single white mom


i planned this as my first podcast about eight months ago. that's when the text was written, and when the interview was conducted. this month, i edited the text, then recorded it as the narration. it's probably too long, so it's just a work in progress. the final edit i banged out this morning, when i should have been sleeping. but it is something of a vacation week, though i'll surely be working half of it. still, i wanted to take advantage of the internet connection here, so, this is it for now. who know when i'll get the final cut posted. hopefully, it won't be another month. comments are welcome and encouraged, technical and otherwise. so, click on the title above and kickback for a real high holy day deal!

the podcast's closing/credits theme is "girl germs," by bratmobile, pulled here from a 1991 kill rock stars label compilation.


  1. I was a "single white mom" for 12 years. I don’t like the title at all. I’m upset by being labeled, and thrown into a pool of statistics. Do you have to be in high school, unwed, on drugs, black or white, a victim of geography to be a single white mom? It was not my plan to be a single white mom, but in one day my existence changed. I was a wife with three children living in an upper middle class neighborhood, and in a split second, a single mom with two children on welfare. Define yourself as your task, and that's all you'll ever be. Define yourself as your contribution to your family, and suddenly you're a very important part of a bigger picture. It was hard for a few years when the kids were little - hard for me to see other children with their 2 parent family. I would cry at school open house, I would cry inside as I sat in the school cafeteria with all the dads at fathers day breakfast. But I wouldn’t give in. I didn’t settle for welfare, and food stamps. I worked full time, juggled day care, babysitters, school sports – I was going to beat this “single white mom” syndrome. It wasn’t a bad thing after all, my children were loved, taught the difference between right and wrong, taught that their actions had consequences, They were taught the skills they needed to survive in this world – they are my success as a single white mom. I think we made it – Were out of the statistic – onto a new one perhaps. Life is good.


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