Suddenly widowed, Laura copes by spreading her Bloomberg journalist husband Mark Pittman’s ashes 31,152 miles across the USA and Canada on RV trips with their eyeball rolling teenagers where the pink steering wheel becomes her spiritual GPS. Not only does she come home with a rescue dog, but a belief in sunflowers upon discovering her husband’s journals.

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May 15, 2018

While Home Babysitting My Cellulite Tonight…

While home babysitting my cellulite tonight, I had the best idea on how to make myself feel skinny. “I know! I’ll dye my hair!” I decided. A quick trip to the drug store and I was in business. Clairol #6 and I had a hot date! Here’s what I have […]
May 13, 2018

A Letter, 25 Years Later

Being able to thank a teacher 25 years later made my Mother’s Day! Dear Mary (Loporcaro): After so many years at St. John Fisher with literally thousands of students under your tutelage, I doubt you remember me, but I owe my career in journalism to you. Our work in creating […]
May 12, 2018

More Advice From My Mother

Words of advice from my mother on the phone yesterday: Mom: “Honey, are you dating anyone?” Me: “How do I have time to date anyone when all I do is work?” Mom: “Well, don’t let your life pass you by unless you want to write another book!” HA!   That’s […]
May 9, 2018

More Advice From My Mother

Words of advice from my mother on the phone yesterday: Mom: “Honey, are you dating anyone?” Me: “How do I have time to date anyone when all I do is work?” Mom: “Well, don’t let your life pass you by unless you want to write another book!” HA!   That’s […]
May 8, 2018

PINCH ME! (Get your mind out of the gutter…not like that!)

Like this! Am I having a dream? Is my husband going to now walk through the front door too like he does in my book? EXCERPT Christmas miracles typically hinge on a magical event, right? In ours, I imagined Mark walking barefoot through the front door to find his shoes […]
March 8, 2018

I Still Can’t Say Goodbye…

The night my husband Mark died, I licked his finger to loosen our wedding band, removed it from his swollen finger and stuck it in my pocket before leaving the hospital room. I did not say goodbye. That’s the one thing I refused to say. To me, that would be […]
January 27, 2018

My Beautiful Coin Slot

This is my face. I don’t chase the lines away with photoshop, botox, creams or makeup and would never judge or say a word about those who do. And no, I did not accept my crevices, cracks and crows with grace, especially after my daughters referred to the line between […]
January 15, 2018

Baby Love

Seeing this picture of my daughter brought me back to that special time.  Friends Kim and Gerard Sava provided temporary foster care for 47 brand new babies awaiting adoption by keeping their door and their hearts open for more than five years. Some babies only stayed for a few hours […]
January 11, 2018

Meet The Fahrenthold-Pittman’s

I cannot tell you how excited we are for the June 2018 release of my love story memoir by #HatherleighPress #PenguinRandomHouse. Here’s an introduction to “the fam.” (This was taken at one of my fav. places on our ashes-spreading RV trips, at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.) Even without […]
January 2, 2018

Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy Birthday to me! The water felt negative 103! Despite the arctic freeze, my daughter Susannah and I did it – the #ConeyIslandPolarBearClub plunge! What a way to mark the New Year by sprinkling her father’s ashes on the beach before jumping in! Here’s to 2018! And to my book that’s coming […]
December 1, 2017

You Are My Sunshine

Seems like 100 years ago since sprinkling Mark in this field on Prince Edward Island. The girls thought their father would like “living” there, so we pulled the RV over,  jumped out and walked him through the waist high waves of yellow glory. The sky was so blue. I remember […]
November 29, 2017

Battle of the Dorm Room Moms

I knew it going in. Christine was everything a dorm roommate’s mother should be, starting with being on time for college move in day. What’s more, she was armed with cleaning products. And while that was several months ago, the problem has only gotten worse, not better… The day had […]
November 17, 2017

What The Heaven Was I Thinking?

When children’s grief expert #JoePrimo said on #OptionB #TedTalks yesterday, “We can keep death and grief under the bed right next to the imaginary monster or we can shine a light on it and empower kids with hope healthy coping strategies,” I’m not sure taking your kids across the country in a broken down […]
September 11, 2017

“Poopy” Hits Paydirt

How my daughter came up with the name Poopy for one of our baby chicks was beyond me. Perhaps it was foreshadowing for its shitty life. But have no fear! There’s a happy ending here! “I think it’s a cute name,” Nell said, holding the tiny yellow chick for his […]
November 2, 2016

Your Teenagers Brain… On Bacon

Hello? Can anyone out there hear me? I’m hiding under the covers with the bedroom door locked. It’s the only place I’m safe from what’s going on downstairs. Listen… “Those are not MY dishes, they’re yours!” screams one teenage daughter. “No, they’re not. I am a vegetarian which means I didn’t […]