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Manic Rambling Spiral (MRS) is a podcast about single parenting, but it's not a parenting podcast. Rather, MRS is a podcast about living life - having a life, a career, and a self - in a setting that is constantly dictated by, built around and sabotaged by our children.

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Manic Rambling Spiral (MRS) is a podcast about single parenting, but it's not a parenting podcast. Rather, MRS is a podcast about living life - having a life, a career, and a self - in a setting that is constantly dictated by, built around and sabotaged by our children.

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174 Ratings
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Disrespectful.

By Drunkitty McDrunk - Sep 29 2019
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It’s sad to listen and know that John has no idea how little Heather thinks of him - how disinterested she is, how little she cares about his life, his child, his family or his interests. It’s clear how much he respects and admires her. It’s equally clear that he is simply not anywhere near her radar.

My Zen

By lisa n m p - Aug 19 2019
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I find you both so soothing to listen to, always puts me in a good mood to hear you two.

iTunes Ratings

174 Ratings
Average Ratings
99
14
9
10
42

Disrespectful.

By Drunkitty McDrunk - Sep 29 2019
Read more
It’s sad to listen and know that John has no idea how little Heather thinks of him - how disinterested she is, how little she cares about his life, his child, his family or his interests. It’s clear how much he respects and admires her. It’s equally clear that he is simply not anywhere near her radar.

My Zen

By lisa n m p - Aug 19 2019
Read more
I find you both so soothing to listen to, always puts me in a good mood to hear you two.
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Manic Rambling Spiral

Latest release on Dec 19, 2019

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Manic Rambling Spiral (MRS) is a podcast about single parenting, but it's not a parenting podcast. Rather, MRS is a podcast about living life - having a life, a career, and a self - in a setting that is constantly dictated by, built around and sabotaged by our children.

Rank #1: 062: Back In Session

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School's in session! Our routines return! Everything is just as crazy as we imagined it would be! Moral: Learning is hard and it probably never gets any easier. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 31 2017

48mins

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Rank #2: 080: Happy New News!

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It's a new year! That means resolutions, goals, fresh starts and whoa, Heather, it's time to address the elephants in the room. One at a time, of course, because everything in moderation.

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Jan 11 2018

50mins

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Rank #3: 107: A BIG Move

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Wait. Heather’s moving again? Hell yes she is! She loves to move! She loves to pack! She loves to unpack! She loves boxes! The only minor difference this time around is that you could probably also say she’s moving for love. As for John, he’s pretty excited for her.

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Aug 16 2018

53mins

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Rank #4: 001: That Crazy River

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Becoming a Single Parent When the Other Parent Relocates

What is 'Manic Rambling Spiral?' How did Heather B. Armstrong, queen of the mommy bloggers, become a full-time single parent? That wasn't supposed to be a part of the script. And who the hell is John Bray?
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Mar 17 2016

54mins

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Rank #5: 087: Beyond Paid Leave

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Paid leave is important. So is supporting new parents. The Center for Parental Leave Leadership (CPLL) is helping companies and employees successfully navigate parental leave to improve the experience for everyone involved. Amy Beacom, Founder and CEO of CPLL, joins the spiral to talk about how they're making a difference.

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Mar 01 2018

53mins

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Rank #6: 002: She Eloped Without Me

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Becoming a Single Parent When the Other Parent Remarries Without Warning For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 24 2016

58mins

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Rank #7: 155: A Dating App Newcomer

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It finally happened. John joined the online dating scene and it’s as confusing and empty as he’s always imagined. It has, however, made him realize how many people are terrible at taking selfies. But don’t worry, MRS’s resident optimist is staying hopeful. Just kidding! All is lost.

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Oct 10 2019

55mins

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Rank #8: 147: From Paris to Puppies

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Socialized medicine doesn’t disappoint, especially when the phenomenon of “hot doctor” clearly exists in all countries. But John’s doctor? Nah. He prefers the shotgun approach. And yes, we also talk about Lilly.

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Jul 04 2019

56mins

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Rank #9: 154: The Price of a Pet

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An update on Coco (a pupdate?), some commentary on Halloween, and a discussion on how much our pets are worth. What's that? We're heartless and evil? Yeah, okay, probably, but that should have been clear years ago. And don't worry, we take a softer approach when discussing orthodontics and swimming.

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Oct 03 2019

53mins

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Rank #10: 012: Divorce is Forever

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We separated because we just wanted to be friends with our exes. Okay, that's not entirely true, but we both think that staying on the best possible terms with them is in the best interest of our kids. So how do we make it work? Well, it's gotten better, but we're still figuring that out (one glass of bourbon at a time). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 02 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #11: 071: Decline to Recline

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John is back from Hong Kong, and we're talking travel, jet lag, basic airplane courtesy, and service jobs. Why service jobs? Because they're rough, people can be terrible, and we've both been there so we totally get it.

