Five Star Friday's 241st Edition Is Brought to You By A.M. Homes

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a frank talk about sexual shame, violence in Turkey, a close-minded mother-in-law, missing a dear grandmother, feminism in Cuba, watching the end of parenthood arriving, the reality of adoption, and

A.M. Homes

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photo credit:

David Shankbone

I think of writing anything, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, as almost like writing a piece of music. You have to hit the pitch correctly. Part of the very beginning of something is finding what those first sounds will be. And that helps guide you through the rest of it, whatever it is.
     — A.M. Homes in "Out of the Darkness, Richard Wolinsky interviews A.M. Homes", Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

Happy Friday!

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I Still Have Shame About Sex and I Hate It

" by

Queerie Bradshaw

at

QueerieBradshaw.com

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I think I am ashamed of my sexuality.
I think I am ashamed that I write about sex.
I think I am ashamed that I like sex.
How could I not be? We live in a culture that puts a price tag on women for how desirable they are, then bankrupt them for having desire.

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What Is Happening In Istanbul?

" by Sumandef Hakkında at

İnsanlik Hali

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I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

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From Your Little Horrors

" by

Hannah Curious

at

The Ideal Wife Giveaway

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"But I am white, and I speak English!", I mock-protest at my hubby with a little amused moue every time Mom gets mentioned, because if we didn't laugh at how much this hurts then it would crush us.

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Things

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Erika

at

Be Gay About It

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I spend hours each day in the same light as her and, somehow, this feels more meaningful to me than any thing she wrapped for me in paper in the 34 years we had together as grandmother and granddaughter.

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From the Washtub to the Washing Machine

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Yoani Sánchez

at

Generation Y

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In a country where a washing machine costs an entire year's salary, we can't talk about women's emancipation.

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It's a Lot

" by Lisa Marie Harvey at

Empty the Well

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As soon as I confronted the limits of my role in their lives, I tried to take the world apart, to understand which forces I'd need to surround my children with. I needed to raise people who would not be eaten by the machinery of existence but who would become real contributors to their communities. I chose lessons in compassion and kindness over sight words and arithmetic. I chose free play outdoors over organized sports. I made all these choices and I second-guess them still. Of course I do.

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Just Adopt

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Harriet Fancott

at

See Theo Run

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There is no such thing as just adopting.
You craft a story of how you became a family, a story of love and sorrow, and you cry when you tell it: You cry for the crushing grief of the mother, and the motherland, that lost a child, a child whose smile lights up a room, whose skin glows with health and whose potential seems vast and limitless.

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