The 335th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Caitlin Moran

This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought you by the importance of being present with those you love, finding dreams you didn't dare have, using people with disabilities for personal gain, discovering Germany, being gifted and pursuing the life you want, and Caitlin Moran:

by Karen Melchior [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr

by Karen Melchior [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr

I'm so glad I spent 10 years being sad and lonely.
— Caitlin Moran —

Happy reading!

"When I'm Gone" by Rafael Zoehler at Medium's Life Tips:

Death is always a surprise. No one expects it. Not even terminal patients think they are going to die in a day or two. In a week, maybe. But only when this particular week is the next week.

We are never ready.

"When I Woke Up" by William Dameron at The Authentic Life:

Here is the thing about dreams. When life is a one or a two and you’re just trying to make ends meet, to be like everybody else, a three — somewhere in the middle — sounds pretty damn good. A five is unfathomable.

"Let me explain ableism to you." by Dany Holmes at Facebook:

A disabled man goes into a McDonalds to eat. He orders his food. He asks the cashier 'Please help me, help me please'. The cashier closes the till, and helps the man eat. Someone witnesses this moment, and posts it online…

"Who needs Munich when you’ve got the Wasen?" by William Pearse at Pinklightsabre's Blog:

It’s different here but not better, I say. Different, because you’re trusted with more responsibility but expected to not act like an asshole, which is something I didn’t get growing up and I’m not sure I deserve it now, to be trusted to not act like an asshole.

"On What to Be" by Kelly Quirino at Quiet Revolution:

As the year went on, my anxiety worsened. I developed fears of being kidnapped, of dinosaurs coming back to life, and of huge hands waiting to descend from the sky and squish me. I dealt with these scary things as pragmatically as a 5-year-old could. To thwart kidnappers, my mom and I bought thicker blinds for my bedroom window.

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Listen to My Live DNTO Show on CBC: Stuff I Never Told My Parents

Listen: the full episode or just my story. Subscribe: the DNTO podcast.

Elan Morgan on CBC's DNTO

On October 7th, I did CBC's DNTO with Sook-Yin Lee "Live in Saskatoon: Stuff I Never Told My Parents". If you've ever been a fan of somebody for years and years, a fan of the national public radio and television broadcaster they work for, and a long-time subscriber to the podcast, and then if you were asked to take part as a storyteller in one of their live shows and later heard yourself on that podcast with that famous somebody, you might know what a surreal experience I just had.

I will be offering a course soon called "How to Look High Next to Famous People".

I will be offering a course soon called "How to Look High Next to Famous People".

Like a crazy person, I told a very difficult story to hundreds of people in person at the Broadway Theatre, and to thousands of people by extension over the radio, and I told it in front of both my parents and parents-in-law and a handful of old friends, and I'm so glad I did. It was an honour to work with Kaj Hasselriis and Sara Tate to refine my story before the show, and it was an honour to share the stage with Sook-Yin Lee and my fellow storytellers, Albert Jame and Ernie Louttit. There was a kindness and generosity strung throughout the entire experience that made it possible for me to get up there. Go, team!

Sook-Yin Lee and Kaj Hasselriis

If you'd like to hear my story on DNTO, you can do it in one of two ways:

I also think you should subscribe to the DNTO with Sook-Yin Lee podcast, because I have for ages, and it's always a great listen:

To everyone who was present at the show or listened through the radio, thank you. I still can't believe I get to link to it all on the CBC website like it's a real thing that actually happened.

Go, CBC!

Grace in Small Things No. 950

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  1. I got to witness this amazing sunset on Tuesday as it bounced off the trees across the river in Saskatoon.
  2. I had the opportunity to do the CBC DNTO with Sook-Yin Lee live show on Wednesday night, and it was an incredible experience.
  3. I told a very difficult story very publicly in front of both my parents and parents-in-law at that DNTO live show, and they all took it well. I'm so thankful for that.
  4. Aidan and I are heading to Grasslands National Park this weekend, which is the darkest dark sky preserve in Canada. I can't wait to see the night sky without light pollution. 
  5. I'm humming with excitement about hitting the road with Aidan tomorrow. I love long car trips with him.

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Elan Morgan

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.