Five Star's 300th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Joseph Boyden

Five Star's 300th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Joseph Boyden

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by watching black boys become men, grammar panic, losing one's mother twice, being what you got to be, a beautiful response to the possibility of homosexual children in a Christian family, encouragement for those parenting children with special needs, a public service message about PANDAS, a child of domestic violence dealing with the aftermath, where much of the violence against black people in America really lies, and Joseph Boyden…

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Five Star's 299th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to Us By Herta Müller

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to us by an old insult, the many incarnations of the precious things we carry, the revenge of living well, by being for an art, defensive snobbery, the privilege of not always having to think about it, victim blaming and abuser apologies, laughter, and Herta Müller:

by Dontworry (own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Dontworry (own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In writing, one searches, and that is what keeps one writing, that one sees and experiences things from another angle entirely; one experiences oneself during the process of writing.
— Herta Müller —

Happy Tuesday!


"Turd In a Bucket" by karenspillingwords at Spilling Words:

The words that make up those stories have become an indistinguishable part of me, like my crooked pinkies or my genetic predisposition for alcoholism. I rarely notice them any more.

"So Fragile, But So Enduring" by Jenny Lawson at The Bloggess:

I’ve been missing for awhile, but I’ve been trying to find my words.
Meemaw died yesterday, at the age of 80.

"What to Do When People Are Mean" by Eden Riley at Edenland:

Who does he think he is? Who do you think you are? Who do I think I am? How dare we be bold. How dare we be ourselves, tell the truth, laugh, be happy.

"I Am For An Art: An Old Manifesto I’d Almost Forgotten I Believed In" by Jen Groeber at Mama Art:

I am for an art that witnesses moments of absurd despair and self-loathing. I am for an art that celebrates the gritty, fearsome strength of the obese woman living inside of small women.

"The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect" by Steve Almond at Poets & Writers:

Snark is a conscious attempt to cast aspersion for narcissistic reward. Writers who use social media, or other public forums, to dis other writers are seeking to convert resentment into attention. It’s a tool of self-promotion.

"The Progressive White Guy's Guide to Privilege" by Andy Hinds at The Daily Beast:

When I was in my mid-twenties, I made a mistake that seems unimaginable to me now. I went to a Halloween party at the home of a black guy I’d recently met… in blackface.
Such was the depth of my white privilege that it had not occurred to me that my makeup was problematic.

"If I Make A Medusa Rage Ring Or A Million Or So, Do You Want One?" by Deb Rox at Deb On the Rocks:

Enduring violence can do both to you, you know. Can attract punishment to you, can cause villagers to heap blame upon you. Can change everything, including your very DNA. Can steel your senses and your spine, giving you untold power. Can make you wild and monstrous in the best and worst ways.

"The Best Medicine" by William Dameron at The Authentic Life:

I open one eye and examine the equipment in the room.
“Is one of these things a lipo machine?  Maybe my pain is coming from a thin layer of fat,” I say.

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 298th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Tina Fey

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by living a different kind of normal, the loss of an incomparable grandmother, an all too familiar but unthinkable crime, and Tina Fey:

by Mingle Media TV [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Mingle Media TV [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Don't waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you're the boss. Or they won't. Who cares? Do your thing, and don't care if they like it.
— Tina Fey —

Happy Wednesday!


"I Am Not Broken: The Language of Disability" by Sarah at Bookworm Blues:

We are not broken; we’re just a different kind of normal. We are not incapable or unable; we just get things done a little differently.

"All Here Together (Eulogy Delivered At Grandma Connie's Funeral Today In Elkhorn)" by Erika at Be Gay About It:

Part of me thought she would live forever. That she would somehow escape the inevitable end faced by the rest of us because she was special, because she really got that life is to be led onto the dance floor with wild abandon and taken for a spin.

Trigger warning — rape and abortion: "It's Taken So Long" by Alice at I Believe You | It's Not Your Fault:

Oh, my sweetheart, I am so sorry. You have been trying to figure this out for so many years, and I’m sorry it’s taken so long. But I’m glad we’re here now.

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