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"It's insane to know what wind is saying to you, that's why you shouldn't even try." Love. Death. Magic. Preschool. This Manic Mama returns with an interview with Leslie McCollom, author and collector of Preschool Gems.

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My son has a parakeet. He's a little blue and white one with black stripes over his back. Very cute. Also a bit of a sex fiend. He has a thing for one of his toys, and he coos to it, flirts with it, and mounts it, rubbing the base of his tail rhythmically and purposefully against it until some form of parakeet fulfillment is...

Adele Ngoy pauses while hemming a pair of slacks in the workroom of her boutique, Fladel Couture in Portland, Maine, and considers what it means to be a woman. She is dressed for the fashion business, in black slacks and tasteful gold jewelry, wearing a blouse which adorned a shop mannequin a week earlier. Adele speaks in...

My father is a beekeeper.
 
I don't remember when exactly he started keeping bees, it was sometime around the tail end of my high school years, and I don't remember a lot of details from then, but over the years it has grown from a hobby to a full time operation, occupying many of the hours of his retirement...

Jessica Mills is a partnered mother of two children, ages 7 and 1. She is also an activist, artist, a touring musician (who plays saxophone with Citizen Fish), and a first time book author. I've been reading her column of the same name in Maximumrocknroll (MRR) for years. We've traded zines, emails, and crossed virtual...

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