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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Photographer Captures The Brutal But Sweet Reality Of Being A Mom

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Motherhood is messy.
And Giedre Gomes, a 35-year-old photographer who lives in Cedar Lake, Indiana, didn’t sugarcoat anything when she decided to take a series of photographs illustrating what being a mom really looks like for “Mother’s Day.”
Six weeks ago, Gomes — who has two sons, Mario, 5, and Rocco, 3 — had a “crazy idea” that she couldn’t get out of her head. As a photographer, she typically takes photos of clients and their children that look pristine.
“They’re pretty, dreamy moms in a flower fields kissing babies,” she told HuffPost. “And that’s beautiful, but after the photo shoots I come home to reality — to my own family and two boys — and there’s no rainbows, unicorns or butterflies.”
Gomes wanted to reveal the “reality and routine” part of motherhood that a lot of women could relate to. So she got a few of her mom friends together — with their kids — and snapped photos of what it’s really like to be called “Mommy.”
“It’s not easy being a mom; there are days that I wait for my husband to get home so I can get out for a half-an-hour,” Gomes said.
And although all the photos in the series reflect “everything I went through or still going through,” she said she’s recently experienced a tad more privacy in her life.
“I can finally take a shower alone,” she said. “But most of the time my 3-year-old still sits on the toilet and waits for me to be done.”
Hey, it’s the small victories, we suppose.
Check out some photos from Gomes’ series below.

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Texas students take solace in baseball after school shooting

Deer Park (United States) (AFP) - Thirty-six hours after several classmates were gunned down in a massacre, Santa Fe High School athletes took the field Saturday to partake in a longstanding and, for at least one evening, healing Texas pastime: baseball.
The setting spring sun cast a golden glow as umpires dusted red dirt off the home plate and the crowd settled in the bleachers, all in preparation for a game that until Friday's killings was never expected to attract much attention.
Ten people, mostly students, were killed and 13 wounded when a teenage classmate armed with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire in the Santa Fe High School on Friday.
When the announcer introduced the Santa Fe Indians -- whose pitcher was shot in the back of the head by the gunman, miraculously survived and joined his team for the opening line-up -- the crowd of about 1,000 erupted in cheers.
Despite their star Rome Shubert's near death, and Santa Fe families preparing to bury loved ones, the team voted to play its Saturday playoff game as a show of strength and a means of catharsis in the face of tragedy.
"This is very, very important," Andie Martinez, a 16-year-old Santa Fe junior, told AFP of the game before the crowd rose for a moment of silence.
"You can just see how the community came together in this," she said. The shooter, identified as a 17-year old student, "tried to break us apart but the community stands strong."
- God spared me -
Shubert was among 13 people wounded in the school shooting.
"I'm so greatful (sic) and blessed that god spared me life today," Shubert wrote on Twitter, barely five hours after he was shot.
"Today I was shot in the back of the head but I am completely okay and stable."
Trent Beazley, a catcher on the team, was also injured when a bullet grazed his side.
Neither teen played, but both suited up and sat in the dugout to cheer on their teammates.
"We Are With You," read one sign taped to the bleachers.
The Indians held their own in the first inning, but by the second, they found themselves down 5-0, and the starting pitcher was pulled.
As he shuffled dejectedly off the mound, his Santa Fe teammates showered him with hugs.
"The town needed this right here," said one player's father, who watched from behind home plate.
Emma Clark, a Santa Fe senior who is set to graduate in just two weeks, chalked up the tentative play to jitters and the emotional weight of the tragedy.
"It's the day after the shooting and everybody's here and they get a chance to see how amazing they are and how humble they are at the same time," she said.
"At the end of the day, they're going to do what they love," she said of the team, many of whom are her close friends.
"These boys sleep, eat and breath baseball," she added. "So I feel like yeah, it probably has affected them some, but it's made them stronger."

