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Five Star Friday's 213th Edition Is Brought to You By Clive James

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by Pre-Natal Massage Spunk Lady, hurricane Sandy, the problem of using mothers as celebrity endorsement, rising up, waves of grief, and

Clive James

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RubyGoes

Among artists without talent Marxism will always be popular, since it enables them to blame society for the fact that nobody wants to hear what they have to say.
     — Clive James

Happy Friday, and happy reading!

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How I Might Have Just Become the Newest Urban Legend

" from

Pamie

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And the masseuse opens the curtain at this point and sees me naked on my knees, giant tits and belly facing him and he's like, "Do you need more time?" And I'm like, "Uh! Um… no, it's just… uh… there's something…" — you guys, I don't know what made me want to be polite in this situation, maybe it was the Enya or the romantic lighting, but mostly I was thinking of all the other people in their tents around me and while part of me is like "NO, I NEED YOU TO COME IN HERE AND DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT I AM COVERED IN JIZZ."

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But the Wind Went and Pulled Me Into Your Hurricane

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Verb Vixen

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In the morning, the water was gone like waking up from a bad dream. Only it left behind debris, in the house, the street, the cars. Things were not where they should have been—trees, trailers, boats. And it smelled like wet socks and dead hamsters and mud. And so began the cleanup — the in and out rhythm of removing the objects of a life and throwing them away. That rhythm defined our lives for the next five days as much as the sunlight did. We had three houses to remove contents from; I welcomed the work as a distraction, a simple achievable task in all the chaos.

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Mompaganda

" by

Carly Stasko

at

PhD In Parenting

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This kind of marketing is referred to as "Astroturf" because of the way it mimics true grassroots movements — legitimate citizen campaigns for clean air, land and water. It's standard practice for PR campaigns to create fake movements and citizen groups whose "members" are paid to attend rallies and speak to the press. Astroturf marketing that uses the mom-brand is particularly insidious because the very products pushed may be harmful to real families.

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I've Started Telling My Daughters I'm Beautiful

" by

Amanda

at

Offbeat Mama

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There are a lot of people like me. Women who know things. Women who have seen things. Women with diseases in their livers. There are a lot of women with scars on their arms and words that carry themselves like sparrows. There are women who were too big for this town, who had their backs bent carrying things like religion and a history that originated somewhere in the crook of a branch that extended over a stream. A place where a patch of the sky was visible through the leaves, where a little girl let her bare leg dangle too far down.

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You Ride the Wave

" from

Hula Seventy

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it knocks the wind out of you while you are driving. when the sun is shining and the radio is on and your mind is in seventeen different places. you grip the wheel and ride the wave.

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