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Five Star Friday's 142nd Edition Is Brought to You By Seth Godin

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by people, an abusive grandfather, English as a second language, International Women's Day, peonies, anxiety, music, a parking ticket, rape, recovering from depression, being fat, being poor, a charmed life, an awkward moment, grief about grief, bearing witness, coming out about depression, spring, good moms, prenatal depression, an emergency preparedness kit, the closing of childhood, teaching, drive-by critiques, and Seth Godin:

Seth Godin

photo credit:

Mirka23

Great music wasn't created by the first people to grab an electric guitar or a synthesizer. Great snowboarding moves didn't come from the guy who invented the snowboard... No one thinks Gutenberg was a great author, and some of the best books will be written long after books are truly dead.
— excerpt from "Bring Me Stuff That's Dead, Please", Seth Godin

If you've written a superb weblog entry this week, share the url in the comments. This is your chance to show and tell.

Happy Friday!

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Speak English Me

" from

Blogs Are Stupid

:

She asks me many questions that day. What is the name for this? How do I say that? Do you always call it a such and such? Do the adjectives always come before the noun? What about the pronoun?
I like it, this teaching. And she likes the learning. We can laugh at the mistakes, both hers and mine, which makes it feel more like a game or a secret shared than an English lesson. Before, I didn't know she was so friendly. Before, I didn't really try to know.

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I Have a Funeral Dress

" from

Fever

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All This Time I Thought I Was Padding My Resume

" from

The Mombshelter

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Peony

" from

Amy Turn Sharp

:

He knocked at the bright pink flowers with his leather boot.
The leaves fell like rain all around my bare feet.
We both laughed a bourbon laugh.
Gran had told me years ago that people used to put Peony seeds under their children's pillows at night to ward off bad dreams.
When Uncle Ed wasn't looking I grabbed some of the seeds from the flower and I ate them.

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Come Monday

" from

StudioEightOneSix

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Four Strangers

" from

Mr London Street

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Motherhood, Tragedy, and Holding Hope

" from

Listen To Your Mother Show

:

...giving your story a voice gives it power, and gives it as a gift to other people going through something similar. You sharing your story holds hope for those not yet strong enough to do so. Something about hearing someone else speaking your truth gives it validity—confirming yes, this happened to me too.
People of Japan, though despair makes me want to shut down and turn away, I will look at your photos and read your stories.

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A Small-Minded Town

" from

ClizBiz

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Up In the Air

" from

Sarah and the Goon Squad

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November 2009: The Time I Ran Away

" from

Whoopee

:

"If I could take a train away from myself," I told him, "I would. That's what I want to get away from. This isn't me, all this crying. I want to get away from me but I can't, so I did the next best thing and I got away from my effect on other people. Away from making them have to put up with me."

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Big Pillows

" from

Normal Is What You Know

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Robbery and Rape

" from

Chicory-Flavored World

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There Is No Plade For Just Shitting All Over Other People's Work

" by Mike at

Signal vs. Noise

:

Hiding behind your Twitter avatar and telling the world how terrible everything is is pretty easy. It’s even funny sometimes. Putting yourself on the line and making something original is really hard work. Which one do you want to be. Which one deserves our respect and attention?

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Poor People

" from

Flux Capacitor

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Toys

" from

Frog and Toad Are Still Friends

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On Depression & Getting Help

" from

Rob Delaney

:

The sole reason I've written this is so that someone who is depressed or knows someone who is depressed might see it. While great strides have been made in mental health over the years, certain stigmas still exist. I strongly resisted medication at first. But after having been through depression and having had the wonderful good fortune to help a couple of people who’ve been through it, I will say that as hard as it is, IT CAN BE SURVIVED. And after the stabilization process, which can be and often is fucking terrifying, a HAPPY PRODUCTIVE LIFE is possible and statistically likely. Get help. Don't think. Get help.

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Awkward Moments: A Quiz

" from

jamelah.net

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I Once Had a Poster of a Fish Riding a Bicycle

" from

Girl In a Boy House

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Subterranean Homesick Blues

" from

The Flying Chalupa

:

In this brave new world of nuclear realities, I am surprised by nothing and must prepare for everything. Which is why I’ve organized a mental emergency preparedness kit that consists, so far, of nothing but books.

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Journal Excerpt: Even My Breathing Keeps Them at a Distance

" from

Say Another Lexi

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If Your Dinner Guests Don't Behave, Does That Make You an Ineffective Hostess?

" from

MaNNaHaTTaMaMMa

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The Key of Not-A

" from

Alphabet Junkie

:

"No time like the present!" She moves toward the tape deck, stopping the ceedee that is playing. Silence in a music store always garners strange looks from shoppers.
Then there is my voice, then there is Christie hissing, "Holy shit, it's you!" By the end of the first verse I have joined her behind the counter and she has placed her hand on her chest and this, THIS is how I know I've nailed it, I've hit that fucker out of the park: By the second chorus Christie Who Is Made Of Absolute Stone has tears dropping past her lower lids.
Triumph ricochets around my head.

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How to Blog

" from

Edenland

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Fatty Fatty 2x4

" from

Flutter

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