Natasha Sierakowski of Maryland Wedding Makeup did a lovely job on Bijal’s wedding day…
And was kind enough to feature my photos of Julie and Bijal’s wedding on her blog recently. In the DMV? Check her out if you need any cosmetic magic.
I’ve been a fan of Carolyn Hax’s advice column since I was a nerdy kid thumbing through my parents’ Washington Post Magazine. Readers often ask her for relationship advice: Is it time to move in with my partner? Should we tell our pregnant daughter we hate the name she’s choosing? So when a recent column addressed ”how to keep bouncing back when life keeps sending bad news your way,” I paid special attention. Here’s part of Carolyn’s reply:
I can’t say this enough: Strip your life of everything that either doesn’t matter or can wait for later. Spare from the ax one or two activities that have a renewing effect on you, and make them your refuge. Spend your remaining energy on giving and receiving love from those whose time is running out.
Also, take faultless care of yourself, based on the holistic trinity of sleep, exercise and healthy diet.
Thankfully I’m not living under a “crap tsunami” (as the poetic letter-writer, who is mourning one parent while caring for another, put it). Not even close. But if you are, or if you’re supporting a loved one through a hard time, this is worth the read.
Link: Carolyn Hax, Rebounding from Life’s Lemons, Feb. 15
Photo: “Keep the beach and boardwalk clean,” Coney Island, August 2010.
In ninth grade I took Mr. Fear’s intro to photography class, where we all spent months staring at photographs in books, watching slide shows during lectures, and wondering when we’d finally get into the mysterious darkroom the juniors and seniors loved so much. Finally we got to enter the chemical-smelling cave and learn the fundamentals – but not on the Nikons we’d come to love months later. First we experimented with pinhole cameras.
My pinhole camera was was a round tin that previously held “rainforest cookies” with a piece of wood acting as a sort of tripod on the bottom. We each drilled a tiny hole into the bottom of our tins, went into the darkroom to place photo paper inside the lid, covered the whole thing in duct and electrical tape, and created a little “shutter” over the hole. Then we went out into the sunlight. When we lifted the shutter to allow light in, the outside world was projected upside down onto the photo paper. We experimented with exposure times and returned to the darkroom to remove and develop our images one at a time.