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Nov 02 2017

53mins

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Rank #12: 025: Evaluating the Replacement

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Talking to kids about your ex's new relationship.

Introducing a new relationship is one thing, talking to your kids about this new person is something else entirely. From the high road and the cheap seats, we're talking about what to say and not say when kids ask questions, apply labels, and hurl insults (that make you laugh). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 15 2016

58mins

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Rank #13: 150: Boots and Bowels

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Somehow this episode came full circle. From boots and bus stops to pets and school routines, we cover a lot and bookend the whole thing with bowels. Sometimes we even surprise ourselves, but not as much as Leta will surprise herself when she finally understands that a car does not steer itself.


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Aug 29 2019

54mins

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Rank #14: 153: Canines and Curriculum

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We moved right from Elizabethan collars into pop punk- and it wasn’t a smooth transition. That’s John’s fault. But somehow we still managed to cover homeschool curriculum, the climate, and a bit about vaccinations. If this seems chaotic, you should see our texts.

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Sep 26 2019

53mins

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Rank #15: 138: The Book Tour Begins

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Heather hits the road next week for her book tour, so of course we talked about misplaced socks, pantyhose, and toxic plastics that make their way into cosmetics. But we also talked about her book - The Valedictorian of Being Dead - which comes out on April 23. John says, “It’s a hell of a read.” Because it is.

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Apr 18 2019

58mins

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Rank #16: 139: There Will Be Bandaids

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What do book tours and bandaids have in common? A lot. It's sort of like the relationship between diarrhea and a week of stressful schedule juggling. You know, peas and carrots, poop and planes. We also talk a bit about puppies, but let's be honest: The Valedictorian deserves the mic this week.


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May 02 2019

59mins

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Rank #17: 108: Homeschool Bound

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The chaos of normal life has felt a little dull on John’s end, so he decided to homeschool his son. Because how hard could it really be to homeschool a 14-year-old, run a business, and tread water while juggling? Whatever happens, he won’t miss the endless agony of math homework.

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Aug 23 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: 145: No Topic Needed

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We had a meetup last week! It was great. To say "thank you!" to everyone who joined us, we spent most of this episode talking about healthcare. That wasn't really the plan, but that's how things go around here. We also touched on John's dog, the woes of air travel, and a couple apologies related to Ep 144.

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Jun 20 2019

54mins

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Rank #19: 144: Reunited at Last

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We got the band back together. Well, the band never really broke up, but Heather and John are in the same (hotel) room recording MRS for the first time ever and we're talking about Chicago and homelessness and also teeth. It was easy. Mostly. A little awkward because we also recorded a video. So, yeah, that's a thing.

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Jun 13 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #20: 083: The Guilt They Carry

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Time for a somber reflection. What? You knew this was coming. Even John has been pretty optimistic lately. Now it's time to ask how parenting affects our kids and the concept they have of how they fit into our bad moods.


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Feb 01 2018

53mins

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160: Out With the Old

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Wrapping up the year with our first monthly episode.Wondering about John, Lexton, and Lilly? We covered that. Curious about Heather's gut? We covered that, too. We also talk a bit about mail, resolutions, teens (ugh teens), organization, and meditation. Like we said before: Same MRS, just a little less often.

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Dec 19 2019

58mins

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159: Change is Afoot

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Get it? A FOOT? Because Heather's foot? Perfect. Now that you're smiling about that we can let you know that you're going to be hearing from us less often. A lot less often. As in only once a month. Why? There are a lot of reasons, but "Life" is probably the best summary.

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Nov 14 2019

24mins

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158: Fun with Fur and Feet

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We never know where we’re going or how we get there, but maybe that’s part of the charm? Anyway, Heather’s getting some answers, John’s a Furminator convert, and Marlo is Marlo (which is somehow also very Lexton). Also: Dog socks. 

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Nov 07 2019

58mins

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157: We Call it Hygge

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What does laundry share in common with cold, leftover nachos? Comfort. Yes, cold nachos provide comfort and we’re ready to die on this hill. Sure, we are open to other opinions, but you know what they say: it’s not a difference of opinion, you’re just ill-informed.

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Oct 24 2019

58mins

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156: Reddit for Relationships

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We talk about more than Bumble (you know you want an update), but John’s text to Heather is probably the best description for this episode. “Without fail, the women on this app are in three distinct categories: 1. Want kids, 2. Don’t want a relationship, 3. Way out of my league. However, even if nothing in their bio is a fit, I always swipe right on the women who look like they could kick my a$$.”


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Oct 17 2019

51mins

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155: A Dating App Newcomer

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It finally happened. John joined the online dating scene and it’s as confusing and empty as he’s always imagined. It has, however, made him realize how many people are terrible at taking selfies. But don’t worry, MRS’s resident optimist is staying hopeful. Just kidding! All is lost.