Back to work, Prince Harry and Meghan to delay honeymoon



Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart the St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their royal wedding ceremony, in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. NEIL HALL/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will delay heading off for their honeymoon, instead attending a birthday party for his father Prince Charles just days after marrying in a ground-breaking ceremony that blended the modern with the traditional.
After a day that saw the couple exchange vows in a medieval chapel at Windsor Castle under the gaze of royals, celebrities, and a global television audience of many millions, Harry and Meghan spent Saturday evening partying with friends in privacy.
They will head home to their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace before attending their first official royal engagement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- the 70th birthday patronage celebration for Prince Charles.
The outdoor event marks the heir to the throne's milestone birthday - which falls in November - by recognizing Charles' patronages and military affiliations as well as others involved in charities supported by the royal.
On Sunday, while the Queen attended church, there was no sign of the newly weds.
So far, the destination of their honeymoon is unknown, with some media guessing they might travel to Botswana, possibly to an exclusive safari camp which the couple visited in August last year, just a few months before they announced their engagement.
Harry sourced the diamond in Meghan's engagement ring from Botswana, the world's biggest producer.The marriage of Harry, 33, a former royal wild child and sixth-in-line to the British throne, and 36-year-old Meghan, a divorcee whose mother is African-American and father is white, was like no other the royal family has seen before.
"Kisstory" said the Sunday on Sunday newspaper. "Harry and Meg's historic change for monarch." "There is power in love," said the Sunday Times, referencing a passionate sermon by U.S. Episcopalian Bishop Michael Bruce Curry.
They crowned the day with a black-tie dinner and party where Meghan was expected to make a speech and the couple were expected to have their first dance.
Some media reported that Prince Charles had wedding guests rolling with laughter with his speech after cracking a joke about changing Harry's nappy.
At around 11:00 p.m., fireworks lit up the night sky.

Fireworks, speeches, and fashion: What to know about the royal wedding reception

After a lavish lunchtime reception, then a wardrobe change into a tuxedo for him and a halter-neck Stella McCartney gown for her, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — now formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — sped off in an electric-modified, silver-blue Jaguar.
Their destination: Frogmore House, where Prince Charles hosted the second of two receptions for the newlyweds. Though the black-tie affair was kept intimate, with just 200 guests on hand, some details of the night have emerged.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex waved to well-wishers before heading off to their evening reception. (Photo: Steve Parsons, WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The fashion

Markle wasn’t the only one who changed her look for the evening reception. After taking a nap to “recharge,” guest Serena Williams traded her pink Versace dress for a Valentino gown with a bold floral-print skirt. She paired the look with thigh-skimming braids and another Bulgari necklace.The bride’s good friend Priyanka Chopra also updated her wardrobe, changing into a sparkling Dior gown worthy of a princess.Amal and George Clooney and stylist Jessica Mulroney, who wore a gold beaded gown, were also among those toasting the couple at the evening reception.
Mulroney changed into a stunning metallic number. (Photo: Rachel Renna via Instagram Stories)

The speeches

As British newspaper the Telegraph reports, the bride was expected to give a speech at the evening reception, where she and Prince Harry were also due to have their first dance as a married couple.
It would be one of many toasts scheduled throughout the day, with Prince Charles and the groom both addressing the wedding guests at the earlier lunchtime reception.
“There was no mention of Diana in the speeches,” a source told OK! magazine. “Charles spoke about feeding Harry a bottle and changing his [diaper], and then said look how well he turned out. That’s about as embarrassing as it got.
“He ended it by [saying,] ‘My darling old Harry, I’m so happy for you,’ which was very sweet. He said he was very pleased to be asked to walk Meghan down the aisle and happy to help out.”
Prince Charles, photographed with Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, gave a speech at his son’s reception. (Photo: Getty)
Prince Harry also spoke at the evening reception, reportedly bringing some guests to tears as he referred to Markle as his wife for the first time.
“Some people were even crying,” charity boss Suhani Jalota told OK!. “I think it was just a very, really nice atmosphere to be in where everybody felt really loved.
“Essentially it was just about how Harry was a child and growing up. And now just about the couple and how beautiful they are together.”

