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Manic Rambling Spiral

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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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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

178 Ratings
Average Ratings
103
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 Apr 23, 2020

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Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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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Rank #6: 002: She Eloped Without Me

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Becoming a Single Parent When the Other Parent Remarries Without Warning  

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Mar 24 2016

58mins

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Rank #7: 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).  

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Jun 02 2016

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Rank #8: 095: Fair Isn't Equal

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Inclusion is critical to education, but Heather and John aren't experts in that area, so John's friend Emily is joining the spiral. Emily is a specialist in early childhood inclusion and a single parent to a son with special needs, and all parents and educators are going to want to hear what she has to say.

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Apr 26 2018

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Rank #9: 094: Here for the Cheesecake

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Who knew Beyoncé was so amazing? And what about The Cheesecake Factory? Most people, probably, but not us. Until now. Yeah, it's a big week on MRS. And Heather is DONE with her book.

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Apr 19 2018

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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 081: It Sucked and then I Died

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Heather is writing a book! It's not out until February 2019, but it's about depression, a clinical trial that changed her life, and dying. Because, oh yeah, Heather died a few times to get to get better. Turns out there's a way to do that! And John has kept it a secret this whole time. A keeper, that one.

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Jan 18 2018

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Rank #12: 039: Committing to a Promise: Easier said than done

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It's easier to make promises than it is to keep them. Especially when parenting. It's helpful to realize that the only promises you can guarantee are those that are completely in your control. It's even more helpful to not overuse the word "promise." Or maybe just never use it at all.  

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Jan 19 2017

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Rank #13: 043: The Upside to Downsizing: Ugh, moving

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Heather's moving and all hell is breaking loose. Though a smaller space can be a great thing, actually getting to that point is miserable. Here's to a fresh start, a great new neighborhood and some semblance of sanity in the aftermath.  

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Mar 02 2017

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Rank #14: 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 #15: 068: Fall Risk

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Health care, independence and, on yeah, John's brief hospital stay are all part of this week. We also talk about peeing with an audience and international travel because we like variety.  

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Oct 12 2017

52mins

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Rank #16: 059: Well This Is New

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Heather is back from Paris, John has some news, summer break is almost over (What the hell?). Funny how life can be beautiful and maddening at the same time.  

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Aug 10 2017

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Rank #17: 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).  

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Sep 15 2016

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Rank #18: 067: Staying Level

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Sometimes it's tough to stay level-headed. Sometimes it feels damn near impossible when you have to do so while also trying to keep your kids relatively level. Hormones, parenting, life. Awesome.  

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Oct 05 2017

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Rank #19: 122: "A Single Man"

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It's official. John is a homeowner! And his relationship status? That's permanently established via legal documents. Super awesome. Regardless, this is a big step. And Heather? Well, she's helping her mom move, nursing a stubbornness injury, and contemplating mortality. Life is wild.

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Dec 13 2018

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Rank #20: 079: The Other Side

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Christmas is over. Everyone is exhausted. The New Year is days away. We'd love to say it's a sprint to the finish, but it's a bit of a limp. Survival isn't always glamorous.

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Dec 28 2017

55mins

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