Friday, July 2, 2010
Rule one of reading other people's stories is that whenever you say 'well that's not convincing' the author tells you that's the bit that wasn't made up. This is because real life is under no obligation to be convincing.This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by parenting, music reviews, Twilight, Gen Y, the cut-and-paste method, the Boy Scouts of America, being busy, grey hair, a sensitive disposition, death, a father's pastime, grief and healing, a near death experience, and autobiography.
— Neil Gaiman
Please feel free to share urls to your own good weblog writing in the comments, because there's never enough good reading.
"Life Manual: You Don’t Have To Yell" from Forty Degree Day:
I know that parenting is exhausting. I know that parenting pushes you to the brink of sanity and even over that edge sometimes. But I don’t believe it has to be that way.I almost feel as though this is some sort of process of refinement in my life- realizing my potential, and pushing my limits. I have learned that I have more of a capacity for patience, compassion, loving and forgiveness than I actually want to have. I think we would all find that we have that potential in us if we looked."Ordinary Lives" from Notes to Self
"Luck Be a Lady" from StudioEightOneSix
"They Don't Complain and They Die Quietly" from Derek Powazek:
This was in the 80s when my dad was working at City of Hope. My dad’s a psychologist who did groundbreaking early work to prove that cancer treatments had cognitive effects. To do this, he worked with kids who were dying of Leukemia. He watched them die, one after another. And then he came home to his kids, who were about the same age."Are You Ready to Lead Gen Y?" from Loyalty Factor Blog
So he stood in his garden, still wearing his work clothes, tie loosened around his neck, and watered his plants, crying when no one was looking.
"Twilight Enlightenment" from 20nothing.com
"A Scout Is Conflicted" by Holmes at DadCentric:
As positive as my experience was, I have some serious issues with the Boy Scouts of America’s politics. Don’t misunderstand me here, I’m not talking about their ideals. I’m not arguing with trustworthiness, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, etc. I fully support the doing of good deeds on a daily basis. And I’m definitely not worried about how dorky my kids will look in those uniforms. No, I’m talking about the organization’s politics, particularly with regard to their stance on homosexuality, which is that homosexual individuals may not serve in leadership positions or in the organization’s employ, a policy that has had a variety of repercussions over the last few decades."So How Busy Are You Really?" from Scribbit
"Why I Don't Mind My Gray Streak" from Life As I Know It
"The Reason I Never Say Never Anymore" from The New Girl:
I remember saying over and over, 'I don't want to do this. I just don't want to do this.' I meant, of course, that I didn't want to go through what was coming. I wanted, in the most desperate way, to go around it. To wish it away. To wake up and find it had all been a dream. You know, a bad dream. One that leaves you feeling weird, even over your morning tea. Any bad dream would be better than waking up, again, to find your reality altering itself so horribly. To find that a new normal is unfolding and there's no way to stop it. A new normal that's not going to include your mother."Dedicated to All the Mothers of "Sensitive" Children" from Classy Chaos
I didn't want to watch my mother die. I didn't want to sit at the funeral home and hear people's condolences. I didn't want to go to her funeral.
"Disquieted" from Spin Me I Pulsate
"I Didn’t Have Time to Get 100 Monkeys and 100 Typewriters" from Flurrious:
Ultimately, I decided to take one sentence from each of the previous month’s posts and string them together in chronological order to see if I could create a coherent narrative. Or at least bump my word count up high enough to look like I didn’t totally dog it on the last day. This is the result."Pitchfork Reviews 6/20/08" from 2 Year Lag
"The Story. May It Die." from 2birds1blog
"I Ate Chocolate for Breakfast Today..." from I'm Not Benny
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