Five Star Mixtape 367: Five Great Posts and a Mikhail Bulgakov Quote

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by a suicide, a children's book, skepticism of intent, feminine identity after physical trauma, an offer of connection, and Mikhail Bulgakov:

But what can be done, the one who loves must share the fate of the one he loves.
— Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita" —

Happy reading!

"The Secret to Quiet" by Sean H. Doyle at Sean H. Doyle:

Of course, it had been years since we’d spoken — roughly four or five, I’m foggy at best when I stop communicating with people, which is something I am apt to do — but I was still unmoored by the choice he made. I felt like the death was some kind of harbinger, a looming thing willing me to push forward or die. 

I have pushed forward.

"An Open Letter to the Female Hat-Wearing Dog From 'Go Dog, Go'" by Raquel D'Apice at The Ugly Volvo:

Momentarily distracted by the humdrum parade of big dogs, little dogs, black and white dogs, I watched as you walked in, brimming with joy and confidence, and looked on as some total nobody, indistinguishable from most of the other dogs in this book, crushed you with his subtle rejection.

"I'm an LGBT Christian and I'm skeptical of your prayers" by Casey Brown at Rage Against the Minivan:

Praying for us when we are broken, but not fighting to protect us is not love.

"Identity" by Jennifer Dary at Medium:

I made a new friend the other week, a fellow mom at the boys’ daycare. We got coffee. She doesn’t compare me with what I used to look like; she can’t answer the question “do I seem like myself?” because my current self is as authentic as she expects it to be.

"Tragedy and Queer Healing Through Eggs" by Drew Cordes at Queer the World:

What makes this scary is not that it’s senseless and random and out of the ordinary. It is scary because it’s a reminder that this happens all the time. A fact of life.

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