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Five Star Friday's 120th Edition (On a Monday!) Is Brought to You By Don Marquis

This Five Star Friday is happening on a Monday, but be not confused! It's still Five Star Friday!

Today's roundup is brought to you by lupus, overcoming perfectionism, perception vs reality, cheating, the loss of a father, asking for consent, sunrise, 9/11, hotness, a new school, encouragement, being alone and apart from, public accountability, women's rights, things being broken, and Don Marquis:

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If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves.
     — Don Marquis

Also, please feel free to throw links to your own good writing in the comments.

Happy Friday!

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The Spoon Theory

" from

ButYouDon'tLookSick.com

:

It's hard, the hardest thing I ever had to learn is to slow down, and not do everything. I fight this to this day. I hate feeling left out, having to choose to stay home, or to not get things done that I want to. I wanted her to feel that frustration. I wanted her to understand, that everything everyone else does comes so easy, but for me it is one hundred little jobs in one. I need to think about the weather, my temperature that day, and the whole day's plans before I can attack any one given thing. When other people can simply do things, I have to attack it and make a plan like I am strategizing a war. It is in that lifestyle, the difference between being sick and healthy. It is the beautiful ability to not think and just do. I miss that freedom. I miss never having to count "spoons".

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Mistakes Are Just Opportunities to Learn

" from

This Mama's Dharma

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Monstrous Discrepancies

" from

Subnormality!

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Asking Is Sexy

" from

blue milk

:

That moment when they close the space between you both and ask you to put your cards on the table – is this on or not, can I do this with you – is one of the most heart-flippingly exciting moments in all of existence. Eat those moments up because they are the episodes of your life that you will daydream about when you’re ninety years old.

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My Wife and My Mistress Have a 'Chat'

" from

Nothing Like a Good Dump

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Don't Tell God, But Sunrise Is a Wee Bit Overrated

" from

kdiddy.org

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Our Alamo

" from

Neurotic, Yet Classy

:

Last year, I taught this story to children who did not remember. In doing so, I passed them their own little piece of our pain. Those children, the ones that do not remember, will inherit this shared memory just as we inherited the memory of the Alamo, Pearl Harbor, or The War Between the States. They will carry this story in their hearts without ever completely knowing it.

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Wobbly Table

" from

misszoot.com

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The Manifesto of Encouragement

" from

White Hot Truth

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Hot Stuff

" from

Steam Me Up, Kid

:

And you haven't bought a new bra in so long that you're wearing an old A-cup, and because your boobs are not A-cup anymore, both your nipples and most of your right boob are hanging over the edge of your bra cups, which have accordioned themselves down against the underwire like little crybaby quitters. It's okay though, you decide. Own it, hot stuff.

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Brittle Sifting

" from

Pretty All True

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Cooking By the Book

" from

I, Asshole

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Broken

" from

B. Hockey J.

:

When it broke, so did the car and the computer and the air conditioner and the treadmill. It all stopped working. All the things usually deemed inanimate, inconsequential, fell to pieces in united agreement, reciting Yeats. It can’t hold. It can’t hold. It can’t hold. So it all came apart.

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Being Accountable

" by

Leah K

at

Work It, Mom!

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A Woman's Place

" by

Christopher Holt

at

Life As A Human

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