Five Star Friday's 263rd Edition Is Brought to You By Doris Lessing

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by good cooking, aging and memory, a faulty education system, the shockingly high number of rapists everywhere, freeconomics, and

Doris Lessing

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photo credit: Elke Wetzig (elya)

There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself
that the second best is anything but second best.
— Doris Lessing

Happy Friday!

This first piece is explicitly sexual:

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Engagement Chicken: A Short Story

" by

Sarah Beller

at

The Toast

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We're giving you a little bath, little baby, little sweetie, she said in a sing-song voice. Now we've got to get you nice and dry. The chicken skin felt clammy and tissue-thin. A few little white hairs were sticking out, like on an old woman's cheek. She took another swig from the bottle of wine.

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Memento Mori

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Zan McQuade

at

A Cup of Tea & A Wheat Penny

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We all talked about how strange this feeling was, my aunts and uncle and mother and sister and cousins and I, how it's as if the moment she died, the Mom/Grandma we knew before she got sick with Alzheimer's had suddenly come rushing back into our lives.

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Lessons Learned

" by

Suebob

at

Suebob's Awesome Brain

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I wish that there was a Big Picture being taught. I wish they had said, every day, "Hey, kids, you need to be part of a team called humanity. As a team and as an individual, you have a responsibility to create the world you want. That's what all this learning is for — to make a world worth living in."

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Want to Prevent Sexual Violence? Accept That You Know a Rapist

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Peter Aldhous

at

Medium

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Your circle of acquaintances likely includes men who are every bit as dangerous as the known predators we urge the authorities to keep under lock and key for the rest of their days. This isn't easy to accept, and you may be squirming at my assertion that there are rapists in your social circle. But we won't be able to limit sexual violence if we deny its true nature.

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Press Release: 37signals Valuation Tops $100 Billion After Bold VC Investment

" by

Jason Fried

at 37signals'

Signal vs. Noise

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In order to increase the value of the company, 37signals has decided to stop generating revenues. "When it comes to valuation, making money is a real obstacle. Our profitability has been a real drag on our valuation," said Mr. Fried. "Once you have profits, it's impossible to just make stuff up. That's why we're switching to a 'freeconomics' model. We'll give away everything for free and let the market speculate about how much money we could make if we wanted to make money. That way, the sky's the limit!"

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