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Five Star Friday's 166th Edition Is Brought to You By John Steinbeck

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a son on the autistic spectrum, a fever, uncertainty, travelling for work, the lake, writing in public, the recession, living like

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you're already dead, criticism, your inner critic, a Caesarean birth of twins, teasing, and John Steinbeck:

The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness. In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. And sometimes if he is very fortunate, and if the time is right, a little of what he is trying to do trickles through - not ever much. And if he is a writer wise enough to know it can't be done, then he is not a writer at all. A good writer always works at the impossible.
     — John Steinbeck

Happy Friday!

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The Forever Recession

" from

Seth Godin's Blog

:

Job creation is a false idol. The future is about gigs and assets and art and an ever-shifting series of partnerships and projects. It will change the fabric of our society along the way. No one is demanding that we like the change, but the sooner we see it and set out to become an irreplaceable linchpin, the faster the pain will fade, as we get down to the work that needs to be (and now can be) done.

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Writing In Restaurants

" from

Robert Bruce

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The Last Story I Will Ever Read My Daughter

" from

Black Hockey Jesus

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Beauty Abounds

" from

Anastasia the Conqueror

:

I think of how, when we were so young, we swore we would never grow apart, no matter where life took us, no matter how old we got. When 30 seems an inconceivable age, it's hard to put life into perspective. And so we have drifted, in exactly the ways that our teenage hearts told us we would never. We no longer spend each and every weekend sleeping over at each other's houses. We don't read to one another from our journals anymore. We don't spend summers travelling, hitchhiking, going to music festivals anymore. Because life is what it is, and nothing stays the same forever, thank g-d.

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SNSS: A Tale of Two Brothers

" by

Laura Shumaker

at

The Squashed Bologna

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5 Ways To Turn Fear Into Fuel

" by

Jonathan Fields

at

zenhabits

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A Journey In Fever

" from

Nerd's Eye View

:

My eyes hurt, there is no where for them to rest, not on a flattened cardboard box held down with just a few pairs of beige shoes, one pair arranged as though they are to walk off on their own, not on the water which is punctuated with ships, not on the ferry itself, where two teenaged boys carry crates of tomatoes on their heads. At the front of the deck, I squat on my day pack and stare, eye to eye, with a little boy who stares right back and does not blink or smile.

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Welcome to the Company

" from

Ftrain

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

" by

Mr. Lady

at

Babble Voices

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Banishing Your Inner Critic

" by

Denise Jacobs

at

A List Apart

:

The resourceful and clever troll employs many tools to complete its task, ranging from the subtle (distractions and boredom), to the complexities of perfectionism, to diminished confidence and a paralyzing fear of failure. When the troll is in its élan (which is far more often than we'd like), its efforts decrease your ideation and productivity, dampening your awesomeness.

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

" from

Roger Ebert's Journal

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(Don't) Tease Me

" from

Jen Lemen

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