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Single Minded

They're having babies alone, vacationing alone, buying homes alone. And they couldn't be happier, especially in Boston, where record numbers of single people are finding that parties of one are worth toasting.

''Every misstep I took, every yucky guy I dated, got me here to these babies,'' says the single mom of 10-month-old twins Violet (left) and Ralphie. Jennifer Waddell | 43
''I think my getting married will depend on my achieving my goals. . . . I'm certainly not willing to settle.'' Ayana Meade | 30
He'd consider marrying someday, he says, ''but it would take one hell of a girl.'' Steve Doucette | 40
''I have never felt like I needed to be with someone.'' Nancy Howell | 30
(Globe Photos / Wiqan Ang)
By Keith O'Brien
June 4, 2006

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THEY HAVE NAMES FOR THEMSELVES NOW: Quirkyalone, Modern Spinsters, Marriagefree, and Spinsterellas. Couplists depress them, and even worse are the Perkytogethers, the sort who feed each other in public or make out in movie theaters or hold hands while riding bicycles. "Yes," wrote one Quirkyalone in an online chat room after recently spotting such a four-wheeled spectacle, "I wanted to ... (Full article: 3415 words)

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