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The 352nd Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Terry McMillan

The 352nd Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Terry McMillan

This week's great blog roundup is brought to you by mental illness and identity, pretending adulthood, what censorship isn't, unexpected paths, compassionate farming, recognition of our limited time, seeing oneself, the truth about being a woman, a Friday night gone haywire, and Terry McMillan:

by Virginia DeBolt [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

by Virginia DeBolt [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

Let me put it this way: when I read, I learned the world was not as small as my house. And that everybody in my home town was not representative of the way people in the world were raised. And that was what saved me.
— Terry McMillan —

Happy reading!


"Maybe My Mental Illness Does Define Me. And?" by Sam Dylan Finch at Let's Queer Things Up!:

What if I told you that my mental illness does define me? And what if I also told you that I am much more than that? That these two realities are not mutually exclusive?

I know, it’s mind-blowing.

"How to Trick Strangers Into Believing That an Adult Lives In Your Apartment" by Samantha Irby at Bitches Gotta Eat:

…i love brooke and everything but girl you need to understand that "birthday present" means "olive garden giftcard" not "force you to haphazardly disinfect your living space in a single, panicked afternoon while reconsidering those cutesy dishtowels you overpaid for on a whim and grossing yourself out re: tv stand dust and miniblind discoloration." people who actually love you will never ask to see the inside of your house.

"It's Not Censorship; Your Jokes Are Just Crappy and Lazy" by Michael Yichao at Michael Yichao:

It’s easy to say something offensive and provoke a response. It’s harder to call out the offensive thing or stereotype and make a joke about why it's offensive that simultaneously barbs, is funny, and highlights why it's problematic.

"On the Eve of My Ex-Husband’s Second Departure" by Laurie Wagner at 27 Powers:

When I was 40-years-old a psychic told me that Mark, my husband of 9-years would leave me, but that he would come back.

"Ashes to Ashes…" by Tim May at Mayhaven Farms:

There is an empty calf bottle sitting in my milk house. It is not because I forgot to fill it.

"The Tail End" by Tim Urban at Wait But Why:

The days chart blows my mind as much as the weeks chart. Each of those dots is only a single Tuesday or Friday or Sunday, but even a lucky person who lives to 90 will have no problem fitting every day in their life on one sheet of paper.

"Mirror, Mirror On My Wall" by Kerri Ames at (Un)Diagnosed and Still Okay:

I see now, that the young girl in her bleakest moments never gave up hope. I see the girl who was lucky enough to see the tiniest pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel and it wasn’t a train aiming for her.

"To Men I Love, About Men Who Scare Me" by Laura Munoz at Medium's Life Tips:

…no matter what I accomplish or how self assured I am feeling, the aforementioned dickhead bouncers of the world will still believe they have a right to demand my time and attention, even when I want to be alone. They will still insist I be polite and cheerful, even while they make me uncomfortable and afraid.

"It’s Friday Night on the East Side" by Libby Sierra at Common Law Wives of East Toledo:

How do you relieve stress? I am partial to half a joint and some chocolate followed by a bowl of Cheerios. That’s my sleep aid pretty much every night. But, one Friday I had a particularly stressful day and thought I needed a chaser with my usual cocktail.

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