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Five Star Friday's 250th Edition Is Brought to You By Chuck Palahniuk

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the people who watch the bullies without interfering, cancer wisdom, true feelings about caring for a difficult family member, learning where the power lies, an epidemic in San Francisco, and

Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk

photo credit: Terry Robinson

People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.
— Chuck Palahniuk

Happy Friday!

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Mild-Mannered Milquetoasts

" by

SpokesGay

at

More Than Men

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…when I see mild-mannered milquetoasts continuing to follow sadistic misogynists on Twitter while they lob rape "jokes" at women who thought they were friends, when I see mild-mannered milquetoasts cry "guilt by association," …I want you to know I hate you.
More than that — I'm scared of you.

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Here's to Longer Goodbyes

" by Mike Lescarbeau at

HuffPost Healthy Living

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The truth is, even after several weeks getting used to The Best of All Possible News, I'm still struggling to feel appropriately ecstatic. Why am I not experiencing all the relief and thankfulness I ought to?

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Sanctuary

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Susan

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Trout Towers

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My extended family came by the other day to visit Grandma. They probably didn't notice anything when they first got to the house, but after a couple hours with her they needed a little fresh air and took a walk in the yard. That's when they spotted the tent.
And they laughed. Because it was so obvious.

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They're Working In Shifts

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Justin Dohrmann

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The Lowest Quality

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My car is tool. I take myself where I need to go.

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The End of All Things

" by

Chris Breen

at

Hair-Breened Ideas

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The first lesion appear on his nose. He'd flick at it every so often and say it was nothing. He'd have a doctor look at it. Over time, more lesions appeared across his face and, presumably, elsewhere. And then he disappeared.

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