Dear Lora is a weekly advice column by award winning journalist Lora McLaughlin is a wife and mother of 3. Born and raised in a small Kansas town, Lora is the youngest of 9 children, a product of a “his, mine and ours” blended family. Her life was pretty all-American, until the sudden death of her father when she was 11. Unfortunately, that loss was followed by the untimely death of a sister when she was in high school. She credits her mother for being the glue that held all the pieces together and teaching her what’s truly important.
Her first trip down the aisle ended in a brief marriage. By 25 she was a young, single mom in the big city. After a decade as a divorced, working mother, Lora finally met someone she thought was “the one”, but on her way to wedded bliss she was basically left at the altar. Devastated, Lora started worrying she’d missed her chance at love, that’s when God sent a sign.
A correspondent for CBS, Lora was flying to cover the Scott Peterson trial in San Francisco. Seated in dreaded row 13, she quickly discovered that seat would change her life forever. A man sat down next to her and said, “My name is Scott Peterson and my life has been a nightmare since that guy was arrested!” She couldn’t ignore this “big, flashing sign”, Lora married the "good” Scott Peterson a year later and went on to add two more beautiful children to their family. With the oldest in college, one in preschool and the youngest a toddler, Lora describes her life as “just a camera crew away from reality show!”