Five Star Friday's 182nd Edition Is Brought to You By Zadie Smith

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by beauty and aging, women without names, a near friendship, and Zadie Smith:

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The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.
     — Zadie Smith

Happy Friday!

"

My Final Nude Salvo (At Least Until I'm 66)

" from

The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful

:

I have often considered it a trifle foolish the way that shallow youth is considered inherently beautiful. There is such a terrible beauty which only age brings, a depth of power that only deepens the sense of mystery that utterly, completely, captivates.

"

Nameless In Afghanistan

" by Zahra M. at

Afghan Women's Writing Project

And there were, uncharacteristically, so few nominations for Five Star Friday this week that I am going to throw in one of my own (which was actually nominated, but I don't usually post my own here):

"

I Sat Down to Write Morning Pages and Juanita Popped Out

" from

Schmutzie.com

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who blogs from elanmorgan.com and works from elan.works, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, and speaks all over. They have been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.