Five Star Friday's 149th Edition Is Brought to You By Charles Morgan

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by making the world a little less ugly, wedding customs, emotional healing, a traffic accident, becoming a mother, a daughter's love for a difficult parent, the critical dissection of a song,

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a trip down memory lane, fighting back against street harrassment, writing, a defense of alcoholism, and Charles Morgan:

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change, for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.
     — Charles Morgan

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Happy Friday!

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Every Little Thing

" from

Edenland

:

Her beautiful, gorgeous husband Alex was a talented artist. We got some of his art printed up onto three canvasses.
Then we waltzed inside the cancer ward at the hospital and put them up. Just like that. Vee had bought these sticky things and I did the dirty work with my man hands. No permission. We left a piece of the world goddamn less ugly than we had found it, and I am fiercely proud of us for that.

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When I Became a Mother

" from

She Likes Purple

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Intersection

" from

TwoBusy

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Dear Mom

" from

Slouching Past 40

:

Once you told me that you counted it as a virtue that you never hit me or Daniel, that so often it was your first instinct to hit, as you had been hit yourself, and that is what you knew, all you knew. I blanched. Could it really be counted as a virtue, that you never struck us?
Now I see. It can, and I'm grateful for it.

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Cycles of Commitment: Relationships For Grown-Ups

" by

Amy Palko

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Roots of She

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In Da iPod

" from

Mimi Smartypants

Trigger warning — discussion of sexual violence:

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We've Got Your Back

" by Emily May at

Hollaback!

:

that is what it feels like to be part of Hollaback: we are an incredible team. Independently, we are like bees. Weak, small, and always buzzing that street harassment is not OK. Collectively though, we’re working together seamlessly to make the impossible possible. To bring awareness to an issue that has been ignored for too long, and to lead this movement in our own communities.
I feel honored to be buzzing alongside the most badass bees on earth, and knowing that no matter what comes our way, we will always have each other’s backs.

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Labouring

" from

Writing Out Loud

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Youston

" from

The Holmes

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Minutes and Reflection

" from

Honea Express

:

You know everything about me. You know the highlights and skimmed the details. I saw you at a bar and we nodded with a smile. We couldn’t remember our names.
I read your obituary and regretted it all. You’ll visit this summer and we’ll go to the beach. Please, tell your sister that I said hello.

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Writer's Block...

" from

Karl Fogsen

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It Bears Repeating

" from

Schmutzie.com

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