Before she begins talking about her work, sex therapist Kim Yost wants to make one thing very clear: “No clothes come off during the session!” That might seem obvious, but Yost says people would be surprised at how frequently clients think they’re going to show her their problems. After all, …Read More »
Portraits were never a specialty for Baltimore photographer Ben Marcin. Neither were shooting weddings or bar mitzvahs. Instead, his thing has always been taking something ordinary — like a parking garage, a stairwell, even a crack in the sidewalk — and making it appear extraordinary. Marcin’s different view of everyday …Read More »
Even in the best of times, what seems to matter the most is our connection to other people; and in trying times, we can always reach out to those close to us. Even more heartwarming is when complete strangers touch one another in meaningful ways. The simplest gestures of goodwill …Read More »
Crowning Glory One act of rebellion leads a writer to ask how our hair defines us and who gets to decide.
Last spring, my 13-year-old sister Veronica was given permission to walk home from school by herself. She was getting ice cream with friends and then going home, and was supposed to update my parents every step of the way. Instead, she went alone to a barber shop across the street …Read More »
As a young white woman in the 1960s and 1970s, Paula Sparks says she didn’t believe that she was racist: The sociology major objected to racism, had black friends and “didn’t see color,” she recalled thinking, now calling those thoughts clichés. In summer 2016, following several high-profile police-involved shootings of …Read More »
Be a giver. Spread the love and make someone’s day. We’ll get you started with a little gift-giving inspiration (okay, there are more than fourteen pages of presents in our issue) from more than 35 local stores and boutiques. There’s something here for everyone — consider it our gift to …Read More »
Purse Power More women are in control of household giving -- and they're giving more than in previous years.
Philanthropy is important, and not just by save-the-world standards. It’s also big business in the United States — nearly $400 billion big. But while most big business is still male-dominated, it’s women who are changing the face of charitable giving. “You could make the argument that women are becoming the …Read More »
HOW DO YOU… Amp Up Your Signature Look “A lot of people need an update or are stuck in their ways when it comes to fashion,” Pascale Lemaire, stylist at The Artist Agency, says. The key, she says, is to take the things you gravitate toward — say, a certain …Read More »
On the freshly ironed tablecloth in Caroline Lee Ringus’ home in Middle River, are a plate of artfully arranged Pepperidge Farm cookies and a lone, worn manila envelope containing seven, maybe eight photographs of varying sizes. These are the only record of Ringus’ childhood growing up at St. Leo’s Italian …Read More »
If the look of handwriting on an old surface tattered from use grabs your attention or if you admire people who dare to do the seemingly impossible to further scientific inquiry, there are two titles by and about creative spirits to put on your bedside table. The elegant design …Read More »