Five Star Blog Roundup 421: Five Great Posts and a Gordon Korman Quote

This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by empowering women, the need for indigenous curriculum, guns and violence in the United States, weathering rough seas, a house of love, and a quote by Gordon Korman:

 by Craig Pennington [ CC BY 2.0 ],  via Flickr

by Craig Pennington [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

The dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down.
— Gordon Korman —

Happy reading!

"This Is Why a Restraining Order Is More Than 'Just a Piece of Paper'" by Aussa Lorens at Hacker. Ninja. Hooker. Spy.:

I wrote an essay for Scary Mommy last week, titled It’s Easier To Buy a Gun Than Get a Restraining Order, and That’s The Problem. They have incredible reach due to their 3.5 million Facebook followers so I fully expected the dregs of society to crawl outta their momma’s basements and cheeto-pound their keyboards in fits of rage because women aren’t supposed to do things like speak. But that’s not what happened. Instead, I had to read– over and over– this same stupid sentence:  

“A restraining order is just a piece of paper.”

"We Are All Treaty Parents" by Liz James at Liz James Writes:

Yesterday, my kids came home to find me ON FIRE TO GO TO WAR WITH THE EVILS OF THE WORLD…

Last week, Bronwyn Eyre (the province’s Education Minister) gave a speech in the legislature about how she didn’t like what her son brought home from school so she wants to change the curriculum so that the core stuff is not “watered down” by too much Indigenous content.  Which she feels should be it’s own separate thing.

"Run, Hide, Fight: How Threats of Mass Shootings Have Changed My Life" by Rebecca Barrett-Fox at 606:

It was not my first experience with a shooter that changed how I go about my daily life, and, in fact, it was not the worst experience, by far.

It was my third time of sheltering in place. It was the eighth such event that scared or hurt or killed people I love.

"The end of (the capitalist white supremacist heteropatriarchal hate-full order of) the world, a survival guide" by Zoe Todd at Savage Minds:

One: find your beloveds. Find your beautiful soul-kin. Check in with them every day. Tell them they matter. Weather storms together, like schools of fish in rough seas.

Two: Manifest care however you can, to whatever extent is possible in your given circumstances. Choose care. Choose tenderness. Admit to yourself when you are enacting care in name only. Regroup. Restore. Breathe. Ask for help if you can, in your circumstances.

"A Purple and Green Promise" by Briton Underwood at Punk Rock Papa:

Sixteen and brimming with angst and depression, I railed against my mom for a life she had been absent from. Having barely seen her since I was eight, sixteen was the cusp.

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