Five Star Friday's 273rd Edition Is Brought to You By Joseph Heller

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the sadness of rice cakes, blind privilege, the life-altering gift of knowledge, the weight of depression, chronicling a real life, raising a reader, the wages of the internal critic, bonding, the power in political knowledge, and Joseph Heller:

photo credit:  MDCarchives

photo credit: MDCarchives

Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.

— Joseph Heller

Happy Friday! And happy reading!

"Food Review: Rice Cakes" by Honest Toddler at The Honest Toddler:

Rice cakes get negative 800 points for taste. The flavor of rice cakes is that of stagnant air. It reminds me of when I take a deep breath in a closet. I felt like I was eating someone else's sigh.

"Putting Tom Perkins' Comments Into Context" by Mark Suster at Both Sides of the Table:

Tom Perkins is one of the founding members of the venerable venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins. He just had his Mitt Romney moment and his name will forever be etched in the collective consciousness of the tech community for this terribly insensitive and tone deaf letter to the Wall Street Journal.

"My Nerd Story: Class, Queerness and the Transformative Nature of Technology and Open Source" by Beth Flanagan at Geek Feminism:

When I was 9 or so, I had a pretty good idea that all the praying in the world wouldn’t make me not trans and that I should probably spend some time figuring out what to do about it. So, I petitioned my father for an adult library card (remember a time when ‘looking stuff up’ included a trip to an actual library?). I remember asking him if he would sign the papers for my library card and he handed me the largest book on the bookshelf he could find,’The Crusades’ by Zoe Oldenbourg. He told me “Read this and do a book report and I’ll sign the permission slip”. I read it in about a month or so and that signed permission slip opened up a world I could never have dreamt of.

"And I Am Nothing of a Builder" by Wil Wheaton at

And you know that depression lies, but you listen to it anyway, and you don’t even know why, but you do. It’s like you can’t tune it out and ignore it, even though it’s getting in between you and the thing you love to do more than anything else.

"#365FeministSelfie" by Tabatha M. at Tabulous:

I thought about quitting altogether, as obviously my photos were not feminist enough, were not images of the strong, capable woman I'd convinced myself I'd fought so hard to become. Instead, they were photos of a girl struggling to carry a load too heavy, slowly breaking apart at the seams.

"I Raised Henry" by Tracey Long at Exposure:

It started with Dinosaurs, then the Solar System, Super Heroes, Maps, Sea Creatures, Presidents, Music... 
He has a crazy memory. 
In 3rd grade I told him I'd give him a dollar for every president he could name, expecting Washington and Lincoln. 
I had to hand over $42 and he was mad that Grover Cleveland didn't count twice. 

"The Bully Too Close to Home" by Rachel Macy Stafford at Hands Free Mama:

If we want our children to become who they’re meant to be, let’s ease up. “Nobody’s perfect” can be two of the most empowering, healing words when said to oneself or to another human being.

"Oral Feeding In the NICU: Chester's Story" by Sue Ludwig at the National Association of Neonatal Therapists:

He will do this all over in just a few hours. And soon he will seek the dance. He will love the dance. I can tell.

"The Death of Expertise" by Tom Nichols at The Federalist:

Remember: having a strong opinion about something isn’t the same as knowing something.

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