Monday, September 14, 2020

Signs You May Have an STI and When to See A Doctor by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All
Back in March, I discussed how to protect you while dating during the Coronavirus crisis. Now more than ever, before engaging in sexual intercourse, you should know your partner’s status and recognize the signs that he or she may have an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). 

 

What to Look For

 

If you have a persistent itch, discharge or discomforting rash, blisters, lesions, or unusual lumps, blood in the urine or pain when urinating, an unexplained rash or persistent sore throat, you may have an STI. Remember, not all STIs turn into a disease. Some STIs are curable, while others are manageable. However, you will not know what treatment is needed, if indeed you do have one unless you get it checked out by a doctor. Because some STIs show no symptoms at all, it is best to make it a habit to be regularly screened, especially if you are part of a high-risk patient group, which includes:

- Individuals who have multiple sex partners 
- Men who have sex with other men (MSM)
- People who do not use condoms consistently

 Types of STIs

 

STIs come from different sources and require a variety of treatments:

Bacterial infections - include Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other STIs, which stem from bacterial infections, and are easily cleared up by antibiotics.

Viruses - viruses that cause genital herpes (HSV), genital warts (HPV), and hepatitis A, B, and C can be managed with various antiviral treatments and preventative care for partners, such as antiviral and vaccinations. A retrovirus causes the well-known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which weakens the immune system. Though HIV no longer automatically leads to AIDS, it still requires strict management from an infectious disease specialist.

Insects and germs - pubic lice (crabs) and scabies are infestations of tiny insects that live in the more textured body hairs of the pubis or within the skin itself, where they then lay eggs. They can only be spread through intimate, skin-to-skin contact, and can often be easily treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Finally, trichomonas vaginalis (TV) is the result of a microscopic germ. TV presents a fishy odor and yellowish or greenish discharge and is successfully treated with antibiotics.

Who is at risk?


If you have pain, bleeding, itching, discharge, burning during urination, or sores anywhere near the genital or the anal region, you may have contracted an STI. While it may be tempting to ignore or deny your symptoms out of fear or embarrassment, the best response is to be tested, immediately.


You may have a urinary tract infection (UTI) or a case of food poisoning. If you have oral, anal, or genital sex without protection, have multiple sexual partners, or know a partner who has an STI, then you are at risk. If you use unwashed sex toys, you may be accidentally infected.

If you suspect you have an STI, or if you simply want to know your status before having sex with a new partner, make an appointment to have the appropriate testing/screening done. #



Monday, September 07, 2020

The Protectors - Now Streaming

After finding out the truth about his alien ancestry, the world’s first superhero joins forces with a group of local vigilantes, leading them in a fight against a secret society’s plans to enact a new world order.

Director/Writer/Producer: Ben Hughes - Starring Chris Abbey Jr, Leonard Searcy, Chris Massoglia, Miranda Shaughnessy, and Gabriel Kamas. Featuring Ava Justin, Joel Thingvall, Nick Hansen, and Roceathia Cornell.

The full movie is available for purchase at 

Monday, August 31, 2020

You Can Hire Someone to End Your Marriage or Relationship by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All
If you think you have heard, seen, or read it all, think again. No matter how old you are, there is always something new to learn. I had to read an article twice to make certain I was not reading a work of fiction with a shocking ending.

We all know there are many ways to end a relationship or marriage: Divorce, or hiring someone to bump-off that person you no longer want in your life. Of course, I would never recommend the latter. It is not worth serving time for murdering someone because you can no longer stand him or her. On the other hand, maybe you met someone new and want to be with that individual, even though you are married.

Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay
However, in Japan, if you want to end your marriage or relationship, you can hire someone known as a wakaresaseya, which gives a completely new meaning to “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

Therefore, I am going to stop and have you go here and read this interesting article, written by Christine Ro. Of course, there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Dating Can Be Hard


Which site is your perfect match?" Make it easier in this new norm of social distancing with ConsumersAdvocate.org's guide on online dating sites. Go here to select your ideal match.

Monday, August 17, 2020

An Interview with the founders of Wellspring Manor & Spa | Luxury Bed & Breakfast

Kevin Alexander and Lisa Brown Alexander
Founders of Wellspring Manor & Spa
We heard about Wellspring Manor & Spa | Luxury Bed & Breakfast on Facebook through The Vine - The Vine Black News Magazine and jumped at the opportunity to find out more about this service founded by the husband and wife team, Lisa Brown Alexander and Kevin Alexander.

If you are looking for a unique spot to stay or wish to plan a memorable affair, look no further than Wellspring Manor & Spa | Luxury Bed & Breakfast.

1.    What inspired you to establish this service? My husband and I wanted to create a luxury experience that spoke to the entertainment, culinary, arts, and accommodations needs of travelers of color.

