In California: Unswinging Singles

Disc Jockey Ralph McCarthy was playing Willie Nelson tunes, reading the news and serving up public service announcements one Saturday last November to the folks in the redwood country around Eureka, Calif., when he bumped, voice first, into a social phenomenon. He had just finished reading a message about single mothers who needed help in trying to re-enter the job market. The program, one of many for single mothers in Northern California, was sponsored by a group called Displaced Homemakers. Impulsively, McCarthy told his listeners: "I'm a displaced homemaker too. I'm a single...

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