Five Star Blog Roundup 426: Five Great Posts and a Jacqueline Woodson Quote

photo credit: Tulsa City-County Library [ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ],  via Flickr  (cropped)

photo credit: Tulsa City-County Library [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr (cropped)

This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by cooking with ghee, a homeless person, a financial bind, a forgotten child, the question of gender, and a quote by Jacqueline Woodson:

I couldn't be a writer without hope. I think I became a writer because I'm pretty optimistic.
— Jacqueline Woodson —

Happy reading!

"Grease Unspoken" by Ra Avis at Rarasaur:

I used a very specific hand motion to scoop the ghee. My three middle fingers woulld bend halfway toward the palm, and my little finger and thumb stretched upward.
It is a mudra, actually — the mirga shirsha, the deer head. The face of the deer dips into the shortening in a quick choppy motion, and then I would scrape my fingers against the black skillet.

"I See You, Sir" by Katie at kathunk:

I see you, sir.

I see you, even though I walk into the store without glancing over, just like all the other people today. I’m hurrying to follow my friends inside, to get out of the rain, to get into a warm building.

I see you. I see you and your hat full of change.

"How I Got Out Of Negative Equity" by Katie at Chain of Wealth:

Monday, November 27, 2017 was the happiest day of my life.

Why do you ask? I sold my 2015 Honda Crosstour.

Now, this may sound silly to be so happy to get rid of a car, let me give you the back story on my negative equity.

"Lost: A Tale of an Impatient Child and the Lure of Televised Cricket" by Asha Rajan at Asha Rajan:

When I was ten years old, my father lost me. Like a set of misplaced keys, or the wallet he was certain he put down on the kitchen table, he set me down, and when he returned, I was gone.

"What the Heck IS Gender Affirming, Anyway?!" by Taylor J Mace at Feisty Fox Films:

When I realized that I wasn’t a girl — when I knew it deeply and fully, when I knew that I could actually change this instead of simply hating an unchangeable fact about me, I also knew that I didn’t identify fully as male. I saw how a guy who would later become my boyfriend identified with his transness and knew it wasn’t for me, but it was close. I saw a way to fix what I felt needed altering.

And then somewhere along the way, I lost sight of that.

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