Arlene Nisson Lassin earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and worked in diverse positions through the years including promotions for the Philadelphia Phillies, as an investigator for a federal agency, and in industrial psychology. Recently Arlene completed a post master’s program in the Jesse Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in entrepreneurship, graduating in May 2012.

Like the great pioneers, after graduate school, she moved west – to Houston, Texas.
An offer from a small newspaper to write features launched a writing career that has resulted in Arlene’s being published nationally, regionally, and locally.

As a free lance journalist, she was contracted by the 7th largest daily newspaper in the U.S., the Houston Chronicle, to write love stories for the Sunday edition, people and religion features, and other items of interest to the community. To see Arlene’s Chronicle articles, click here.

She is also currently affiliated with several Houston based magazines.

Her latest passion is blogging, both on this site and at the Huffington Post,  which can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arlene-lassin/

The blogs reflect areas of interest,  humorous musings on life, as well as topical essays, and think pieces.  “Hot Flashes,” it is her way of saying “Hot Topics” with a wink and a nod to the middle years.

Arlene has a novel in progress, and two other outlined ideas for novels. They will all be written in the Chick Lit genre, and will feature her patented brand of humor.
She is the wife of Gary Lassin and the mother of Brett Riesenfeld, an honors graduate of the University of Texas Law School who is a current associate with the firm Vinson & Elkins; and Elissa Riesenfeld, who completed her master’s degree in counseling and passed her national boards, and works as a licensed professional counselor in Dallas.  Arlene also boasts three wonderful stepchildren, Chad, an artist, Adam, a veterinarian, and Perry, who is in the free lance digital photography industry in New York.


  • Hi Arlene,
    I read your article on unforgettable love in Huffington post. It reconnected me to my emotions. Really thankful for it. Quite a relief it was. I would really like to know more and share too if possible.

  • Hi Arlene,
    I just read your article on the Newman family from 2013. I am a student journalist and would love to talk to them. Could you possibly share with me their contact information or how I would get in touch with them?
    I would really appreciate it.
    Thank you.

  • Hi Arlene…just read your blog on Gene Simmon’s Mom and 21 years later have you reached out to her to see if she’d reconsider telling her story before it’s too late?..Her story must be another marvel of survival and not letting Dr. Mengele having the satisfaction of wishing her dead as he sent many of the young ones to suffer the indignities of just surviving daily!!!…it still amazes me how remarkable so many survivors made it to the end!!!…I’ve always said that i’d probably not have been one of the lucky ones to survive to the end!!…If you haven’t reached out to her all these years later, maybe you should just try one more time to ask or maybe she’ll just let Gene write her story?..i agree with you and Elie Wiesel that it’s every survivor’s duty to tell what happened to the Jews!!!…I don’t know if you noticed what Elie said when 2 of his sister’s survived and even though one has passed and the other sister is still alive and I believe she hasn’t even told her story?..interesting and wondering if it was just me that seen that his sister hasn’t even told her story when her brother says it’s every survivor’s duty to tell for posterity….hope to hear from you if you did indeed ask Gene’s mom if she’d reconsider 21 years later….thanks for reading and have a great Sunday…:)

  • Re 4 sisters about whom one can’t find closer siblings.

    Obviously you haven’t heard of us 13 siblings aged 24-46 🙂 😉

  • Hello,

    My name is Sami Blumenthal and I’m a Casting Associate based in New York City and I’m reaching out regarding my current project. After reading your article “Why is your first love so unforgettable,” which was great, I figured you could potentially be a helpful contact! I’m working with NERD TV on a fun, new, feel-good show that focuses on helping people find their lost loves. Please take a look at the link below to get an idea of the show:


    We are currently conducting a nationwide casting for a new authentic docu-series for a major cable network in which we help people reconnect with their long lost loves – all expenses paid. It is a documentary style program, where each episode will feature one person taking a journey, whether it is across the country or even the world, to find “the one that got away”. Maybe you were once a foreign exchange student and fell in love while abroad but never got to reconnect with your lost love. Maybe you recently went through a divorce and now want to rekindle your long lost love with your high school sweetheart but can’t find their whereabouts. Maybe you met someone on a weekend retreat and sparks flew but you both had to return home… We are hoping to find touching stories from people from all over the country, and I was hoping you might be able to help spread the word!

    There will be compensation for people selected to be a part of the series and also for people who refer those selected stories. Please let me know if there is any way you would be able to help get the word out or if you know of anyone who may be a good fit for the show!

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    All the Best,
    Sami &
    Lost in Love Casting Team

  • It is hard to imagine what people are thinking getting artwork on their bods. I mean, buy a painting, admire that. Bodies are not meant for the graphics! It’s stupid!

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