Five Star Friday's 229th Edition Is Brought to You By Paul Krugman

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a path to healing, a swimming pool, the R-word and an invisible disability, a boy seeing himself reflected in the world, slowing down, and

Paul Krugman

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Prolineserver

Do some homework to find out what these people really want. I’m not talking about deeply hidden motives; usually the true goal is in the public domain. You just have to look at what the people said before they were trying to sell it to the broad public.
     — Paul Krugman

Happy Friday!

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Through the Forest, But Not Alone

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Alda Sigmundsdóttir

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I know it probably sounds like I'm throwing all this out there and blathering about how I'm all better and got through it, without adequately explaining how. And the thing is, I can't map out anybody's journey for them — we all have to find our own way through the spiritual forest, so to speak. But there is a way. You can trust me on that. If there is a will, there is a way.

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Ham Fish In Hipstamatic

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Loisaida Nest

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Since I've never been able to still my thoughts enough for meditation, swimming is the closest I've been able to get to it. The smell of chlorinated water signals pleasure to my brain — a Pavlovian response. The 50 meters length at Hamilton Fish is a blissfully long stretch to swim without having to turn. Plenty of time to enjoy the sight of the sun ripples in the turquoise blue water and as you turn your head to breathe, the dark green gingko trees that frame the lifeguards in their orange suits under their orange umbrellas. The rhythm of my strokes and the sound of the bubbles of my exhaling breath, gets me to thinking in a slow and focused way.

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Acceptance Gone Wrong: Retardation and Its Profound Loneliness and Isolation

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Free Fringes

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Advocates attempting to remove the hatred from the clinical term "retardation" and eradicate altogether the pejorative "retard" are on the right track. They are launching and perpetuating a much-needed dialogue about how we tend to throw those words about without thinking twice about those who are hurt the most by them.

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Amour

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Girl's Gone Child

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And much like it is on our walks, the room will quiet, the splashing and the screaming and the cups being flung into my face by tiny hands — and all I will hear are those seven little words, softer than a whisper, harder than a squeeze.

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Slow Down or Die

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The Altucher Confidential

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Claudia tells me that yogis measure their lifespans in breaths rather than years so they live long lives. I don't know. Is that true?
But then she uses the turtle as an example. Some turtles have lived over 200 years. That means there could be a turtle now that actually watched Thomas Jefferson have sex with Sally Hemmings. A turtle breath can last for an hour. My breath lasts about three seconds. I should really slow that down.

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