Five Star Blog Roundup 432: Four Great Posts and a Madeleine L'Engle Quote

Madeleine L'Engle. Illustration credit: molosovsky [ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ],  via Flickr

Madeleine L'Engle. Illustration credit: molosovsky [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0], via Flickr


This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by bravely discussing the reality of living with mental illness, finding your names when your roots are challenging, a few sweet moments, a complicated embodiment, and a Madeleine L'Engle quote:

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
— Madeleine L'Engle —

Happy reading!

"On My Depression" by Trevor Twining at Trevor Twining:

I am depressed.

This latest episode has lasted just over a year. And it's not over yet. I would say that most people haven't even known. I'm still largely functional.

I'm largely functional. An interesting turn of phrase.

"On Being Queer, Disowned, and the Struggles of Legal Name Changes While Fleeing Your Abusers" by MX Nillin at Mx Nillin:

So, my nesting partner, Falon, and I are once again talking about getting our legal name changes done. It’s been something that we’ve wanted to do for a long time. Currently, both of us are still living under our deadnames. But as with every time before, we’re hitting the same snag: our surname.

"Float" by Bumble Ward at Miss Whistle:

I have dreamed of levitating since I was a child. Flying down the stairs. Jumping out of windows into flight. And now, more recently, the effortless scooping of air with my hands to set me aloft. The part I love is how easy it is, as if floating in the sky is the most natural thing for human beings, countless souls surveying the earth from above, carefree.

"If I Have a Body, Let It Be a Book of Sad Poems" by Billy-Ray Belcourt at Billy-Ray Belcourt:

if i have a body, let it be a book of sad poems. i mean it. indigeneity troubles the idea of “having” a body, so if i am somehow, miraculously, bodied then my skin is a collage of meditations on love and ontology and shattered selves.

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