Photo by Retha Ferguson from Pexels
2.    Where did the name Wellspring Manor & Spa come from? We were looking for a name that evoked wellness, relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation. We also wanted a name that reflected the timeframe in which the manor was built. Because the spa is a central part of “The Wellspring Experience,” we knew that the word “Spa” had to be in the name.
3.    What are some of the most valuable lessons you have learned while operating this service? One of the most valuable lessons we have learned is to listen to our guests and to continue to exceed the highest standards of excellence. We have consistently received 5 out of 5 stars from our guests. Our guests have also been an excellent source of referrals and provided such positive feedback resulting in some of the best marketing we could ever have.
4.    Are there any special skills or education one needs when starting a service such as yours? While having knowledge of the hospitality business is certainly helpful, it can be learned. Both my husband and I have strong backgrounds in business. The combination of collective experiences running businesses has been incredibly helpful. We strongly encourage folks getting into this business to study it inside and out and find a mentor or an experienced hospitality consultant to fill in the rest.
Breakfast - Image by LangbeinA from Pixabay

5.    What type of accommodations does your service offer? Wellspring Manor & Spa offers our guests luxury, serenity, and tranquility. Our property features 5 beautifully appointed suites, 7.35 acres of thoughtfully landscaped grounds, an on-site pool, an on-site spa, and an on-site art gallery. As part of their stay, guests enjoy a freshly, chef-prepared breakfast, daily wine, and hors d’oeuvres service, the opportunity to enjoy rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation, all with outstanding, personalized service.

Image by Nico H. from Pixabay

6.    You are located in the picturesque and culturally rich Maryland suburb of Prince George’s County, not far from Washington, D.C., which is the epicenter of political happenings. Have any of your guests included politicians, no names necessary :)? Believe it or not, they haven’t. That said, we have had a few celebrity guests and other “well-heeled” but incredibly private business leaders, attorneys, physicians, and ministers. Guests seek us out to escape their busy lives. They can do that very effectively at Wellspring.

7.    Do you plan to expand your service in other cities or abroad? That always remains an option for us!
8.    As a business owner, what have been your biggest challenges, trials, or tribulations that you have faced or overcome? Our initial challenge was getting the word out and getting guests to appreciate that they could experience an upscale, luxurious experience in the heart of Prince George’s County, MD. Once we got the word out, followers and skeptics alike began to understand what was possible, and the response was very consistently positive. Being the first destination of our kind in the county came with some challenges, as well. It is always hard to be the first. Our biggest trial has been the Coronavirus. We have been completely shut down since mid-March. Having just opened our business in November 2018, we were just gaining momentum when the crisis hit. It has been financially and emotionally challenging to push through with no real end in sight to the pandemic.
9.    What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a Bed and Breakfast? Do your research. Understand the guidelines affecting zoning, licensing, and permitting for the location where you plan to be located. Get to know the players in this space. Find a network of owners that will not see you as a competition but who will take you seriously. (The B&B industry does not have an overly large community of Black owners. It can be challenging to find your community.)
10. What type of comments or feedback have you received about your service? Consistently, positive feedback! We have been very intentional about creating a positive, upscale but personal guest experience. We very rarely can’t accommodate our guests’ requests. When we cannot, we make it our business to make up for it in ways that they simply do not expect. Excellence is central to everything that we do.
11. How do you manage your time when it comes to setting aside some time for yourself?  Whew! We had almost no time to ourselves in the first year plus. Running a B&B can be a 24-hour/7-day-a-week undertaking. You have to be committed and understand that you will have very little time to yourself while you are ramping up your business.
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Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to give our visitors a preview into your Wellspring Manor & Spa

Monday, August 10, 2020

Ten Captivating Books to Read While Still Stuck at Home by Vivienne Diane Neal

COVID-19 does not seem to be leaving any time soon. Staying home does have its drawbacks, but not to worry. We have gathered some of our favorite reads by diverse authors from various genres: mysteries, thrillers, and suspense. Just click on the link(s) and enjoy reading these narratives with some endings that will leave you reeling.


Killing Signs 2 by Ernest Morris - Two lead detectives assigned to decipher ghastly murder cases realize they have arrested the wrong person for the crimes.

Layla’s Score by Andy Rausch - A hitman is hired to eliminate a deranged mobster’s son.

Deep Fried Trouble (Eugeena Patterson Mystery, Book 1 by Tyora Moody - The head of a neighborhood watch discovers the dead body of her former friend and neighbor.

Oven Baked Secrets - (Eugeena Patterson Mystery, Book 2) by Tyora Moody - Eugeena Patterson is back, solving the murder of her best friend’s son.

Lemon Filled Disaster (Eugeena Patterson Mystery, Book 3) by Tyora Moody - An amateur sleuth seeks to solve the murder of her future daughter-in-law’s ex.

