Now it’s personal

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Here’s the resolution to my dilemma about not-specifically-thematic personal posts here as opposed to just essays. Read full post

Tuesday Tumblr Collection

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This is now the wallpaper on my laptop. Get the full-size version for yourself here. This is now the wallpaper on my laptop. Get the full-size version for yourself here. Read full post

This Week in Feminist History

Clever Manka, · Categories: Feminist History

femhistory 8-22 to 08-28

On August 22nd in 1904… Read full post

Ninety minutes at the DMV

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This is just a stock photo, not the line at the DMV. The DMV had chairs.

When I walked in the door of the DMV at 9:00am, I knew I’d made a bad decision. I’d been awake since 5:30, plenty of time to make it when they opened at 7:00. But I’d waited, just puttering around the house because I had other errands at a store that didn’t open until 10am. The line was long. Very long.

I asked someone in line where was the “take a number” hook/machine. They said there wasn’t one. Just the end of a line of black plastic chairs that snaked around the outside edge of the room. When someone finished at the counter, the DMV called for the next person, and everyone stood up and moved down one chair. There was a man with a walker two people ahead of me. His wife had to help him up out of his current seat and into the next one nineteen times. Read full post

Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

Here are those eggs.

I wasn’t kidding about my perfect boiled eggs (that I perfected myself after years of trying different techniques). Yes, I will make a post about them soon.

Talk to us about a favorite skill you’ve developed, either by chance, necessity, or sheer magnitude of practice.

Thursday Link Dump

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I didn’t see this in time to include it last week. In Defense of Villainesses, on

Her hair is done. Her makeup is flawless; her coat, luxurious. She’s single. She’s thin or she’s fat or she’s muscular or she’s old or she’s young but she’s never ever cute or soft or scared of you.

She’s hungry. She wants money, and she wants more luxurious coats, and she wants power. She wants to sit in the chair that is currently occupied by whoever’s in charge, and she doesn’t want to wait for the world to give her that throne. She doesn’t have time for that. She’s not going to wait. She’s going to take it.

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Mid-week check in

Clever Manka, · Categories: Check-In

This is the weekly post for those of us who are traversing together this hellscape called Personal Growth. Brag about this week’s accomplishments, ask for support, talk about what worked, what didn’t. Tell us how things are going for you.