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Five Star Friday's Edition #86

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

   — excerpt from "Little Gidding" by T.S. Eliot


This first Five Star Friday roundup of 2010 (after my holiday break from many things internet last week) is brought to you by a good pediatrician, a sad anniversary, insecurity, a conga line, a nickname, mindfulness, fatherhood, a loved one's depression, a top ten list, Hollywood remakes, the end of a decade, aging, difficult memories, victory defined by motherhood, the Christmas season, finding beauty, untruths about Christmas, the USO, and a creative creche.

And please share your own best weblog entries from the previous year in the comments. Show off the fruits of your 2009 creative labour.

Before running into the excellent list of links that follows, I also want to let you all know about my latest internet baby. Dissatisfied with voter-driven awards contests that mostly served to highlight the loudest but not necessarily the highest quality weblogs Canada to offer, I decided to create a juried awards with public nominations, and the Canadian Weblog Awards were born. You don't have to be a Canadian to nominate one, so check out the 2010 CWAs and nominate your favourite Canucks for the honour!

Happy Friday!

"Santa's Stash" from The S.L.C. Blog

"Worst Day of My Life" from Small Town Mommy

"'Just a Mom'" from Joy Unexpected

"The Charnas Family Puerto Rican Christmas Conga Line Tradition" from Kevin Charnas

"Brother Barf" from SingleSpeed

"3 Stories of Mindfulness: What We Give Our Attention to Is Who We Become" from Gwen Bell

"I Love You More" from Child's Play x2

"Being Held Hostage" from Grumpy Young Lady

"Top Ten Things Every Woman Should Know To Tell If They've Got Their Vagina On Wrong" from Schmutzie.com

"Play It Again, Sam" from XUP

"What a Difference a Decade Makes" from 101 Things in 1001 Days

"In Which I Realize Just How Old I Am" from Party of 3

"Auld Acquaintance" from Single Mom at Work

"Beauty in Small Things" from Family of Shorts

"November 6, 2008: Hospital Fragments" from Breed 'Em and Weep

"Victory" from Momo Fali's

"Five Things People Say About Christmas That Drive Me Nuts" from Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

"USO Sends Female Soldiers Make Up, Cosmo" by Jessica at Feministing

"Strangers at the Manger" from Libby Logic

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.

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