Meet Laura: NYC Crime Reporter. Private Investigator. Widow. Mother of eyeball rolling teenagers. Step-mother. Dependable daughter. Adventurologist. PTA non-joiner trapped in bucolic suburbs.

June 2018 book release. Published by #HatherleighPress and distributed by #PenguinRandomHouse.

Suddenly widowed, Laura copes by spreading her husband’s ashes 31,000 miles across the USA and Canada on RV trips with their eyeball rolling teenagers where the pink steering wheel becomes her spiritual GPS in leading their resilience building adventures. Not only does she come home with a stray dog, but a belief in sunflowers and reincarnation upon discovering her husband’s journals.

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Blog Posts

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 […]
October 25, 2016

Killing Two Peanuts With One Stone

I used to get such bad panic attacks a few years back that my teeth would chatter even through clenched jaws and as my body convulsed like a wet dog pulled from an icy pond. That’s when my husband Mark would literally have to lay his entire 6’4″ body on […]
September 2, 2016

Love Explained

By Tim Urba This is long but so funny: “There’s not really any normal way to start a relationship. Some people go on a date, and then another date, and then another, and one day it’s just clear to both of them that they’re in a relationship. Some people start […]
July 19, 2016

Do I Really Have To?

Everyone already knows the answer when they ask themselves or others, “Do I reeaaally have to?” Otherwise they wouldn’t ask. They’d just do whatever it is and be done with it. The question is really just a delay tactic. My daughters do it all the time when it comes to housework. […]
July 7, 2016

She Not Only Likes It, She Wants It!

Dear Readers, I want you to be the first to know– well, besides my mother who I called laughing, screaming, crying, and jumping up and down all at once– that it looks like my book is going to be represented by a well-known literary agent. I’m dying to say who […]
May 26, 2016

My Luck Has Turned to Fu*k

My husband used to call me Lucky Laura, saying how things in my life always seemed to come up roses. Send me to cover a story in the Gaza Strip with an obnoxious AP photographer who mouthed off to armed guards who responded by pointing machine guns at our heads and I’d manage to make […]
February 19, 2016

Call Me Mrs. Gandhi

When one of my best friends offered us her Catskill Mountains ski house for President’s week, it took all of a nanosecond to graciously accept. The plan was for the girls to be packed and ready to go on Saturday night around 5 p.m. That way, we’d wake up bright eyed […]
February 15, 2016

Song Stucky In Thy Head Syndrome

I haven’t heard from Carol in 100 years, but when she called me today, the only thing she said was “What are you going to do?” to make me laugh so hard, I spit my coffee out. That’s what friends are for. All the time in the world can pass, but you […]