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Five Star Friday's 245th Edition Is Brought to You By Franz Kafka

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a heartbreaking story about a lonely girl, issuing a son into adulthood, the sad extension of divorce beyond immediate family, the beauty of imperfect bodies, people with chips on their shoulders, and

Franz Kafka

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A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
— Franz Kafka

Happy Friday!

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Rachel, Trayvon, and the Saddest Thing I've Ever Read

" by The Champ at

Very Smart Brothas

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The overriding theme with the dozens of articles about Rachel Jeantel's court appearance last week was that we cant lose sight of the fact that George Zimmerman is the only one on trial here. While I understand the sentiment, I disagree. Zimmerman isn't up there by himself. They just got the co-defendant wrong. It's not Rachel Jeantel or even Trayvon Martin, though. It's Black America. It's us.

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For My Son On His 18th Birthday

" by

Tricia Soltys

at

YummyMummyClub.ca

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I never imagined how hard it would be to reach this day. A day that you likely have waited a while for. A time where you feel your independence is no longer in question or disputed. An age that labels you an adult and frees you from the clutches of your controlling and overprotective mother. A day where I'm supposed to let go and pat myself on the back because my work is done, while sending you off into the world. But here’s the thing my son… Motherhood is never done.

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The Two of Us, Grappling

" by

Heather B. Armstrong

at

Dooce

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In this narrative, however, exists a profound sadness that would inform anything I tried to write at this time. A sadness of leaving and saying goodbye, a sadness of giving up an extended family that I have for years come to adore and appreciate. So many stories and memories I shared with those people, memories that we will now no longer create.

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These Are the Lines of a Story

" by Mary Martin Wiens at

The Actual Pastor

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Our bodies process and carry our experiences, not without complaint, but with an unfailing perseverance that is worthy of both gratitude and honor. And one of the very great privileges of this life is to cherish the bodies of those I love through all their gains and losses for as long as I get to have them. We do not get to have those we love forever. In that final losing, every turn of the head and expression of the face becomes poignantly precious. So, may I have eyes to see them now.

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How to Write a Bad Review

" by Brian Schlosser at

Booktrope

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How can you obliterate someone else’s work and never bother to read it? It is easy and I’m going to help you because we are friends. I’ll give you sure-fire techniques to make you look sophisticated, erudite, intellectual and, above all, angry. Those hot young baristas are going to be all over you!

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