The Love of My Life | “Cured”

Although it is National Doughnut Day today (yes, apparently, there is day for this!), my heart and fingers feel compelled not to write Part 2 of the Powdered Donut Manifesto but instead, “Cured.” The seeds of this post were planted a week ago, but as with all my writing,...

The Powdered Donut Manifesto | Part One

For the last several months, I have been privileged to share many stories about the love of my life, Maureen, and our journey together these past 26 years. Not long before my sweetie passed on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, we had reflected on the fact that we had passed...

The Love of My Life | To Catch a Falling Star

6 months ago today was the last day I would spend with the love of my life, Maureen, alive. I came to the only place that seemed appropriate to write, “To Catch a Falling Star.” I am sitting at Teo’s Gelato and Espresso across from Seton Hospital on 38th street....

The Love of My Life | Heaven Was Pink for One Day

Night is falling on Easter Day 2015. It has been an emotionally powerful Holy Week, staring last Sunday as we committed Maureen’s ashes on Palm Sunday. Then, the following day I celebrated my 50th birthday. I spent the day reflecting at the Lake Austin Spa Resort. The last time I...

The Love of My Life | Living Your Passion

It is powdered donut day. It is hard to believe it is the fifth powdered donut day. Powdered donut day is a ritual, just like the ritual of spring break that we are about to finish or the ritual of making Maureen’s tea and lunch each weekday morning or...

The Love of My Life | Shall I Take the Drive?

Tuesday morning of this week I was on the Northwestern University shuttle between the Chicago campus and the Evanston campus. It was a pleasant morning by Chicago standards… a bit cloudy and misty, unlike the day before. When I arrived on Monday, it was sunny and pleasant, a welcome...

The Love of My Life | From the Heart

It was early in 1989; Maureen and I had been dating for a few weeks. In my post at the beginning of last October, I had written about my “triple-positive” in the midst of Maureen’s recent diagnosis of her breast cancer turning “triple-negative.” As I said in that CaringBridge...

I Have Been Provoked | Part Two

I ended Part One of “I Have Been Provoked” with these words, “we have to rethink the fight with cancer.” I never expected to be in the middle of this fight. Heck, I never expected to hear the words, “you have cancer.” Even worse, those words were not spoken...