Five Star Friday 238th Edition Is Brought to You By Saul Bellow

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the power of female physical strength, an anniversary, the complicated tangle of ethics that is international adoption, a love of the sea, an alternative way of learning to mother, and

Saul Bellow

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There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for.
     — Saul Bellow

Happy Friday!

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This Trendy 'Strong is the New Skinny' Thing (and what it could mean for the next generation of girls)

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Sophieologie

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Almost every single food, diet, and gym commercial marked towards women stresses the importance of reducing calories and dropping pounds. Not a single one will ever mention the fact all women will look & feel healthier by gaining muscle mass & reducing body fat — an accomplishment that the hallowed bathroom scale will never reflect.

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16 Years

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Tanis Miller

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TanisMiller.com

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When I see my husband now, I don't see the optimistic idealistic boy with big dreams and great hopes I once married. I see a gentle spirited, patient, intelligent man who wears the same look of sorrow in his eyes that I have. It's easy to miss his hurt because he hides it behind a big smile and an easy laugh. But it's there. I see it.

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Examining Adoption Ethics: Part One

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Jen Hatmaker

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JenHatmaker.com

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Sometimes when you wave a $100 in front of someone, he or she will do anything to get it, even something knowingly harmful. Let’s stipulate that rich Americans flooding impoverished countries with millions of dollars to adopt its children will absolutely garner attention. Money has always been a magnet for corruption. While there are obviously lots of true orphans, without question, that much cash flow will generate some “created orphans” to satisfy demand, especially for babies.

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An Abrupt Course Change

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Tele Aadsen

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Hooked

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We've seen other fish­er­men allow this kind of news to destroy them. For so many of us, our work is not a mere job. Releas­ing the dock lines, tilting our heads back to take a deep, salty breath, feeling our bodies become one with the sea and our vessels… We find ourselves whole out there, while we wander, incomplete, on land. Out there, we know ourselves in a way that, on land, we often aren't quite sure who we are or where we belong.

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On Mothering

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Vikki Reich

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Up Popped a Fox

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Years later, when my mother had mellowed and we had reached our fragile peace, I mentioned that day and she said, "Yeah, you should have had stitches but I took care of it."
Mom, you tried to scotch tape my ass.", "Yeah, you should have had stitches but I took care of it."
She laughed and said, "Well, that probably wasn't one of my best moments."

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