two women hug at santiago cathedral

The day we completed our pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago was surreal. We couldn’t believe we were heading out on the last day, the 35th day of our pilgrimage, and that that we would arrive in Santiago de Compostela that very afternoon. We woke up in Pedrouzo giddy with excitement and literally skipping …

Woman meditates on the Camino de Santiago

Walking Away, Coming Home My fiancé was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day of 2018. I still think of the day as “Diagnosis Day.” A day when everything about our lives changed. A day that foreshadowed the darkest day that I would ever know when – just four months later – Jeff took his …

Meditation in Thailand

I’m writing this in isolation. Like so many of us during the Coronavirus crisis, I am social distancing. And one of the things keeping me sane during this crisis is meditation. By crisis, I also mean a time for grieving. What we are feeling right now is grief. It is a loss of what …

Cycle for Survival Chicago

Update April 2020: Thanks to all who contributed to the Cycle for Survival 2020 event. Our team raised $10,000 and teams nationwide raised $40 million for rare cancer research. THANK YOU. Since my partner died of cancer in a Northwestern Hospital bed on a sunny day in June of 2018, every return to our …

Sunset in Washington, DC

I had a hard time deciding where I wanted to be on the day that marked the last in a year of firsts – the one year anniversary of my fiancé’s death. One never really knows when grief will claw its way out of its carefully contained space in the heart and squeeze, but …

Luang Prabang

Making a Wish for a Second Life in Laos: Outside of temples and padogas across Southeast Asia, there are cages full of tiny birds. If you buy a bird and release it, this symbolic gift of freedom is believed, by some, to bring good luck or to ensure a wish will come true. I …