About Susan Deitz

Susan Deitz

Susan Deitz

Catapulted into single life as a young widow and single parent, Susan Deitz's unusually deep understanding of her new world was about to be born, a course in undependence (her term for the wholeness needed for a full life) unlike any she had known at Smith College. Totally unprepared for life without a mate, her nights were battles with fear and the dreaded what-ifs. But when those tigers retreated, each new dawn found a more confident woman. On her own, living out her singleness, she was using her own judgment to make decisions for her little family -- minor perhaps in the wider world but crucial for her small family. And they proved to be good ones. From those years of life lessons learned the hard way came a lifework and the world of Single File.

The sun of this universe is the syndicated advice column Single File. Featured for two decades by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, the column has been part of Creators Syndicate for a decade.

Susan also:

--Conceived, created and hosted a four-hour radio program on New York City station WMCA.

--Was the singles expert for six years for the Prodigy online service.

--Co-authored (with Robin Moore, who wrote "The French Connection") "Valency Girl," a factional book about her experiences with Charles Revson of the Revlon cosmetic empire.

--Gave seminars in her original curriculum, "The Art of Living Single," as a part-time professor at The New School in New York.

--Designed, created and conducted a national survey of 1,900 people on single sexuality.

--Wrote a second book, "Single File," which was published by St. Martin's Press and was a Joan Kahn book. It went into second printing and a paperback edition.

--Oversees a popular blog for the column on creators.com.

--Is preparing to make her material available as an application on an electronic device.

--Sends readers (free for the asking) parchment copies of her Declaration of Undependence, Sexual Bill of Rights, and Emancipation Proclamation.

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More Tips May 22, 2019

Single parenting can be lonely, coming back to needy children and a partnerless home every night. But calling for a Family Council every Friday night, when the kids can sleep late the next day (and so can you), can put some fun and pizza into the wee... Read More

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Tips of Gold May 15, 2019

—Get closer to your parents. Like most corny advice, this one's pure gold. These people who sired you and raised you into adulthood are special in your life, unique and irreplaceable, too often ignored in the rush to adulthood. Take them to din... Read More

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Chairman of the Board May 08, 2019

As a single parent (Chairman of the Board) your first loyalty is to your children. Yes, you are an adult with normal needs for affection, but sleepover lovers are an intrusion into the innocence of your on-pre... Read More