Five Star Friday's 251st Edition Is Brought to You By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by overcoming our fear of ourselves, the true aim of online criticism, being who you are while having what you want, recognition of one's own beauty, and

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I would come, many years later, to understand why 'To Kill A Mockingbird' is considered 'an important novel', but when I first read it at 11, I was simply absorbed by the way it evoked the mysteries of childhood, of treasures discovered in trees, and games played with an exotic summer friend.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Martha and Aidan: Stories of Health and Why We Don't Choose It

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Heather

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The Extraordinary Ordinary

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For many many years I thought that the ideal healthy Heather was a) unattainable and b) lame. I had so many unhealthy habits (some of which certainly continue today) that I left literally no TIME for healthy habits. I chose self-destruction over self-care every single time.

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You Don't Hate Me. You Hate My Brand.

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Rachel Held Evans

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RachelHeldEvans.com

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But we are not our messages, no matter how much we believe in them. We are not our filtered photos, or our tweets, or our political and religious ideologies. We are not even the stories we tell, no matter how carefully and truthfully we tell them.
We are not our brands.

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My Favorite Part of Being a Parent

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Jerry Mahoney

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Mommy Man

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The greatest triumph of my life is that I’ve been able to be myself and still have everything I ever wanted.

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Handed Down

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Helen Razer

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Bad Hostess

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…my mother's beautiful hands belong to the 20th century. They are flecked with colour and their digits have been reshaped by years of work. In their embrace, I have grown to be a relatively sane and prosperous grown‑up and in their folds, I see the remains of a social organisation whose passing we can both celebrate and mourn.

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