After having donor-conceived children, many curiosities follow. They range from small curiosities like, “Where did they get that chin?” to larger ones, like, “Does alopecia run in the donor’s…family?” But one of the biggest questions that plagued me after my first child was born was, “Are there more kids?” And then, one day in 2011, I looked at my 7-month-old son and my curiosity got the best of me. I typed the word “donor” into a search engine, followed by the unique donor… >> Read More
Hanukkah 2018 is almost here and there are lots of family-friendly ways to celebrate in the Baltimore area including concerts, story times, fireworks, art, and even science. While you’re planning…your holiday fun, consider donating a new, unwrapped toy, book, craft project, or gift card to the JCS Toy Drive with drop-off locations at the Park Heights and Owings Mills JCC’s and at the Barnes & Noble in Pikesville. Hanukkah 2018 begins at sundown on Sunday, December 2 and concludes at sundown on Monday, December… >> Read More
My mother loves her grandkids with gusto, and spends time and money on them accordingly. When she comes from Canada to visit us for a few weeks in California, she enlivens our house with her fun,…quirky presence. But when she’s here, I admit to feeling discomfort — OK, resentment — over her refusal to set aside her own agenda. I love my mom. And while she has many good qualities, like a willingness to make messes — and sometimes even clean them up — and her enthusiasm for helping my… >> Read More
There's no love like sister love. For one pair of sisters, Randi Fishman and Erin Silverman, their bond is unbreakable: the two are joined by a baby!
When Maryland resident Fishman was 28 in…2011, she received horrific news: She had breast cancer. Her diagnosis happened right after she got married and was about to start a family, crushing her pregnancy dreams. At the time, Fishman was able to her freeze her eggs and started the expensive, time-consuming process to find a surrogate. They found one and she gave… >> Read More
As far as Jewish holidays go, Purim just about has it all. A dramatic story with kings, queens and intrigue; costume parades; delicious three-cornered pastries and carnivals all add up to one of the…most kid-friendly and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. To celebrate, there are Purim parties, plays, and both traditional and more creative celebrations being planned all over Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties. So mark your calendars, get your costumes ready, and get ready to party! Want to try your hand at making hamantaschen… >> Read More