The 349th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Yann Martel

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by violence against free speech, Snowpocalypse Now, listening to and believing in yourself as a way to save your own life, much ado about Regina, life on the inside, and Yann Martel:

Fanatics do not have faith — they have belief. With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling.
— Yann Martel —

"Of Teachers and Students" by Melissa Harris-Perry at The Anna Julia Cooper Center:

I don’t know if he was there to kill me.

Monday night I was sitting in a hotel lobby in downtown Des Moines with my back to a wall of windows, my eyes fixed on the TV, my attention wholly focused on early caucus results. I didn’t notice until he was standing right next to me, much closer than is ordinary or comfortable.

"And then I went outside to shovel and never came back" by Jon at Daddy Scratches:

Nine hours after I took those photos, the epic blizzard — which, at the time that I snapped those shots, already had been raging for 16 hours — finally stopped.

Twenty-five hours of continuous, uninterrupted, “Holy shit, it’s really coming down out there!” snowfall.

Some people love snow. I am not one of those people…

"No, you are not an hysterical female, and this is not just anxiety" by Patti Digh at 37days:

Value your life enough to make hard, and what could be unpopular decisions. I was leaving the next day to teach a writing retreat on Tybee Island. I knew I had to get this checked out, hysterical female messaging be damned. That decision saved my life.

"100 Facts About Regina" by Kenton de Jong at Kenton de Jong Travel:

…I said I wasn't going to write about Regina as much anymore and focus more on international locations, but after a friend of mine told me there was no "interesting history" in my city, I decided I had to write this just to prove them wrong!

"No Words" by Ra at Rarasaur:

There’s a vacuum in prisons and it tries to suck down the quest for More or Better. There’s a shortage of words and it eats Hope.

But we come home anyway. Maybe it doesn’t look like we tried there, because we were so busy surviving there, but as someone who lived inside those gates– let me assure you–

We tried.  All of us.  Even when there were no words.

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