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David's Thoughts

by David Placher

Friday, March 31, 2017

Croatia is a hot spot for gay travelers: many European gay cruises stop in the cities of Dubrovnik and Split. Croatia is in southeastern Europe and its Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. Its rich history includes architectural wonders, stories of Roman and Greek times, and Ottoman Empire domination. Croatia has around four million people and it skews Roman Catholic. It’s a conservative country, so only a tiny number of cities will have residents that display rainbow flags or have gay-friendly bars. The capital, Zagreb, is home to Croatia’s largest LGBT celebration. Zagreb is also home to the first LGBT center in Croatia, and the “Queer Zagreb” organization, that among many other activities promotes equality through the Queer Zagreb festival. Croatia’s second LGBT center was opened in Split in May 2014, and there’s a third in Rijeka, opened in October 2014. When visiting Croatia, there are three very popular cities: Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split.

Dining OUT

Finger's Food, Fuhr the Love of Food

Friday, March 31, 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, April 14, 2017

The “attitude of gratitude” is a phrase being passed around on Facebook and in many religious establishments these days. But what is really meant by this phrase?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty of wedding venue selection: cost and taste! You want a venue that appeals to you stylistically, with a rental fee that fits your budget. Let’s get right into it.

Venue fees – What are the venue’s rental fees?

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Wellness advice and support

Friday, April 14, 2017

If you became unable to speak, who would make your medical decisions? That’s the question being raised throughout the country on April 16th. That date marks the 10th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day, a nationwide event promoting the importance of healthcare choices and advance care planning. This day is a reminder for us all to take steps to ensure that our wishes are followed in times of crisis.

In Your Prime

In Your Prime

by Loren A. Olson, MD

Friday, April 14, 2017

I was once asked, “Why would you come out at 40? You were too old for sex anyway.” It’s true that sex is not the same at 40 as it was at 20, and it certainly is not the same at nearly 75 as it was when I was 40. But older people can have satisfying sex.

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, March 31, 2017

Given that I am myself going through a job change, I thought it timely to write about how people leave their jobs, and what it might say about the organization that they are leaving. According to research featured in the Journal of Applied Psychology, employees choose of these types of resignations:

The Law and You

Legal Advice

Friday, March 17, 2017

Timing gifts to charity

Tax season is upon us, and most people’s first question is what they can do to pay less. The key to a lower tax bill is reducing your taxable income. Several financial maneuvers will achieve this result. For example, you can top off your 401(k) or IRA contributions, sell off losing investments from a taxable account, or ask that your employer hold off on paying you a bonus until after December 31st.

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, April 14, 2017

Harriet is very missed in our house. I still find myself looking for her in her usual spots in our bedroom or on her favorite window sill. Her passing has left an unfillable void in our lives. But that does not mean that Connor and I can’t make more space in our hearts and our home for more love.

Your Money

Your Money

Finance and Real Estate

Friday, April 14, 2017

Identity theft is becoming a greater concern as our personal information becomes easier for thieves to access. While you can’t stop someone from hacking your employer’s or your favorite retailer’s data centers, there are things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of having your information stolen and minimize the potential losses if a theft occurs.

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