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Five Star Friday's 138th Edition Is Brought to You By Sholem Asch

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by politics, having a type, Egypt, being black, a writing prompt, marital love, understanding, getting hurt, a writing prompt again, laughter, grief, cinnamon rolls, a restaurant, writing advice, a mother's heart, compassion, and Sholem Asch:

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Writing is a lot easier if you have something to say.
     — Sholem Asch

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Happy Friday!

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The DILF Hunter 5000

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2birds1blog

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Up until that moment, I never really thought I had a “type” (or, I considered my type to be whoever wanted to have sex with me at that given moment, which I don’t think is really having a “type” more as it's having "low self-esteem”), but standing there in Chris’ apartment, clutching my left breast and pointing to the television screen with a shaking finger, I realized that I do have a type—I’m a total DILF Hunter.

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Some Advice for Young Writers: Above All, Do the Work

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Veronica Roth

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Laughter

" from

A Lady In France

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On Being Black

" from

Mocha Momma

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There are only two ways I’ve experienced my race.
Not Black.
Black Enough.
Either way, it seems that I get to be assigned a category that either makes other people feel comfortable or one where they can trot me out and show off as a college educated Negro.

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Egypt 2.0

" from

Generation Y

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Aftermath

" from

No Points For Style

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What My Heart Looks Like

" from

Okay, Fine, Dammit

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I had no idea my heart looks exactly like a pastel stuffed seahorse.

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea

" from

StudioEightOneSix

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Cinnamon Rolls for Michelle

" from

Patent and the Pantry

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It Only Takes a Step to Build Stairs

" from

deardearmaxine.com

:

I want to give you this, this knowledge. I want you to know that if you aren't dead then it didn't kill you and that you only need one step to build stairs. I want me to know this about you, too. I want to let it help me let you go, to lean on this trusted and rusty friend of mine so that — in the nauseating event that you encounter similar physical and psychic destruction — I will be able to be your beacon. I have done so much with the ugly and messy pain I've met. The hardest task by far, though, is trusting the world with you.

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How to {make} Love

" from

A Holy Experience

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My Favourite Restaurant

" from

Mr London Street

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Some More Sunday Morning Worship…

" from

Kevin Charnas

:

We’re capable of great things, you and I and us. Of great love… And we don’t even have to speak in order to convey that… Actually, it’s probably better we keep our voice to a minimum and listen tenfold.

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I Don't Understand People...

" by The Brain at

Stubblejumpers Café

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Writing Challenge from IndieInk, Week One: The One That Got Away

" from

Mighty Hunter In the 21st Century

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I Want You to Know This

" from

Breed 'Em and Weep

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Let us be as compassionate to ourselves as we are to others. Let us be compassionate to our disease. Let us feed it scraps, while we create a life of feasts. Let it know its place, but be kind. The enemy you do battle with is your own mind. This requires different tactics. It will never be easy, but it may become easier.
Give yourself the chance to get to that day.

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