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Five Star Friday's 222nd Edition Is Brought to You By Paul Auster

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by speaking the truth, owning our stories, surprising levels of sexism at a tech conference, how we view and treat mothers, a motherhood superpower, furniture-induced nostalgia, and

Paul Auster

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photo credit:

David Shankbone

Each book is a new book. I've never written it before and I have to teach myself how to write it as I go along. The fact that I’ve written books in the past seems to play no part in it. I always feel like a beginner and I'm continually running into the same difficulties, the same blocks, the same despairs. You make so many mistakes as a writer, cross out so many bad sentences and ideas, discard so many worthless pages, that finally what you learn is how stupid you are. It's a humbling occupation.
     — Paul Auster

Happy Friday!

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The Complexities of Coming Out – The Jodie Foster Edition

" from

Up Popped a Fox

:

"…it will be my writing on the wall — Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely."
And this is what it's all about. In speaking the truth, we claim ownership of our own stories.

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Personal Graffiti (with pie recipe)

" from

Candace Walsh's Blog

at

Goodreads

:

And now I stood looking at the photo. No one would think we were the same person. My hair was long again, my figure was trim, and my kids were tall and lanky, bounding around the store. There was the ghost of motherhood past, staring back at me with bleary eyes. And then I saw something ese. To the right of my face, someone had drawn graffiti on the photo: a big cartoon penis, complete with hairy scrotum, swooping toward my open mouth.

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CES: The Misogyny I Was Expecting, and Some I Wasn't

" from

Mom-101

:

This being my first CES, I had heard a lot about booth babes and misogyny and random unsavory watch-outs for the wimmins in attendance
...
My bigger issue was how we were treated on a few rare but noteworthy occasions.

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Leaves

" from

Ann's Rants

:

Perhaps at this very moment a young couple in a thrift shop counts their bar-tending tips, considering an investment in a split-open and leafless dining table in the mid-century modern section. Maybe that table once belonged to my parents. Quite possibly, the couple will sit on mismatched chairs and rest their feet on it while sharing a 40-ounce beer. Maybe the young couple will even make it whole again—if only for the brief moment of a far-away holiday dinner.

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We Are All Babies

" from

A Girl and a Boy

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Having a baby does all kinds of things to a person. Me, I was endowed with the dubiously-super superpower to see everyone around me as the babies they formerly were. When I looked at that orderly, I saw him as both a grown man and a taut-round infant with a little campfire of hair burning on the top of his head. I see the parking lot security guard with those same deep dimples in his fat baby cheeks. In the car, see my husband as a slit-eyed infant, admittedly cribbing off my memory of the actual baby photos in the hall at his mother’s house.

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