Five Star Friday's 235th Edition Is Brought to You By Rebecca Solnit

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a call for compassion, notes from a trailblazer, a personal story of living with Alzheimer's, looking for the good, a more critical look at Dove's advertising, failure and competition, rolling news, a beautiful mother, a kickass game about ducks, and

Rebecca Solnit

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Infinite City 2

photo credit:

shawncalhoun

Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal... To hope is to give yourself to the future — and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.
     — Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

Happy Friday!

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'There are times to have a guide, and times to be the guide.'

" by

Jen Lee

at

Jen Lee Productions

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I wish every trailblazer had someone to follow, the way I wish every new mother had someone to mother her. This is the hardest thing about pioneering anything — this staring into the blizzard in bulky snowshoes with not a single neon sign or rabbit track before you. Just this swirling uncertain future. Trust. Hope. And the knowledge that there's no going back now.

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Watching the Lights Go Out

" by David Hilfiker at

DavidHilfiker.com

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It may seem surprising that I feel almost no apprehension about exposing my mental decline and my reactions to it. The value of my books on rural practice and on inner-city doctoring, after all, lies in my willingness to report candidly, so I have some experience in sharing the messy details. In my lecturing, speaking and teaching, I have tried to be open about my depression, believing that the millions of people who are shamed into hiding their diagnosis should have some models for self-revelation. Likewise, I hope that others with an early diagnosis of dementia and those who are in relationship to a person with dementia (including medical people) will find my experience helpful.

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Rough, Raw, and a Bit Unedited

" by Maia Toll at

MaiaToll.com

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Words are small things, and yet they are everything. They are intention and action. They are the signposts that remind us to look within and begin change through small do-able steps.

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My Promise

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Louise Gleeson

at

Late Night Plays

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It's not about tolerance, my loves. It's about living with compassion and understanding—for your world and its people—before ignorance or fear or hate ruin the view.
Always make the choice to look around the ugly to find the good.

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Why Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches" Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry

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Little Drops

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...my primary problem with this Dove ad is that it's not really challenging the message like it makes us feel like it is. It doesn't really tell us that the definition of beauty is broader than we have been trained to think it is, and it doesn't really tell us that fitting inside that definition isn't the most important thing. It doesn't really push back against the constant objectification of women. All it's really saying is that you're actually not quite as far off from the narrow definition as you might think that you are (if you look like the featured women, I guess).

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The Bluebird Playbook: Watch the Good Dancers and the Bad (No.1)

" by

Courtenay Bluebird

at

Bluebird Blvd.

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I’ve failed in competition; and I’ve succeeded in competition in equal amounts. Neither one makes you a stronger artist or a better human being.
Being successful in competition serves only to make you a better competitor.
Competition is not life. It’s just competition.

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Behold the Age of Emotional Hijack

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Lena Semaan

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Woman of Experience

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Things need time to settle down and clear. But now we don't have time for that. We have to find culprits, heroes, miracles and peace in the same moment as the event.

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I Wish You Could Have Known Her

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Alexandra

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Good Day, Regular People

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I wish you could have known her when she was 30. She was beautiful. She wrote poetry for the newspaper of her country's capital, Bogota, Colombia, a city even then of over 500,000. Her columns penned anonymously, all beginning with the same three words, A Mi Amante. To My Lover.

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Call Me Ducky

" by

Cenobyte

at

Centre of the Universe: The Dreaming

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The Nipper has the Best Ideas Ever Invented. He said, last night on the way to rehearsal, "you know what would be cool, would be if they made a Call of Duty™ game that's age-appropriate for kids and they called it Call of Ducky..."

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