Five Star's 288th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By R.J. Palacio

This week's Five Star great blog roundup is brought to you by interconnectedness and life and death, truth behind the lens, perfectly good use of an overused word, the history behind a difficult relationship, building an internet we're not ashamed of, male entitlement, a wake-up call, internet ridiculousness, and R.J. Palacio:

R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder
Now that I look back, I don't know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.

— excerpt from Wonder, R.J. Palacio —

Happy Wednesday!

"Close to Home" by Eden Kennedy at Eden M. Kennedy:

On a brighter note, one of my friends from college died this month, and there’s nothing like one of your peers taking off for points unknown to make you wonder if you’re secretly growing a tumor or two of your own.

"Hurting and Healing" by Casey Mullins at Moosh In Indy:

I hope you think twice when you see the seemingly perfect lives of others, including my own.

"The 'Amazing'" by Virginia Heffernan at Medium:

Amazing is tenacious. A sign in a writer’s room I saw once suggested a hundred or more words to use instead of “amazing.”… Not one of the new words does what amazing does: give musical shape to the shared exhalation of English-speaking humans in a form that is carries both shock and (by now) banality, just as every breath on earth does or ought to do. This essay, then, should be counted as a defense of shopwornness — in this one case, anyway.

"Butter" by Heather Barmore at TueNight:

"Mortification due to dairy product" isn’t found in the DSM V. In fact, this is the first time I have given much thought to the very real cruelty of adolescence.

"The Internet With A Human Face: Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk" by Maciej Cegłowski at Idle Words:

Google's answer is, wake up, grandpa, this is the new normal. But all they're doing is trying to port a bug in the Internet over to the real world, and calling it progress.

You can dress up a bug and call it a feature. You can also put dog crap in the freezer and call it ice cream. But people can taste the difference.

"The Beach" by Leah Reich at Medium:

Back home, I preferred parties with the local community college boys, wanted to go on vacations to exotic locations, convinced high school boys that maybe we could do like Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in 9 1/2 Weeks and drizzle honey on each other.

Adult-like but not adult: still very much a little girl who didn’t know yet what, specifically, to be afraid of.

"The Longest Night" by Liz Gumbinner at Mom-101:

It’s the thought you never want in your head for more than a fleeting nanosecond. While losing a child may be the worst thing any of us can imagine, I think that the thought of them losing us may be worse.


"It Is Impossible to Believe How Mindblowing These Amazing New Jobs Are" by Paul Ford at Medium:

Our venture-funded vertical-driven content prosumer phablet platisher is rapidlygrowing and we need to add some Ninja Rockstar Content Associates A.S.A.P. See below for a list of open positions!

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