The party

James Corden and wife Julia Carey attended the royal wedding. (Photo: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images)
According to Britain’s The Mirror, talk show host James Corden did the honors of serving as emcee for the celebration, which reportedly included a sit-down dinner and dancing to music spun by DJ Sam Totolee.
Unlike the formal lunchtime reception, evening guests are said to have feasted on a more casual menu of “dirty burgers,” cotton candy, and playful cocktails, including one called “When Harry Met Meghan.” Some drinks reportedly featured rum and ginger in a nod to the groom’s red hair.

The fireworks

At around 11 p.m. local time, fireworks started going off near the celebration. According to Hello! royal correspondent Emily Nash, the groom is particularly fond of the dramatic displays.

Police search for motive in Texas school shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the violent tragedy.
Sadie Rodriguez said her daughter, Shana Fisher, had made clear that she was not interested in Dimitrios Pagourtzis.
"He continued to get more aggressive," Rodriguez told The Associated Press in an interview conducted Saturday via Facebook. "She finally stood up to him and embarrassed him."
The incident took place one week before the shooting, Rodriguez said. Police have not yet said what might have motivated the attack.
Asked about Rodriguez's allegation, a lawyer for the Pagourtzis's family said he hadn't heard about any such interaction between Pagourtzis and any of the victims and therefore couldn't comment.
"That's news to me," said lawyer Nicholas Poehl, though he cautioned that he'd spent much of the day disputing false rumors about the teen's personal life. Earlier Saturday, Poehl issued a statement from the family saying that they were "as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred" and asked for privacy.
"While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday's tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love," the family's statement said.
Representatives of the school district did not immediately respond to questions about Rodriguez's comments.
A junior at Santa Fe High, Pagourtzis hid a shotgun and a handgun under his trenchcoat before opening fire in a first-period art class on Friday, according to an affidavit filed by police. The FBI announced Saturday that it had taken the lead in the joint investigation, at the request of local authorities.
"He gave a statement admitting to shooting multiple people inside the Santa Fe High School with the intent on killing people," the police affidavit said. "Dimitrios advised he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told." The attack ended when Pagourtzis walked out of a classroom and surrendered to police.
Authorities say Pagourtzis planned the killings, carried out with weapons owned by his father. Though Pagourtzis allegedly wrote about his intention to carry out the attack, authorities have not indicated a motive for the violence.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Pagourtzis had planned to kill himself after the shooting, but that Pagourtzis told police "that he didn't have the courage to commit the suicide."
Some Santa Fe High students indicated that Pagourtzis may have had one or more targets, though details were not clear. Breanna Quintanilla, 17, a junior, said she was in her art classroom Friday morning in what she described as a "perfectly normal day" when she heard gun shots.
Quintanilla said when Pagourtzis first walked in, he pointed at one person and said, "I'm going to kill you." Quintanilla, who was wounded escaping the classroom, did not identify that student.
At a news conference, Abbott said Pagourtzis had not previously been in trouble. "The red-flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible," he said.
In the absence of a clear motive, attention turned to a hodge-podge of incendiary posts by Pagourtzis on social media, which were quickly removed when his identity first emerged. One Facebook post was a picture of a T-shirt reading "Born to Kill." Another showed a trench coat adorned with various pins associated with conflicting ideologies and Cthulhu, a mythical creature drawn from the work of horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft.
In the wake of the shooting, various reports that Pagourtzis was bullied have surfaced from his classmates. However, two Santa Fe High students who said they knew Pagourtzis said they had no reason to suspect that he was planning Friday's attack.
Student Michael Farina said he had known the alleged gunman since fifth grade and considered him a friend. He recalled Pagourtzis talked about buying a gun "when I grow up," but never discussed his dad's guns or anything about his family.
Farina said he and Pagourtzis also talked a lot about video games they liked, including so-called first-person shooter games. They'd talked about one, "Escape from Tarkov," as recently as lunch on the day before the shooting, he said.
Farina did not recall Pagourtzis ever being notably angry.
"He seemed relatively happy for the most part," he said.Horwitz reported from Washington and Zimmerman from Springfield, Illinois. Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington, Paul J. Weber in Austin, Texas, and John Mone and Nomaan Merchant in Santa Fe, Texas, contributed.

