Five Star Friday's 225th Edition Is Brought to You By Clarissa Pinkola Estés

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by self-acceptance, the reality of parenting a special needs child, uncertainty, dads as whole people, a step-father's hard decisions, the relationship between privacy and authenticity, metastatic cancer, weight prejudice, and

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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Sometimes the one who is running from the Life/Death/Life nature insists on thinking of love as a boon only. Yet love in its fullest form is a series of deaths and rebirths. We let go of one phase, one aspect of love, and enter another. Passion dies and is brought back. Pain is chased away and surfaces another time. To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.
     — Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves

Happy Friday!

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Mushroom Bacon Breakfast Pizza

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Cheeky Kitchen

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Having once been the sort of person that thought I had all the answers, I asked him the question I ask myself, "do you like it? Does walking the tightrope of the unknown excite you in some way?"
To which my telephone companion replied, "Oh, not in the moment. But afterwards? Afterwards I'm so glad."

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So You're Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed...

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My Friend Teresa Photography

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So here is the harsh truth y'all. Listen good. Our vanity is no longer enough of a reason to avoid the camera. Life doesn't wait until you "get thin" enough to capture it. Life is happening... it is happening right now and the only moment we are guaranteed is the one we are living.

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You've Come A Long Way, Dads. But Has Advertising Noticed?

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Mom-101

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The notion of committed, engaged fatherhood is here to stay, and I was so privileged to have a front seat to witness so much of it this week. It might not be everywhere just yet, but in enough places that I think the ad industry should take note.

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The Thing About Moms of Special Kids...

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Herding Cats

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We’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t. We can’t complain, then we’re ungrateful. We can’t question authorities, because then we’re being uppity. We can’t show that we’re stressed because we might then be a bad parent. We can’t ask for more help because then we’re being unreasonably demanding.
We can’t win.

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Cinnamon or Powdered Donuts

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Ron Mattocks

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DadCentric

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Driving away, I roll down the windows so Allie and Avery can wave goodbye to their Aunt and Gaga one last time. We're hardly to the end of the street when a heavy silence settles in. Soon deep wet sniffles penetrate the quiet void, as do the pangs of guilt slicing through my gut. There's an irony in that the purpose of our trip was so I could attend a conference centered on guys who blog about being a father, and yet, here I was taking the girls away from theirs.

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Random Thoughts: Authenticity and Privacy Are Not Mutually Exclusive

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Chookooloonks

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...I do believe that authenticity and privacy are not mutually exclusive.

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The Hardest Conversation

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Lisa Bonchek Adams

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The Huffington Post Canada

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The funny thing is how much better I felt after we talked. The conversation was the hardest one I've had. The topics are gut-wrenching. But shining the light on them, on this disease, on what happens next, is the only way I know to cope, to help, to keep going.

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The Last Socially-Acceptable Prejudice: Weight Discrimination

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Beauty and the Bypass

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Nobody is comfortable talking about weight prejudice. People are either too scared to talk about their experiences, or they fear retribution for discussing the experiences they’ve had with weight prejudices in the workplace.

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