crime thubprintHi. 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 great with two adorable little girls, a big happy house and my strong, handsome journalist husband until one night in late 2009 when he threw up blood all over me and dropped completely dead on the floor in our hallway.
I have never been good at accepting “no” for an answer which is probably why I went into journalism in the first place. But now faced with this giant NO, I found myself questioning every aspect of death and my emotional responses to it as a check and balance system to measure the psychology of my grief.
It started when I worried I’d pass out or even die from crying so hard. I asked the Magic 8 Ball, better known as Google, “Can you die from a broken heart?” and then wrote about it as if an editor had given me the assignment. These “assignments,” which sometimes took the form of diary entries, kept me busy and believe it or not, sane, after the girls went to bed and I sat there night after night, alone and scared.
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I ended up culling the best chapters, writing and rewriting a lot of it, and compiling a book that’s coming out this year! It exposes readers to the five w’s– the who, what, where, why, when and how of my journey through marriage, mourning, motherhood, and mating with musings on daily life with my eyeball rolling teenagers as I somehow manage to hold it all together, well at least most of the time…

Exhibit A (left): These are the hundreds of “assignments” I gave myself over the past five years.

This blog is to help build readership. I publish something every week (usually posting on Saturdays) and always respond to readers who write to me. Feel free to sign up for the blog and by all means, hit the almighty like button on Facebook.
Thank you!
Laura

 

12 Comments

  1. Mel Goldstein says:

    Hi Laura. As I have mentioned in the past, I like your writing, keep up the good work.
    Mel

    • Laura says:

      Mel, that is so nice of you! Thank you. Good to see you and your wife at Terry’s party. Let’s all go out to breakfast if you can fit me into your busy schedule.

  2. Vevettey Cundari says:

    Love it!

  3. Susan says:

    Thank you for sharing your personal story which is of course, well written, but also inspirational and heartfelt. I can only imagine what you have been through. I’m not sure that years gone by make it any easier and I hope by writing and sharing you will work through at least some of the emotional trauma. Baby steps.

    • Laura says:

      Dear Susan: I appreciate hearing from people so much. Thank you for the encouraging note. You are right. The number of years make no difference. Time just wears down the intensity of things– much like remembering childbirth or divorce or skydiving — anything that completely changed your life. I hope to be inspirational at this point and was actually asked to do three speaking engagements so far! Yeah!

  4. Hestia says:

    Did you add a pin to Haarlem, the Netherlands? Keep up the good work …writing. Hugs!

  5. Margy says:

    Hi Laura,
    We met at the Mavericks concert a month ago. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and have recommended it to friends. I look forward to reading your book!
    Margy

    • Laura says:

      Hi Margy! The concert was great and I’m so happy we met. Thank you for signing up for the blog. There will be a giant party to celebrate the book. I will invite you and hope you can make it.
      Laura

    • Laura says:

      Hi Margy! Thanks for reading the blog!