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Five Star Friday's 154th Edition Is Brought to You By Nadine Gordimer

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by socio-economic classes, the loss of bookshelves, divorce, illness and its relationship to our sense of identity, weariness and love, a grandmother, a letter to a younger self, a seven-year-old girl on Father's Day, college, joy and spontaneity, women, and Nadine Gordimer:

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Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.
     — Nadine Gordimer

Happy Friday!

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Where the Choices Are Endless

" by

Seth Sawyers

at

The Morning News

:

There were options, delicious and terrifying. There was food, booze, drugs, music, and sex, or at least the smell of it. I came from a quiet place but woke up in a fast place, a place fat with choices. There were ideas and then other ideas underneath. There were linguistics, advanced mathematics, parking passes, free condoms by the bowlful. I thought I might explode.
But I allowed it to happen. I invited it. I vowed to give myself over to this new place. I was wide-eyed, eager, my insides as fresh and clean and soft as Wonder Bread. There was an altar, and there was a supplicant, and the supplicant was me.

"

Rising

" from

The Wink

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Gap

" from

Fever

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Identity Crisis

" from

The Infinity Game

:

Identity is a funny thing during illness. It's a little bit like the white elephant gift exchange on Christmas: There's a lot of swapping; you never know what you’re going to get, and you're usually surprised (and sometimes disheartened) with what ends up in your lap.

"

A Life Without Bookshelves

" by Marcus Greville at

The Booksellers New Zealand Blog

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Truly and Honestly All Right

" from

Jen Lemen

"

Snugglebug

" from

Black Hockey Jesus

:

Climbing in your bed, I whispered Snugglebug, and — without waking — you draped your arm around my neck. I can't believe there's such a thing as you, you with your tiny arms. I can't believe you're seven. I can't believe we live between the sky and the grass in this world so full of gods.

"

Cachet This

" by

askmoxie

at

When the Flames Go Up

"

Real Women

" from

Filling a Much-Needed Void

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Dear Me: What to Tell Your Teenage Self?

" from

Last Mom On Earth

:

You'll know it when you're grown. You'll know that all the sadness and death weren't a part of you, like you thought they were. Like you thought you were born with blackness and rot in your bones. You were fine, all along.
You talked back because you had something worth saying.
You were mad because you were right.

"

Pajama Kid

" from

Seeking Elevation

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