Five Star Friday's Edition #102

Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.
     — Harlan Ellison

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by Arizona, a bathtub, chat roulette, seed bombs, children sitting vigil, a maudlin clinger, becoming a piccolautist, sex addiction, soldiers returning, food poisoning, plagiarism, a tooth, commercialism, May Day, turning 40, a maternity leave ending, feeling like an idiot, failure, mental illness, cancer, and addiction.

Because we can't possibly round up all the good reading the internet has to offer, feel free to leave urls to your own good writing in the comments.

Happy Friday!

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Mi Amiga

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One Plus Two

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Back when she was fleeing that terrible situation she was in, the man who wanted her dead, she grabbed her babies and she ran. She ran so far she ran all the way from Mexico to here. She ran her in the dark and she emerged in the light. She's a citizen now, she pays her taxes and owns a home and has for many years. She is grateful every single day to this country, this country who in her eyes saved her life.

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Coming Clean

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Tori Klassen

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Forever Burned — A Chat Roulette Essay

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thea lux (dot) com

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Seed Bombs With the Kids of the Georgia Street Neighborhood

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Sweet Juniper!

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After the initial excitement wore off, the kids sat down with a book I'd made of many of the photos that I've taken in this city. It was pretty interesting for me, to suddenly see my photographs through their eyes. Occasionally Mark would point to something and tell them where in the city the subject was; when they saw this photo one of them said, "Hey, that's Tippy-Toe Ty! He's always asking for a dollar." When I admitted to giving him a few, the kid replied, "See, now that only encourages him." When Mark saw the first photo inthis post he laughed, "I know that dog. My wife named him. Zeus." The things they knew about my own photos confirmed to me the reason I wanted to give them cameras. I hoped they would help them tell their own stories in a way I never could.

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The Strength of a Child's Love

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Califmom

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I Have Seen the Future, Baby

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cribchronicles.com

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Bones. Teeth. Dinner.

" from

15 Minute Lunch

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"Did you lose one?" I did another quick inventory. I couldn't help myself. One of my worst recurring nightmares is one in which my teeth fall out. Nope. No gaps. Where the hell did this tooth come from? I didn't remember killing a drifter.

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The Piccolautist

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Gently Said

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And the Circle Is Now Complete

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Sun Tzu Says

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Moving On

" from

Dad Gone Mad

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It’s time to celebrate that. It’s time for my ego to take a break from its glory-hounding and chest-pounding. Sure I want to write more books and get this site back to where it once was and so forth. But I spent the last decade on all of that, and now I want that part of me to take a nap. Because when I sit down ten years from today to take stock of my forties, I’d rather be content with who my kids are and what my marriage is than frustrated that I spent another significant chunk of my life trampling people while I chased a spotlight that was never really there.

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'The video at the end of this post...'

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Blogging Like I've Never Blogged Before

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I'm a Method Writer. So, I Wrote This Post From My Bathroom Floor.

" from

Barefoot Foodie

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Things That Can Make You Feel Like an Idiot Almost Instantly

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Hyperbole and a Half

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At some point in your life, you are going to have to hold a baby. When that time comes, you will discover that babies are terrifying and they hate you.

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A Double Serving of Serving Done Right!

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Jurgen Nation

at

MamaPop

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Why There Will Be No Mother's Day Special At Nummies

" from

Nummies Blog

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Twamble: Admitting That You Need Help and Sleep

" from

Tales of an Underachieving Overachiever

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I’m a handful. Period. Very difficult to know or love. This isn’t esteem talking, it’s the truth. And I forget why sometimes. because I like to forget it. Pretend it’s not real. People take it wrong. I hate the stigma. I hate the way people treat me when they find out. I hate that they don’t know what it really means. That it doesn’t mean I’m “crazy”. It only means that my brain works differently. Only means that I have to try harder to get over small hurdles.

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On Early Failures

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Sarcasmically

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Minnesota Mamaleh: Random Acts of Kindness

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Galit

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TC Jewfolk

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First and Last

" from

Leahpeah

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The first time I tried meth was behind a gas station with a one-armed guy named Brett. Brett had a hook on his left arm starting a few inches under the elbow. He delivered ice blocks and used his hook to peg one side of the block, then grabbed the other side with his right hand and loaded the freezer.

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WOHM Is Me

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One N Jen

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Your Superpower Is Love

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Toddler Planet

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