Blog Posts

November 2, 2016

Your Teenagers Brain… On Bacon

Hello? Can anyone out there hear me? I’m hiding under the covers with the bedroom door locked. It’s the only place I’m safe from what’s going on downstairs. Listen… “Those are not MY dishes, they’re yours!” screams one teenage daughter. “No, they’re not. I am a vegetarian which means I didn’t […]
February 19, 2016

Call Me Mrs. Gandhi

When one of my best friends offered us her Catskill Mountains ski house for President’s week, it took all of a nanosecond to graciously accept. The plan was for the girls to be packed and ready to go on Saturday night around 5 p.m. That way, we’d wake up bright eyed […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
February 8, 2015

The Vole in the Bowl

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a scream quite like it.   It was a mix of giggling, shrieking and yelping for help that sounded kinda like this: “Eeeyyaaauuugghhhheewlp!”   There stood my 15-year-old on the orange leather dining chair, far from the kitchen where she kept pointing with trembling index finger. It […]
February 1, 2015

Pillow Talk

Note to Daughters Put Under Their Pillows This Morning: Look out the window and always say good morning to the world. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Be happy for what you have, don’t cry for what you want. Walk the dog. Don’t define yourself by others’ […]