There is a part of me that knew that my fiancé was dying. But I resisted that knowledge and convinced myself that he was too strong, too young, too upbeat to die, even as his shockingly aggressive cancer ravaged his body. Jeff’s ordeal with cancer was not a battle. It was an onslaught and it …

Somehow, over the summer months filled with flip flops and a credit card carelessly stuffed into the back pocket of my shorts, I always forget how to wear winter clothes. So, when it comes time to dust off the stocking caps, locate the gloves and root out the scarves from the back of the closet, …

As I watch the first snowfall of the season drift past my window, I can’t help but think about where I was almost exactly one year ago when the first snow fell on the Chicago area. I was three hours west of the city in beautiful Galena, Ill. with four of my best girlfriends snuggled …