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Author: Manda Collis

Looking Into The Light

The last day of the year. It’s early, before dawn. The sun hasn’t come up yet, the house is quiet, but already the posts are trickling in. “2017 sucked, good riddance.” I guess I can see it. So much went wrong this year. On a personal level I can count at least a dozen miserable things that happened to me, and that’s without counting things occurring on a global scale. By all accounts I should be saying the same, writing a eulogy for a year that is not only over but was lost from the very beginning. But what...

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When Everything Happens At Once

I think this is the largest stretch of time I have gone in awhile without blogging. It’s strange, it was always in the back of my mind, lurking there like hey remember this thing that you do, this is a thing that you do you should probably– yeah, yeah. The thing is, I love blogging. It’s a nice outlet, it’s fun to do, it gets my creative part of my brain flowing when I need to kickstart it so I can do other writing. Plus I love interacting with those of you that read (are you even still around? It’s been so...

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Music and Mandarific: In With The New

When I picked back up blogging on this site a few years ago and decided to blog about “whatever I want,” I didn’t really realize just how much I would enjoy blogging about music. I mean, it makes sense—I love music, I’ve been making music and enjoying music since I was a kid, and I love writing, so why wouldn’t I love writing about music? I also didn’t anticipate how big things would get. I didn’t anticipate having people sending me their music to review or feature, or hearing from promoters, or realizing I wanted to blog about music a lot....

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Staying Sane in the 24-Hour News Cycle

Here in the United States, the election happened, the inauguration happened, and then it sort of at times feels like all hell broke loose. So much is happening so quickly to a point where even if you agree with what’s going on, it’s hard to even keep up. Legislation is happening by surprise overnight, people are getting fired at a moment’s notice, and that’s just the political news. What about everything else that’s going on in the world?! How do we keep up with all of it?! I’m gonna tell you something you might not want to hear: you don’t. Every year...

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