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Flying Solo is the brainchild of Rebecca Rotenberg, an Ottawa cartoon writer who, in 1993, decided that single people and single parents needed a “handshake of recognition” between them. Flying Solo provides a glimpse into the awkward, uncomfortable and downright hilarious situations a born-again single may face, including dating, child rearing, and the relationship with the “ex”.

The idea first began as a logo of a World War II fighter plane with a parent and child, wearing scarves and goggles, flying through the air. Merchandise, including t-shirts and coffee mugs, emblazoned with the Flying Solo logo, sold in several stores around Ottawa. Soon after, Rebecca began writing cartoons for single parents and single adults alike. The Flying Solo cartoons, depicting everyday situations for single people and single parents, were featured as a regular strip in the Ottawa Citizen for three years.

Today, Rebecca has published a collection of old and new Flying Solo cartoons. Her book, titled Flying Solo: The Lighter Side of Single Parenting, and a 2010 desk calendar can be found in select Ottawa bookstores, or by emailing Rebecca at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rebecca Rotenberg has two children, aged 28 and 23, with her ex-husband. She’s managed to maintain an amicable relationship with him for the last 22 years, as they have spent evenings together, and shared holidays and birthdays, for the sake of their children. Their relationship remained so strong, Rebecca even lived with her ex-mother-in-law for a year.

Like any newly-single parent, Rebecca had a few issues post-divorce, like dating, but kept her positive outlook with the support of her parents and ex-mother-in-law, as well as through exercise. Above all else, she knew to look at and understand both sides of the relationship problems, since having empathy for each other leads to a better relationship, and a more positive experience for children post-divorce.

For more information, visit Flying Solo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NowFlyingSolo, or Rebecca’s blog at http://flyingsoloagain.blogspot.com.