Five Star Friday 257th Edition Is Brought to You By Robert Frost

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by losing one's pals, feeling like an impostor, truth and honesty, kindness, being in service of the stories, a grandmother, identity and social media, following the journey, and

Robert Frost

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photo credit: Walter Albertin, World Telegram staff photographer

Freedom lies in being bold.
— Robert Frost

Happy Friday!

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A Thing That's Words: Languish

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Josh Cagan

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The Yearbook Office

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…he was not the sort of person to say, "You know what? I'm sad." He was not the sort of person who took kindly to a hug from another man, even if that man happened to be his grandson. And he was the sort of person who would say something like, "Well, Josh, we lost our pal," a few hours after his wife was lowered into the earth. It was a statement heartbreaking in what it said, and what it didn't say.

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Success

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Danielle Henderson

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DanielleHenderson.net

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I know what poverty has done to my family and I made different choices. And that's really the only difference between where I am at 36 and where my mom or grandmother or great-grandmother was at 36, and why I sit in a classroom full of other Ph.D. students and feel like an imposter.

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Perception and Reality

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D. A. Wolf

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Purple Clover

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Mirror, mirror — I understand your absurdity, your insistence, your wily hold. I acknowledge your promotional sway, your inflated price and the shameful opportunity cost of time wasted in your presence. But I'm delighted to inform you that I have arrived at this — a simple refusal to keep you among my intimates.

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You Were Such a Shithead When I Taught You

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Daria Salamon

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DariaSalamon.com

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Now who's the asshole? Payback's a bitch.

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Stories We Tell

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Rebecca Woolf

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Girl's Gone Child

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I believe that truth is complex and nuanced and far from factual. That the reason we love books and films and fantasies, the reason we want to write them and make them and dream them is that they act as guides for us, the writers and the readers. They help us find our way to the answers. Or better yet, remind us that there are none.

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Red Bird

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Devon

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Little Bits of Pixie Dust

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Sometimes she would get her mind set on refusing to do anything, and would completely bulk. No matter what we did, she would sit, unmoving, staring at us with those watery blue eyes. It could take her up to an hour to put on a sweatshirt and a pair of pants; God she was the slowest person that I have ever met. She would sit in her chair, completely naked, alternately dozing off and listening intently to figure out what I was making in the kitchen for her breakfast. I kissed her good night every night and greeted her every morning.

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The Liquid Self

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Nathan Jurgenson

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Snapchat

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Dominate social media has thus far taken a stand, a radical one in my opinion, for a version of identity that is highly categorized and omnipresent, one that forces an ideal of a singular, stable identity that we will continuously have to confront. It is a philosophy that doesn't capture the real messiness and fluidity of the self, fails to celebrate growth, and is particularly bad for those most socially vulnerable.

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What the Tea Leaves Said

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Tara Austen Weaver

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Tea & Cookies

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Just go home and write.
In the end it was that simple. Because it is doing the thing that takes you on the journey: writing or painting or making music or whatever. That is the path. It is the only path. Everything else works itself out if you focus on the thing. Just go home and write.

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