This Week in Family
(The Voorhes / portraits by Alyssa Schukar / Associated Press)
A woman gets a message from a stranger claiming to be her long-lost half sibling. She assumes that it’s a scam—until more messages start to flood her inbox, all from people claiming to be her half siblings from a single sperm donor. The donor, it turns out, was a fertility doctor named Donald Cline, who had been treating patients in the 1980s. What his patients didn’t know then, and what their children would only find out decades later, was that the doctor had artificially inseminated dozens of women in Indianapolis with his own sperm.
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In this week’s installment of The Friendship Files, two women who are co-pastors of a Lutheran church in California talk about the joys and struggles of their work—and how it’s more fun with a co-worker you can call a friend. Their talents and personalities are matched: One is an extrovert, the other an introvert; one prefers scripted sermons, while the other is more comfortable keeping her sermons flexible. Their partnership brings out the best in both of them. And the cherry on top? Their shared love of Froyo.
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