When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can.
— Samuel Lover
This week's roundup is brought to you by Down Syndrome, gratitude, neglect, gift giving, cancer, fathers and sons, Scrabble, grief, rape, getting someone to switch, pouring love into the things you do, bedtime rituals, the falling of the Berlin Wall, Roald Dahl, people's ability or inability to change, Livejournal drama, love loss, racial stereotyping, memories, charity, inner strength, a feral kitten, The Great Interview Experiment, parenthood as a language, Buddhism, a meme, Canada's Remembrance Day, too much family, depression, and a childhood in East Germany.
Also, I invite you to share links to your own good blog entries in the comments. Seriously. Drop your modesty at the door and give us the good stuff.
Also, I have a little charitable voting thing I would like to prevail upon you to help me out with. It has been brought to my attention that a certain program that benefits inner city youth in my city (Regina, Saskatchewan) needs funding and that it needs votes to get that funding, so if you could pretty please with a cherry on top click on the following link and vote for the Scott Hip Hop Project, those who run and those who benefit from the program would likely be very pleased. Thank you.
Please come back and share good writing with us over the coming week to be featured on the next Five Star Friday. If you have read a really good piece on someone else's weblog, submit it by Thursday at midnight CST to have it featured on Five Star Friday.
And because you are a fan of finding good new writing on the internet: