J. Christopher “Chris” Llinas serves as the corporate counsel to Royal Plus, Inc., in Snow Hill, Maryland. Outside of work, Chris Llinas is an avid reader and counts Walden by Henry David Thoreau among his favorite books.
At the beginning of his book, Thoreau states that he is conducting a “personal experiment” at Walden Pond in Massachusetts. He sets out to learn about human nature without society and materialism and makes it clear that he wants to meditate about social and domestic management. He is determined to support himself and receive no help from anyone during his stay at Walden. During his stay, he discusses the main arguments around individualism, social existence, scholarship, and other concepts.
His writing describes the time that he spends farming, observing nature, and thinking about life. Thoreau hosted events at his cabin for his friends, which include a philosopher, a poet, hunters, farmers, settlers, and laborers. These locals tell Thoreau stories about the history of the region.
During his stay, Thoreau explores the region’s ponds, farms, autumn leaves, and frozen winters. His explorations about nature and life continue for two years, and in September 1847, he leaves Walden.
Attorney J. Christopher “Chris” Llinas focuses on criminal and traffic defense work at his solo practice in Ocean Pines, Maryland, and has some 20 years’ legal experience. An avid marathoner, Chris Llinas supports several philanthropic organizations, among them Diakonia, Inc., for which he collected $5,000 from charity road races.
Serving Worcester County and the Lower Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula, Diakonia opened in 1972 and is now a non-denominational nonprofit agency. It provides transitional and emergency housing for the homeless and various counseling services for them at two locations. Diakonia goes beyond putting a roof over its clients’ heads to work on the basic causes of homelessness.
Volunteers use a case management system to address basic issues, including problems that may result in homelessness. For persons about to make the transition to independent living, they build bridges with other support organizations.
A member of the United Way, Diakonia sponsors fund-raising events for these expensive services. Donation opportunities have included the Empty Bowl Project; givers paid $20 to buy a bowl of soup, bread, and soft drinks. The proceeds helped stock Diakonia’s food pantry.
Diakonia’s Used to Be Mine thrift store benefited from a first-time event in 2015, a fashion show and luncheon. Models wore clothing gleaned from the store, and gift baskets were raffled to further aid Used to Be Mine.
Marine Corps Marathon
An experienced attorney, J. Christopher (Chris) Llinas currently operates his own private practice in Ocean Pines, Maryland. When he isn’t working, he regularly participates in marathons across the United States. Chris Llinas most recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015.
Founded by retired U.S. Marine Colonel Jim Fowler, the Marine Corps Marathon had four specific goals: to showcase the abilities of the Marine Corps, to serve as a recruiting tool, to promote goodwill in the community, and to help Marines qualify for the Boston Marathon. The first Marine Corps Marathon took place in Washington, D.C., on November 7, 1976. At the time, the U.S. military looked to the event as a way to garner positive public attention in the wake of the Vietnam War.
Each of the event’s 994 runners paid $2 to compete on the route through the U.S. capital. Olympian Kenneth Moore became the first winner of the Marine Corps Marathon when he crossed the finish line with a time of 2:21:14. The first woman to finish was Susan Mallery of Arlington, Virginia.