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Single motherhood is best

My childhood improved the moment my father left. I had to grow up, of course,  to know it. Now, Mary Pols has written a book celebrating the joys and freedoms of single-motherhood and I salute her.  Accidentally on Purpose is a memoir honoring her own experience and the experience of  many American mothers.   Every story is different, but when you examine the figures, actual single parent statistics may surprise you. According to Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007 , released by the U.S. Census Bureau in November, 2009, there are approximately 13.7 million single parents in the United States today, and those parents are responsible for raising 21.8 million children (approximately 26% of children under 21 in the U.S. today).  According to the U.S. Census Bureau... The Typical Single Parent is a Mother: Approximately 84% of custodial parents are mothers, and 16% of custodial parents are fathers She is Divorced or Separated: Of the mot

Christmas every day of the year

This is what my car looked like on January 3, 2010. Buying on eBay is a bit like creating Christmas every day of the year. I find what I've always wanted - make my bid-  and if I've been a good girl, Santa comes down the chimney (or via Fed Ex) - in the middle of February. Last week I discovered what I've always wanted, but didn't know I needed until I found it on eBay. A goose-down feather filled bathrobe.  Imagine.  I've survived 63 winters without one. Thank you, Santa. No longer. Any day now - any moment, actually - the doorbell will ring, I'll rush to answer - and there it will be; packed in a big, brown box.  Christmas in February. I write this in the dead of winter in Minnesota.  I haven't been warm in over six months.  Granted.  We've had a mild winter this year.  But a "mild" Minnesota winter assumes only twenty, thirty days with below-zero wind chill.  Trust me.  Some of us escape to Arizona.  Others scoot to F