Priest accused of assaulting altar boy at least 100 times

JEFFERSON — A retired priest is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an altar boy when he served at a Fort Atkinson church beginning in 2006.
Bill Nolan, 64, is charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child. A $50,000 signature bond was set Thursday in Jefferson County Court.RELATED
Nolan’s accuser, now 25, recently contacted authorities and told them he was assaulted by the priest at least 100 times from 2006 to 2010 when Nolan served at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He said the sexual encounters would take place at various places, including Nolan’s office.
The Diocese of Madison said in a statement it didn’t know about the allegations before police arrested Nolan.
Nolan previously served churches in Janesville, Cambridge, Madison and Watertown, the diocese said in the statement. The diocese said it “had received no allegations of misconduct connected to any of his assignments.”
The diocese did not give details of the allegations in its statement. It said it had started its own investigation and had engaged its own sexual abuse review board. The diocese said it has assured police “full cooperation.”

Oprah to Idris: Celebrities spice up royal wedding


George Clooney, center left, greets Serena Williams in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, England on Saturday, May 19, 2018. In the foreground are Amal Clooney, left, and Alexis Ohanian. At background center is Idris Elba. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)
BALTIMORE (AP) — Oprah Winfrey seemed a tad confused about her seating assignment. Serena Williams documented her journey to St. George's Chapel on Instagram. Idris Elba smiled broadly as he escorted his fiancee, model Sabrina Dhowre, who wore the obligatory hat.
They were among a slew of celebrities among the 600 guests Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited to their wedding ceremony on Saturday, an event from which politicians were excluded.
Several of Markle's former co-stars on the USA Network paralegal drama "Suits" were invited. Among them were Gina Torres, Sarah Rafferty, Abigail Spencer, Rick Hoffman and Markle's on-screen hubby, Patrick J. Adams. "Pretty Little Liars" star Troian Bellisario, Adams' wife, was his plus-one.
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, a friend of the bride's, strutted into the chapel in a light heather grey Vivienne Westwood pencil skirt and matching jacket with an asymmetric collar.
Tennis star Williams, accompanied by her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, chose a blush, long-sleeve silk drape dress by Atelier Versace to go with her fascinator in pale pink, a hue also favored by Winfrey and others for the royal wedding.
Elton John, looking dapper in tails, did double-duty as a wedding guest and a performer at the luncheon reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. He sported pink eyeglasses as he arrived with husband David Furnish.
John was a close friend of the groom's late mother, Princess Diana, and played his hit "Candle in the Wind" at her 1997 funeral. Kensington Palace did not disclose which songs he chose for the wedding.
George and Amal Clooney, James Corden and David and Victoria Beckham also watched the nuptials on the grounds of Windsor Castle — Ms. Clooney in a bright yellow Stella McCartney dress and matching hat. It seemed her hubby walked just slowly enough to keep her out of peril in her heels on the castle's menacing cobblestones.
British singer James Blunt was in traditional tails, while Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras went for a double-breasted blue suit. He didn't forget the pocket square.
Actress Carey Mulligan shined in an all-over yellow floral print dress with a high neck and short sleeves from Erden. She was accompanied by husband Marcus Mumford of the Mumford & Sons band.
Joss Stone was also on hand, prompting BBC commenters to note that the singer, often barefoot on stage, wore shoes.
Oprah's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, said he could have joined her, but was happier giving a commencement address inside a gymnasium in Baltimore, where his advice to graduates just might extend to a certain American across the pond: Don't be concerned with how others define you, he said: "The only thing that matters is how you define yourselves."