And this blogger is back. With a twist.

That rather sounds like a martini.  Anyway, time for some social media infusion.  So much has changed since my book came out.  I have spent my time promoting the book, meeting such wonderful people, signing my book across the U.S., doing television, radio and print interviews and now, I’ve parlayed my experience into something much more satisfying than talking about myself. (snooooze).

My wonderful speakers’ agency (APB) has me criss-crossing the country speaking to colleges and universities, towns & cities of first responders and law firms in order to train folks how to deal with people like me.  It’s been a huge year for sexual assault – and not a good one – Sandusky/Penn State, the GOP and Mourdock/Ryan/Akin, the woman in India who was gang-raped and killed.  I’ll go on and on in other posts.  I love my public speaking life and I have also embarked on my second act as a writer in freelance journalism, so look for my pieces in blogs, magazines and newspapers.  I cherish my editors and my agents who manage to get this girl gigs.  I am always astounded by this.   I will also be spending more time on Capitol Hill as an advocate, since we KNOW what a mess that is up there.  Wheeeee!

There will be a second book.  It will not be about me.

In the meantime, I’ve been raising my now 10 year old and 4 year old in Alexandria, Virginia.  We spent August in East Hampton, eating from the sea and farmers’ markets.  Mike and I went to Milan to see Springsteen (I know – extreme superfan, I am), then onto Rome for a little getaway.  As a family, we went to Disney and Mike and I took a brief getaway to the Bahamas.  Mike began a new job and we adopted a new puppy, Jingles.

May 2013 bring so many good thinks to you, my sparkly, delightful readers.  I promise to give you content – some lifestyle, some crime, some personal, some hilarity, but always from the heart.  Cheers!


Welcome to the “new” blog on WordPress! Enjoy your time here!

Hi, all!

As many of you know, I’ve been juggling book tour and talks and clubs with parenting, drafting my second book treatment and maintaining some sense of self-care throughout the madness. The new blog will talk about current events in crime and justice (no dearth of cases here, whew!) as well as some questions you may have about the book, having read it. Or not! In which case, here is my Amazon author page for upcoming events.

So many nice folks to thank for the success of this book – from my agent to my publisher, my editor, my publicist, and all the lovely people in the media who sought to tackle a “dirty” subject. We’ll be highlighting those writers, shows, bloggers, radio folks and champions, as well as including them as guest bloggers. I am so grateful to everyone who worked on this project and continue to do so!

If you are with the media, head to the main page and find me that way, but feel free to leave a (mostly appropriate and nice, please) comment here in the spirit of discussion. I clearly reject all troll-ish comments as they are not part of the discussion and it’s not worth it to expose other survivors or their families to boorish behavior as I used to.

I’ll even be coming into the year 2011 and using multimedia this time around, so yet, videos, photos and hyperlinks and perhaps my YouTube channel which I’ve been putting off. Amen!

So, come often, get your books out and we WILL schedule an online Twitter or blog reading one day soon with my publicist. In the meantime, I’ll be posting this evening about your thoughts on – er – THAT verdict. You know what I mean. Hmmmm….

So much to say!

Apologies, dear readers, for my absence in the blogosphere. It seems my beloved Leo is extraordinarily colicky – and as any parent of a colicky baby knows, there is no fix. Your gorgeous baby turns into a screamer for three hours a day, three days a week and for up to three months. We are fortunate enough to have an extraordinary baby nurse, but it’s really heartbreaking to hear the one you love scream. We’ve read Dr. Harvey Karp’s book and we know it’s temporary – ergo, a break from blogging.

I also have almost completed my manuscript and I am forever grateful to my agent and my editor for their patience through a high risk pregnancy and difficult babyhood. I took my therapists’ recommendation that I was diagnosed with PPD and am taking steps to alleviate that. Most trauma survivors have their wounds opened anew when they have children, especially colicky ones because they blame themselves for a baby who cries. That said, Leo is a gorgeous baby who rewards me with lots of smiles and he loves to look at the massive bookshelves in our library, our paintings, the pattern of wallpaper and the pleats in the curtains. He is smart, curious and just gorgeous, with a full head of surfer boy blond hair. “Love” does not begin to describe the feelings we all have for him. In a few weeks, his “fourth trimester”, as they term colic, will end. He loves taking a bath – it brings him back to the womb.

But since I have so much to say about Casey Anthony’s arrest on murder charges, the Tori Bowen “rape as a word” case, the trial of Darryl Littlejohn and all sorts of things, I will be back soon.

In the meantime, I want everyone to laugh. The genius of this piece you’ve undoubtedly seen is that Samberg’s Mark Wahlberg is so dead on! His cadence, his body language. Some folks don’t get it. I laughed heartily for first time in a while! Lest you forget, his character, Degnan, was the best part of “The Departed”.

Be back in a while with lots to say! Miss you all!

A little miracle…welcoming baby Leo.

After a dramatic water-breaking (at the beach during Tropical Storm Hanna – don’t ask why I felt the need to connect with the ocean during a storm) and a 24-hour labor, we are so proud to welcome our little miracle surfer baby Leonardo Michael. He is named as such because he is, like a lion, “brave and strong”. He is very blond, weighed 8 lbs and 1 oz and arrived Sunday afternoon.

Such joy and love – we are humbled and proud. Today, show your love for an innocent child. They make the world a beautiful place and our lives worth living.

With love and hugs, Liz, Mike, Ava and Leo

Thanks for all of the good wishes!

