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Five Star Friday's 255th Edition Is Brought to You By Ruth Ozeki

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by letting a secret joy in again after many years, being supported and loved quite by surprise, the loss of a mother and decline of a father, the chaos of family suppers, meaning rising up through the noise of life, and

Ruth Ozeki

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"Life is fleeting. Don't waste a single moment of your precious life. Wake up now! And now! And now!"
— Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

Happy Friday!

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A Secret Joy

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Rachel Devenish Ford

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Journey Mama

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I can't tell you the longing I've felt in art stores. It's akin to loss, this longing, and in the past years it's grown into resignation, like the way I might feel about a beautiful story I heard once, one that I'll never hear again.

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Peanut Butter Angels

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Andy Nicastro

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Shortly After Takeoff

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Thank you for reminding me that I am a child of God, that God does not make worthless things, and that I am, in fact, a good person battling a terrible disease.

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Here, Now

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Polly

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Lesbian Dad

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So here we are. A soft diet, no more solid foods (which he can’t manage safely anymore); an oxygen tank dealing him a continuous low flow, supplement to his tired, wet lungs; round-the-clock attendant care, for those wee morning hours when he may get up, out of habit, and head to the bathroom, there to forget. Or tumble en route. Each has happened.

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Why Third Children Never Learn Manners

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Emily Rosenbaum

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EmilyRosenbaum.com

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On hamburger night, everyone eats. On lentil night, my husband makes fart jokes and Zachary won't even try the rice and Lilah says, "I don't like lentils," then tries them and remembers she does. On burrito night, Lilah eats her tortilla wrapped with beans and cheese; my husband eats it with beans, cheese, and salsa; Benjamin has beans, cheese, rice, and salsa; and Zachary eats plain tortillas. When there's salad on the table, Lilah only wants the apples and chickpeas, Benjamin sometimes eats the greens but won't touch the chickpeas, and Zachary completely ignores it.

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When I'm Old

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Vikki Reich

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Up Popped a Fox

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To me, it was just a class to help pass the summer days, something she would forget about in a month.
That may still be true but, as we stood on that hot city sidewalk, I realized there was honor in the work, unseen value in those pieces of wood and steel strings. It mattered and I hadn’t known until that very minute.

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