London Sparks by A P Von K'ory - A young woman wants to lose her virginity and unknowingly wakes up next to a dead man.

Once You Go Black by Alex Cage - While a man is driving through a small southern town, a sheriff arrests him without probable cause.

Sunshine Scandal by Alex Cage - An overzealous police officer shoots a young man on his way home from playing basketball.

Transition of Power by Karen D. Bradley - A daughter is alienated from her law enforcement family.

Reduction (Casey Reddick Book 3) by Charles DeMaris - Dead bodies are discovered in a remote village in Kenya.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Scrumptious Snacks that will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth by Vivienne Diane Neal


You probably know by now, I have a weakness for sweets, especially chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies.

Therefore, I thought I would list four companies that make some of the most delicious cookies that will just fuel your appetite and leave you coming back for more. Trust me! You will not be able to eat just one cookie.

Partake Foods - are all about making everyday snacking a little easier, safer, and tastier for everyone. Their allergy-friendly, vegan, non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) cookies are free of the top 14 allergens (and gluten!) and are full of real, whole ingredients everyone can enjoy. Their chocolate chip cookies are just delectable. You can order their cookies on Amazon, at some Whole Foods and other retail outlets. Enter The Partake A Break Sweepstakes and Enjoy a $2 Off Partake At Whole Foods

Yummy Desserts - specializes in Yummy Cookies, Yummy Beverages, Yummy Cookie Platters, and Yummy Dog Treats. Without saying, their Chocolate Chip Cookies and Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite.

Maya’s Cookies - offers freshly baked gourmet vegan cookies. They use the highest quality plant-based ingredients. No eggs, dairy, or animal products are in their products. I ordered their Ultimate Cookie Lovers Collection - half a dozen. The box included one of each cookie: Hawaiian, Brown Sugar Butterscotch, Espresso White Chocolate, Famous "Everything," Caramel Pecan, and Funfetti. Those cookies were gone in two days. I have now added these six cookies to my favorite list of confectioners.

Back to Nature Foods - presents a variety of plant-based snacks. My favorite cookies are their Chewy Chocolate Chunk and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin. Products are available nationwide and at Whole Foods. Go to their site and see what other munchies they offer.

Bon Appétit

Monday, July 27, 2020

Travel Advisory for New York: 14-Day Quarantine Required


The New York State Department of Health issued a June 25, 2020 travel advisory based on an Executive Order signed by Governor Cuomo. It generally requires anyone returning to New York from one of the 19 states listed below to self-quarantine for 14 days. All New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors are required to comply with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.


The travel advisory does not apply to people who simply pass through a designated state and stop for a period of fewer than 24 hours, such as at rest stops, airports, or during bus or train travel. 

As more states reopen, the list of designated high-risk states may widen. Check the official New York State Department of Health Website for the most up-to-date list of designated states.

The 19 states named on June 25, 2020, on the New York State Department of Health travel advisory are:

Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona       
California
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Idaho
Kansas
Louisiana
Mississippi 
North Carolina      
Nevada
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee 
Texas
Utah

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Camping in Acadia National Park by Brian



Even though many of us are remaining home during the Coronavirus crisis, you can still make travel plans and go camping when this pandemic is over.

To learn how you can plan a memorable and safe camping event, check out Brian’s article by clicking here.  

 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Tenet - Movie Trailer


John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time. Not time travel. Inversion. The international cast of “Tenet” also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.


 Release Date: August 12, 2020


Monday, July 06, 2020

News to Share


Asa Leveaux, America’s No. 1 EntreQueerNeur Coach has said yes to a television show opportunity! The name of the TV show is “House of Leveaux” where the category is EntreQueerNeur.

This show will serve as a weekly gag for those divinely queer humans who are business-minded. Viewing options for the show will include (but not limited to):

Roku
Apple TV
Fire TV
Android TV

The show will air weekly. 30 minutes will be broken down to 20 minutes of content and 10 minutes of commercial time. The first season will have 20 episodes!

Asa will be reaching out to brands individually but...If you would like to be the brand to believe in this next stage of his life, he would like to offer that at $200 (the additional 9 opportunities will be $350 for this first season).

So far, Ereena George has said yes to be the first brand to secure a sponsorship opportunity for the show.

For additional information, go to https://www.asaleveaux.com/ or contact him at asa@leveauxgroup.com

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Online Extortion Scams Increasing During the COVID-19 Crisis


 The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has seen an increase in reports of online extortion frauds, especially among singles using dating apps, during the current "stay-at-home" orders due to the COVID-19 crisis. Because large numbers of the population are staying at home and likely using the computer more than usual, scammers may use this opportunity to find new victims and pressure them into sending money. The scammers are sending e-mails threatening to release sexually explicit photos or personally compromising videos to the individual's contacts if they do not pay. While there are many variations of these online extortion attempts, they often share certain commonalities.

