Five Star Friday's 133rd Edition Is Brought to You By Rainer Maria Rilke

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by an old man, Snooki, parenting lessons, love, an apocalyptic revelation, checklists, a poem, New Years in the hospital, freedom from forgiveness, writing, and Rainer Maria Rilke:

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Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.
     — Rainer Maria Rilke

Feeling brave? Leave links to your own good writing in the comments.

Happy Friday!

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Snooki Makes Me Want to Off Myself: My Rant About Simon & Schuster Dipping Into the Celebrity Cesspool

" from

Jane Devin

:

A 23 year old with big hair, a spray-on tan, and no discernible history of ever having to actually work for the riches she's received will be signing books while I’m rifling my car for change to buy my next cup of coffee. If dreams could be stolen, Simon & Schuster would be guiltier than Snooki could ever be. They've shamelessly contributed another piece of shit to the cultural cesspool that places even the most perverse kind of fame over talent and experience.

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My Only Regret

" from

Earthgirl

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Checklists

" from

Lotsa Laundry

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Red Light

" from

Diane's Addled Ramblings

:

Ryan told me the other day that this was her best Christmas ever… that she'd gotten absolutely everything she'd wanted. It made me feel good. Then she said, "I'm so glad that old man met you on Christmas Eve. He needed you." That made me feel even better.
And you know what? He might have needed me, it's true. But I think maybe I needed him even more.

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2011

" from

A Bean's Life

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In the Grip of a Gypsy

" from

Blackvelvetsea

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I Would Love to Curl Up With You On the Right Side of the Bed That Lives In Taliesin West Over There In Arizona

" from

Doobleh-vay

:

I tried to tell someone today how I feel crazy a lot of the time. She just told me not to worry about it. That I was a little crazy but how the crazy ones are the best. Like the sweetest oranges and the slowest kisses. I remembered this post I wrote about a year back and suddenly I felt fine. On 1/11/11 I felt fine. I shake my tiny fist at you 2011. I lift my shirt up at you and flash you. I laugh with my mouth so wide open that you can see my white childhood cavities. I make you want to be with me 2011.

I only include my own posts here if there are several nominations, and there were, so here it is:

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An Apocalyptic Spiritual Revelation On New Year's Day Morning Leads To Breakfast At 6:00 p.m.

" from

Schmutzie.com

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Parenting Lessons Learned In 2010

" by Asha Dornfest at

Parent Hacks

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Over All We've Left Undone

" from

LaurieWrites

:

When I finally realized I had no interest in forgiving you it freed me up to consider why I should.
I haven't been able to do it for a long time, it turns out, even though now I have to really work to see your face in my mind. I think that everything was just too much when it hit and kept hitting, the list of grievances too long, the memories too persistent and sad. I'm also as oddly ambivalent about forgiveness as I am any apology that is less than spontaneous and independently given, which may or may not be a result of being raised to believe I needed to talk to God about it, channeling my redemption through another human being who would close the screen and send me to an altar, assign me a certain number of prayers and call it even.

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