Welcome to My Blog (A Brief Introduction)

crime thubprintHi. I’m Laura. I’ve been a crime reporter at the New York Daily News; a private investigator (that was a cool job); a features editor at Woman’s World Magazine where I interviewed more than 50,000 women; and a press secretary for an elected official in a city of 198,000.

Life was going along great with two adorable little girls and my strong, handsome journalist husband in our big happy house until Thanksgiving when he fell over and died.

I have never been good at accepting “no” for an answer which is probably why I went into journalism in the first place. But now faced with this giant NO, I found myself questioning every aspect of death and my emotional responses to it as a check and balance system to measure the psychology of my grief.

It started when I worried I’d pass out or even die from crying so hard. I asked the Magic 8 Ball, better known as Google, “Can you die from a broken heart?” and then wrote about it as if an editor had given me the assignment.

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These are the hundreds of “assignments” I gave myself over the past five years.

These “assignments” which sometimes took the form of diary entries kept me busy and believe it or not, sane, after the girls went to bed and I sat there night after night, alone and scared.

I ended up taking my grief on a camping trip out west that summer, never intending to buy a little RV and spend the next four summers spreading his ashes on cross country trips.  The girls and I even got him to Canada!

Friends encouraged me to write a book about our experiences after seeing photos of the trip on Facebook. And so I did. I ended up culling the best chapters, writing and rewriting a lot of them, and compiling a book that’s coming out this year! It exposes readers to the five w’s– the who, what, where, why, when and how of my journey through marriage, mourning, motherhood, and mating with musings on daily life with my eyeball rolling teenagers as I somehow manage to hold it all together, well at least most of the time…

This blog is to help build readership. I publish something every two weeks (usually posting on Saturdays) and always respond to readers who write to me. Feel free to sign up for the blog and by all means, hit the almighty like button on Facebook.

Thank you!
Laura