The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act became law in our state as of February 11th. This law requires all public and private employers to provide paid and unpaid earned sick and safe leave to eligible employees. According to the new law, an eligible employee can use earned sick and safe time for medical needs, such as, employee or family members mental and physical illness, injury, or medical visits including preventive care. As well, the law provides for maternity or paternity leave (to bond with a child). Other reasons for time-off include recovering from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking (including […]

Women & Retirement Planning

Having been raised primarily by my mother, I’ve witnessed the many challenges that women can face when planning their finances. Whether it’s raising a child and working full time (or multiple jobs), coping with financial distress after a divorce, earning less than their male counterparts, or planning for a longer retirement, women often find themselves playing catch-up. Although equal pay has been the law since 1963, women are still paid less than men – even with similar education, skills, and experience. The National Women’s Law Center estimates that women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar a man was […]

Trinacria Cafe

111 West Centre Street, Baltimore 443-759-4082 Now that trolling on Craigslist personals has been outlawed, you’re probably looking for ways to pass the time during this last stretch of winter weather. Gather your gaggle and be ready to indulge in homemade Italian food that satisfies a range of culinary cravings. Welcome to Trinacria Cafe, a casual atmosphere that has a warm and inviting feel the moment you walk through the front door. The staff promptly seated my group and was quick to get us drinks. After making peace with Jesus on a Sunday morning, I felt him smiling back when […]

Loving Your Guests

  Weddings are about two things: Bringing people together to participate in and celebrate the union of two people, and those two people offering hospitality to those participants. Let’s take a look at the many and varied ways that you can make your guests feel welcome and appreciated. Here are a couple of really important ones: Feed them well. If your wedding and reception stretch over a meal hour, feed your guests a full meal that they will enjoy. One of the things that guests remember most about weddings was whether the food was good or not – and if […]

Memory Problems in a Grieving Friend

  Dear Dr. Eva, My best friend lost his lover of many years last September. Since then I’ve noticed he has become increasingly forgetful. What are the early signs of dementia? And what can I do to help my friend? MC Dear MC, Although physical problems should be considered, memory loss in a person who is grieving is most often a sign of depression, not of mental deterioration (dementia) like Alzheimer’s disease. Memory loss as the main feature of depression is common enough that there is a specific term for it, “pseudo-dementia.” Depression is not always seen as sadness or […]

No Sex in Relationship?

Increasingly, I hear from couples that after the initial few years, the sex drive of one or the other starts to wane and then comes a period of feelings of rejection on the party that wants more and pressure on the one who wants less. What is going on? I have met people who haven’t been physically intimate in years. Of course, it’s possible that there may be physical issues or illness that prompt this kind of a situation. Regardless of what the reasons are, some of which may bring on more resentment than the others, how do you deal […]

Why I Support AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore: Shawn Carrick

Chase Brexton Health Care Teams are forming now for the AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore on Sunday, May 6th at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and competition is heating up! One of the first teams assembled includes Shawn Carrick, who will participate in the event for a fourth year. Last year, Shawn achieved his personal goal of raising more than $750 for Chase Brexton Health Care’s HIV outreach and testing programs. He’s upped that goal for this year to $1,000, and has already raised $400! Shawn shared some of his reasons for participating in the AIDS Walk with us. Why […]

Where Do I Start?

  When you started a new job, how were you introduced to your new role? What do you think should be included in that introduction? How long do you think that introduction should last? When an individual starts a new job the first few weeks feel like a trial run on both sides. The company is seeing if this hire is still a good fit for the position and the employee is checking to be sure they want to continue with the role. This is where the concept of onboarding is crucial. Onboarding is the process in which new employees […]

The Care and Feeding of Wedding Professionals

Your wedding professionals want to give you their best possible work. Couples who are well-organized and get things done months before their wedding are much more likely to get everything they want. Avoid the last-minute crunch. Give your wedding professionals lots of time to make the magic happen! Change and the unforeseen happen all the time with weddings. Work with your professionals to create plans and back-up plans for all the different aspects of your wedding. You’ll love the peace of mind that brings. The best wedding professionals are always prepared for all kinds of things to happen, from crazy […]

Depression and Exercise

  Winter can be a hard time – lack of sunlight, cold weather, holidays, lack of physical activity. These coupled with mental illness can be a nightmare. This nightmare impacts those with depression and those who love them. But what can we do? There are traditional medical remedies (which I fully endorse) of therapy and medication. But this isn’t enough for many. We all know regular exercise and proper nutrition help our bodies function better. We often forget the mind is part of the body and our mood is a result of a chemical process. These chemicals, when improperly balanced, […]