Key West, Florida, is the southernmost point in the U.S. – and is known as one of its gayest places. It’s a small island surrounded by other islands about 160 miles south of Miami and 100 miles north of Havana, Cuba. You can fly to Key West, but driving from Miami is better because you can enjoy the picturesque scenes. Key West has a tropical climate with fresh easterly winds and sea breezes that – especially coming from winter in Baltimore – can make you feel like you’re in utopia. Bicycles are favored for getting around, but free-roaming chickens and beautiful sunsets can be distractions. With Key West’s awesome role in American history, its thriving gay culture, and its annual festivities, visiting this tiny island often helps you recharge your spirit.
Nick had always told me about his memories of The Brass Elephant. He was excited to see renovations heralding its reopening as The Elephant after more than five years of closure. We’d received a gift card to dine there for our wedding and were looking forward to the visit. The idea was to enjoy a nice, quiet dinner for two, and spend some quality time as a couple.
One of the greatest calamities to hit our communities throughout Baltimore and the surrounding communities is this whole since of hopelessness steeped in depression. Depression appears to have no particular address nor is it a respecter of persons. Moreover, hopelessness has crept into the crevices and corridors of our faith communities. Yes, feelings of hopelessness are real and for those with true diagnoses of any form of depression, one should stay on their meds, seek pastoral and/or professional counseling – staying completely committed to healing and recovery.
The first wedding planning decision to make is choosing your ceremony and reception venue. Almost all of your planning depends on your having a wedding date, time, and place. Those all come with booking your venue. So let’s get right into how to get that done!
So many of us have tried to change our eating habits with very little long-term success. Often the results from “diets” are not permanent. It’s frustrating and defeating, and often causes people to think that this whole eating-healthy thing isn’t worth it because it doesn’t work. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great diets out there that will give you immediate results, but the problem is maintaining those results. We all know someone who has lost 40 pounds, only to gain 80 back. And the reasons are usually the same – the diet doesn’t ease you into huge changes nor does it teach you how to eat healthy to maintain your results.
At an age when many believe that life is winding down, it’s just getting interesting. Occasionally someone will say to me, “You look good... for 73.” I’ve also heard variations such as, “I’d never guess you were that old.” When I first heard these comments from people, I felt good, as if I’d pulled one over on them. Sometimes I would respond, “I don’t feel like I’m 73.”
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.
Last week, I was facilitating a discussion in class regarding cultural differences in the workplace. Specifically, we had a lively discussion regarding differences in the approach to performance management practices across the globe. For example, in the U.S., we are always focused on formally documenting performance discussions, mostly to protect us from potential employment related lawsuits. In most Latin American countries, as well as in southern Europe, the attitude toward performance management is very informal, usually completed as on-the-spot conversations, and not at all focused on anything written. Perhaps this distinction is a direct result of civil law vs. common law approaches to employment, or a consequence of American at-will employment rules vs. contract employment? As the conversation progressed, we concluded that the primary cause of these differences goes deeper than the law, but rather to cultural principles.
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.
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.
I am very sad and very sorry to have to write this article. Connor and I said goodbye to our cat Harriet this past weekend. She was 16 years old and I can say without doubt that she brought an incredible amount of love and laughter to me over those 16 years.
Most drivers have a story about the day they ran out of fuel. It’s an unpleasant feeling when one minute you’re cruising down the highway in overdrive and the next you’re sputtering to an ungraceful stop. You hope that you’re near a gas station, or if you’re lucky, that you can cruise right up to the pump, when you finally shut down.
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