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David's Thoughts

by David Placher

Friday, December 23, 2016

Brownsville is located at the southern tip of Texas and it borders Matamoros, Mexico. It’s also close to South Padre Island, a major spring break destination in Texas. Traveling to Brownsville from Baltimore can be expensive and complicated because few airlines fly there and there’s inevitably a layover – no direct flights. Brownsville is a conservative city with a lot of potential. Although its downtown is filled with payday lenders and cheap knick-knack shops, its historical architecture is evidence of a once thriving area. There is potential for revitalization, if the right person with vision arrived.

Dining OUT

Finger's Food, Fuhr the Love of Food

Friday, December 23, 2016

Nando’s Peri-Peri
109 Joppa Road, Towson, MD
Nandosperiperi.com • 410-832-1380

Last time we had ventured over to the mall in Towson, we noticed a new restaurant coming in, Nando’s Peri-Peri. While it’s now been open quite a while, we hadn’t ventured inside until last week, mainly because on weekends it’s so busy. We were lucky last week and found a quiet time on a weekday evening. Nando’s plays in that space between a fast-food joint and a full table-service restaurant. Much like Pei Wei, ordering is done at the register and a server brings your meals when ready. For those unfamiliar, Nando’s serves South African cuisine, and is mostly known for chicken, with a other offerings as well.

Faith

Faith

LGBTQ Faith

Friday, April 29, 2016

One of the greatest calamities to hit our communities throughout Baltimore and the surrounding communities is this whole since of hopelessness steeped in depression. Depression appears to have no particular address nor is it a respecter of persons. Moreover, hopelessness has crept into the crevices and corridors of our faith communities. Yes, feelings of hopelessness are real and for those with true diagnoses of any form of depression, one should stay on their meds, seek pastoral and/or professional counseling – staying completely committed to healing and recovery.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Creating the perfect guest list for your wedding calls for clear thinking and deliberate action. Once you know who you want to invite (and who you don’t), you need to know how to make it happen. That’s what we’re going to talk about now.

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Wellness advice and support

Friday, January 06, 2017

As a fitness professional I’ve trained hundreds of people and written dozens of articles about exercise, health and wellness. I’ve changed my tune – every day I hear a lot of reasons and excuses to not train. I’ve been doing this for two decades now and I guess I’m just tired of trying to convince you so here are the top ten Reasons to not exercise!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Post-Election Support for LGBTQIA Students

Waking up on the morning of November 9, 2016 was a challenge.  I sat in bed and reread CNN headlines over and over again, thinking to myself “is this real life?” The misty morning didn’t help with the fogginess that overcame my brain.  The dreary weather only added to the feeling of complete despair and hopelessness.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Many employees receive mixed signals about taking time off for the holidays. For example, in one recent company event, it had been relayed to me that the CEO told his employees to “Have a great Holiday … but make your numbers,” then turned to his head of HR, and asked, “Is that what you wanted me to say?” This CEO is a notorious non-stop work machine. Throughout the room, you could hear people murmuring, agitated by the words they just heard. The general takeaway from this audience was a question of whether or not taking time off from work for the holidays would be acceptable, or would it be perceived as taking their eyes off the ball. Knowing the CEO never stops working, people were unsure if this was expected of them, too.

The Law and You

Legal Advice

Friday, January 06, 2017

Many of us in the LGBT community were happy to see 2016 come to an end. Last year we felt the shock of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. We mourned the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael. And we suffered a setback in the march toward equality through the election of Donald Trump.

Technology

Technology

Tech advice, tips, and trends

Friday, December 09, 2016

The options and availability for “wearable tech” have exploded in recent years, and are expanding every day, including watch-type products such as the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Samsung watches. They are one more way we have become a net-connected society.

Violet's Vet

Violet's Vet

by Dr. Tony Calo

Friday, December 23, 2016

Violet loves being outside

in the spring, summer, and fall. Her favorite pastimes – which include going on walks, going to the dog park, running at full speed in our yard, going swimming – are all outdoor activities. She gets to expend all of her energy and to experience all sorts of things thanks to being out and about in the world. She absolutely hates being outside in the winter, however. Her small body and her short coat make her very prone cold temperatures. She will literally run out to go to the bathroom, turn tail, and run back inside immediately to avoid being in the cold. In the months of December, January, and February, this obviously leads to large periods of time spent in the house. Being stuck in the house, in turn, leads to pent-up energy, boredom, and frustration. Unchecked, this can result in destructive behavior. It is not unusual for a bored dog to chew up shoes, remote controls, furniture. Violet and Henry especially loves destroying their dog beds in fits of boredom. So in an effort to keep the canine energy levels from building up too high and to keep boredom levels low, Connor and I have become innovative about ways to create winter quality time for the dogs.

Your Money

Your Money

Finance and Real Estate

Friday, January 06, 2017

Getting one’s financial house in order is usually at the top of annual New Year’s resolutions, but far too often, we overlook and even neglect making critical decisions during the last few months of the year that can impact our personal financial situations for this year, next year, and for years to come.

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