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Five Star Friday's 168th Edition Is Brought to You By Robert McKee

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by being offended, racial disparities in punishment, cat calls, coming out, mothering a difficult child, a gourd, the 99%, comparing Hitler to Hitler, living large and taking charge, a blue baby, female friendships, metastatic breast cancer, fear, Duran Duran, seeing the other side, and Robert McKee:

Mr.Funnybrows

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Ghostboy

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.
     — Robert McKee

Happy Friday!

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Slow Motion: Skylarks, Prison and Social Progress

" from

F*cking In Brooklyn

:

Although I was assigned a cot in a "dorm," I knew I was surrounded by individuals of nefarious intent. I recognized gang tattoos: Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings. The population is 90% black or hispanic, and factions form almost immediately. Being born and bred in New York City, I somehow knew the unstated rules: respect everyone, fear no one. Look everyone in the eye. Know when to look away but never drop your head. I'd never been more terrified in my entire life, but I knew I couldn't let it show. I heard people talking about what they were in for: rape, homicide, assault, armed robbery.
I wondered if I should invent a better story.

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Thanks For the Casserole, Biotch

" from

Honest 2 Betsy

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Gallantry In the Versovic Veerana: A Midnight Frame

" from

Known Turf

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Why I Am the 99%

" from

Count Mockula's Naughty Bits

:

But it doesn't really matter if you WANT to be identified with the 99% or not, because unless you make more than $350,000 a year, you ARE. And how you feel about the Puritan work ethic, college vs. trade school, how hard or how easy you've had it, and what your views are on universal health care all don't matter. Because you have very little power. And THAT'S the point of the 99%.

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For the Small, Failed Things

" from

Crib Chronicles

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The One About Being Offended

" from

Moosh In Indy

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National Coming Out Day: Opening Doors, Come What May

" from

Be Gay About It

:

I live in a factory of doors, opening one after another after another. I open the doors because I need air; those on the other side already have it.
I open the doors because I deserve to breathe.

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Metastatic Breast Cancer

" from

Toddler Planet

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I Am That Mom

" from

Swonderland

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Just Write — The Sixth

" from

The Extraordinary Ordinary

:

After this sister-baby survived, there was an agreement made. An infertile couple would adopt the baby, making payment by giving the mother and her family a restaurant. The restaurant I’ve heard about all these years. The one where my grandparents would one day meet. My Grandma would grow up working there, not knowing her sister.
It was an uneven exchange–a place for a person.

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Country Singer Gets Confused, Compares Hitler to Hitler

" by

Aidan Morgan

at

Insert Eyeroll

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Why My Husband’s Not Talking To Me

" from

Wendi Aarons

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If You'll Be My Bodyguard I Can Be Your Long Lost Pal

" from

Amy Turn Sharp

:

It's like how we don't really start to feel old until we have children- something to gauge life against.
It's wonderful that he does not fear the future. He is open to it and he desires it.
I am in constant state of wondering at what precise moment I lost that feeling.

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Duran Duran (Make Me Smile)

" from

LaurieWrites

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Telling Stories

" from

Suebob's Red Stapler

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