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Five Star Friday's 244th Edition Is Brought to You By Graham Greene

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by inspirational bull pucky, the brilliance of being ordinary, confronting hate when it hits kids, the heart of a thief, a boy's birthday, one woman's access to health care, a difficult hutch, and

Graham Greene

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Graham Greene

photo credit:

John C Abell

The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
     — Graham Greene

Happy Friday!

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Twelve Habits of Happy, Healthy People Who Don't Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace

" by Katherine at

I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog

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Dance because you’re drunk at a big dance party with your friends and Michael Jackson is playing, not because ‘no one is watching.’ Everyone is watching. We’re at a fucking party. That’s how parties work.

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Ordinary Ben

" by

Ben Hutchison

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Hutch of Zen

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"Just sit down and commit yourself to being terribly ordinary."

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Respect

" by

Vikki Reich

at

Up Popped a Fox

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I want more for him.
I want him to be able to stand up for his beliefs without insulting others, to know when to walk away from a fight, to treat people the way we should all be treated — with respect.

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Everybody's Got a Mama

" by

Rarasaur

at

Rarasaur

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When visiting NY with friends, I was mugged outside our hotel.

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4

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love | luck | bliss

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I always knew I'd have a son. I named you when I was 17. Your first name appears many times over as doodles and little notes i wrote to myself when you were just my most cherished wish. I still have the notebooks to prove it.

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My mother had three pregnancies and two children…

" at

What Are You Doing Here?

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She donated to Planned Parenthood until her death. And she said to me, that the people who screamed at her saw her only as a vessel for a baby. They didn't care about her, they didn't care about her baby, either. They were pro-birth, not pro-life, because none of them would be there after her baby was born, to offer help and support and care.

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My Paramour. My Inameorata. My One True Love: Craigslist.

" by

Victoria Barnes

at

VictoriaElizabethBarnes.com

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The hutches are just there to scare off the non-believers… To test your faith and weed out the heretics.

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