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Five Star's 292nd Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Javier Marías

Five Star's 292nd Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Javier Marías

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to us by a saved heart, a conversation about trans parenthood, anxiety about money, being new to fat, Facebook and social control, what to do with what nuns teach you about sex, the love of a war-torn city, the still abbreviated lives of gay men, basketball and balls, being on the cusp, and Javier Marías…

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Five Star's 291st Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Anne Tyler

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by caring for oneself, colorism, being proud of each other, the our culture's limited and unrealistic ideal of beauty, creative compromise, the absurdity of modesty culture, the tender side of a story gone viral, and Anne Tyler

I was standing in the schoolyard waiting for a child when another mother came up to me. Have you found work yet? she asked. Or are you still just writing?

— Anne Tyler —

Happy Tuesday!


"What I Did Right" by Stacy Morrison at Filling In the Blanks:

We poor humans. We spend so much time chasing our butts, spinning in circles trying to know what will make us happy. But what I needed to do was shift gears, and get focused on how to feed and soothe my soul. Then the rest takes care of itself.

"Traveling While Black: American Memoir" by Kelly Wickham at Mocha Momma:

All of this is why I see color in everything, good or bad. I'll take the accusations now because this shaped me and the space I occupy.

"May We All Pursue Happiness. #Pride" by Rebecca Woolf at Girl's Gone Child:

We can celebrate each others' sexuality, ethnicity, race, religion without condemning our own. Pride is not just about being proud of ourselves.

"Not Everyone Is Beautiful" by Nathan Biberdorf at Mindless Productivity:

I know what you mean when you say “Everyone is beautiful.” You mean that everyone is valuable, everyone has worth, everyone has good qualities that make them someone to be loved. And if we could reclaim the word and make it mean that, I’d say go for it.
But the fact is, we don’t own the word. The world owns the word…

"A Sobering Lesson on the Value of Compromising Your Creative Ideas" by Jerod Morris at Copyblogger:

…content is our art. It is how we express ourselves, and it is meant to be appreciated. In fact, for us, it needs to be appreciated. Content marketing doesn’t work without content that is appreciated by an audience…
…shouldn’t some decisions you make be made to ensure that your art has a fair opportunity to be appreciated?

"When Suits Become a Stumbling Block: A Plea to My Brothers in Christ" by L.P. at The Salt Collective:

Not only must you be mindful of your wardrobe, but you must also understand that your body is a commodity. Anytime you appear in public, it is assumed that any body part you show is something that is available to everyone. Look at your hands. Are they strong? What about your arms? Muscular? Well, are they available for me to enjoy? No? THEN WHY ARE YOU SHOWING THEM? What kind of message do you think you’re sending?

"Doctor: Mom's deposition goes viral" by Conor Dougherty at Medium:

My dad’s mantra is that mom is losing her memory, not her mind. That’s why we have to stick up for her, reminding her that lots of people love her and that she was once an accomplished scientist.

Please come back and share good writing with us over the coming week to be featured on the next Five StarSubmit it by Tuesday at midnight CST to nominate it for inclusion in the next roundup.

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Five Star's 290th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Daniel Keyes

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by a rare island, a small ritual learned from a child, being of service, losing a loved one while they are still here, true love that managed to conquer a disgusting situation, and Daniel Keyes:

The path I choose through the maze makes me what I am. I am not only a thing, but also a way of being — one of many ways — and knowing the paths I have followed and the ones left to take will help me understand what I am becoming.

— excerpt from Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes —

There is a lot of seriousness below, but I saved the funny for last so you can leave happy. Happy Wednesday!


"Saba" by David Whitmer at Loud Loud World:

As usual, I packed a digital recorder with me on my trip to Saba, in hopes of recording any intriguing natural sounds I might come across.  I didn’t pursue this as vigorously as I could have, perhaps, but I did hear some nice things.  Undoubtedly the most striking sound produced by the island would be that of the night chorus.  Comprised for the most part of tree frogs and crickets, the calls were loud and dense enough that a visitor to the island might be kept awake at night until they grew accustomed to the sound.  I hardly minded, though, I thought the night chorus was a lovely thing to drift off to sleep with.

"I Love You, I Miss You" by Eric A. Meyer at meyerweb.com:

I know it will take a long time, but this small ritual, taught to me by my three-year-old son, keeps me on the path.

"Entanglements" by Stephanie Rodda at Stephanie Rodda:

If you find yourself in a position of strength then take the opportunity to lend a hand to those who falter around you. Are you strong financially, then take that as an opportunity for service, not status. If you are strong spiritually, reach out to those whose faith may be faltering.

"Forgotten But Not Gone" by Pam Mandel at Nerd's Eye View:

While my life gets bigger and bigger, as I loop increasingly large circles around the globe, Dad’s collapses in on itself.

"The Fart That (Almost) Altered My Destiny" by Anna Lind Thomas at HaHas for HooHas:

“What’s going on?” Rob yells back to me, “Why are you...” then it hit him. I could see it in his eyes. Was it surprise? Horror? Water started to accumulate at the base of his eyelids, “Oh my God, I CAN TASTE IT!” he screamed.

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