQ+ community so I’m happy to share these images now. I’m trying every day to be a better ally and that means listening and educating myself and sharing photos of my LGBTQ+ friends and demanding that our communities and our governments do better. I could never find the best words to describe Pride, so instead I will use those generously shared with me.

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“As far as Pride goes, I finally feel included after all of these years of people telling me I was just confused. Gay and straight people alike would tell me bisexuality wasn’t a thing and it really messed with me. Now I finally feel like I’m not “other” and I’m included, even though we had LGBT in college, the BT really got ignored. Now we have LGBTQ etc and maybe in another 50 years we won’t need labels like that if we keep pushing, because there are so many people who think being who you’re born to be is “unnatural” when it’s the most natural thing in the universe to be yourself. I hope that my child will not have as many labels and prejudices to sift through but with this administration it will mean we have to fight harder and PRIDE louder for our place in equality.” - Ashley

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“Pride is accepting yourself after years of not knowing what was wrong with you.
Pride is teaching yourself sex education.
Pride is killing your own god.
Pride is coming out to your friends and family even if you fear that they may disown you.
Pride is becoming the family your friends have lost.

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“Pride is speaking out against injustice in a place full of people who think you shouldn't exist.
Pride is going to class every single day even though you will get misgendered and deadnamed every. single. day.
Pride is meeting her parents, even though her father asks her "why not a boyfriend?"
Pride is when you keep walking with your head held high after a man shouts "faggot" at you on the street.
Pride is learning the history they never taught you in school, history people will tell you "never happened".

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“Pride is grieving every single soul who was taken from us too soon - by bigots, by the police, by the AIDS epidemic, by their own weary hands.
Pride is going out to the gay club, knowing you may not return home.
Pride is defending trans children from legislators and the uneducated masses.
Pride is using the public restroom.
Pride is consuming all the gay media you never had as a child.

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“Pride is making your own stories so you can finally see yourself represented.
Pride is shopping in the "wrong section" of the store, secretly worried someone will say something.
Pride is painting your boys' nails for them and complimenting their makeup.
Pride is choosing not to take your own life even when death feels like the most peaceful escape.
Pride is cutting all your hair off and finally recognizing the reflection in the mirror.

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“Pride is changing your own name.
Pride is not lying at job interviews even though no one will hire you now.
Pride is working in a state that can legally fire you for your sexual orientation/ gender identity.
Pride is wanting to start a family even though people think you're a poison to children.
Pride is choosing love in a world that chooses hate - a world where homosexuality is still punishable by death, where people tell you there shouldn't be a pride month because "you people aren't oppressed".” - Kalven

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Behind the Scenes: Artist Bronwyn Haymes | Baltimore Art Photography

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It should come as no surprise that I love capturing details, including behind the scenes of how things are made and created. I met Baltimore artist Bronwyn Haymes several years ago through volunteering at the Creative Alliance where she works the box office and we instantly hit it off. She’s had multiple shows around town, at the CA and elsewhere, showcasing her phenomenal talents combining paint and threadwork on her canvases and I knew I wanted to capture her at work. Last March we met for a morning in her studio at The Creative Labs down along the Jones Falls, a space filled with various artists, art installations, and events. Bronwyn is incredibly candid on Instagram about her journey with alopecia, an autoimmune disease resulting in hair loss, and during this visit she was beginning to find out what that meant for her and was working on a piece that spoke to the relationship with hair. The second piece she worked on that day was taller than her and she was adding the thread details, giving it texture. I had so much fun hanging out with Bronwyn and climbing around her studio to capture these images!

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Sherwood Gardens


I can’t believe I lived in Baltimore for 8 years before I stumbled upon Sherwood Gardens.  I had heard of it, but never realized the full extent of the grounds and the plantings.  Honestly, I thought it was a median strip across from the Hopkins campus and therefore never made the effort.  I’m not sure what prompted my visit last April, but if felt magical.  Situated in the Guilford neighborhood, amongst large house and tree-lined streets, it was a part of a large estate donated to the city.  It felt like I walked into a medieval fairy tale, complete with someone playing the flute.  Seriously – someone was actually playing classic flute music.  Like the Pied Piper.  And children ran around him with hula hoops.  Lovers and friends picnicking and painting on blankets in the grass.  I couldn’t make this up.  Reality is so much more magical than fiction.  Have you seen the movie The 10th Kingdom?  I felt like I was in Kissing Town.

I couldn’t get over the swaths of color.  They exploded my senses and filled my camera lens.  The only other place I’ve had this precise feeling was along the banks of the Rio Darro, below the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.  Do you suppose there are places in the world that are closer to another realm?  Where the veil between worlds is thinner and seeps along the edges of time and space, giving us that feeling that our body is not quite firmly planted in this earth, but is touching some other place or time?  Or is it just fate that this day, this color, these people, this music, those flowers, have all come together just right?  How do we best live these moments?  I try so hard to hold onto the feeling of wonderment that perhaps I miss more of the magic that exists.  At these moments I want to tell everyone and no one at the same time, because it is so sacred, so beautiful that it must be shared and yet it must be kept close to the heart, because how could anyone else ever really understand how the moment feels….


And if you want to know what Kissing Town sounds like... see below. 

Last Weekend

Last weekend my parents came to visit and despite the gray skies and chilly March temperatures, we had a grand ole time!  As usual there was lots of food, lots of tasty beverages and lots of catching up and kitty time.  Since I haven't taken time to find the battery charger for my camera, these are all off my iPhone.

Walking around Fells Point.

Under Armor across the harbor. 
We didn't even go into their flagship store down the water because
I was afraid we would never come out! (soooo amazing...)

I finally understand why women get regular haircuts! 
Going to Teri from now on.

Amazing dinner at Fork and Wrench.  That place may get me to start drinking rye whiskey.

Trish time at home.

My wins from a trip to the Book Thing.

If you are a reader and ever come to Baltimore, go check out the Book Thing.  It's a free, volunteer-based and donation-based book store that is only open on the weekends.  I cannot walk out of there without an armload of books....

Instagram pic of the fresh-brewed coffee from Artifact down in Meadow Mill.

Quick glimpse of Artifacts.  Such a good thing I don't live nearby because I would be there all the time!  I love the rustic-industrial look of the interior.

We stopped at the new homebrew store under 83, Nepenthe.  I believe the name is derived from Edgar Allen Poe.  We Baltimorons love our Poe.  Long wall malts and grains.

It would not be a date if there was not beer involved!  We finally made it to the 2 year old Union Craft Brewing for a tasting and tour.  Todd and I will be back in April for the Charm City Bluegrass Festival. Can't wait!

Four taps.

Being silly.

So many cute Easter Bunnies!!  At Trove.

Having fun with Plepleus in the Wine Source.
Hand stained red from dinner's beet salad.
Moose morning coffee.
More Trish time!

Since Todd was leaving for the week I bought some fresh flowers to make myself feel better.  I learned this great tip from Diana's blog and they have not even begun to wilt in 5 days!

Hope everyone has a great weekend coming up!  I am looking forward to taking it easy, running some errands, a bit of homework and a dinner with friends.  And actually getting to spend more than an hour or two with my husband!