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

January 19, 2015

   
January 13, 2015

You’re Dead… Now What?

Hate to break the bad news but chances are you are going to die at some point in your life. If you’re a man, you’ll likely make it to 79.8. Women? It’s 82.2, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Take that however you wish in terms of deciding how […]
January 3, 2015

Goodbye My Dear Beautiful Sister Friend Connie…

The girls and I normally skip town during the holidays to avoid all the happy families with their tutored children, Pottery Barn houses and organic free range turkey dinners. What’s worse is that everyone’s experience is served up ‘a la Facebook where we all get front row seats to each […]
December 20, 2014

I Slept With My Dead Husband Last Night

  Every time Mark was late, I imagined my husband riding dead on the train, slumped in the seat while commuters pushed past his limp legs until a conductor noticed he hadn’t moved. The police wouldn’t have to say a word as they stood on my doorstep, looking down at their […]
December 19, 2014

The Kardashians Can Kiss My A!

  To know thyself well is to understand that doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results is idiotic. That’s why New Year’s resolutions typically don’t stick and we why we find ourselves back where we started. It’s part of the human condition called life.   […]
December 15, 2014

I Fired My Kids Last Week! But Look At My Angel Now!

  It’s said that the sun will always come out tomorrow unless you live at our house. Then every morning is greeted in practically the same way: with teenage venom.   Even if I hired a harpist to play golden sunshiny music to lull them awake; a butler to deliver beautiful sunflowers, […]
December 10, 2014

My Friend David Won’t Die!

You can’t die from a broken heart, meaning it may feel as though the pain will never go away, but eventually, it does.   This is what I told a despondent friend who recently learned his boyfriend had been cheating on him with his best friend’s brother. How quaint…   As David sat crying […]
November 21, 2014

I Threw My Husband’s Sheets in the Garbage Today

Early on, everything reminded me of Mark because I needed everything to remind me of my late husband. Touch, move, or clean something that he touched or moved (he rarely cleaned) and I could feel my muscles tighten as I asked to please not take his coat off the chair […]
November 12, 2014

Please Call Me An Only Parent, Not a Single Mom

As I straddle the role of being both mother and father, disciplinarian and softie, I learn that we are still a family despite ourselves. My friends call me Mr. Laura, although the politically correct term for a widow is what I call being an only parent.   You see, single […]
November 1, 2014

Forgive Me God, For I…

  Forgive Me God, For I … Hate Farmers Markets. There, I said it.  I can count the number of times I’ve been to the farmers market on one hand even though our adorable little Hudson River, New York village of 9,000 holds a really great one every Saturday and […]
October 28, 2014

I Had the Most Romantic Date Last Weekend…

I had the most romantic date last weekend…   Even though it was the first time we ever met, it felt like I had reunited with a long-lost friend. Perhaps he had gone to war or moved away for business or something. All I know is he felt gone, but […]
October 22, 2014

AA for Dead People

Groucho Marx put it best in saying he didn’t care to belong to any club that would have him as a member. I felt the exact opposite when I was approached this spring to be on the board of the Bereavement Center of Westchester. It has been an absolute honor to serve […]
October 20, 2014

Breaking News! 15-Year-Old Kisses Mom!

My daughter actually let me kiss her forehead and hold her in my arms Sunday morning. What’s more, real words spoken in the English language were actually exchanged between said 15-year-old and me as we sipped hot tea together on the back deck.   I did the math: Nell said close […]
October 14, 2014

Read All About It: My Blog’s Gone International with 75M Potential Readers!

SheKnows Media, an award-winning women’s lifestyle media platform and family of top lifestyle sites, just signed MY BLOGS for their website! This means my columns will appear before 75 million unique visitors a month!   The SheKnows Media sites range from entertainment and parenting to beauty and food. Their mission is […]
October 12, 2014

Weird Ways to Honor Your Loved One’s Ashes

The nice thing about Mark-in-a-Box is that he could go anywhere, anytime. In fact, we were part of a growing trend. In 2010, an estimated 38.15% of America’s deceased were cremated, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. Not surprisingly, therefore, the practice of scattering cremains in unusual, non-traditional (and […]