Five Star Friday's 121st Edition Is Brought to You By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by a mother's love, searching for answers, worried mothers, a wasp nest, mating kangaroos, a desire for diversity, rivalry, hairpins, prayer, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

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Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great or original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.
     — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Happy reading and happy Friday!

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Changed Air

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Pretty All True

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I reach an arm out to caress her cheek. Sweep her hair from her face with my finger. Stare into her serious blue eyes. She is so beautiful. My breath catches in my throat at the thought this girl is of me.

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Toys for Giants

" from

Ordinary Art

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The Post I Couldn't Write

" from

Adequate Parenting

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A Case for Spiral Pegs

" from

Raising a Revolutionary

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When you get over your own perceptions of exclusion, you find that you can have a voice for youngsters who might have the same feeling. Then you begin to influence what happens in that place, and other places, and the world.

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Variations On a Theme...

" from

Opus de Minimis

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Big Boy Is Back

" from

Scrubby Bush

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The Last Prayer

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The Holmes

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And what, Straw Man that I created and put words into the mouth of so I could get all huffy at it and it couldn’t respond? In what sense is God in those things? What reason do we have to believe that? And beyond that, if we’re busy trying to see God in everything, aren’t we sort of missing the thing itself in all its glory and wonder? Are those things only amazing and special and capable of taking our breaths away when we stop to really think about the fact of their existence if they’re somehow infused with this God of which you speak?
My answer is no.

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The Legacy of Rivalry

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Whiskey In My Sippy Cup

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Nine Pins In Your Hair

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Origami Hour With Henry Silva

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