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Five Star Friday's 158th Edition Is Brought to You By Mignon McLaughlin

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by decluttering, hope and faith, online dating, responsibility, divorce, putting the horse before the cart, effeminate masculinity, a future love, and Mignon McLaughlin:

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Don't be yourself - be someone a little nicer.      — Mignon McLaughlin

Brew yourself a cup of coffee, sit back for a bit, and read your way into your weekend.

Happy Friday!

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If Your Website's Full of Assholes, It's Your Fault

" from

Anil Dash

:

How many times have you seen a website say "We're not responsible for the content of our comments."? I know that when you webmasters put that up on your sites, you're trying to address your legal obligation. Well, let me tell you about your moral obligation: Hell yes, you are responsible. You absolutely are. When people are saying ruinously cruel things about each other, and you're the person who made it possible, it's 100% your fault. If you aren't willing to be a grown-up about that, then that's okay, but you're not ready to have a web business. Businesses that run cruise ships have to buy life preservers. Companies that sell alcohol have to keep it away from kids. And people who make communities on the web have to moderate them.

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Tree

" from

Bend Light

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The Art of Before

" by

Scott Ginsberg

at

BlogWorld

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Art of Nothing

" from

Extolling the Steps Walked, The Cups of Coffee Poured

:

I stopped by the post office to send the iPad back. Thankfully they have a self-service machine to simplify this process and to allow me to do this on a Sunday.
I packed my journal and planned to buy a map when I get to my destination. I look forward to the long drive of doing nothing except growing my faith that I will arrive where I need to be safely and ready to love.

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Mano-a-Mano: A Letter to Mark Driscoll

" from

Tyler L. Clark

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It Depends on When He Sees Me for the First Time

" from

Say Another Lexi

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My Cinematic Year, Part 5: Confessions of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

" from

The Trephine

:

Relationships are inconvenient as it is; a relationship with an eccentric individual will be even more so. That’s the price you pay for all of this delicious weirdness. Dating a hilarious, brainy, original woman in hopes of a straightforward, servile relationship is like bringing home a pet tiger in hopes that he will fetch your newspaper for you every morning. Good luck with that.

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Breaking Up and Walking Forward

" from

Deb On the Rocks

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