Five Star Friday's 233rd Edition Is Brought to You By Alison Bechdel

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by an attack against fat stereotypes, social generosity, a creative response to negativity, body love, finding home, courage, a cyclical view of history, and

Alison Bechdel

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Alison Bechdel signing Fun Home

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fototineke.be

It was a vicious cycle, though. The more gratification we found in our own geniuses, the more isolated we grew.
     — Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

Happy Friday!

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Let's Talk About How Not to Be an Asshole to Your Patients

" by Jo at

Head Nurse

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If I had my way, everybody would feel comfortable being who they are. Nobody would feel bad about how they look or however it is that they don't conform to whichever ideal is in fashion. People would eat greens and trot around enthusiastically and take their baby aspirin daily and be cheerful about their futures.

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What If I'm the Alpha – Part Two

" by

Kari Dahlen

at

The Karianna Spectrum

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The other parents selected my table and the ones next to it. The dad was left alone, especially after his son got up to play with his teammates. Initially, I was a bit smug. After all, I was still angry. The other parents at the gym had heard about the altercation, and I was relieved that I wasn't an outcast.
But then, my heart softened.

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What I Learned Turning My Hate Mail Into Origami

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Rachel Held Evans

at

RachelHeldEvans.com

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I've been making origami off and on for forty days now, letting my fingers pray out little swans and sailboats and flowers and foxes, and I've learned some things: about reverse folds and crimp folds, about trial and error, about patience, about retracing steps and following directions, about forgiveness, about letting go, about redirecting some of my anxious and self-focused energy into purposeful acts of creativity and healing, about building bridges, about asking for help.

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Body of Evidence

" by Tez at

Spinning and Weaving

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I've been thinking about the issue of cosmetic surgery and body modification... and am stunned to discover that I now really, really love this old body of mine. On the surface, my body is in bad shape. It is morbidly obese, has crippling osteo arthritis and spondylitis, has needed a hysterectomy, appendectomy, gall bladder removal, numerous operations on deformed feet, fusion of the cervical spine, two hip replacements, carpal tunnel surgery, and has allergic reactions to substances too many to list. What has taken my breath away is the realisation that, in spite of these handicaps, my body has brought me so much joy.

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A Short History of My Lack of Faith

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Keply Pentland

at

Carpe Whatever

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Here's how I do it: Whenever someone says "God," I add an "o." God becomes Good. I was born without the gene required to believe in God. I have tried and I can't. Good is something I believe in. Good is something that is real. I can see it, I can feel it. I can give it and I can receive it. Good is tangible and I believe in it. So I sit in this meeting house and I pray to Good.

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On Holy Terror, Fear and Trembling

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Jen Lee

at

Jen Lee Productions

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She said, Do you really think that courage always feels like a cape flapping in the wind on a mountaintop? No. Most of the time it feels like fear and trembling.

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Rez Stories: Grandfather’s Arrest

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Shawn Burns

at

Backpacking Dad

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On a different view of history, a cyclical one, the future is not uncertain at all. It is coming back around, and causality is built into the circle, not into past events. You don't need to look for causal chains to explain an uncertain future, because the future is known. Truth, on this view, is about what matters, not about what happened. Truth is about what we can make useful, not what we can make a theory from. We don't need theories, on this view, we just need stories.

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