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Five Star Friday's 167th Edition Is Brought to You By Audrey Hepburn

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a lost girl, an honouring of those gone before us, faith, canine pregnancy, technological advancement, an ordinary life, a grown-up toy box, an extraordinary adoption, a massive PR fail, holding on, memories of a sister, writer's block, authenticity, embracing who you are, balancing two vocations, saying goodbye, and Audrey Hepburn:

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Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.
     — Audrey Hepburn

Happy Friday!

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Abide With Me: The Walk to Remember

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sweet | salty

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People who abide with us are friends who can sit with sadness. That's all abiding is, really. To be with someone. Not to reason, or deny, or rush through pain by force or guilt or shame. Not to try and fix, or silence, or lecture. To abide is to just sit, to be present for the unfolding of another person's story.

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The Authenticity of Queens

" from

Citizen of the Month

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Today's PSA: The Drawer

" from

Mamamash

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And Then the PR Guy Called Me a 'Fucking Bitch'. I Can't Even Make This Shit Up.

" from

The Bloggess

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You are amazing. You are relevant. Your work is worth protecting and standing up for. And you will find wonderful PR companies to work with over time.
Even if you are "a fucking bitch."

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Teats

" from

Motherhood In NYC

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Ghost Girl

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Reflections From the Shaman's Hut

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I've Got Nothing

" from

Soopa Doopa

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The greatest novels, by the most prolific writers of all time, were composed not just without a computer but also without ballpoint. I am now in awe of that small muscle control, the artistry of handwriting, the sheer physical effort.
Civilization didn’t need computers and yet we somehow did. There are many possible ways for humans to be, and it is not as if former humans would have been enriched by these things. They made us different creatures, not better ones.

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What You Need Is Nearby

" from

Patsy's Ponderings by Patsy Terrell

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Talker's Block

" from

Seth Godin's Blog

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Letting Go

" from

Last Mom On Earth

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I caught minnows and bluegill. Grandmother barely ever baked anymore. She didn't notice when her biggest mixing bowl went missing. I kept the fish under my bed, three or four at a time. I didn't feed them. I didn't want to. I liked the thought of them with me while I slept. I liked that they had nothing, only me, and I was nothing, too.

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I Life Less Extraordinary

" from

Finding Me In France

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Whose Family Values Are They, Anyway? Happy Adoption Day!

" from

MaNNaHaTTaMaMMa

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On Serving Two Vocations

" from

Jen Lee

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I am still a beginner in this dance of two vocations. Maybe it's like my friends who are from one country but now live in another--both places hold a piece of their hearts, and they are always longing, even while they are always home.

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Huckleberries

" from

Quickening the Dead: Death, Grief & Life Issues

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Go Easy Now

" from

LaurieWrites

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Ten Ways to Become the One You Were Made To Be

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Jen Lemen

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1. End your personal rumspringa. Pick up your dirty laundry off the floor, throw it in your suitcase and go back home. There's a fantastic mess waiting for you there, but there's also love. All the kinds of love you're afraid of, but the kinds that hold you silently and accept you more than you're willing to know.

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