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Five Star Friday's Edition #99

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When a man publishes a book, there are so many stupid things said that he declares he'll never do it again. The praise is almost always worse than the criticism.
     — Sherwood Anderson

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by riffing on horror films, old wounds, bullying, 1970s crafting, money, a child's naïveté, domestic abuse, mommyblogging, living simply, a ghost, postpartum depression, reality, career choices, money, a victim of sexual assault, the loss of a parent, the changing face of social media, female body hair, and a surprising flow of good fortune.

Also, please leave urls to your own good weblog writing in the comments, and let us see what you're up to.

Happy Monday!

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Jimmy Krueger — With Bonus Audio!

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Stop Motion Verbosity

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But you should listen to what I’m telling you. Don’t nap. Don’t do it. I’ll getcha. Now, Estelle, my wife? She doesn’t care. “Oh, Jimmy, whatever, I’m making a meatloaf, like I have time for this? The dreams and the killing? No, go on, whatever,” she says to me, “and if you pass by the Deli get me some lean ham. Lean!” Like I would go in and order all the crappy ham on purpose or something. No, so Estelle, she don’t care.

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The Haunted Chronicles

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Princess Prose

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Just Talkin’ Tuesday: Defining Postpartum Mood Disorders

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Sharing the Journey

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Talking About What We’re Not Supposed To Know

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Hockeymandad

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Miss Britt

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For my entire life, I always thought my parents favored my sister. At times, it has definitely created resentment towards her and although I’ve gotten over it, it was there. Now I understand why I may have had that impression. My sister was the baby who didn’t die. As much as my parents tried to be as fair as possible about everything, the extra little things were always noticed and bottled up by me. At least now I understand why that may have been.

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Let's Craft With The 1970's!

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Frog and Toad Are Still Friends

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My Money Troubles

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CSquaredPlus3

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Thirteen

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elle

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why can’t i remember the details of the way he yelled at me when the candle i’d bought him accidentally caught fire in his bedroom while we were asleep? why can’t i focus on the day he lashed out at me in his mother’s living room when we finally confronted him about the abuse- i can still taste his breath and feel my heart pounding inside of my chest when his nose touched mine and threatened me: “i’ll show you abuse”, he said while grinding his teeth. but why isn’t that the man i remember? why do i remember the boy i sat with on the deserted beach with in the middle of summer when i was sixteen?

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Fuzzy Wuzzy Was Disgusting, or Was She? It's a Hairy Situation When It Comes to Mo'Nique, Amanda Palmer, and Their Shaggy Sisters

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Schmutzie

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MamaPop

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

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Darren Sproat

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Then Life Happens

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Mommybloggers Are the Mary Kay Ladies of the Internet

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The Extraordinary Ordinary

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I'm a mommyblogger, but the recent so-called negative mommyblogging media hasn't bothered me. Sure, that same patronizing tone exists for us, but I can take that with a grain of salt, especially when I realize that it happens to most mothers, sadly, no matter what they do "on the side," or how well they do it. Mommyblogging is just simply misunderstood out of ignorance or a skewed perspective for dramatic effect, and that may always be the case.

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Feel Good Fridays - The 'Good' Napkins

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Etiquette Hell

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Compassion for the Dying

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It's a Beautiful Wreck

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Swanning Alert Level Yellow

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I, Asshole

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Sometimes I get a little closer to where I want to be, and sometimes I stagnate. I wallow around gloriously in the filth of my complete lack of progress, and sometimes I flee from it. New things happen, like I am slightly less petty than I was a few years ago, and this is mitigated by the fact that now my gums bleed sometimes. You should probably assume this is all cryptography, it is probably better that way.

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In Her Shoes

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More Mindless Rambling

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Fifteen Years Later

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kerrianne.org

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RIP Social Media Expert, c. 2010

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DavidBinkowski.com

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I've been telling clients that 2010 is going to be the year of accountability as it relates to social media. This means accountability using real numbers (read as: sales) and not fluff (read as: Twiggler.net says we reached 2,001,450 Twitterers with those 3 re-tweets!!1!). With this accountability would come the fall of the social media expert. Talk can only take you so far before it hits the fan and you're called out. That doesn't mean the "experts" are going away, though, at least not without a fight.

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No Doubt This Was All Orchestrated By a Higher Power

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AmyMusings

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Control Where They Can Find It

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On Bradstreet

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