Mark Pruitt and Lori Toepper’s journey to the aisle was all about beating the odds. The couple reconnected more than 30 years after first meeting in the halls of Bolingbrook High School, and Pruitt popped the question on New Year’s Eve 2011. They rang in the New Year with dreams of a destination wedding, but instead, Toepper was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months later. The two spent much of their engagement in and out of the hospital as Toepper underwent a lumpectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy. “It was an ugly situation, but it had some beauty to it,” says Toepper. “I honestly believe God gave me Mark to go through this with me. It made me want to marry him even more.”
Even the most devoted fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald may be surprised to find out that the Jazz-Age scribe was once a client of Tiffany & Co. There isn’t a record of exactly what he bought, but it’s possible that he commissioned the esteemed jeweler’s wares for beloved wife Zelda — or perhaps he was imagining how they might look draped across the elegant, high-society characters in his famed novel, The Great Gatsby.
Keri Glassman, nationally recognized nutritionist, author and mother of two, knows firsthand what it takes to get kids to eat healthy. “Just don’t talk about it,” she advises. “I’m a big believer in just presenting healthy food, not saying, ‘We can’t eat unhealthy stuff,’ or ‘We have to eat this healthy stuff.’ ”
Dear Jenny, How do you know when it’s time to say goodbye to a friend? I have been feeling like this for a few years and I just don’t know whether I should do it or continue to hang in there. It’s draining me. —Anna from Chicago