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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July 13, 2018

My Book is Rocking & Rolling on Q104.3 FM

“Q104.3 New York’s Classic Rock” Hall of Fame DJs Shelli Sonstein and Jim Kerr are now BIG fans of THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES (my debut book released on June 26 by Penguin Random House and Hatherleigh Press.) The 15-minute radio interview was so fun! I think I did ok. ?‍?You […]
July 11, 2018

Q104.3 FM’s Rocking & Rolling with THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES: A Love Story/Memoir

Today was a big day! Q104.3 New York’s Classic Rock iHeartRADIO DJs Shelli Sonstein and Jim Kerr from are now BIG fans of THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES (my debut book released June 26, 2018 by Penguin Random House and Hatherleigh Press.) The 15-minute radio interview was so fun! I […]
June 18, 2018

My Daughter’s Apartment Saga is Over

OK. My daughter’s apartment saga is over. (I’m actually a little teary as I write this.) I went to look at it and was not exactly thrilled by the building. Or the money that I had to come up with for it, including finding out that the apartment has… electric […]
June 17, 2018

Our Father’s Days Without You

June 20, 2010: Our first Father’s Day without you. Prayed the girls would not figure it out. (I was getting good at hiding things from them.) Stayed inside all day. Pitched a tent in the living room. Ate gobs of junk food. Watched their favorite movies: Alice in Wonderland, The […]
June 17, 2018

Dear Mom

Imagine walking by your local #barnesandnoble and seeing this!!! I had no idea and have to call my mother!!! Right now!!! That event for my book, THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES, is at 2pm on Saturday, June 30 at the 2614 Central Ave. Yonkers, NY location.…/1128063603
June 14, 2018

The Apartment Saga Continues

OK, so the saga of my daughter’s first apartment continues. I posted yesterday about her moving out of the dorm and into a place with two girlfriends. My precious darling announced needing two bank checks for a total of $3,217 to fly out of my you-know-what with an hour to […]
June 13, 2018

You Want How Much Money?

“MOM! I need one check for $1,967 and one for $1,250. We’re putting a deposit on the apartment and you need to drive me to the city by 5:00 p.m.,” said my 18-year-old daughter today. She seriously believed this was enough advance notice for me to A. Pull $3,217 out […]
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 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 […]