Five Star Friday's 119th Edition Is Brought to You By Jimi Hendrix

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by an abusive father, a child's story, a beauty pageant applicant, a foster child, harsh judgement, male behaviour, back to school, sisters, Wal-Mart, dwelling, the cult of family, understanding difference, bike riding, bad PR, politics, good advice, and Jimi Hendrix:

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All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.
     — Jimi Hendrix

Also, look. Every week, I ask you people to leave links to your own good writing in the comments, and you rarely do. It's embarrassing, because you should sing your own praises when called upon to do so. That's how we get to read more good writing, and that's how you get to share your good writing. Think of it like elementary school Show & Tell.

Happy Friday!

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Downward Into Me

" from

Pretty All True

:

He is a man in this photo, but there is a boyish vulnerability. I do not remember that vulnerability. I gently run my finger over his face in the photo, as though there might be a way to connect with the fragile emotions I see in my father.
My fingertips feel nothing, but my throat is clenched.
An uncertain boy holding his first-born child. Me.

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Frederick the Mouse

" from

Gail Bowen

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Penis – With Just a Touch of Envy

" from

Are You Serious

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On the Space Between Flowers and the Rain

" from

B. Hockey J.

:

I have sometimes imagined that everything in the world is exactly where it’s supposed to be, all in their places, all the way down to the smallest things that we usually deem insignificant. Like that rock on the sidewalk in front of the grocery store on the corner. And if you kicked it—that rock—if you disrupted its place, it might leave a little rock sized hole of nothing, into which the world would collapse like water swirling down a drain.

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A Lady of Leisure

" from

Premature Nostalgia

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Back to School Fun Friday

" from

Being Peachy

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Dear Walmart: The Final Letter

" from

Reality Faker

:

I know you, as a company, are going to be hit pretty hard by an individual like myself never shopping there again so I thought I'd be the better person here and, rather than take a shit in one of your change rooms, which is kind of what I'd like to do, I'll give you some handy tips which I advise you to heed unless you want more people like myself to never come back. It doesn't really need to be said that I'm a pretty powerful influence on society as a whole. I have thirty two followers you know.

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He's Just Not That Into You

" from

Is There Any Mommy Out There?

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Party of One

" from

My Tornado Alley

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Nothing

" by

Tina Rowley

at

Writing, Writer, Writest

:

It’s the hot water you were born into. You were in it before that, even, steeped in your mama’s body. But you come out and go right into the family pot, and the flavor is simmered right into you, for good or for ill. It smells like your family, it tastes like your family. You can’t get away from it, no matter how far you go, but you won’t really know which part is you and which part isn’t. Is some part of your bones your own? How far down into my body do I have to go to find some purity*? Is all I am apart from my family some faint dot of light, a web of thoughts? Whose brain is this?

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'There's a Girl In My Class and He Walks Different'

" from

Undomestic Diva

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Because Some Things Are Worth More Than a Box of Cereal

" from

The Bloggess

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Nobody Asked You

" from

Cecily Walker

:

I don’t have to justify my life choices or the size of my rear end to you. I don’t owe you an explanation for why, after years of commuting by car and motor scooter, I’ve decided to take my bike to work now and again. I don’t have to apologize for being fat, and I don’t have to listen to you tell me how dangerous it is to ride in heels, or how impractical it is to ride in a skirt.

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Beck, Palin to restore honor to 9/11 by cashing in with $225 "meet and greet"

" by Will Bunch at

Media Matters For America

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Keep This In Mind

" from

Simple. Organized. Life.

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Broken People In Baskets

" from

No Points For Style

:

The internet is not a safe place. There are potholes in the road and muggers in the shadows; terrorists are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to terrorize. This is not a risk-free enterprise, any more than loving David was risk free.
For me, the risk is worth it.

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