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Author: Manda Collis

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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The Women’s March on Madison, Wisconsin: A Story in Pictures

Have you ever been a part of something big? Like, truly big? There’s an electricity in the air that you can’t explain, there’s this feeling when you look at other people around you and you exchange a glance: you feel it, don’t you? Sometimes it can be positive electricity, like waiting for your team to make the final score that will win them the game. Sometimes it’s negative, like gathering after a disaster to try to decide what to do next. But it’s always there, and it’s something you feel even if you can’t quite describe it. The traffic grew steadily thicker...

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Getting Your Lazy Ass To The Gym – A Guide For Normal People

On Monday I woke up at 5:30 in the morning to go to the gym. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be doing this I would have laughed right in your face. My mom gets up at 4:45 to go to some crack of dawn yoga class and I still think she’s crazy. I guess it kind of helps that I share a car so my gym time is limited by my car time and willingness to spend extra gas, and the fact that I’m a person who actually does okay when I MAKE myself...

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Moving Past 2016, or Credit Where Credit is Due

You wake up, it’s a bright shiny new year. This year is going to be different, you tell yourself. You roll over in bed, you listen to “This Year” by The Mountain Goats for the thousandth time (it’s tradition, obviously) you greet the sun like it’s somehow going to shine differently, you make jokes about how much last year sucked and how this year is going to be so much better. Except last year was last week, was a few nights before, and things are only as better as you make them. It’s a project. A work in progress. It’s why you...

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