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David's Thoughts

by David Placher

Friday, April 28, 2017

Escaping to New York City from Baltimore for the weekend is easy. Although Amtrak tickets can be pricey, advance ticket purchase and travel during odd times can lead to cheap deals. A one-way train ticket for a 5 a.m. trip can cost as little as $40. A bus to New York can be even cheaper, with deals as low as $10. Although traveling to New York is great for seeing the beautiful green lands and waterways, once you get there, the adventure begins. New York, with its population of over 8 million, can be overwhelming if you are not used to a lot of people concentrated in a small area. New York plays a powerful role in shaping media, art, entrainment, technology, fashion, research, and education. It has the largest LGBT population in the world and that includes the largest transgender population that is estimated to be over 25,000. It’s the place where the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil happened – in 2001, when the World Trade Center was destroyed.

Dining OUT

Finger's Food, Fuhr the Love of Food

Thursday, March 30, 2017

When Nick and I were invited to the Underground Kitchen launch in Baltimore earlier in the week, we had no idea what fun and adventure was in store. The Underground Kitchen is a secret supper club that hosts pop-up dinners in various locations. The idea originated in Richmond, Virginia, and later expanded into the Mid-Atlantic. On March 20th and 21st, the Underground Kitchen, the “ultra-luxe, super-secret, pop-up dining society featuring buzzed-about chefs, unconventional locations, and tickets that routinely sell out within minutes” came to Baltimore.

Faith

Faith

LGBTQ Faith

Friday, May 12, 2017

Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore (MCC Baltimore) will celebrate 45 years of ministry and service to the Baltimore community on May 20th and 21st. Under the theme “Positioned for Greatness,” the weekend’s events will commence with a leadership symposium on Saturday, May 20th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rev. Martin Espinosa, nationally recognized teacher and speaker, will facilitate the symposium, which is being presented at no cost and is open to the community. Rev. Espinosa is the senior pastor of Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The celebration will continue Sunday, May 21st, with Rev. Espinosa as the guest preacher for the 10 a.m. morning worship service. Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson, senior pastor of MCC Baltimore’s sister church in Washington, D.C., will serve as the guest preacher for the afternoon service at 3 p.m.

Friday, May 12, 2017

You’ve probably never heard of Elane Photography or Arlene’s Flowers or Masterpiece Cakeshop, and you probably haven’t met Elaine Huguenin or Barronelle Stutzman or Jack Phillips.

In 2006, Vanessa Willock asked Elane Photography in Albuquerque, New Mexico, if they would take pictures of her commitment ceremony to another woman, Misti Collinsworth. The studio’s co-owner, Elaine Huguenin, replied that the studio would only photograph “traditional weddings.”

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Wellness advice and support

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dear Dr. Eva,

I am an older person and a longtime member and observer of the gay scene. As I’m sure you know, cross-dressing (men dressing as women) has been part of gay life at least since the Victorian era. And since that time, cross-dressers have varied along a spectrum from part-time to full-time. For example, there have always been young gay male prostitutes who dress as female for work but dress and behave like gay men the rest of the time. At least since the 1800s there have been drag queens, men with the ability to transform themselves with clothes and make-up into beautiful women. Drag queens would dress as women for performances and to go out at night, but never for work or for routine day-to-day activities. Drag queens were often very interesting, intelligent men– I dated several, long-term. Then in the past couple of decades, we have seen a new type of full-time cross-dresser, known as transwomen.

In Your Prime

In Your Prime

by Loren A. Olson, MD

Friday, May 12, 2017

Man boobs and the real man

Back in the 1950s we were short on epithets and about the worst thing you could be called was a sissy. “Queer” was used sometimes, but it had none of the sexual connotations it carries today. In rural Nebraska, we didn’t know much about homosexuality.

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, April 28, 2017

Well into week three in my new role, now is a good time to share some tips for a successful onboarding experience into a new organization. All these tips require the new employee to take an active role in the onboarding experience in order to get the most out of it. There are four main areas to focus on:

The Law and You

Legal Advice

Friday, May 12, 2017

An inheritance is sometimes called a “legacy,” and receiving one can be a blessing – or a curse. One the one hand, there is the temptation to think like a lottery winner and imagine a life of easy indulgence. On the other, there is the instinct to do the “right thing” by paying off debts, investing wisely, and saving for the future. The fact that many lottery winners ultimately file for bankruptcy should be sufficiently instructive as to which course you should take.

Technology

Technology

Tech advice, tips, and trends

Friday, March 17, 2017

We live in a connected society, and expect everything to be networked and connected to the internet. Connecting requires a modem, and today most internet providers provide you with a combination modem and router. They usually have four ethernet ports, and tend to include wireless access.

Violet's Vet

Violet's Vet

by Dr. Tony Calo

Friday, May 12, 2017

That is the question...

With our new kitten Liza in the house, Violet has had to make some adjustments. The relationship between Violet and Liza is quite interesting. At times, there is the beginning stages of playing and enjoyment, but largely it is still adversarial. They stare each other down waiting to see who will back down first. Happily, this has not turned into anything more than a game of chicken. Fingers crossed, there’s been no actual physical fighting. Violet is strong of mind and of will, avoiding physical confrontation with Liza is well played on her part for a very important reason: Liza has something that Violet does not … claws. The claws are retractable but can easily come out given the right situation. They can also cause considerable damage to another animal’s skin, ears, eyes. Claws are a powerful weapon.

Your Money

Your Money

Finance and Real Estate

Friday, May 12, 2017

Before money can be invested, the wise investor must believe in this crucial concept: don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Asset allocation is the art of balancing risk and reward through the diversification of your investments into appropriate asset classes. It’s one instrument that helps to determine the appropriate blend between fixed and equity assets. It helps to smooth out the peaks and valleys that you find in the more volatile portfolio.

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