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Five Star Friday's 261st Edition Is Brought to You By Thomas King

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a search for one's family identity, childhood cancer, wanting to protect one's child, a primer for privileged men, nationhood that radiates both outwards and inwards, what matters, and

Thomas King

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photo credit: The Mighty Quill

The truth about stories is that's all we are.
— Thomas King

Happy Friday!

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Coming Face to Face With History

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Kitty Hannah

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Medium

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Can you help me find out more about my family? I know that's a long shot but perhaps you — or your relatives — used to write to Eleonora/Régine, probably in Polish, or maybe Yiddish, or German. Thank you.

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If There Was a God, She Has a British Accent

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Kat Adopted

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This Life, Redacted

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One minute, you are watching your kid on the soccer field, trying to negotiate what was for dinner and the next you are threatening a CVS employee for drugs you know you can’t pay for.

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Dancing Alone

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Story Girl

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Sometimes It's Hard

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My daughter is brave. She is kind. She is vulnerable and open and confident. She loves everyone she meets. All she wants to do is dance, play, laugh.
I'm so afraid the world is going to break her. I don't want her to turn into me.

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Feminism 101: Helpful Hints for Dudes, Part 1

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Melissa McEwan

at

Shakesville

:

This… is a very rudimentary, but also very straightforward, primer for dudes who want to communicate more effectively with female partners, friends, relatives, and colleagues during good faith conversations about feminist issues

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I Am Not a Nation-State

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Leanne Simpson

at

Indigenous Nationhood Movement

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I was at a conference a year ago in Ottawa at the Odawa Friendship Centre called First Women! First Voices! and I was speaking after Lee Maracle. When Lee walks into the room she is grounded, she is strong and she walks into the room and takes her space. She teaches us by the way she address us that she is sovereign. She's not looking for anyone to recognize that sovereignty. She's not asking permission to be sovereign. She doesn't spend any time negotiating, dialoguing or begging. She just acts sovereign.
What I continually learn from that generation of women is to come in from a place of strength. Take your space.

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What We Remember At The End

" by Pegoleg at

Peg-o-Leg's Ramblings

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What will we treasure at the end, when most of what seemed important in this life is revealed to be extraneous?

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