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Five Star Friday's 135th Edition Is Brought to You By Albert Schweitzer

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by a mother’s birthday, an appointment, cutting ourselves a break, prayer, divorce, slacker kids, downloading a car, shoes, funerals, a poem, lack of empathy in New York, facial hair, gender performance, the International Day of Acceptance, the lies told to children, cancer, sporty tampons, a nursing home in Japan, motherhood, business speak, and Albert Schweitzer:

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A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
     — Albert Schweitzer

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12.20 Appointment

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Sensible Footwear

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I judge the pen she hands me as tricky to write with and I can't grip it properly. It's too spindly in my fingers which happens to be where my emotions have now congregated.

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Where Were You When Hiroshima Exploded?

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Black Hockey Jesus

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Sunday Best – Do Your Children Pray?

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Good Day, Regular People

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Don’t Get Too Excited

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Finslippy

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The Universe is busy with other things, like birthing galaxies and expanding. It’s not looking askance at anyone for thinking too much of themselves. So why not be exactly as excited or pleased or hopeful as we’re feeling? Just let ourselves be, for once? Cut ourselves a huge goddamn break?

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Cause, Effect

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Irretrievably Broken

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You Might Not Download a Car. But Me?

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Adam P Knave

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Our New Policy

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Wendi Aarons

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See, even though you’re both “well adjusted” and “happy” and “enjoying childhood,” has it ever occurred to you how that load of crap makes us look as parents? Has it? Robert Kennedy Jr.’s wife gets to tell people that their 9-year-old son just read the Odyssey and is now writing his own version. You know what I get to tell people? That you can burp theSponge Bob Square Pants theme song while accompanying yourselves with armpit farts. Isn’t that just terrific? If I were a Tiger Mom, I’d probably push me down and kick me in the crotch until the cops showed up.

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Shoes I Used to Wear (A Post On the Literal Shoes I Used to Wear)

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Petunia Face

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Contrary to the Natural Order

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No Points For Style

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Six Inches Under

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Stories From the Stoop

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In the big moments, it seems like New Yorkers are there. Unflinching, unwavering, unrelenting in the scope of their help . But maybe we should all take note to help in those big moments, that are often disguised as small ones.
This girl, and her seemingly small crisis, would have been so unbelievably grateful.

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More Small Stones

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A Lump In the Throat

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The Big Reveal

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Mr London Street

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The Yellow Bow

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Late Enough

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And sometimes I wear bows. And sometimes I wear baseball caps. And sometimes I cry for my little boy who can’t be everything he wants in this world.
I remind myself to add YET.
Because I believe that it won’t always be this way. Each generation, while perhaps not financially better off, is more open and tolerant than the last.
And in the face of hatred, we learn every year to judge people less by what they wear or who they look like, and more by the person they are trying to be.

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A Letter for the International Day of Acceptance

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Mama Sick

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Solar Systems

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Ordinary Art

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Perspective Shift

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Toddler Planet

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Last Sunday, I told my priest after mass that the cancer had come back, and that I would have to miss RCIA this week. I told him that I was hoping and praying to be accepted into a clinical trial, and I reassured him that I was confident that it would help. He asked me how long I would have to be on treatment, and I clarified that it wasn’t that kind of a treatment — that I would be on it, if it worked, for the rest of my life. He reacted visibly, saying, “For the rest of your life? Really?”
And I almost laughed inside, suddenly realizing why he was shocked. For him, the rest of one’s life is a long, long time. For me — well, let’s say I just wish it were.

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Can I Talk About Feminine Protection Over Here?

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Fluid Pudding

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The Sun Also Rises

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Airwaves Japan

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Sick Bed

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Amy Turn Sharp

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I put my head down on their pillows with them and tell them stories of the past. I tell them some day in the future there will be a little tiny memory of right now. This molecular second. I tell them it will encapsulate sounds and smells and the way I look frozen right now. Smiling with red lipstick and blonde hair that shines like a daydream. There will be sunshine or rain and music in the background bubbling up into their consciousness. They smile and frown and suck on their fingers and look at me.
And it blows my mind.

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Your Language Holds You Back

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The Cynical Girl

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