The Easy Way To Leave Your Car to a Loved One

When someone dies, their car is often the first thing the heirs will ask about. Who gets it, they wonder, and how long will it take to transfer the title? Whether the vehicle in question is a gleaming new SUV or a humble and aging hatchback, getting it to the new owner can be a priority. A car can sit for only so long before maintenance problems develop, and the deceased owner’s estate will be responsible for paying insurance premiums in the meantime. When the vehicle is part of the deceased owner’s estate, the estate must generally be opened before […]

Think Twice Before Going Solar

The Solar Industry Reaps the Profits from Your Good Intentions One of the most popular additions people have been making to their homes in the last few years is a green energy source, like solar panels. The sales pitch for these systems is very enticing, usually involving saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. While solar is a fast growing energy segment, it does not make sense for most homeowners. First, estimates are that only about 25% of American homes have the roofline, geographic orientation, and amount of sunlight per year needed to take full advantage of a solar energy […]

Off to the Races

(Photo by Laura Gilchrist on Unsplash) We are in the middle of the horseracing season, what with the Kentucky Derby and the Pimlico Preakness already over. We are also in the middle of emerging from more than a year of hibernation to protect ourselves and our loved ones from a deadly virus. This change in lifestyle with the isolation, the diminished social and physical contact (read: hugs at the very least) meant that our relationships were affected in many ways. Those who lived alone and those who had others in the household experienced reactions ranging from increased senses of loneliness, […]

Walk, Run, and Bike to Support the AIDS Walk & Music Festival 2021

The disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic have made the fight against HIV and AIDS even more important, and heightened the need for awareness of the importance of HIV testing and treatment. As the nation prepares to mark 40 years of HIV in America this summer, Chase Brexton Health Care will host its AIDS Walk & Music Festival to support local HIV and AIDS programs. This year, to help participants remain safe, the event will take on a virtual form. We asked Clare Elliott, Assistant Director of Development for Chase Brexton Health Care, to share some details about this year’s event, […]

Covid: New strains and meeting without masks

Dear Dr. Eva, From what I’ve read, none of the really dangerous new strains of Covid has made it to the United States.  Do we need to be concerned about the new strains at this point? Skeptic Dear Skeptic, We should be concerned about mutant new strains of Covid. Many new strains are being found. Some are about as dangerous as the original virus, some are more contagious, and some are more deadly. The B.1.1.7 strain,  also called the UK or London or Kent strain, is now the dominant (main) strain of Covid in some states in the US, and […]

Talking to Your Heirs About Money

One issue for people as they age is communicating with their heirs about the inheritance they could receive.  Some people are uncomfortable talking to their heirs about money while others are concerned that their heirs could become lazy while they wait on a windfall.  Talking with your children early about money in general and later about the money they might inherit can help your heirs become more responsible with the money they’ll receive. Here are some resources to get you started: This article from Kiplinger does a good job of outlining the importance of these conversations and some steps to […]

Blah Days And Anniversaries

Photo credit: Adrian Swancar, unsplash.com) It has been many months of indistinguishable days, warped time concept, fatigue, losses in many ways, and just getting through what we have to do, again and again. In a very thoughtful and informative article, Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, uses the term “languishing” for this state of the world:(https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/well/mind/covid-mental-health-languishing.html).  Whatever you may call it, we all have to recognize that none of us, in this universe, is immune to the pandemic and its effects. The question then becomes, how do we deal with this in our relationships, friendships and even more so, within ourselves? […]

Dignity Baltimore

Baltimore’s LGBTQI affirming faith communities, now have a new member to add to the family. DignityUSA, the largest and oldest community of LGBTQI Catholics, has commissioned a new chapter in Baltimore. This is the first time there will be a chapter of DignityUSA in Charm City since the 1980s. Dignity Baltimore has been initiated under the leadership of Father Al Risdorfer. He and his husband Tony have been longtime members of Dignity in its Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania and Washington chapters. Al is also a priest with the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America, CACINA, as it is known. CACINA is […]

Puzzling Vaginal Discharge

Dear Dr. Eva, I have not had anything in my vagina bigger than a finger since I was 20, and I’m 50 now. Obviously, I don’t want to go through a pelvic exam as they are extremely painful for me. I am having problems with vaginal discharge. I assumed it was yeast since I only have sex with women, and very rarely at that, so I wouldn’t have a sexually transmitted disease. Is there a way to find out what it is and get it taken care of without having a speculum exam? AJ   Dear AJ, First, keep in […]

My Five-Year Sex Reassignment Surgery Anniversary

This article will be among one of my more personal ones, but the truth. On April 8, 2021 will be my five-year anniversary since my Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS). In these five years life has changed in a big way, and every day is a learning experience being a post-op Transwoman. For those who may be thinking about SRS, know that things will never be the same. All I can say is when and if this is something you want to do, please search your heart and soul in having SRS. Know the reasons why you want to have the […]