Five Star Friday's 226th Edition Is Brought to You By Francis Ellen Watkins Harper

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by educating the young about gay rights, realizing that problems are often much simpler than they seem, missing someone, the experience of time with a newborn, defining one's vocation, and

Francis Ellen Watkins Harper

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There is material among us for the broadest comedies and the deepest tragedies, but, besides money and leisure, it needs patience, perseverance, courage, and the hand of an artist to weave it into the literature of the country.
     — Francis Ellen Watkins Harper

Happy Friday!

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It Starts At Home

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The Martha Project

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It starts at home. It starts with you.

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Boots

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Finslippy

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It occurred to me later on, Small Boots is every imaginary problem I torture myself with. Every dilemma I'm sure is insoluble, but could be fixed, if I dedicate some energy to focusing on solutions instead of the problem. And really, we have no big problems. We need a few feet more space, a few hours in the week.

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Dear

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Breed 'Em and Weep

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Dear, I am doing my darndest to explain the big hole in my chest where my heart used to be. This does not go over well, in general. I may stop trying to explain, because all it does is worry others. But I like to think you would understand. I'm trying to grow it back, but a heart doesn't grow as fast as hair or fingernails. Even plucked eyebrows grow back at a faster rate, and that's really saying something.

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Turning Again

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Journey Mama

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Time is funny, and all of life is some kind of cycle. The biggest, most langorous of course is the life cycle, the one that Isaac is just now embarking on. A slow, slow turning. We barely feel the spin, it's as ponderous as the earth on its axis.

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Writer (blogger)

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Sarah Gilbert

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Stealing Time Magazine

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Today I also stood in my kindergartener's classroom as his teacher, who is also a mother, told me about reading my essay in the latest magazine and about reading Cheryl Strayed's book Wild, and she started crying when she said, "we all need to read stories because it's so hard and they make us feel not alone," and I said "yes!" and we stood there crying and talking about her teenage daughters for the next half-hour while my boys played with construction toys and we were very, very much not alone.

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