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Five Star Friday's 265th Edition Is Brought to You By Morley Callaghan

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This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the possible loss of a bellybutton, dealing with emotional pain, the slowest apocalypse in human history, the legacy of poverty, and

Morley Callaghan

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There is only one trait that marks the writer.
He is always watching.
It's a kind of trick of the mind and he is born with it.
— Morley Callaghan

Happy Friday!

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Umbilicus

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Dawn Quyle Landau

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Tales from the Motherland

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In photos you could see the big button announcing my last few weeks. I would imagine my babies in there, tethered by their umbilical chords, like beautiful aliens in my dark space. I never thought about how I had once been tethered, and that the button was evidence of how I had once been connected to my own mother.

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Two Birds

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Jennifer Bowman

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The Trailhead

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And if you can do that, you won't lose the tightness in your chest altogether. But something else will slide into place next to it, a kind of fullness of experience, as the world winnows down into those crystalline moments of experience. And maybe for a moment you can breathe in and touch that heavy place next to it, just for a moment.

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The Reports of Our Cultural Death Have Always Been Greatly Exaggerated

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âpihtawikosisân

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âpihtawikosisân.com

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The oppression we have faced, and continue to face, does not define us in the way our languages do. Our resilience, and the fact that we have not disappeared all the times it was predicted that our end was just around the corner, is very much rooted in our languages. The ability to transmit our languages to our children has been actively interfered with for generations, and remains greatly threatened. The fact that anyone remains at all to speak our languages is a cause for celebration, and such tenacity in the face of unimaginable adversity warrants admiration. Think about that for a moment.

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The Fingerprints of Poverty

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Wendy N. Wagner

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winniewoohoo.com

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But the thing about getting out of poverty is that it never gets out of you. It stays inside, a heavy hand on your heart that squeezes every time you hear a joke about trailer trash.

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