The 341st Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Julia Alvarez

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by a paradox of a president, seeking impractical freedoms, the opposite of NIMBY, and Julia Alvarez:

It's like my whole world is coming undone, but when I write, my pencil is a needle and thread, and I'm stitching the scraps back together.
— Julia Alvarez —

Happy reading!

"President Obama's 'Folks Wanna Pop Off' Is the Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week" by Damon Young at VSB:

We’ve kinda suspected it before, but President Obama genuinely gives no fucks at this point. He is fuck devoid. Fuck deficient. Fuck deprived.

"Yes" by Meg at Pigspittle Ohio:

We adopted a kitten recently. He was no more than four weeks old when my neighbor found him and asked if we could take him in. I said yes, of course, because I no longer know how to turn away abandoned animals.

"Yes, In My Backyard" by Seth Godin at Seth's Blog:

Modern fortresses amplify fear, destroy the value that's at the heart of the connection economy, and don't actually pay off. It's far more valuable to live in a community of hard-working, trustworthy refugees and (former) strangers than it is to become isolated.

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Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from, spreads gratitude through the social network, celebrates quality blogging with the, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

What Kind of November In Saskatchewan Is This?

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On Sunday, Aidan and I walked around with our coats open. It was that warm. I did it again today. What's up, Saskatchewan? You're freaking me out.

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Grace in Small Things No. 957

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  1. I had a late Sunday brunch with Aidan, which was late enough to actually make it lupper, in a big, beautiful, empty room at Malt City.
  2. I finally bought plants a while ago after many plantless years, and I am committed enough that I bought potting soil and larger posts for replanting this week. 
  3. The flu I had that turned into a sleep-at-least-12-hours-a-day thing for another week has finally ended. Feeling awake after a couple of weeks of exhaustion is so good.
  4. The fall weather is holding out for a long time this year. It's late November and it still doesn't hurt to be outside. This is a climate I can deal with.
  5. I love diet Pepsi, and I don't care who knows.

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