Lisa Smith Molinari is an award-winning syndicated columnist, author, blogger and speaker who came about this business in a weird sort of way….
Lisa grew up in a small town in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, where life is more about high school football and hunting season than corporate takeovers and cultural events. Being somewhat chunky and insecure, Lisa thrived in the manageable environment of her little hometown, attaining some social status in high school as evidenced by her election to the position of Class Clown in 1984.
Although Lisa intended to shake the dust of her small town off her shoes and go to college, she ended up at Miami University in Oxford, OH, an even smaller town. Worse, she discovered that her hard-earned bachelor’s degree really only qualified her for entry-level sales positions (a plumbing supply company offered her a job selling urinal screens and tank bulbs.) So, she did the only reasonable thing: she went to law school.
After earning a coveted spot on the Law Review and graduating cum laude, Lisa was on top of the world, envisioning a future that included promotions and partnerships. What she didn’t know was that she would fall in love with a military man, have a bunch of kids, move all over the world, and neglect her legal career to manage their hectic military life.
One winter, while her husband was deployed to Africa for a year, Lisa began jotting down her observations as a way of coping with the chaos of handling the three kids, the dog, and the household alone. Before she knew it, one of her essays got published in The Washington Post, and the rest is pretty much history.
Twenty-three years in, Lisa is still attempting to manage her family. She does manage, however, to publish her weekly column, “The Meat & Potatoes of Life” in military and civilian publications, including Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for the US Armed Forces at home and abroad. Lisa and her family are currently stationed at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
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- Column: “The Meat & Potatoes of Life,” appears weekly in civilian and military newspapers, including Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for the US Armed Forces. Lisa’s work has also been published in The Washington Post, Military Spouse Magazine, HuffingtonPost.com, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Providence Journal, several anthologies, various magazines, websites, and other publications. See “In Print” page for specific details.
- Awards: In 2013, Lisa was a winner in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Annual Contest, and a finalist in the Robert Benchley Society Annual Humor Writing Contest. Lisa’s writing made WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” list three times, and her blog was voted a Top Military Family Blog, Top Parents of Teens Blog, and Top Military Mom Blog on Circle of Mom’s website.
- Associations: Lisa is currently serving as President of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and is a member of the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Group, the Association of Rhode Island Authors, and the Newport Round Table Writer’s Group.
- Speaking: Lisa’s speaking credits include the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Conference, the Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year Awards in Norfolk and Jacksonville, public readings, radio interviews, event emcee appearances, and other engagements. Please see the “What’s Cookin'” page for specific details about past and upcoming events.
- Contact: If you would like to feature “The Meat & Potatoes of Life” in your publication or website, or if you are interested in booking Lisa for an interview or as a speaker for your event, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.