Five Star Friday's 128th Edition Is Brought to You By Iris Murdoch

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by a waitress, divorce, mortality, being jacked in, old loves, an accident, an eating disorder, a rescued dog, PPD, science and religion, baring it all, meltdowns, breast cancer, flying, alcoholism, a mother, marriage, advertising, and Iris Murdoch:

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A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
     — Iris Murdoch

Feel free to put links to your own good writing in the comments, and happy American Thanksgiving!

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Karma: The Good Kind

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Minnesota Matron

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Earlier today, the Matron's beloved, John, took the wild, high energy puppy for a romp through the dog park. Boc rounded a random corner and John heard a wild and joyful voice call: "Freddie!!"
John turned the corner himself to find Boc beside himself with joy, on his hind legs licking a stranger's face.

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Goose

" from

Birdykins: Fly. Crash. Repeat.

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Studying Iris

" from

Gayleen Froese

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Connected

" from

Bend Light

:

Jacking in is very different than showing up. Even the act of being in each other's presence is a kind of very personal intimacy. I often trade it for the dead tv-colored light that glows through your features, life less and beautiful and really perfect, on my 15" screen.

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Shiva and Shakti

" from

Reflections from the Shaman’s Hut

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And Suddenly, Here Is the Light

" from

Postpartum Progress

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Doppelganger Me: Why Science Takes Religion to School

" from

sweet | salty

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It must be hard to be religious these days. To be constantly mocked by godless drifters. And to have to say, with every car crash and cancer, Dammit, God! What the hell?

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Because I'm Going Out of Town, A Post That Will Take You All Week to Read

" from

Make It Stop!

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Sickhouse Waltz

" from

Tales From Beyond the End of the World

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I Don't Want To Get Married But You Go Ahead

" from

HOLLYWOOD: Where HOT Comes to Die

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The real story is that I've had trouble with men from the moment I started dating. My first boyfriend got hit by a truck. My second boyfriend had a heart attack. My third boyfriend called me up one day and said, “You know what, I think you’re a jinx." And I said, “How do you figure?” But then the phone went dead because you’re only allowed ten minute calls from prison.

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The Ones Who Got Away (or the might have beens)

" from

The Other Side of Sixty

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Pandora’s Box

" from

cribchronicles.com

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Dear Mom

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Derrick

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...I’m plunging my greens and I started to laugh because I can still hear you spouting off about the kinds of collards you like: small, tender leaves. “We’re trying to feed our family, not fan Cleopatra.” is what you'd say with a smirk and an an eyeroll and to this day, I go out of my way to find the smallest fronds in the bunches at the market.
I miss you so, so terribly much, mama.

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And There She Was... Waiting for Me

" from

The Jason Show

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What Does Alcoholism Look Like? Sometimes It Looks Like Me, Even If You Don’t Think That It Does.

" from

Schmutzie.com

(I realize that this is a link to my own weblog, but I will include links to my own writing if a piece is freely submitted multiple times.)

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Why Big Advertisers Avoid Your Blog … (The Ugly Truth)

" by Scott Fox at

BlogWorld Expo Blog

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Are you praying for big name advertisers to show up to make money on your new blog? It’s not going to happen.

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Going to the Airport: The Amazing Race

" from

The Didactic Pirate

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When Parents Are the Ones Having the Meltdown

" from

blue milk

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Binge Purge

" from

Slouching Past 40

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Greedily, with the saucer eyes of an eight-year-old, I scan the contents of the refrigerator. And remember my mother eating and eating and eating but never gaining a pound.
It's tough to ignore, that lesson, even if she never intended it to be one.

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