Thursday, September 7, 2017

OMG So Many Things - Episode 3

Hello! Hats and stories are keeping me busy, but I DO have a comic a-brewin' in my head. Now I just need 10 freaking minutes to sit down and draw!

Here's another episode of OMG So Many Things to fill the time!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Love is ALWAYS in Fashion 2017

Hello, dear friends, family, pals, Internet strangers!

September begins my 6th annual Love is ALWAYS in Fashion hat fundraising year.

At the end of last year, I felt like 5 years was an amazing run, and I could end on a really high note if I needed to.


As August crept around the corner, I started reflecting on the paralysis I'm feeling about focusing my efforts to try to do something GOOD and HELPFUL and PERFECTLY LOVING as things are crumbling around us in this world. 

I've hardly made new comics this year. What's even funny anymore? What do we need as a community? Do my feelings even matter in the midst of very true, real, horror and pain being experienced in our marginalized communities?



I decided to just stop deciding how I should feel about that, and just DO something. Which always looks like sitting down and making another hat. And another. Then another. 


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So for 2017, I'm baaacccck, AND I'm changing up the game a little bit.

I've selected THREE charities I'm going to support, and you will have two ways to contribute:


1) When you see me at an event, you can hand me some cash and I'll add it to the charity's collection of your choice,

AND/OR

2) When you buy a hat from me, you'll receive a $5 hat coupon to drop in the collection envelope of your choice and I will donate that money on your behalf.

It's called...



Your generous contributions "at the Drop of a Hat", will be passed through to three organizations that need general operating funds to keep programs running smoothly on the administrative side. This year, I'm not here to give the funds directly to helping clients with their bills, or providing meals and socks and toys. I'm here to support systematic movements and the less-fun back-office work that needs supported in order for the organizations to be free do their work with their clients. OK? OK.

Here are the three charities to choose from:

1) Southern Poverty Law Center - "The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality."

2) Let America Vote - "Jason Kander started Let America Vote to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot. Whether it’s extreme identification requirements, questionable purges of voter rolls, voter intimidation, new and extreme voter registration processes, or anything that makes voting harder, Let America Vote will be there to lead the way against it. Through online and grassroots organizing, an aggressive earned media strategy, and advertising, Let America Vote will play a crucial role among the existing network of organizations fighting for voting rights."

3) reStart, Inc - "reStart is the only homeless agency in Kansas City serving all homeless populations—singles, couples, gay, straight and trans-gendered individuals, and unaccompanied youth ages 12-18, as well as non-traditional families, persons with HIV/AIDS, and individuals recently released from prison or from psychiatric hospitalization."

You can donate to one of them, you can donate to all of them. You let your passions dictate where your funds go this year! At the end of the year, I'll tally up all the funds and coupons in the envelopes and make one big donation to each of the organizations. My dream would be to donate $500 to all three of them! I'll keep you posted on my progress, OK?

Love, C McG


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FAQ

1) Where can I get a hat?
A: I recommend following my Facebook page for all the potential Classy sightings coming up this fall/winter. I will occasionally be posting hats for sale through my various social/commerce websites. FB and Instagram are the best places to keep tabs on me, though. If we're friends in real life, obviously just text me and tell me when you're coming to my house to shop, and I'll plan to be home, OK? My very first event is Friday, September 1, 5-10:00 at the Buffalo Room (behind Westport Flea Market) in Westport KC. FB event details are here! FREE admission, FREE parking. Music, all kinds of art, etc etc!

2) Can I just give you money, though?
A: YES, please! I don't know if my team is operating at 100% full hat-making steam this year, so your generous money donations will move us quickly toward our goals! If you'd like to donate via check, make the check out to the agency you are supporting and I'll just add it to my check pile for the mail. If you'd like to donate via credit card, just go to the charity's website and donate directly to them. I don't need to be your middle-man.

3) So I can completely bypass you and do whatever I want.
A: Yes. You are your own person, and I believe in you.

4) So, you aren't the only one making hats?
A: Correct. I usually have 1 or 2 other people helping me during hat fundraising season (thanks so far, Kate!). It's cool because I've taught them my process, and they can contribute hats with their own cool flair and all the charity money goes to the same place.

5) But I want the hat YOU made, though.
A: I will lie to you and tell you I made it then.




Friday, August 25, 2017

OMG So Many Things - Episode 2

Happy Friday, all! I just wanted to share our new installment of OMG So Many Things (hyperlink to our FB page; each episode we ask for a listener suggestion for one of the topics, and we'll post follow-ups after episodes, etc etc!). We're officially available on iTunes and Stitcher, too, woot woot!

Also, I'm back to churning out Classy Hats for this fall/winter Love is ALWAYS in Fashion season, so I'll be back with more of those details soon.


