Five Star Blog Roundup 434: Three Great Posts and an Anna Quindlen Quote

This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by a great how-to for reaching out, living with fibromyalgia, a writer moving to northern England, and an Anna Quindlen quote:

 photo credit: Angela Radulescu [ CC BY 2.0 ],  via Flickr

photo credit: Angela Radulescu [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.

— Anna Quindlen —

Happy reading!

"10 Ways to 'Reach Out' When You're Struggling With Your Mental Health" by Sam Dylan Finch at Let's Queer Things Up!:

In the weeks following their suicide, my grief took me to dark places. I soon began having my own suicidal thoughts. And even then, when it was my turn to “reach out”? Even after losing my friend? I began to withdraw, too. 

I watched, with painful awareness, as I did much of what my friend seemed to do leading up to their suicide. I wrote myself off as a burden. I isolated myself. I got lost in my own head. And despite knowing the danger of where I found myself, I said nothing.

After an especially scary night, I realized something: No one ever explained to me how to ask for help. No one told me what “reaching out” even meant.

"Hugs Hurt" by Michelle E. Matthews at Round Holes Square Pegs:

Hugs hurt. I don’t want to say that they do but it’s true. An arm around my side, the pressure on my body, sends thousands of tiny needles to the surface, attacking my skin. But I want the embrace; I need to feel loved, so I welcome it, trying not to wince.

"Living In A Plague Village In The Early 21st Century" by Tom Cox at Tom Cox:

"Weather is ghosts," says a note in my journal, made on one blizzard night. I think that can be true, and a good ghost story doesn't even necessarily have to feature a ghost. It can just feature some of the elements we make ghosts out of, in our minds. That said, I’m not totally convinced about the explanation for that salt shaker, and some deep fragment of dread has prevented me from asking my mum for confirmation regarding the movement of the fish.

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