Five Star Friday's 173rd Edition Is Brought to You By Edwin Arlington Robinson

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by breast cancer, Occupy LA, plenty and gratitude, joy, the acid of wealth and fame, learning to live unblurred, unreported child abuse, a child's wisdom, questioning anti-bullying campaigns, the positive impact of saying no, and Edwin Arlington Robinson:

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The world is not a prison house but a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell God with the wrong blocks.
     — Edwin Arlington Robinson

Happy Friday!

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The Diagnosis

" by

Xeni Jardin

at

Boing Boing

:

The gravity in this place is different. I've spoken to others who've traveled out here, too, and returned home safely. When you become one of them, you learn quickly that you share a language others can't understand.
The trick, these fellow travelers tell me, is to accept the not knowing and find your equilibrium in that new gravity. Calm the mind. Find your balance out on the cold planet, whether or not you know the next step, or the date of the next appointment, or what good or bad news the Technetium-99 isotopes floating around in your blood during the last scan reveal.
You must be at peace with not knowing, they tell me. That is how you get through outer space, and find your way back home.

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Kick My Ass, Please!

" from

Kikki Planet

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Terrania, Wealth, and Health. An Essay.

" from

Meklarian

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The Charisma of Fame: Lending Credibility to the Incredible

" from

Jane Devin

:

I believe the glory days of writers as true cultural reflections and influences are gone. We are living In an era of well-franchised teen vampires and sorcerers, political jesters, snake oil self-help books and miraculous weight loss solutions. In literature, we are in the Age of Escapism. Socially, we are in an era that’s so devoid of real value, real beauty, real talent, real truth, real compassion — real anything — that on those rare occasions it comes along, we’re shocked. (The Susan Boyle effect.) Sometimes we’re even disgusted. (Who does that Michael Moore fellow think he is anyway?)

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My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan (UPDATE: 12/9/11)

" from

My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan

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Joy! A state of it, if you will indulge me… #reverb11

" from

atasteofjoy

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Lines

" from

Motherhood In NYC

:

You will avoid lines, because although you have no memory of being hungry, that is what the lines represent to you. Hunger and need and desperation and time being less valuable than food.

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She Is Older Than I Know

" from

Lesbian Dad

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Drops from the Day

" from

Swonderland

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'Anger is a wound gone mad.'

" from

Spin Me I Pulsate

:

I can’t listen about the man who just got 5 years for 4.5 MILLION images of child pornography without wondering if I’m one of those pictures. I will never know. I will never know if the man who took the pictures while the other man directed the action ever felt bad when he walked past me in the street. I wonder if he ever thinks about what he did, about the full impact of what he did.
On bad nights I wonder if he kept them and enjoys them still.

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Making It Big As a Small Blog: Exercising Your "No" Muscle

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