There comes a time in life — after raising the kids, paying off the house or turning an age that ends in zero — that it’s time to do something for you. For some, it may mean an exotic trip. For others, it could be a house at the beach. But for many baby boomers,… Read More
with Father’s Day just around the corner, children usually think about the things that they can buy for their dads: golf balls, a set of grill utensils or maybe a striped tie. However, the best gift you can give to your dad is the gift of health. Because June is Men’s Health Month, it’s the… Read More
In this millennium, parents are facing challenges their own parents could hardly have imagined. Whether it is texting, time management, tantrums or toilet training, being a parent, and adjusting to a child’s ever-changing developmental needs, has always been a shock to the system. Most parents can benefit tremendously from expert advice and the opportunity to… Read More
Healthy marriages make healthy children I believe that most couples get married wanting and believing that their relationship will be filled with shalom, peace. But couples inevitably have conflicts that cause strife in their relationship. The days of fun dates and the honeymoon can turn into the daily grind of cleaning, cooking and changing diapers.
“By the big red barn In the great green field, There was a pink pig, Who was learning to squeal.” Those are the opening lines from “Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown. There was something about this book that I loved. Loved it more than Brown’s more famous “Goodnight Moon.” Even now, when I… Read More
It’s a typical Friday evening in Jewish Baltimore. Observant Jews are preparing for Shabbat dinner and walking to evening services. The scene is commonplace to those who live in or around Northwest Baltimore. All at once, something horrifying occurs, dramatically altering the peaceful neighborhood milieu. Gunshots, police cars, ambulances, screams of terror. There’s been a… Read More
When Erica Finkelstein-Parker shares the news that she and her husband, Brian, will be adopting two children from the Democratic Rep-ublic of the Congo, the reactions she receives from other Jews are sometimes disheartening. “That’s really cool, but couldn’t you adopt a Jewish child?” some say. The Parkers are used to this reaction; they already… Read More
Joe Kashnow dreams of performing in front a packed house at Madison Square Garden. However, on a recent Monday night, Kashnow is at Fish Head Cantina, a nondescript bar in Arbutus, sitting at a table eating a burger, reviewing his notes and planning his set. He then steps outside for a few drags on a… Read More