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Five Star Friday's Edition #105 Is Brought to You By Edith Wharton

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A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.
— Edith Wharton

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by self-loathing, a skunk, the Gulf, a red dress, face painting, Sassy magazine, privacy online, writing, and photographic meditation.

Please leave urls to your own good writing in the comments, because you are more awesome than you might think you are.

Happy Friday!

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Sneaky Hate Spiral

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Hyperbole and a Half

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Most of the time, I'm pretty even-tempered. Aside from the odd nervous breakdown or caffeine-induced bliss-seizure, I have the emotional variation of sand. However, every once in a great while, I'll lapse into what I like to call a "sneaky hate spiral."

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Shoving One Hand Up the Arse of Genetics

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Whoopee

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Love the Gulf

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Mommy Melee

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The Traveling Red Dress

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The Bloggess

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I want, just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies. I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply "not sensible". Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better. Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you're worth it.

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Working the 1rst Grade Picnic Face Painting Booth

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Mom O Matic

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Are You Tired of Sassy Yet? THE ANSWER IS NO.

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Style Rookie

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Facebook - Why I Choose to Stay (For Now)

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Making Strange

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I've... held onto my Facebook profile because I don't think walking away will necessarily deal with what I think is potentially a much larger issue. My mother, sister and two aunts are on Facebook and I can guarantee you that they probably don't understand the nuances of these privacy issues. If everyone who cares and understands what they are doing leaves the platform, who will challenge Facebook when they make the next update to their policy?
In the real world, if a business does something offensive or illegal, I am more apt to try and do something about it then just shrug and say, "Well, it's their store. If I don't like it I should suck it up or leave." Big companies should be publicly challenged - they are paying a lot of lawyers a lot of money to defend them. They don't need our help.

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Words Are Meaningless

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Stop Motion Verbosity

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Meditation

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Chookooloonks

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