Five Star Friday's 230th Edition Is Brought to You By Elizabeth Madox Roberts

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a lesson in etiquette, travelling in the footsteps of great explorers, learning to feel love and gratitude, the joys of blending breakfast, an incredibly important PSA about what constitutes a bullshit writing contract, new loves, being a grownup at mommy-and-me classes, the lack of proper health care for mental illness, the relief of mom guilt, learning to nurture, and

Elizabeth Madox Roberts

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Does the devil know he is a devil?
     — Elizabeth Madox Roberts

Happy Friday!

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Tips for Having a Conversation with a Persion with a Visible Difference or Disability

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Tune In to Radio Carly

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Disability and visible difference can be confronting because people are not used to seeing and experiencing relationships with disabled and visibly different people. They see visible difference and disability in the media and assume hero status, or a life to be pitied (like in those awful Facebook one like = one prayer memes), or worse — a villain status (think Harvey Dent's disfigurement in The Dark Knight). And too often, people without disabilities are playing characters with disabilities — 'spacking up' as Stella Young puts it. (Just writing that term has put the Fleetwood Mac song You Can Go Your Own Way in my head forever.) We just don't see enough real disabilities and visible differences (without scar makeup, I mean) in the media, so there's no fair representation of disability in society.

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Seven

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Nerd's Eye View

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I am much luckier to be born curious and to a somewhat open globe, a time when the infrastructure exists in such a way that I can stand looking at Charcot’s badly chosen anchorage and a week or so later, sit on my couch in Seattle writing about it.

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The Deep Spiritual Practice Of Not Giving A Sh*t

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Body Love Wellness

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You’ve been taught that if someone thinks you’re too fat, or too loud, or too smart, or too dumb, or too whatever, or not enough whatever, that they get to have a say in how you feel about yourself.
So I’d like to introduce you to the deep spiritual practice of
Not Giving A Shit.

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The Disturbance In the Force Martha Stewart Feels Every Day Is Just Me Waking Up

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MeanLouise.com

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This morning I decided to make a green tea fruit smoothie because I had a large quantity of frozen fruit. This is not rocket surgery. You put fruit, green tea, honey and lime juice in a blender. Then you paint the ceiling with the smoothie when you accidentally turn the blender back on after Husband removes the lid.

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A Contract from Alibi

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Whatever

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I want to be clear: I can say, without reservation, that this is the worst book contract I have ever personally encountered. Not only would I never sign it — which should be obvious at this point — I can't imagine why anyone whose forebrain has not been staved in by an errant bowling ball would ever sign it. Indeed, if my worst enemy in the world was presented with it and had a pen poised to scratch his signature on it, I would smack the pen out of his hand and say to him, "I hate you, but I don't hate you this much."

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I've Never Been Wrong About That Feeling

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Elis Bradshaw

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Cowbird

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Now I've made my way back onto land and we're tumbling down the rabbit hole of new relationships, marveling at the little things we never knew to miss. A hand extended, breakfast left warming in the oven, an accidental integration of lives.

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When Parenting Starts to Feel Like Junior High

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Jordana Horn

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Raising Kvell

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There’s music class again this week. And lady, I'm going to say hi, like it or not. And I'm going to smile. And I'm going to be friendly.
And if you don’t say hi back, I’m not going to think about punching you in the face and it’s all going to be okay.

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A Dislocation of Mind

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No Points for Style

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I sure am glad the doctor who "treated" my daughter the other night got to protect his ethics. Now how about we get busy protecting people’s lives? How about we talk about systemic ethics? How about we talk about treating suffering that originates in the brain the same way we treat suffering that originates in the heart, the liver, and the bones?

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It's Okay to Ignore Your Children and Read This

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Suburban Snapshots

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Moms, the kids are all right. It's the people trying to convince us otherwise who are in desperate need of attention.

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Remake

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What We're Doing While We're Here

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I was surprised to realize I had forgotten about myself. In a way it's good to know that I can step up and nurture if needed. In another way it’s scary that I could morph so quickly into someone for whom self-care becomes news. If I was a nurse I would be the chain-smoking, tequila-drinking kind. The pill-popping kind who is fine, fine, until she isn't. What happened?

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