Blog Posts

September 26, 2014

You Call This a Job?

Sometimes a girl just has to pamper herself. And why not? I had just returned from seven weeks of traveling around the country in a 21 foot RV with three teenager girls and a dog that we rescued off an Indian reservation in Arizona to gather material for my upcoming book. […]
October 2, 2014

My Dog Has a Better Love Life Than I Do

I recognized the expression on the vet’s face when he called me into the office. I’d seen it before, the “I am now going to turn off my emotions look” in order to tell this woman something really, really bad that is going to make her cry hard and a […]
October 3, 2014

I Saw My Husband at His Funeral

The first time I saw my husband after he died was at his funeral. When it was my turn to enter the church, all 900 pairs of eyes on the widow, the Reverend handed me a black box and gave me a look that said, “Ready, set, go.”   Apparently […]
October 4, 2014

Meet the Family

Even without Mark, my late husband and the father of our oh… so… charming… teenage daughters, we are still the Fahrenthold-Pittmans and we are still a family. Nell will still tap her fingers to annoy Susannah, who will still yell, “Momma,” in a fake Southern accent to mock her frustration […]
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 […]
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 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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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January 22, 2015

Drs RX for Winter Doldrums? Flying Squirrel Feces!

It’s official. I am bored with winter as we haven’t even had our first Nor’ Easter. We Upstate New Yorkers don’t feel it’s really winter until the first big one hits. Otherwise, it’s just cold outside with nothing to compare anything to. But hold onto your ski hats. We might get slammed this weekend, according […]