Five Star Blog Roundup 410: Five Great Posts and a Bushra al-Fadil Quote

This week's Five Star Blog Roundup great posts are brought to you by having to face death, the question of T, accepting one's part, refusing to take it sitting down, the reality of necessary minimalism, and a quote from Bushra al-Fadil, the recent winner of the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing:

Bushra al-Fadil
I turned my senses into a tracking device. My ears became two microphones, my eyes two cameras, my nose a chemlab and my tongue a newscast. The device worked perfectly, unlike the products made in our factories these days.
— Bushra al-Fadil, translated by Max Shmookler, "The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away" —

Happy reading!

"On Gifts" by Susan Briscoe at The Death Project:

I have reclaimed that gift of acceptance. Living in a way that is true to me means accepting and fully embracing this experience so that I can do my best to transform it into something positive.

"Changing What You Love: On Considering Hormones While You’re Non-Binary" by Bex Caputo at Bex Talks Sex:

As I write this there’s a small packet of paper on the desk next to me. Three double sided pages, delicately stapled together. Across the top it reads:

Patient Information for Informed Consent


Three double-sided pages. As if that’s all I’ll need.

"That Little Bit Harder" by Donna-Louise Bishop at Newshound to Novelist:

In this moment, I know all he wants — needs — from me is something as simple as a hug, or at the very least a pat on the back and a peck on the cheek, but I am so angry I just can’t bring myself to do that. The demons of my past have destroyed normal physical connections. And his repeated failure to stick to his word is like a kick to the gut every time. I always take it so personally.

So where do we go from here?

"I'm That Angry Queer" by Mx Nillin at Mx Nillin:

…over and over and over and over again people say and do transphobic things. Often the same people. Over and over again TV shows, YouTube vids, movies, news broadcasters, reporters, talk show hosts, etc. say and do transphobic things. Over and over again politicians, religious leaders, public figures, celebrities, teachers, professors, say and do transphobic things. Over and over again “allies” say and do transphobic things, then get angry when you bring it up.

And we’re expected to just not burden those around us with any of it.

"How to be a nomadic minimalist… when you’re broke" by Kate at The Rolling Hoop:

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about tiny houses, minimalism, “vanlife” and “permanent vacations” on the road. I get excited every time I see a new video or article on my facebook feed because, since I’ve been on the road with my family since August, I think “they must be just like me!”

And then I get disappointed, because I see a serious difference: I’m broke, they’re not.

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