This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by a transgender child, a conscious crafting of online identity, magic, the creation we have wrought, yelling and silence, growing up, the reality of special needs parenting, trigger warnings used as tools of oppression, and Sherwin B. Nuland:
And just like that, I no longer have three sons. I have two sons and a daughter.
I’m a thoughtful, introspective human who is constantly evaluating my relationship with God and I refuse to do this in a public space anymore.
One of the cool side-effects of quitting booze is the increase of strange coincidences. At least noticing them. Some really mind-blowing ones. Stuff that really gets your attention. Stuff that makes you think.
Alcoholics in recovery call them “God Shots,” probably because it sounds like “Got shots.” Jung called it Synchronicity. Others say it’s just coincidence.
I prefer to call it “The Weird.”
…if we don't design this Internet, if we just continue to build it out, then eventually it will attract some remarkable, visionary people. And we're not going to like them, and it's not going to matter.
Sometimes it's impossible to meet in the middle. Sometimes we have to learn to speak in voices that are unnatural... so that we can hear each other. So that we can hear ourselves.
Writing about adulthood reveals my secret obsession: childhood.
Before getting pulled over this morning, I thought I would reflect on the incredible and almost healing beauty of that owl’s stoic countenance among the rustling beach grasses, the Atlantic gleaming like a dark blue crystal in the distance. I wanted to say: THIS. This matters. Beauty matters.
But after getting pulled over, that sweet thought was gone, replaced by adrenaline and anger and resentment.
…trigger warnings are being encouraged for sites of resistance, not mechanisms of oppression.
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