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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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I like it

By JustOneMessyBeach - Sep 05 2019
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Look, haters gonna hate, but I enjoy MRS. It’s like having coffee with a couple good friends and listening to them kvetch about there lives.

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

164 Ratings
Average Ratings
92
14
8
9
41

I like it

By JustOneMessyBeach - Sep 05 2019
Read more
Look, haters gonna hate, but I enjoy MRS. It’s like having coffee with a couple good friends and listening to them kvetch about there lives.

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

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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: 049: Two Haircuts, One Episode: This definitely spirals

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Tornados, tonsillectomies, teenagers. We covered a lot of ground, but it would be a stretch to say that this came full circle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 20 2017
53 mins
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Rank #2: 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
54 mins
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Rank #3: 106: Good to be Back

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It’s been a while but our little summer hiatus has come to an end. Feels good to get back behind the mic, catch up, and what the hell do you mean Leta is no longer registered for school that can’t be possible!?

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Aug 09 2018
52 mins
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Rank #4: 110: Slowly Settling In

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Missed buses, different boob sizes, and baby steps in the right direction. We're still settling in to our recent big changes - a blended family for Heather, homeschooling for John - and realizing that it's going to take a while. We'll probably survive.

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Sep 07 2018
56 mins
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Rank #5: 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
50 mins
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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
58 mins
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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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
55 mins
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Rank #9: 065: Throat Punch Thursday

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For every up, there's at least three downs. Sometimes real life feels a bit relentless. But we're still not going to homeschool our kids even if that would make everything blissfully easy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 21 2017
52 mins
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Rank #10: 112: It's September Again

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“In like a lion,” isn’t a saying attached to September, but it feels like it should be. From shattered phone screens to some time-struggles associated with homeschool, this is your annual reminder that September is hell. Be kind to yourself.

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Sep 20 2018
51 mins
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Rank #11: 114: Read the Room

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Fortunately and unfortunately, the current happenings in the United States continue to offer great starting points for important conversations with our kids. This week, these talks involve accountability, the power of "no," and how to not be a jerk when you're in a Senate hearing.

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Oct 04 2018
56 mins
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Rank #12: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 12 2017
52 mins
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Rank #13: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 05 2017
49 mins
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Rank #14: 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
48 mins
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Rank #15: 105: Civility is Overrated

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Things in America are a bit of mess, but somehow taking a stand against hate seems to bother people. Sure, we're all for civility when it makes sense. But that time is not now. The place is not America. And we see no reason to be civil when so many are being treated without any civility at all.

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Jul 05 2018
38 mins
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Rank #16: 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
58 mins
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Rank #17: 011: Nine Ways to Jesus, One Way to Chicago

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This episode is a bit of a rambling spiral about Heather's experience in Boston (one hell of an experience!), John's decision to run the Chicago Marathon because Heather suckered him into it, and what these sort of endeavors mean to us as people and parents. Yeah, they mean we're crazy, but it's more than that.
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May 26 2016
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Rank #18: 113: Looking for a Plus for Pleats

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Does the awkward feeling of being a teenager in Abercrombie fade when you get older? Nope! It just blends with our inability to understand high waists, pleats, and good 'ol Chuck Taylors. Guess that's all part of pursuing fashion with kids.

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Sep 27 2018
52 mins
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Rank #19: 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
53 mins
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Rank #20: 093: Helmets and Heartbreak

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Pain in every direction. That's part of having kids. You're forced to relive old injuries while also anticipating the pain that is yet to come. And you have to cope with all of that while working around that damn doctor's appointment you scheduled six months ago.

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Apr 12 2018
49 mins
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