Laura: NYC crime reporter. Widow. Mother of eyeball rolling teenagers. Step-mother. Dependable daughter to four sets of parents/in-laws. Blogger. Landlady. Adventurologist. PTA non-joiner trapped in bucolic suburbs overrun with transplanted Brooklynites, yoga studios, farmer’s markets, and neighborhood block parties.

Upcoming author on surviving the death of her husband, and of ultimately not knowing what to do with his ashes. Her memoir takes readers through a portrait of marriage, children, love and grief, including adventure-filled, cross country, ashes spreading RV trips where the pink steering wheel becomes her spiritual guide.

Blog Posts

November 16, 2015

When You Teach a Teenager to Fish

I used to be a real Mom, but now that my daughters are almost grown teenagers, life at Pittman Palace is anything but picture perfect. And that’s just the way I like it. Hungry? And don’t like what I made for dinner? Learn how to cook. It’s an invaluable skill […]
October 26, 2015

Open Letter To My Daughter On Her 16th Birthday

Dear Nell,   Today is your 16th birthday. I find that incredible. I won’t tell you how it felt like yesterday and get all gushy about the first time I saw your face or express the overwhelming power of love that bonds a mother to her child. I want to talk about […]
October 22, 2015

Read My Friend’s Cover Letter! You’ll Die Laughing!

From: Laura F. Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM To: Kathy Subject: Get a life! Hey woman. What’s happening with the job? Let me know if I can give you a reference.  xol, Laura From: Kathy P. Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 11:27 AM Subject: I love you […]
September 4, 2015

Like OMG, I Just Rolled My Eyes So Hard, I Saw My Own Brain!

My Mom, who is retired, said even if she practiced for 10 hours a day, she doubted she could do it– make her eyes roll back in her brain the way my girls do almost every time I open my mouth to speak to them. What’s more, the eyeball rolling action […]
August 31, 2015

Do You Have to be Dead to Eat Quiche?

All I did was bake a quiche. But judging by my girls reactions, you’d think I’d made brunch for 20. That’s how shocked they were when I called them downstairs for breakfast on Sunday, at 12:25 p.m., I may add. How do they possibly sleep so late?  Susannah circled the table […]
August 18, 2015

I’m Afraid of the Toilet

It’s true! I’m afraid to step foot in my bathroom, much less use the toilet for fear it may drown me. Can you say hello bushes? Hello bushes. And can you say hi to the nice man at the 24-hour gas station down the street? Hello nice gas station man at […]
August 15, 2015

Even MY Kids Are Not This Stupid! Or Are They?

I decided to put my teenager’s savvy to the test after seeing this jaw dropping YouTube video. In it, a 21-year-old YouTube prankster, Colby Persin, makes a fake Facebook profile, posing as a 15-year-old boy. With their parents’ permission, he friend requests three girls ages 12, 13, and 14, each of whom accepted. Coby didn’t have to […]
August 9, 2015

Teenager’s Letter Goes Viral

Parenting, I always say, is the hardest job you’ll ever love. Why else would you sacrifice your life for someone else’s? At first, when they’re little and full of wonder, the reward of getting sticky I love you kisses and watching them grow is totally worth everything on earth. But once they […]
August 2, 2015

Don’t Mind If I Stare At You

One of the hardest things about losing a spouse is that a major part of you dies with them, only you are supposed to carry on with your life as one, as opposed to half of a whole. That’s why grief is such a powerful phenomenon. No one truly understands it […]
July 27, 2015

I Swear, It’ll Never Happen Again

We all do it– make the same mistake, twice, if not over and over again. The thing is, we know we’re doing whatever it is,  but we somehow can’t help ourselves from inserting a happy ending fantasy by giving it one last try. And another. And then even another. Sometimes […]
July 21, 2015

Mom For $ale

Mother of two teenage girls for sale. 51,000 miles. Runs like new! Available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. No sick or personal days. Fifty cents an hour. Experience: Repeats herself over and over and over again. Produces plates full of food when there’s “nothing to […]
July 7, 2015

He Was Standing By Her Grave

It sounds morbid, but one of my favorite places to walk the dog is in the graveyard down the street. It’s dead quiet (ha, ha, ha), there are no cars and very few visitors. And no, I never let the dog lift his leg on the headstones or do his business […]
July 4, 2015

Call it a Mother’s Intuition

Both of my kids said they’d rather die (that’s a quote) than travel in the RV for another summer. They’re teenagers now and the last thing said teenagers want to do is vacation with their mother unless it’s on a trip to the ATM machine or Urban Outfitters. But still, I […]
June 29, 2015

T’was the Night Before Summer Camp

T’was the night before summer camp and all through the house, not a teenager was stirring until the alarm clock went off at 1:45 am. I’d been up since dawn anyway, having already deposited one daughter in Connecticut with another bike trip family heading to Manchester, NH. The ride share not only saved me 10 […]
June 21, 2015

Fugitive Mom Escapes Parking Lot Arrest

Here’s the question of the day: Who purposefully leaves their wallet at home when going shopping at a mall — with teenage girls no less?   I mean seriously, why would anyone do that?   Imagine a parent saying: Come on kids! Let’s spend half a day at the mall […]