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Oct 10 2019

55mins

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154: The Price of a Pet

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An update on Coco (a pupdate?), some commentary on Halloween, and a discussion on how much our pets are worth. What's that? We're heartless and evil? Yeah, okay, probably, but that should have been clear years ago. And don't worry, we take a softer approach when discussing orthodontics and swimming.

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Oct 03 2019

53mins

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153: Canines and Curriculum

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We moved right from Elizabethan collars into pop punk- and it wasn’t a smooth transition. That’s John’s fault. But somehow we still managed to cover homeschool curriculum, the climate, and a bit about vaccinations. If this seems chaotic, you should see our texts.

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Sep 26 2019

53mins

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152: Fitted and Folded

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Sure, we took a week off due to both of us being sick, but we didn’t actually get a week off. There were endoscopies to be had, sheets to be folded, and puppies to be chased. And this weed won’t just eat itself.

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Sep 19 2019

54mins

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151: Injury and Insult

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It’s been a busy week without any travel or big changes. How so? Well, Heather’s foot is still an issue, her GI tract is making waves, and John’s battling school policy. Oh yeah, there was also an incident with a gun at Leta’s school. Don't worry, it’s not all somber and sad.

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Sep 05 2019

55mins

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150: Boots and Bowels

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Somehow this episode came full circle. From boots and bus stops to pets and school routines, we cover a lot and bookend the whole thing with bowels. Sometimes we even surprise ourselves, but not as much as Leta will surprise herself when she finally understands that a car does not steer itself.


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Aug 29 2019

54mins

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149: Don't Forget to Steer

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Another week, another couple dozen lessons in stress management. But we’re still taking our own advice and letting things slide. Invasive dogs, oversleeping teens, and even the thought of complete obliviousness behind the wheel of a large metal box hurtling at other objects. One of these days the dogs are definitely going to make us snap, though.

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Aug 22 2019

57mins

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148: Slow Down

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Weird title for a show called "Manic Rambling Spiral," but here we are. Heather ditched her FitBit and her Apple Watch and, as a result, a whole lot of anxiety; so this week is focused (eventually) on slowing down, taking things in stride, and some very relevant advice from an Englishman in a Dutch bar. And yes, MRS is back from break.

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Aug 15 2019

49mins

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147: From Paris to Puppies

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Socialized medicine doesn’t disappoint, especially when the phenomenon of “hot doctor” clearly exists in all countries. But John’s doctor? Nah. He prefers the shotgun approach. And yes, we also talk about Lilly.

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Jul 04 2019

56mins

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146: Friends and Fashion

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John and Heather are both facing some child-free time, and it’s going to be glorious. We bask in that notion, discuss friendships as an adult, and even touch on Heather’s questionable fashion decisions. We’d say everything is related, but that probably isn’t true.

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Jun 27 2019

56mins

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145: No Topic Needed

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We had a meetup last week! It was great. To say "thank you!" to everyone who joined us, we spent most of this episode talking about healthcare. That wasn't really the plan, but that's how things go around here. We also touched on John's dog, the woes of air travel, and a couple apologies related to Ep 144.

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Jun 20 2019

54mins

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144: Reunited at Last

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We got the band back together. Well, the band never really broke up, but Heather and John are in the same (hotel) room recording MRS for the first time ever and we're talking about Chicago and homelessness and also teeth. It was easy. Mostly. A little awkward because we also recorded a video. So, yeah, that's a thing.

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Jun 13 2019

1hr 10mins

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143: Musical Therapy

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A topic! We have a topic! It’s music, and we almost don’t stray from it. This week we’re talking about some of the music we enjoy, the beauty of a truly sad song, a dog whose alias is “Taco,” and is that tickle you just felt behind your ear a tick? Better check.

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Jun 06 2019

57mins

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142: Making Small Talk

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You find out a lot about people when you take the time to start a conversation. Does this apply to Stephen Dorff? We may never know, will we, HEATHER? That's okay. We have bigger things to worry about like an MRS meet-up in Chicago - suggestions welcome! - and an Instagram account for John's dog.

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May 30 2019

46mins

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141: An MRS Overhaul

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You’ve kept us up and running for over three years (3 YEARS!), and now it’s time for our little podcast to grow and change. How? We’re figuring that out and, with your help, we know it’s going to be amazing. But, as you’ll notice in this episode, we’ll still be rambling.

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May 24 2019

52mins

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iTunes Ratings

174 Ratings
Average Ratings
99
14
9
10
42

Disrespectful.

By Drunkitty McDrunk - Sep 29 2019
Read more
It’s sad to listen and know that John has no idea how little Heather thinks of him - how disinterested she is, how little she cares about his life, his child, his family or his interests. It’s clear how much he respects and admires her. It’s equally clear that he is simply not anywhere near her radar.

My Zen

By lisa n m p - Aug 19 2019
Read more
I find you both so soothing to listen to, always puts me in a good mood to hear you two.