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Five Star Friday's 165th Edition Is Brought to You By Margaret Mead

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the loss of a child, romance in the digital age, getting older, discussions about race in America, the pebble in your shoe, a key, marrying the wrong person, a complicated education, the fourth wave of technological progress, and Margaret Mead:

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A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
     — Margaret Mead

Happy Friday!

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And Everything After (A Photo Reflection)

" from

Team Ewan

:

Anyone who has grieved someone they love can tell you: grief isn't easy. It's some of the hardest work you will ever do. It is intense, unpredictable, and though it does have its stages, they are hardly linear. You can find yourself traveling back and forth and in between denial and anger and bargaining and acceptance and depression any number of times along the way and sometimes, several times in one day.

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Burn

" from

The Run a Muck

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The Poet At the Genius Bar

" from

Citizen of the Month

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I’m Tired of Sharing the Most Racist Things That Have Happened to Me, Are You?

" by

Chauncey DeVega

at

AlterNet

:

It takes courage to share nakedly, with vulnerability, and with honesty. I would suggest that it does not take much courage to listen fairly. Likewise, when black and brown folks share our pain with the white public in a confessional about how racism has caused hurt (as well as substantive material, economic, and physical harm), it often serves as a detour from serious talk about power, institutions, and privilege–and what real justice would look like.

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Skateboard

" from

aagblog.com

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Kindergarten, Take Two

" from

Is There Anymommy Out There?

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Get Immediate Relief: Energy Leaks + Enlightenment

" from

White Hot Truth

:

Every time you make REPEATED contact with aggravating tasks and situations, you make a conscious or unconscious choice to endure (the root of the word endure is 'to suffer',) and to settle with less-than-ideal.

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The Fourth Wave of Technological Progress

" from

David A. Banks

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What Not to Do

" by

askmoxie

at

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