The 356th Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Eugenio Montale

This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by finding your story, meaningful communication, breaking life up into chewable bites, ableist culture, knowing it's okay to seek help when you need it, going your own way, openness, and Eugenio Montale:

 by Kaj Hagman [public domain],  via Wikimedia Commons

by Kaj Hagman [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose or at least in more or less apparent prose; millions of poets write verses which have no connection with poetry.
— Eugenio Montale —

Happy reading!

"Today I Built a Chicken Coop" by Derek Powazek at Medium:

The thing about hindsight is that it makes everything look connected. Because it is. One decision leads to the next, even though, at the time, they each feel discrete.

"Unleashed" by Kate Bowles at Music for Deckchairs:

And in each life lived in these unprecedented times we have to figure out what is enough for us, and enough to give, so that we can get on and survive the encroachments of big claims on our attention, our action, our loyalties to each other’s care. Figuring out what is enough is how we each hold on to the clover of our own values, and protect the thing we’re trying to protect, the small and hopeful thing we came here to do.

"The 90 Second Rule" by Erin Loechner at Design for Mankind:

Did you know emotions only have a shelf life of 90 seconds? That’s it. 90 seconds. In less time than you can walk to the mailbox and back, in less time than you can clip your fingernails, in less time than you can sauté an onion, your brain has effectively rid itself of the very emotion that — a mere two minutes ago — was coursing intently through your veins.

"How to Be a 'Self Advocate' That Disability Organizations Will Take Seriously" by Lei Wiley-Mydske at We Always Liked Picasso Anyway:

Did you eat breakfast this morning? HOW INSPIRING! You did a thing and you did it while disabled so it's like you double did the thing with sparkles and rainbows and glitter and shit.

"Because I Couldn't Say It On the Phone" by Heather Armstrong at Medium:

Too many people are needlessly afraid that if they take medication or even agree to see a therapist that they are in some way admitting failure or defeat. Or they have been told by their boyfriend or their mother or their best friend that they just need get over it already, and that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Well then, let me be weak.

"Crownberry Day" by Helen Jane Hearn at

That’s how it was in Beepaland. For as long as anyone could remember, every egg-laying Beepa kept 15 crownberries on her head at all time.

"Free Hugs" by Brenda Keesal at Burns the Fire:

I am irritated and intrigued. I had imagined he was a 12-step superstar, a mafia don or a lion king. I feel a trickling doubt that this guy is for real, and have an increasingly urgent need to know why people hug him and who the freak he is.

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