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Five Star Friday's 214th Edition Is Brought to You By Miriam Toews

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by acting out because of grief, the injustice of hunger, long-lasting love, Eric's gross eating habits, an impromptu funeral, and

Miriam Toews

:

David Vann and Miriam Toews

photo credit:

Robert Burdock

Is it wrong to trust in a beautiful lie if it helps you get through life?
     — Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness

Happy Friday!

"

3/30: My Lady Love

" from

Lesbian Dad

:

She once heard from a psychic that we’d been lovers many times over in past lives. This iteration was different, though. I apparently told her, last time around: this next time I will be different. You will have to find me in a new form.
And so she did. She thought she was looking for the man who would love her well and for the rest of her life, and instead she found me.

"

What It Sounds Like Your Coworker's Eating: A Gchat Log

" by Joanna Borns at

The Hairpin

:

For the record, when Eric eats fruit at his desk, it sounds like his mouth is giving birth to a million worms.
Oh good, we're staying late, so Eric's decided this is a good time to do a load of greasy laundry in his mouth with olive oil as detergent.

"

A Year of Being Blonde

" by

Kim Tracy Prince

at

Girl Body Pride

:

People ask "Do you have more fun?" or "Do you feel dumber?" I myself am guilty of having made stupid jokes in both of those veins. The truth is, it doesn't matter what your hair color is. You can't escape who you really are.

"

Without a # Tag. Somalia.

" from

Life's Little Boxes

:

As I sat down on my comfy hotel bed back in Nairobi (only an hour flight away), realising the cruel irony of having a rain shower in the bathroom was a bit too much too handle. We are all living so close to this disaster. In 2011, with all our technology and knowledge, we're not able to stop people from dying of starvation?

"

Funeral Mass

" from

Joe and Dot

:

Joe: "Where are we going?"
Dot: "To a funeral."
Joe: "What the Hell are we going to a funeral for? They won't even be happy to see us anyways… since they're dead!"

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