Fraud COMMONALITIES:

Online extortion schemes vary, but there are a few common indicators of the fraud. The following characteristics are not all-inclusive but should serve as warning signals. It is important to remember that scammers adapt their schemes to capitalize on current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, high-profile breaches, or new trends involving the Internet, all in an attempt to make their scams seem more authentic.
  • The online extortion attempt comes as an e-mail from an unknown party and, many times, written in broken English with grammatical errors.
  • The recipient's personal information is noted in the e-mail or letter to add a higher degree of intimidation to the fraud. For example, the recipient's user name or password is provided at the beginning of the e-mail or letter.
  • The recipient is accused of visiting adult websites, cheating on a spouse, or being involved in other compromising situations.
  • The e-mail or letter includes a statement like, "I had serious spyware and adware infecting your computer," or "I have a recorded video of you" as an explanation of how the information was allegedly gathered.
  • The e-mail or letter threatens to send video or other compromising information to family, friends, coworkers, or social network contacts if a ransom is not paid.
  • The e-mail or letter provides a short window to pay, typically 48 hours.
  • The recipient is instructed to pay the ransom in Bitcoin, a virtual currency that provides a high degree of anonymity to the transactions.
TIPS TO PROTECT YOU:

  • Do not open e-mails or attachments from unknown individuals.
  • Monitor your bank account statements regularly and your credit report at least once a year for any unusual activity.
  • Do not communicate with unsolicited e-mail senders.
  • Do not store sensitive or embarrassing photos or information online or on your mobile devices.
  • Use strong passwords and do not use the same password for multiple websites.
  • Never provide personal information of any sort via e-mail. Be aware that many e-mails requesting your personal information appear to be legitimate.
  • Ensure security settings for social media accounts are activated and set at the highest level of protection.
  • Verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type the address into your browser.
The FBI does not condone the payment of online extortion demands, as the funds will facilitate continued criminal activity, including potential organized crime activity and associated violent crimes.

VICTIM REPORTING:

If you believe you have been a victim of this fraud, reach out to your local FBI field office, and file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov. Please provide any relevant information in your complaint, including the online extortion e-mail with header information and Bitcoin address if available.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Have You Thought About Having a Pre-Wedding Cosplay Party?

If you are not familiar with the word Cosplay, it is a performance art where participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.

For tips on planning this type of pre-wedding celebration, click here.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Are You Considering a Domestic Partnership Instead of Marriage? By Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All
Many couples wonder whether they should get married or just live together, but a domestic partnership may be another option. 

Domestic Partnership is an interpersonal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life, but are not legally married to each other or anyone else. People in domestic partnerships receive benefits that guarantee the right of survivorship, hospital visitation, and others; it provides protection for couples who are not legally married or part of a Civil Union. This agreement is suitable for all types of "Living Together" couples who are in a committed relationship.

The definition of what is a domestic partnership or what is a civil union may vary depending on the city or state in which one lives. While local laws vary, usually, there are few common requirements as to who can enter a Domestic Partnership:

Age - Most often, people will need to be over 18 years of age. Some states even have age requirements for senior citizens.

Commitment - Partners must live together and be in a committed relationship. How long the couple has been together also matters, usually it must be longer than six months or a year.

Not In Another Agreement - A couple cannot be in another agreement (or marriage) and sometimes a waiting period is mandatory before when one arrangement ends and the next agreement can begin.

Proof of commitment - Some states may require that you show information displaying your commitment such as lease agreements, mutual bills, or state IDs listing the same address.


Proving Domestic Partnership May Include:

·       Common ownership of a car or other property (joint deed or mortgage agreement)
·       A driver's license listing a common address
·       Proof of joint bank accounts, credit card accounts and loans
·       Designation as the primary beneficiary for life insurance, retirement benefits, or under a partner's will


The Benefits of a Domestic Partnership Are

·       Ability to get coverage on a family health insurance policy
·       Right to family leave for a sick partner
·       Right to bereavement leave
·       Visitation rights in hospitals and jails

 

Local and state governments support Domestic Partnerships, however, when it comes to filing federal taxes, partners cannot claim head of household with a partner as a dependent and cannot file as married filing jointly, or married filing separately. Another complication of tax filing is determining how you define "community funds" and who paid what to determine who can claim credits or deductions.

If you decide to file for Domestic Partnership, as mentioned, laws vary from one state to another; some have this type of agreement characterized more like a business or corporate agreement, and you will have to apply with the department that manages business agreements. Other cities will require you to apply with the county clerk or recorder. You may also have to apply to be included in a Domestic Partners Registry for statewide recognition. Some government agencies even provide a certificate or a laminated card as proof. Since laws vary greatly, seeking advice from a lawyer about your state's requirements is essential.

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