of Christmas lights, protests & police

There is tension in the air

It stifles the holiday cheer

The lights are bright

But the chants are louder

“We can’t breathe!”

“Our home is your home”

Despite not having spent Christmas with my immediate family in nearly 8 years, today was another wonderful holiday. I am very thankful for strangers turned friends who continue to open their homes to me and allow me to feel the warmth and love of family on days such as this. May joy, love, kindness and generosity abound always!


Christmas Eve 2013




Today I ventured beyond Baltimore, and into Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvannia -a neighborhood near Harrisburg. This neighborhood has a long standing Christmas eve tradition of lining the streets with lit candles in bags of sand. It’s usually a breath-taking sight, similar to the airport runway lights at night. Tonight was a flop because the candles could barely stay lit because of the intense wind this evening. Nonetheless, I managed to capture some moments on camera, including this amazingly huge tree which has existed longer than the houses you see. Merry Christmas all!

hOliDaY liGhTs

This evening’s weather was pleasant, so I decided to forego taking the shuttle from school and walked home instead. I really enjoyed the holiday decorations on the streets and store fronts along Charles St. I’m so ready for the holidays, just can’t wait to wrap up the semester.