Thanks to all of you who have written in via our website, S.T.A.R.S. and have sent such lovely wishes to our family in advance of our new addition. You’re so kind. We still have a backlog of questions/cases/emails, etc. from over a year ago to answer – so please be patient. We do answer each one!

In the meantime, if you are the parent of a young person who left for college in the past couple of weeks, please become familiar with STARS and with the resources listed on the website. Hopefully, you won’t need them, but please feel free to contact any of them if you aren’t getting the help you need!

My best, Liz & Family

The gift of reading and rediscovery.

So often in our busy lives, we forget the littlest joys. Last week, I went on a hunt for a series of 9 books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, as they were a favorite when I was a child and I want to share them with my kids. As an only child, books were my favorite “friends” and there is no greater gift that a parent can give than to encourage a love of books as my parents did me.

I found all nine books in a boxed set from book dealer. I caressed the covers and looked at the drawings inside, remembering them from my own girlhood – it was a magical feeling. Tonight, Ava and I were getting ready for bed and I decided that I would read all of these books to her. I tell you, it sent me right back to the days where I would drag a sleeping bag on top of my bed, open the window shades to see the snow falling and read my “Laura” books for hours on end, forgoing dinner until my mom put her foot down. It was as if it happened yesterday. Ava was enchanted with the first chapter of “Little House in the Big Woods” and how different life was during the 1860s. As a mom, I can tell you, there is no greater pleasure than reading to your sleepy child and seeing their world open up.

Did you have a favorite book growing up? Was reading important in your life?

3D imaging – one day available for all?

This pregnancy, after three miscarriages, I did not have an amniocentisis, so seeing the baby this detailed was a thrill, a relief, and, I believe, reserved for high risk patients. The baby’s skin is not lumpy (I know, he looks likethe surface of the Moon here, but this was over a month ago), it just captures the image quickly as he’s constantly moving, but how cool if insurance covered this for everyone?

PS – he looks just like Ava. Worth every pukey moment, every failed attempt, every ache and pain, every wish and dream. Just in love. It’s not like me to share something so personal, but I felt the need to put happy energy into the world today. I may take it down if I start feeling oddly about it.

Retail Spotlight Friday – a tad belated – Little Boy Blue

As I am expecing a little boy soon, I have become enamored with all things that do not have trucks, airplanes or baseball motifs. Of course, if I had it my way, poor Baby Boy Seccuro would probably have wayyyy too much girlie stuff. Terrible!

I found the most darling cotton/cashmere blend hoodies, baby gowns and blankets for him by Lucky Jade Baby Cashmere – feather, twig and owl have become part of our collection and I just can’t stop. I’ve balanced the sweetness with lots of vintage rocker and skull tees, just in case his father freaks out!

Check out this site, Jen Klair Kids, for other gorgeous baby gifts. Yum!

Retail Spotlight Friday – a little indulgence for Mother’s Day!

Generally, I like to spotlight things that are affordable, responsible in some way/giving back, etc. but today, some serious indulgence for the Mom, mom to be or mom “in your head”. You can be a mother without being one. Let’s recognize them with some luxury, shall we?

The Tali Gilette “Mama” jewelry range – I am so hoping for a necklace, but probably for the birth of my son. My husband is so busy, I don’t expect anything but sleep! These are just gorgeous and a great alternative to the ubiquitous baby shoe charms.

Also, I have the Mauri Pioppo “Love Letters” necklace with an “A” for Ava from last year’s Mother’s Day. You can choose the discs and initials with tiny diamond and also the color of the stones. Affordable luxury. I’ll be adding a disc soon!

Handbag lust – I am drooling over Miu Miu’s large quilted Chevron hobo in ivory. Big enough to be a diaper and work bag and still look stylish. Plus, you can take it on the plane as a carry-on.

Shoe lust – Also drooling over Tory Burch’s Miller flats in silver or gold. So cute!

Luxe sheets – I am a Frette fan, but now currently hooked on Restoration Hardware’s Italian Hotel Satin Stitch Bedding – I ordered them with gorgeous silver gray “Ash” trim as I’ll be spending at least two hours a day on bedrest. Plus, what Mom doesn’t deserve nice sheets and a nice lie-in on Sunday? By the way, 200 thread count is all you need. Those folks who claim 600 thread count? It’s actually a fallacy and doesn’t change the quality or “hand” of the fabric.

For the beauty junkie Mom, or the Mom who likes to smell great. Marc Jacobs’ Limited Edition Splashes – Basil, Grapefruit and others can all be ordered at Sephora. There’s even free shipping for orders over $50! I bought my Mom the limited edition Marc Jacobs Modern Gardenia Perfume.

For the Mom To Be: Mia Bossi’s Maria Bags – I adore them in “Exotic Shimmer”, “Godiva” and “Giraffe” from Little Dudes and Divas – free shipping and great discounts. It can even fit my laptop (you can order an extra laptop carry case to fit inside) as well as Junior’s stuff. There’s a faux fur, washable changing pad and it’s super stylish and pratical. Be sure to throw in a bottle of Elemis’ Japanese Camellia Body Oil – it totally prevents stretch marks and she won’t be offended.

Sweet treat: Very Vera Red Velvet Cake. Hands down, the best. My inner Southern girl is giddy with anticipation. A must.

To all the moms, children, those without moms, those who know mom-like figures, those remembering moms who have passed on, those trying to be moms and those who struggle with motherhood, be good to yourself this weekend. We all came from somewhere, right?