Blog Post, Single Momhood, Southern Stuff

A Southern girl will always need her daddy

I made this for Meme Friday in honor of my dad, Charles Caldwell, who died in 2008 at the age of 68. When he died, I was 42 years old and I was an orphan. Funny how no matter how old you are, when your parents are gone, you feel adrift, like you're swimming without… Continue reading A Southern girl will always need her daddy

Single Momhood

For the moms whose lives don’t resemble a Hallmark commercial …

The following column was published in The News Courier in 2002, when Baby Girl was 9, but it’s about something that happened when she was 4. At the time, I had taken a brief break from journalism and owned a business that sapped me of energy and left me feeling I didn’t give enough to… Continue reading For the moms whose lives don’t resemble a Hallmark commercial …

Blog Post, Single Momhood

The only thing we have to fear is … teenagers

The following is from my 2010 book, "Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom" I have tasted fear. It tasted a little like a breakfast burrito backing up on me but that’s not the point. The point is that everyone has felt fear but I’m not sure mine count as real, medically recognized… Continue reading The only thing we have to fear is … teenagers

Single Momhood

That time I broke the law to pay the bills: A former single mom’s story

This is for all the single moms out there so they will know they’re not alone, and for anyone who knows a single mom so they may understand better. People say bad things come in threes, and when Baby Girl was fourteen in 2008, our trifecta of misfortune struck: My dad died, the economy tanked… Continue reading That time I broke the law to pay the bills: A former single mom’s story