Five Star Friday's 240th Edition Is Brought to You By Philip Pullman

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the crazy shit that doesn't kill us, feedback gut punches that work, being really kick ass at something weird and cool, figuring out how to find your ice cream, becoming greater than they knew, the preservation of integrity, opening up to a new way of seeing things, and

Philip Pullman

:

Philip-Pullman.png

photo credit:

Adrian Hon

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
     — Philip Pullman

Happy Friday!

"

Catastrophe

" by

Keply Pentland

at

Carpe Whatever

:

I've been thinking a lot about catastrophes. I've been thinking about controlled burns, about smashing mirrors, about broken systems. I've been thinking about that moment when everything is smoking rubble around your feet.

"

The Fight Club Method to Feedback

" by

Demian Farnworth

at

The CopyBot

:

Listen, this fantasy has nothing to do with a lack of self-respect, but a preferable aura of brutality in writing, in everything. A sadistic attitude towards productivity. In other words, you don’t truly create unless you suffer.
It's an entirely romantic vision I confess. But think of it as the Fight Club method to feedback.

"

How to Be Legendary

" by

Andrea Scher

at

Superhero Journal

:

They love him.
And my guess is that they love him because he was brave.
They love him because he was human.
He was afraid and he went for it anyway.

"

‘Think Light’ to Get the Most Out of Your Time on the Mat

" by

Gail Rice

at

Pramoda Yoga

:

The idea of placing my forearms on the mat, kicking up and finding balance without using a wall has, to this point, been an idea of unattainable grandeur.
A few nights ago, however, my teacher Alyson D’Souza threw us a curveball and instead of having our palms face down on the mat like usual, she asked us to spin our palms face up. This totally new change (however minor it may appear) set my expectation meter back to zero.

"

This Week In Gratitude

" by

Mr Lady

at

Shannonigans

:

In second grade I learned that adults can be very cruel, and I am grateful for that, and for her, because in so many ways she taught me exactly would grow up not to be.

"

In the End Was the Word and the Word Was the Sponsor's

" by

Jeff Jarvis

at

Medium

:

If we're doing what we do to fool the public, to sell them crappy content or a shill's swill, to prioritize paying customers' interests over readers', then we will cannibalize whatever credibility, trust, and value our brands have until they dry up.

"

Unlearning How To Be Strong

" by

Linda

at

Outrunning the Storm

:

When I was in middle school, I came home from a sleepover one Saturday morning to find an empty house. On my bed was a note scribbled in black marker in my mother’s familiar gently looping handwriting that read simply.
I just can’t take it anymore. I loved you.

Please come back and share good writing with us over the coming week to be featured on the next

Five Star Friday

. If you have read a really good piece on someone else's weblog,

submit it by Thursday at midnight CST

to have it featured on

Five Star Friday

.

And because you are a fan of finding good new writing on the internet: