Five Star Friday's 195th Edition Is Brought to You By Ray Bradbury

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by sympathy for the inauthentic, an intimate miscarriage, work for a sustainable planet, a ridiculous foray into sex education, a barely-there father, one person's reasons to continue blogging, and

Ray Bradbury

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Love is easy, and I love writing. You can't resist love. You get an idea, someone says something, and you're in love.
     — Ray Bradbury

Happy Friday!

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Bloggers In Need of Help. Not For Their Fake Problems But Their Real Ones

" from

Mom-101

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...if you've lost your authenticity en route to "greater" successes, then in my mind, you have nothing of value for me here. You do have my sympathy however; but not for the reasons you'd think.

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Aw, Nuts. Or, How Puppies and Testicles Are Related.

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The Bearded Iris

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"Testicles. They're called testicles, honey. We had them removed when he was a puppy."
"WHAT? Why?" (the horror!)
"Because we didn't want him to make puppies with other dogs."
"THOSE BUTT-HANGERS TURN INTO PUPPIES?!"

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Creatives United for a Sustainable Planet

" from

We Drank Cachaca and Smoked the Green Cheroot

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I was thinking about Elizabeth May in her green warrior stance standing up to the Harpies as they try to push their nightmare Bill C-38 through the house of commons, and it occurred to me that while green is the colour we no longer see in agriburgers' CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) or in the used-to-be boreal forest around Athabasca, green is still and always will be the centre of the rainbow, unless we manage to annihilate rainbows as well.

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In Which You Are Not Forgotten

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Sarah Bessey

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But, in my fear, in my pride, and in my distrust of community, we never told anyone. I called the doctor's office and cancelled the D&C, gently explaining that I could not be the one to say when the pregnancy was over. If it was going to end, it was going to be naturally for me, that felt right. They made it clear to me that I was very foolish.

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One Kind of Father's Day

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Sarah Piazza

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Later you'd tell me that I'd been a humorless child, and that was accurate. What you didn't realize — why didn't you realize this? — is that it was only you with whom I was humorless.

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Seen

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Be Gay About It

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The community here has saved me time and time again, as well. Your presence in this space has reaffirmed for me that I am not alone — that none of us are alone — whether the journey is being gay, adopting kids, dealing with illness, battling injustice, losing a loved one, despising a job, potty training, confronting racism, the list goes on.

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