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David's Thoughts

by David Placher

Friday, January 19, 2018

Liechtenstein combines German joie de vivre and Swiss warmth

Europe has a few tiny countries that visitors often miss. Liechtenstein is Europe’s fourth-smallest county (#1 is Vatican City, #2 is Monaco, and #3 is San Marino) and its population is around 36,000. It’s locked in a small area between Austria and Switzerland, and is German-speaking. Its currency is the Swiss franc, but many stores do accept euro banknotes, but not euro coins. Liechtenstein is a member of the United Nations, the European Free Trade Association, and the Council of Europe, but is not a member of the European Union. Vaduz is its capital, but Schaan is its largest city by population. There are mountains all over Liechtenstein, making it a perfect winter destination for skiing and snowboarding. Getting there is easy: fly into Zurich, Switzerland, take the train to Sargans, Switzerland, and catch the number 11 public bus. The bus ride provides a great scenic view of the area: it starts in Sargans, goes through Vaduz, and ends in Feldkirch, Austria. There is no passport or customs control.

Faith

Faith

LGBTQ Faith

Friday, December 22, 2017

I was driving home from prayer service Saturday, almost home. I was in a very peaceful place, at least I thought I was. Then it happened. Someone driving a very large SUV entered the roadway through a yield– but did not yield. She started coming into my lane, very quickly. I immediately hit the brakes, laid on the horn, and well, patience was lost. Because I stopped, I signaled for her to go in front of me, thinking she was in such a hurry. When we met at the stoplight, she said she was so sorry, she didn’t mean to cut me off. By then I had composed myself again, and told her it was okay, but to please be careful so that she reached her destination safely.

Food & Drink

Finger's Food, Food for Thought

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mark your calendars and make your reservations now for Dining Out for Life to benefit Moveable Feast, set for Thursday, September 14th. So far 49 restaurants and eateries are joining the event, now in its 24th year, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on September 14th. The eateries will donate at least 25% of the cost of the meal to Moveable Feast. This year, the Woodberry Kitchen (2010 Clipper Park Road) and Gertrude’s (10 Art Museum Drive), both in Baltimore, will contribute 50%.

Friday, January 19, 2018

I love wedding food! In the course of my work I’ve eaten at over 500 weddings. That comes with owning a wedding venue, of course. The vast majority of those meals have been good– food that I would be happy to eat every day.

Wedding catering has a bad rap, sometimes deservedly so. There are lots of caterers in the business. Some are outstanding, and some provide what is often termed as “rubber chicken” or “banquet hall food,” with service and presentation to match.

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Wellness advice and support

Friday, January 19, 2018

Baltimore health authorities are urging local gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated against hepatitis A following reports of outbreaks of the disease among LGBT communities in other cities nationwide. A highly contagious disease, hep A causes a variety of symptoms which can last a few weeks in mild cases, to a few months in more severe cases. It can be prevented through a widely available vaccination. We asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, director of Chase Brexton’s Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence, to provide some details on hep A and how to get vaccinated.

The Law and You

Legal Advice

Friday, January 05, 2018

When newspapers reported about the demise of Mark Twain, the American author and humorist quipped that “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” More than a century later, the same could be said of the federal estate tax, which is effectively defunct for all but the richest Americans.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Oftentimes human resources is asked by managers if it’s permissible to conduct “working interviews.” In other words, managers would like potential employees to prove their job skills. Benefits of this interview technique are to ensure candidates know the technical aspects of the job, and to determine if candidates are good cultural fit.

Technology

Technology

Tech advice, tips, and trends

Friday, January 19, 2018

Offers you can’t refuse

Can this computer get any slower?! If you haven’t heard, there were two flaws recently discovered in computing chips made by Intel that allow hackers access to your computer. The chip flaws affect PC computers, as well as Android smartphones and tablets, along with Mac computers, iPhones and iPads. Mac users were probably as shocked as I was that Apple products, generally considered virtually impossible to hack, were also vulnerable. All this has sent the tech world into a tailspin rushing to create fixes.

Violet's Vet

Violet's Vet

by Dr. Tony Calo

Friday, July 07, 2017

Down with Lazy Dogs!

Our dogs have a unique lifestyle. They’re spoiled, but that’s not unusual. What makes the day-to-day different is that their dads both have jobs that allow them to go to work with their dogs.

Your Money

Your Money

Finance and Real Estate

Friday, January 19, 2018

Oftentimes human resources is asked by managers if it’s permissible to conduct “working interviews.” In other words, managers would like potential employees to prove their job skills. Benefits of this interview technique are to ensure candidates know the technical aspects of the job, and to determine if candidates are good cultural fit.

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