At Three Stone Steps most of our weekends are spent outside at markets and festivals. (If we have a home, it’s the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar, in the little west side annex.) We’ve never been big fans of summer in the Baltimore-Washington region. (Well, at least not since the days the sleepaway camp.) We do, however, look for little glimmers of loveliness in the summer, and captured this neighborhood scene on Monday night.
Have a great (summer) weekend whatever you do.
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I’ve been reading so much about the abuses of aid that I think it’s become my hobby. And, while I know the aid industry has a lot of horrible consequences, it also has unintended funny (funny funny and sort of sad funny) ones.
If you’ve ever traveled in developing nations, you wind up seeing people wearing what I can only describe as incongruous tee shirts. And maybe because Haiti’s so close to the U.S., or that Haiti seems to be some sort of Goodwill store drop off for stuff people no longer want that it seems to have a particularly large number of people wearing unlikely tee shirts. You know, a large guy digging a ditch with a shirt that reads, “Joshua’s Bar Mitzvah” or another guy lounging around in a “Vassar Women’s Swimming Team” shirt. Spotting and mentally cataloging these shirts has become yet another hobby.
However, no shirts that I’ve seen so far have quite topped the one by the straw hat seller that I saw last week on a beach in Jacmel.
I know that Haiti has a lot of challenges. But personally I’m rooting for a textile industry that makes tee shirts for domestic use.
I’ve always blamed a combination of Dickens, Currier and Ives, and a stop motion animation special with a red nosed character for the preoccupation with having a white Christmas. There are huge swatches of the planet where Christmas is eagerly celebrated and where it never or rarely ever snows, or only snows at really high elevations. Here in the Baltimore/DC area, we’re living through a blissfully balmy December (and as someone who does outdoor shows during the month, this is wonderful beyond all words).
For today’s Friday Photo, I bring you a photo from outside a church from the Land of Eternal Spring, or Guatemala. (In all honestly, this photo was taken in May of this year, but I imagine if you go to this church in Chichicastenango today, the scene would be the same.)
And, whatever the weather is in your part of the planet, have a great holiday.