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Five Star Friday's 188th Edition Is Brought to You By Margaret Thatcher

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the fight to get to where you want to be, soul-deep music, the need for fair representation of women in media, marriage to a severe alcoholic, the church of the wounded bird, the emotional fallout of fertility issues, a call to action, a continuing faith in humanity despite injustice, the beautiful aftermath of the birth of a child, the gift inside a great nap, and Margaret Thatcher:

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Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
     — Margaret Thatcher

I have been very wrapped up in preparation for my TEDxRegina talk, and so I missed the last two weeks of Five Star Fridays. The talk finally happened yesterday, though, so I'm here to remedy that lack of Five Star Fridays with two editions this week! There will be this one today and

another

one tomorrow, so you might as well give up on productivity right now, brew some tea or coffee or whathaveyou, and settle in for a lot of good reading.

Happy Thursday!

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In Which I Look Up

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The Trephine

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Choosing happiness instead of those other things can be startlingly difficult and visceral work. Sometimes, I will suffer in the name of happiness. Sometimes, as counterintuitive as it might initially seem, that suffering is not only appropriate, but the only way.

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If I Could

" from

Blurbomat

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If I was really pure, untainted by commercialism and I wanted hipster cred, I'd say I busted out a weird Bob Dylan b-side, a gravelly Tom Waits bag of rocks or an earnest Neil Young song. But we are not in that place. We are very far from there in a darker, less clear place. If I chose a more indie-accepted musician and talked about a song we could all remember, the journey would not be worth taking. This is a place where you and I will likely diverge. It's going to be fine.

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Women in the Media: You Can't Be What You Can't See

" from

PhD in Parenting

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I want our daughters to look out into society and see that they can be anything they want to be. I want them to see women in roles that include President, teacher, mother, lawyer, scientist, construction worker, astronaut, activist, engineer, doctor, farmer and more. I want them to see women expressing opinions, calling the shots, giving expert advice, and standing up for what they believe in. I want them to see women doing all of those things, without people commenting first and foremost on their bodies, their clothing, and their make-up. I want our daughters to believe that they can be anything they want to be, not just because we've told them that, but because they see that mirrored back to them in society.

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Day Thirty-Six

" from

Whiskey In My Sippy Cup

:

I walked out of our hotel the same day I married him, because he had been so drunk for so long that day that his best friend and I had to hold him up on the way back to the room. He chased me down, screaming at me that if anyone was leaving, it was going to be him. I came back five minutes later.

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A Poem A Day For A Year #120

" from

Amy Turn Sharp

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my title is minister of the church of the wounded bird
it's funny though
because I am more messed up than any of the flock
I am just good at altar calls
at charisma hip shake
at wild eye wonder
at using all of the words that make you want to come with me
make you want to belong

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Grateful for the Swale

" from

Going SoFlo

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I could feel the power of this screen, the draw of this bad omen, and I vowed not to stare at it for too long because it started to haunt me. It punctured a part of me I didn't realize was there. It was the swale filling up with water after three days of rain: I didn't notice it until it rained enough to be right there at the surface.

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Be Alive

" from

Bright and Precious

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Be a rebel. Even in the small things. Open a packet of crackers at the end that says 'Open Other End'. Drink espressos after midnight. Eat chocolate cake for breakfast. Summon your inner-Kevin Bacon and dance where you're not supposed to. Wear kick-arse boots at least once in your life. Question everything. Question The System. The System does not always have your best interests at heart. Don’t even think about living close to the edge, live ON it. Where it's sharp.

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Birthing Warrioress

" from

Pohlkotte Press

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In many ways, not only have we found each other, but she has lead me back to myself.
She has been brought into my life to stretch my boundaries. To remind me of all I do not know.
She holds tight to me in ways I've never desired from another human. Seeking my core self.
She lights a fire within me to not just dwell on this earth, but to gather it to me.
To trample down a path so she can run far past me.

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What to Do If Someone Breaks Into Your Car

" from

Native Born

:

1.2 billion dollars in items were stolen from cars this year. According to my research, though, for every one person that steals something from someone's car, there's at least eight people who are there trying to make it right.
That's a statistic I can definitely live with.

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Microfiche

" from

Grumbles & Grunts

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I closed my eyes and once he thought I'd fallen asleep he deliberately traced his fingers over the shape of my knuckles, one by one, something I always used to do to Jon too, when our hands were first introduced to the other's company. Our hands are getting to know each other in the nicest ways these days. I squeezed my eyes shut and hoped he wouldn't forget.

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