Five Star's 296th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Jeff VanderMeer

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by the mind and the body, one of the reasons why feminism matters, a child with Down Syndrome, a brilliant way of prioritizing based on your natural interests and values, a home birth, and Jeff VanderMeer:

History has shown us all too often the consequences of dreaming poorly or not at all.
— Jeff VanderMeer —

Happy Wednesday!

"Hardware/Software" by Diane Weist at Stranded In Time:

There is something foolish and western about referring to the body, mind and heart as different things. As though there’s an "it" and an "I." I know they are inseparable , and yet "I" am often aware of them, separately.

"On Sisterhood and Skateboards and Gripping the Lunchbox With Both Hands" by Rebecca Woolf at Girl's Gone Child:

Because saying NO to others is not enough sometimes. We need comrades and partners, sisters and brothers, friends and family to help us raise the volume, build our muscles, dance our dance...

"How and Why to Do a Life Audit" by Ximena Vengoechea at Medium:

Life has a funny way of getting in its own way: we get so busy, sometimes we forget to look up.
That's why every now and then it's important to take a step back and check in: How are we doing? Where are we going? What’s important now that perhaps wasn't before?

"It Is What You Make It" by Kelle Hampton at Enjoying the Small Things:

Down syndrome for us will always float somewhere between "It is what it is" and "It is what you make it." Like any parent of any child, we love our child just the way she is...and we'd love for her to reach her full potential which takes some pushing for all of us.

"Home Birth Away From Home" by Stephanie Land at Mamalode:

She calmed me. Her head, smelling like water and raw steak, and wrinkled body, pressed to my chest, brought me back, out of the panic.

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