Thanks, Daddy!

We were both born in New York – Black in 1957 and Red in 1962 – and raised in the same house by the same parents. But that's where the similarities end. (Except maybe for a few outfits when our mom made us dress alike.) In fact, the more you get to know us, the more you may ask if we really are related.

Ugly Outfit Competition Anyone?

Now about those outfits … our dad took the photo (circa early 1970's) and we think the expression on our faces says it all. Have you ever seen such awful outfits in your life? We know they were crocheted with love by our grandmother, or was it our mom? We can't remember. Oops. We're in big trouble now!

Design by Sawyer Pennington

Cartoon says it all ....

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Photo by Kirby D., Design by Sawyer Pennington

Red has a crisis and turns to her older sister, Black, looking for answers (and sympathy). Instead, Black basically tells her to "grow up" and proceeds to help her take control of her life instead of having her life control her ... and then decides to turn her sister's crisis into a book – a brand – a business. After all, what are sisters for?!

When Neiman Marcus launched our book, What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!, it was intended as the basis of a sitcom. But life never seems to go as planned. There was no way to know that our book would take on a life of its own and become a bestseller – read by men and women of all ages (from middle school students to senior citizens). Or, that we were to begin our journey into the world of education and then criminal justice.

Join us on our journey ... and let us join you on yours.
From back flap of our book, What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!

After getting a degree in Theater Arts from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Tina Pennington (aka "Red") moved back in with our parents until she married an outgoing Englishman and followed his career around the globe. Her eldest daughter, Natasha, was born in The Netherlands in 1998 and her youngest daughter, Sawyer, was born in Houston in 2002. She lives in Sugar Land, a suburban city on the outskirts of Houston, Texas where her family also includes two labradoodles, a red one called Oink and a black one called Moo. (Imagine calling for your dogs with those names!) Red's a warm and fuzzy, single mom whose life revolves around her two red-headed girls. With Red, it's all about the feelings.

The photo was taken in the Fall of 2004 in front of Red's home in Sugar Land. She can't remember who took the photo, but it's amazing – for the sole reason that Red's in front of the camera, rather than in her usual place behind the lens.