Five Star Friday's 262nd Edition Is Brought to You By Amy Tan

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by obscure vegetables, being a settler in a non-foreign land, staying strong, the reality of failure, waking up, the reality of race and class, really good pancakes, letting go, and

Amy Tan

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photo credit: David Sifry

I have a writer's memory
which makes everything worse than maybe it actually was.
— Amy Tan

Happy Friday!

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Medlars

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Marinka

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Marinka NYC

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…my seat was next to a box of some crap labelled "MEDLARS" with a handwritten sign to "take a handful!" and to "let them BLET!"
Immediately I became greatly alarmed.

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Unsettled: Reflections On Patriotism and Non-White Settler Identity

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Ian Cromwell

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Crommunist

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As much as I want to add my voice to the chorus of people demanding justice for Indigenous people, I am in a very uncomfortable position. I am nowhere on the 'Indigenous/White' axis. I don't exist on that continuum.

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Lady In Red

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Miss Banshee

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MissBanshee.com

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Anything that says triumphantly "I am here, I am me, do not fuck with me, because I got out of bed this morning and I am DOING this thing" is your red lipstick. Wear it proud.

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Not Upworthy

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Neilochka

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Citizen of the Month

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I didn't tell the story because I didn't want it rubbing off on me, to have YOU associate with me with failure. After all, on the internet, all failure must be banished, like lepers to a solitary island of diseased misfits. The Army of Positiveness has won, not through any violent blitzkrieg, but by steady infiltration.

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Awake and Dreaming

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Leah

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A Girl and a Boy

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Life is going places in the dark. Life is saying yes to things you've never said yes to. Life is getting motion sickness. Life is learning when to deviate from the map in your head and trust the road beneath your feet. Life is realizing that where you're going is not exactly where you thought you were going, and where you end up might be somewhere else entirely. Life is putting on a brave face after a long, cold night.

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How Social Justice Failed My Family

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Robert Reece

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Still Furious and Brave

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I chose to be a sociologist so I could help people. But, shit, I can't even help my own family. I chose to postpone my real earning potential for over half a decade, but, as it turns out, they couldn't wait that long.

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Letting Go Smells Like Pancakes

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Vikki Reich

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Up Popped a Fox

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She made perfect pancakes without any help from me.
I hope to remember this so that it will keep me from following my mother’s path. I hope. But, I am also learning to embrace the fact that I am not perfect. I am not always the mother I want to be and must learn to embrace that too.

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Spin

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Tanis Miller

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TanisMiller.com

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I stopped spinning like a mad little top after I tripped on my feet and crashed face first into a rock. The sharp edge of nature stabbed into my hairline by my temple and the sensation of blood oozing combined with the spinning skies caused my stomach to rumble in an altogether unpleasant way.
Spinning was no longer free. It now had a price.

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