For now, enjoy the silliness!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

New Podcast - OMG So Many Things Episode 1

Happy weekend, friends!

I've joined forces with my Kansas City improv, theatre, hat-making, all-around lovely lady pal Kate Haugan, and we've started a podcast! Our first episode exists in the world!

We've also set up a Facebook page to take topic requests and keep discussions going after episodes, too, so we hope you'll follow/subscribe/whatever language is appropriate for your podcast listening! We're setting up feeds to iTunes and Stitcher as I type to you, so those links will be available soon.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Year of Improv

August is a fun new anniversary month for me. It's the anniversary of when I started practicing improv for-realsies.




I've invested money, showed up to classes and workshops, participated in jam sessions and student shows, paid for coaching, showed up to every other improv show I possibly could, read blogs ('studying' improv is still something I'm working on, lol).

This week, we celebrated my 4th student show (5th for the rest of my class) through KC Improv Company AND had our debut performance with my new indie troupe, The Jerries.




I'll dedicate this blog post to what life lessons I'm learning (and forever practicing) through doing improv:

1) Just say what you mean. You'll be stuck in circles of stagnant confusion and misunderstanding if you don't just declare your intent. Especially now in a culture where we communicate primarily over text messages. Be clear, be honest, get to the point as soon as you can so you can all move forward together.

2) Your brain is an asshole. I probably don't have to elaborate a whole lot here, but in case you need the reminder, your brain will always trick you into thinking you are terrible and have bad ideas or you don't deserve to exist with the people who love you. Fuck you, brain.

3) Use your safety nets. No matter what happens, you are surrounded by a team of friends, family, and cohorts that want you to succeed, and will still love you and help you if you don't. Try not to blindside people entirely, but feel comforted in knowing you can take a risk and you WILL be caught before you fall flat.

4) Nobody remembers all your mistakes like you do. Forgive yourself. Move on as quickly as possible.

Here's to another year of living silly ;-)

And here's a drawing I made based on a convo some characters had in our set Friday night.



- C McG

PS. Our next Jerries performance is Saturday, September 23rd, 7:00 at the Buffalo Room in KC. We'll be one of the few wonderful troupes playing at Improv Test Kitchen.

PPS. Bless you, husband Tim, KCIC Training Center folks, Bobby, Kelly Jerry, Dorothy Jerry, Katherine Jerry, Steph Jerry, other Tim, Greydon, and everyone else still around for being ridiculously beautiful humans in my life.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Always Practicing



I think the scariest thing
AND the most comforting thing
about finding our place in our existence

is getting to that place where we know
there is no perfect expert endgame
to anything we do.

We're perpetually practicing.

When we make that decision
to be an artist
to be fit
to eat a certain way
to worship
to work
to grow into the fullest version of ourselves,

what we're really doing
is committing to practice.

I practice my art,
I practice yoga,
I practice running,
I practice vegetarianism,
I practice love.

I say we are all practicing humans.

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It's scary because we're never done.
We have to keep working
and growing and changing.

We practice listening to what the universe is asking of us.
What our friends are asking of us.
What our bodies are asking of us.
What love is asking of us.

Because there's no definition of 'finished.'

And the world continues on
whether or not we want it to.

And a way we've practiced before
may not always be the way to practice moving forward.

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It's comforting because we are allowed to make mistakes
to have off days
to fall sometimes.

I celebrated my 10th anniversary of practicing vegetarianism in June.

I've eaten a lot of accidental ham in the meantime.

But the idea of practice says
that we plug on with our best efforts,
our best intentions,

and we stumble and UNDERSTAND that we stumbled,
and we practice how to not do that again in the future.

As we become closer and closer to each other on Earth,
our feminism practice, or our justice and peace practice,
or our equality practice, or our love practice
can get turned on its head.

As we immerse ourselves in the practice
of listening and believing and understanding and CARING
how other people experience this world,
the best thing we can do
is breathe in this new information
and apply it to our practice.

Even if we realize we've been practicing wrong.

- C McG

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Case for Naps



I know you don't need me to tell you this,
but naps are the best way to sleep.

In case you aren't completely sold on this idea,

or you need fodder for your arguments at parties:

1) There's no shame in letting your body sleep when its tired. Life is tiring. When sleep calls, you answer. Even if it happens during dinner.

2) Naps are a special kind of bedtime where I can actually fall asleep not vividly re-living past embarrassments and poor choices and missed opportunities. I just...fall asleep until I'm not sleeping anymore.

3) Naps fast-forward you to a slightly groggy but better version of yourself, even if just for a few hours.

4) If you are dieting/avoiding a vice, naps are a great way to forget your misery for a bit. For me, that's finally 37 freaking minutes I wasn't eating something.

But seriously, however you need to catch your sleep, get it. 

We are sub-humans when we aren't well-rested.

- C McG