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.

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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

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 […]
May 28, 2015

Day Four: My Mom’s in Town for a Week

LIVE FROM WESTCHESTER COUNTY: It’s time for the Bored and the Restless! Yes, it’s true. I think my Mom was getting a little bored.   She finished reading and editing a rough draft of my manuscript. She finished her book on Mennonites in little black dresses. She painted a bathroom […]
May 20, 2015

Day Three: My Mother’s in Town For a Week!

It’s official.   I am now a lady who lunches!   But first, it was off to the tennis courts to hit with my regular group of gals after dropping the kids off at school. P.S. None of us wear tennis bracelets or tennis whites. Just look at how my […]
May 18, 2015

Day Two: My Mother’s in Town– For a Week!

This morning, I realized how much I truly love and missed my mother as we sipped our coffee together. Normally, our family’s all at the beach house or gathered for a holiday, but now it was just the two of us having a slow, uninterrupted morning. I think the birds […]
May 15, 2015

Day One: My Mother’s in Town– For a Week!

I told my step-father that a week was too long for anyone to visit, even my celebrity heartthrob crush Javier Bardem.   “Nothing personal,” I said. “How about she comes for three or four days? That way, we can end on a high note!”   “Too late,” George said. He’d already […]
May 11, 2015

Reality Check: Mother’s Day

Is it possible that I am really the only mother out there who experienced more family stress over Mother’s Day than it was worth?   After it was over, I checked in on Facebook, only to see dozens of posts with happy, smiling families bearing flowers at big family dinners with the mothers wearing […]
April 15, 2015

Welcome to My Blog

Hi. 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 […]
April 14, 2015

My Daughter, the Fire Hazard

My daughter is a lot of things, but never has anyone called her a “fire hazard.”   “You gotta be kidding me!” I exclaimed to the school nurse’s office on the phone today. “A fire hazard? Really?”   I admittedly shouldn’t have rudely followed up with, “Should I send her […]
March 22, 2015

People Said I Was Crazy– That It Would Never Work

People said I was crazy and that it would never work.   “Of course it’ll work!” I’d say back, citing examples of other things that people also said would never work.   “Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances. –Dr. Lee DeForest, “Father of Radio & Grandfather of […]