Joy On and Off the Page

Clever Manka, · Categories: Guest Posts · Tags: ,

This is a post I recently wrote to share with the group of eco-feminist rosary nerds I hang with online, for a day when we were praying the Joyful Mysteries. As you can see, things venture pretty far afield from the Bible. The biographical info here is scant to the point of oversimplification, but whaddayagonnado? I was in a hurry.

Can we talk about Betty Page for a minute? She had a complex, difficult life, but her work is still popular today. Pin-ups are weird things, straddling the lines of taste and propriety, but hers project more joy than sexual energy to me, and that’s interesting. Read full post

Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

I’m taking this week off from the OT. Doc Paradise and Fancy Pants are generously serving as your hosts. I hope everyone has a chance to feel half as good as Oprah at some point before Monday.

Small note: I don’t have anything queued for Monday, so if you have a short piece you’d like to send me over the weekend, feel free!

Thursday Link Dump

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Ursula Le Guin October 29, 1929 – January 22, 2018

Her obituary on NPR’s website. Read full post

Mid-week check-in

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Found here on Tumblr

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.

Tuesday Tumblr Collection

Clever Manka, · Categories: Tuesday Tumblr

I find them so aesthetically pleasing.

This week’s Tumblr collection is Tuesday, January 23: Ouija Boards.

clevermankaI’ve posted a weekly themed collection on my Tumblr nearly every week since October, 2011. Someday I’ll compile a list of them, with links to the dates. That day is not today.

February Daily Project

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Some little books being born. They are absolutely not crap –ed..

There is a thing that I know, and you know it too. Making stuff is both the best and the woorst thing ever. It is the best because you get to DO something, and have a tangible thing at the end of it, like an art, or a sock, or a document. It is the worst because what we produce is routinely not the lovely thing that we saw/wanted to emulate/exists in our head. That lovely thing, I am here to tell you, is a snare and a delusion. It is standing in the way of the things you can make by taunting you. Together, we are going to kill that lovely thing dead, and use the bones to seed a new habit, a new process, and a new willingness for you to make things. We, my beloveds, are going to make CRAP. On PURPOSE. It is gonna be great. Read full post

Friday Open Thread

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I’m still riding a Taika high from Tuesday. You? Feel free to post random Taika gifs in the comments.