A Feline Fable

Clever Manka, · Categories: Guest Posts

My neighbor has a female cat named Bruce. She’s about nine years old, black and white, and roams the block, keeping us all in line. Sometimes she’ll cross the street and strike a roadkill pose in the public parking lot in the next block. She’s a fixture here, and much beloved, but she doesn’t like being touched or approached. Fair enough. Read full post

Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

So who else already has their tickets for this weekend?

It has been A(nother) Week. My energy and sleep are better (bye again, onions) but certain work issues continue to be Aggravating as Fuck, my university had an anonymous threat called in the day of the Florida shooting, and we had a Literal (four alarm!) Dumpster Fire up the street from us on Wednesday night so our already annoying (racist, horrible, worst sort of white liberal) neighborhood association is being even More So. But! Black Panther on Saturday!

What seemingly-small things are keeping you from starting your own dumpster fire?

Thursday Link Dump

Clever Manka, · Categories: Thursday Link Dump

Photo by Yevgeniy Kotenko

Ukrainian photographer Yevgeniy Kotenko documents a decade in the life of a park bench. Read full post

Mid-week check-in

Clever Manka, · Categories: Check-In

Happy Valentine’s Day from me and Kesha

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

This week’s Tumblr collection is Tuesday, February 13: Tea.


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.

Community Advice Column

Clever Manka, · Categories: Community Advice

Doc Paradise asks:

Hey Mankanauts,

I know that we have quite a bit of moving and renting experience here. I’d love to see some of that.

What is the best way to go about finding the ideal place to rent? What steps do you go through? What do you do to ensure that it is safe and the landlord is good? What do you avoid? What is a good mindset to approach it in so that you don’t just say “fuck-it, I’ll live in the woods”?


clevermankaIf you need some advice, drop me an email. If you want to be known, please include your username. Otherwise, let me know you want to remain anonymous.

Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

I never thought I’d make it

As you might have guessed by my lack of activity here, at least during the early hours, it has been A Week. I’m not sure what my Friday at work is going to look like (if the rest of the week is any indication, it will continue to be Overwhelming), but I’ll show up as soon as I can. I hope it’s been a little more calm for the rest of you lovelies. I am planning on a very low-energy and low-responsibility weekend because I am wiped out.

If anyone has a question for the Community Advice post, drop me an email over the weekend. Also let me know if you’d like to remain anonymous or not. If not, please include your IntenseDebate username, too! Please also feel free to send me any essay/articles or whatever. Questions I can put up pretty quick, so receipt by Sunday afternoon is fine. If you have a piece to submit, though, please send it by Saturday afternoon. Thanks, darlings!