Hagerstown Hopes Ramps Up For 2019

Hagerstown Hopes had a great holiday season, and we thank you for being a part of it!  Now we’re gearing up for a new year, following the recent success of the Snow Ball and Silent Auction.  The annual holiday show and personal project of Nicole James, reigning Miss Gay Maryland America, brought the community together for a night of fun with proceeds generously benefiting Hagerstown Hopes.  Santa visited for selfies, items were auctioned, and over twenty performers gave us their all in a fun and memorable show.  When it was all said and done, the community raised over $10,000 to […]

Ditch the Bucket, Get A Well

January can be cruel.  It’s the start of a new year, it’s cold, and our custom of making resolutions to be better versions of ourselves can sometimes invite unwelcome introspection into who we are and the way we live our lives.  For me, January is especially cruel because it’s also the month of my birthday, a double whammy of a reminder that the clock is ticking and I’m not getting any younger.             To be clear, I’m not afraid of getting older.  Getting older only means one thing: that we didn’t die.  That’s good, right?  Well, yes and no.  I […]


When you read the title above, what was your first thought? How would you answer if it was you being secretive, or your partner? In any relationship, or friendship, trust in each other is one of the main building blocks. For that to exist and grow, we have to be open and honest in sharing thoughts, opinions, actions and feelings. But prerequisite to that is also what we know as self-awareness. To the extent that I know myself, my motivations and thoughts, I can communicate them to you. What if I am afraid that you will judge me or disapprove […]

What is Leaky Gut?

Dear Dr. Eva, I am a woman in my 30’s. Over the last few years I have developed a lot of new digestive problems, with bloating, cramps, and diarrhea on and off. My chiropractor thinks I may have leaky gut and suggested some nutritional supplements. When I tried to find information on leaky gut, what I found was vague and contradictory. Can you explain leaky gut? Thanks, Gassy Dear Gassy, Leaky gut syndrome takes a few minutes to explain, so let me tell you first that there are lots of conditions other than leaky gut that are more likely to […]

Avoiding the “Great Imitator”: Syphilis Facts and Prevention

Syphilis remains an often-overlooked public health problem in Baltimore, but anyone who is sexually active should know the signs of this disease, as well as methods of treatment and prevention. According to the Maryland Department of Health, cases of syphilis statewide increased by more than 12 percent last year from the year before, along with similar increases in gonorrhea and chlamydia. Last fall, executives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the country was losing ground in preventing new cases of these diseases. Before we talk about treatment and prevention of syphilis, let’s briefly talk about the disease […]

Protect Your Loved Ones With a Spendthrift Trust

Providing for someone you care about can be one of life’s great challenges. You may have a spouse or partner who depends on you financially. Or a relative with money problems who sometimes turns to you for help. Or perhaps you are fortunate enough to have children and want to give them every possible advantage in life. Whoever you care for, your life’s work may well focus on supporting them. If someone does rely on you, one of the hardest questions to consider is what they would do without you. You might be able to provide for the person financially […]

My Transitional Sweet Tooth

When I was in the process of getting my prescription for Testosterone, the last thing on my mind was the side effects of changing the complete hormonal balance of my body. The potential complications, many of which I should have genuinely taken seriously; were completely overshadowed by the idea that I would no longer stare at my friends with the envious gaze of someone who wanted a beard more than anything else in the world. It is an awkward time where people assume you are fourteen and you spend time angling your face in a way that gives your voice […]

Love the Babies

We have a new baby in our family.  Before you get too excited, you should know that it’s not my baby. This baby belongs to my daughter and her husband and is grandchild #10 for us – not counting fosters, steps, and those whose existence is unknown to me.  I know that sounds a little weird.  However, in our world, sometimes we have to accept the weird.  Let me explain how it works.  Many of our grown kids suffer with mental illness.  This is most likely the result of early trauma in their lives.  Some do not believe they have […]

Winter Outreach: January Lunch Patrol

Join B and Dee’s Baltimore Love at 1 pm on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, for January’s Winter Outreach edition of Lunch Patrol, to help distribute brown bag lunches to the area homeless.  They are delivered on foot and by vehicle.  People of all ages are encouraged to participate.  Volunteers meet up at 620 Fallsway in Baltimore, under the Jones Falls Expressway, then are sent to different areas.  For more information, visit their Facebook event page at http://bit.ly/2QSmqBW. Please follow and like us:

Vendors and Variety Vulnerary

Are your duds feeling dull?  Do your pasties lack pop?  Want to shop for unique handmade creations from local artists?  Want to have some raucous fun?  Then make time on Jan. 27, 2019 to visit Vendors and Variety Vulnerary, a one of a kind event at Creative Labs, 1786b Union Ave. in Baltimore.  They are still welcoming performers and volunteers, so there are lots of opportunities to join in! Earlier in the day, beginning at 1 p.m., the event will feature a vendor market that will include a wide range of items, including leather goods, drawings, costumery, jewelry, quilts, clothing […]