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Five Star Friday's 183rd Edition Is Brought to You By Carl Jung

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by letting go, old grief, Down's Syndrome, International Women's Day, a slut, Trayvon Martin, woman-love, prejudice, foot stools, another slut, professional class, a child, and Carl Jung:

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What is it, then that inexorably tips the scales in favor of the extraordinary? It is what is commonly called vocation: an irrational factor that destines a person to emancipate him/herself from the herd and its well-worn paths.
     — Carl Jung

So, this is the first Five Star Friday in over a month. This hiatus was brought to you by long workdays, no weekends, insomnia, and a desperate need for downtime. I couldn't keep the hiatus up forever, though, because how can I deny a celebration of good blogging? I simply can't. You people do good work, and I couldn't go one more week without sharing it.

So enjoy the good reading, and happy Friday! (even if you're reading this on a Thursday night)

"

One Life

" from

Princess Nebraska

:

This is not meant to be a judgment or a contest, or a ranking of the correctness of the decisions of others. To each their own would be embroidered on a sampler and hung on my living room wall, if I knew how to, you know, embroider. It's just me saying that nope, Annie's not a burden. I am glad she is here. And I am absolutely certain she is glad to be here as well.

"

On Children

" from

Stella Joy

"

You've Got to Be Carefully Taught

" by

Jackie Summers

at

The Good Men Project

"

At Seventeen

" from

Lesbian Dad

:

I won't say that time heals all wounds, or that it even heals some. I will say that it tends to transform wound into scar tissue. Sometimes that tissue softens, sometimes it hardens. My family of origin was ultimately sundered by this cancer, or rather the calcifying scar tissue in its wake (an iceberg between the shoulder blades, as poet Mary Oliver put another moment). Others may see it differently. I'm trying to see it from the vantage point of a satellite orbiting the earth, which is about as close as I can get on this one. Also, that's where I see him. The wee, faint light, gliding gracefully, nightly, watching us from just underneath the static stars.

"

Lit Up Like a Parade

" by

A L Mueller

at

NOLAFemmes

"

Top 10 Things I Want My Daughter — And All Young People — To Know On International Women's Day

" from

Chookooloonks

"

On (Finally) Accepting Feminism

" from

Girl's Gone Child

:

Because contrary to years of personal belief, feminism isn't about man-hate but woman-love. It isn't about demanding a front row seat but a fair and just place in line. Because when we stand up to those who push us down, we stand up for so much more than ourselves. I know that now.

"

Slut

" from

The Modernity Ward

"

Foot Stools

" from

Pacing the Panic Room

"

Slutty Role Model

" by

Kelly Wickham

at

Babble Voices

:

People may have their opinions about the choices I made to get where I am, but I would ask that they remember that I didn't get to this place alone. There were boys and men who abandoned that "choice" and left me to clean it up afterward. No matter how I got myself into these situations, I was left to find a way out alone. I finished college and grad school. I have never been addicted to drugs. I am not on my fourth spouse. And I'll bet you any amount of money that my position as a role model is far superior to that of Rush. In my house, where I am raising my own children and other people's children, I use my words carefully and thoughtfully. We may not look like your typical family, but that's not a goal we were reaching for anyway.

"

Anatomy of an Unsafe Abortion

" from

Dr. Jen Gunter

"

How To Be Classy When It Doesn't Work Out The Way You Expected. The Grace of Loss.

" from

Danielle LaPorte

"

Doce

" from

Whiskey In My Sippy Cup

:

I am never going to be able to answer the how, and I probably will never answer the why, but you — simply by existing — have undone more damage than you will ever fathom could be done to another person. You sitting across a table from me, flaring your Angry Nostrils just to make me laugh, has covered multitudes and multitudes of other people's sins. The hardest thing I ever had to let go of was my faith, and your being gave it back to me thousand-fold.

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