Five Star Friday's 162nd Edition Is Brought to You By Virginia Woolf

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a business decision based on personal ethics, getting through it, childhood poverty, raising sons, flourless chocolate cake, Jesus, making ourselves come alive, storytelling, an old photograph, taking back blogging, kindness, philosophy, Listen to Your Mother, and Virginia Woolf:

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For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
     — Virginia Woolf

Happy Friday! And good reading!

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Simple Daily Habits to Ignite Your Passion

" from

Zen Habits

:

Everything you do, everything you try, everything that does or doesn't work out, whether you like it or not, it's all an experiment. It's up to you to decide to learn from it. That's the ultimate daily practice.

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I Won't Photograph Ugly People

" from

Jen McKen Photography

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Eva and the Others

" from

Alphabet Junkie

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The Poverty Perspective, Part 1: Growing Up Ghetto

" from

The Trephine

:

Me, I had good parents who invested heavily in me, both financially and otherwise, and I also had good neighbors — the elderly ones who had refused to leave even as the neighborhood degenerated — who kept an eye out for my welfare. With the exception of one rather alarming evening that I spent being held at knifepoint by a paranoid older neighborhood boy who was high out of his mind, I don't know that I was ever in any serious danger.

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What to Do When It Still Hurts

" from

Jen Lee

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Jesus Admits to Being a Steelers Fan

" by

Goon Squad Sarah

at

Insert Eyeroll

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Making up Stories: Perception, Language, and the Web

" by

Randall Snare and Elizabeth McGuane

at

A List Apart

:

Online narrative is about understanding perception. You provide a framework; your readers fill the gaps. If they can create coherence, they'll convert. Our role as storytellers online is the same as it's always been — to provide the building blocks of the story: the what, when, where, and why of coherence, and the spark that ignites our readers' imagination.

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Lessons for My Sons

" from

This Is Alli

at

Babble.com

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The Cycles of Great Kindness

" from

Kindness Girl

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On Being a Wounded Animal Devoured In the Voracious Maw of Fancy Ideas

" from

Black Hockey Jesus

:

If I was anything at all, I was faintly hungry. But not for food. I mean a more wide ranging hunger that animates the world and makes even stones yearn for more. If there is a self that abides, it consists only in this empty hunger that gets us down the road.

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Life Is Cake

" by Christina at

Tired & Stuck

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'Reclaim Blogging': Why I'm Giving Up Twitter and Facebook.

" from

Gaping Void

And, by way of a special mention, I'd like to point out this post over at Listen to Your Mother: "

Open Mic Salon readers, pics, and links from BlogHer '11

". Listen to Your Mother hosted an open mic event at BlogHer '11 in San Diego, and their list of some of the weblog entries that were read there is worth checking out. Enjoy!

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