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Five Star Friday's 156th Edition Is Brought to You By Charlotte Brontë

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by a moment of connection, stories, an unfinished novel, honesty about motherhood, the truth about divorce, a father's grief, a crime against literature, Planned Parenthood, honesty, love and nostalgia, a generation gap,

Mommie Dearest

, joy, another part that is nothing like the good part, nuns, and Charlotte Brontë:

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photo courtesy of the University of

Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Conventionality is not morality.      — Charlotte Brontë

Read, enjoy, and tell all your friends.

Happy Friday!

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DEAR SUGAR, The Rumpus Advice Column #78: The Obliterated Place

" by

Sugar

at

The Rumpus

:

Forgiveness bellows from the bottom of the canoe. There are doubts, dangers, unfathomable travesties. There are stories you’ll learn if you’re strong enough to travel there. One of them might cure you.

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Stubbornly Clinging to the Organic Web

" from

Nerd's Eye View

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H Is for Holding Hands

" from

The Squashed Bologna

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Storytelling and 'Doing Good'

" from

Citizen of the Month

:

a person also has the right to criticize. But only the issue, not the story. The story is above the issue. That's what make stories last longer than the issues. Because stories not about "doing good" or being right or following any political or artistic agenda.
They are about life.

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Watch With Glittering Eyes the Whole World Around You

" from

sweet | salty

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Gatsby Without Greatness

" from

Roger Ebert's Journal

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Sorry About Your Generation

" by

Becky Cardwell

at

The Morning News

:

Since my parents drew the line at buying me a ruffled pinafore dress and matching bonnet, I had to make do with a Kiss the Cook apron and my mother’s old rubber swimming cap, complete with yellow dandelions picked from the lawn and Scotch-taped to the crown.

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My Parenting Fear, Part 874,897, subsection IV

" from

Motherhood in NYC

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In Defense of Divorce

" from

Sweetney

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Embarcadero

" from

Sweet Juniper!

:

If you don't understand nostalgia, just return somewhere you fell in love.

Trigger warning — discussion of events following a rape:

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Blog Carnival: My Planned Parenthood Is A Mental Health Hookup

" from

Anytime Yoga

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Ode to Arguments

" from

The Infinity Game

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The Next Time Joy Comes Knocking

" from

Jen Lee

:

No wonder joy terrifies us. No wonder we're always waiting for the other shoe to drop. For the cookies to fall. For the balloon to pop.
Joy demands so much courage to stay in its game.

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If You Cut Me In Two You Could Always Have the Best Part

" from

Amy Turn Sharp

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The Sisters of St. Joseph

" from

American McCarver

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