Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works from Elan.Works, a designer and editor at GenderAvenger, and a speaker who has spoken across North America. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

Five Star's 316th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to Us By Miguel de Cervantes

Five Star's 316th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to Us By Miguel de Cervantes

This week's roundup is brought to you by teaching and learning as indigenous people at university, a not-so-sexy sexy party, nematode worms, the loss of a good man, holding space, and Miguel de Cervantes:

by possibly Juan de Jauregui y Aguilar (circa 1583–1641) [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

by possibly Juan de Jauregui y Aguilar (circa 1583–1641) [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
— Miguel de Cervantes —

Happy reading!


"Carrying the Fire" by Daniel Heath Justice at Indigenous Nationhood Movement:

We need these brave, brilliant, fabulous minds and spirits put to the big challenges of our world. Decolonization and cultural resurgence can only happen when the best of who we are and what we can provide come together in service: for the People, for our families, for the other-than-human world, and even for ourselves. But we need our students to engage those challenges fuelled by love, hope, and transformative commitment.

The following contains adult content and is NSFW:
"Are Y’all Ready For This?" by Chelsea G. Summers at Adult Magazine:

There will be cheese cubes. There will also be a plate of desultory fruit, and another with careful loops of store-bought chocolate chip cookies… 
But the cheese, orange as a kindergartner’s sun, gets eaten. I can think of few foods less conducive to sex than cheese cubes — chili, I suppose — yet there I am, at a sex party, and there are cheese cubes.

"A Murder Mystery" by Katy Anders at Fascist Dyke Motors:

It wasn’t until late Friday evening that we became aware of the outbreak, and by then it was too late. The window for containment – the containment of whatever it was that we were dealing with – was closed, but still we went through the motions of containing it.
Zero Zero was the first to go.

"Carlos Mora 8/16/39 – 6/3/2014" by Sarah Yates at A House In the Hills:

I want to see him and Lou sitting outside deeply engrossed in a conversation, knowing that they would both choose to be nowhere else in that moment. As anyone who has lost someone knows, there are moments when it’s ok and then other moments when the finality of it all hits like a brick wall right in the face.

"What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well" by Heather Plett at Heather Plett:

In the two years since then, I’ve often thought about Ann and the important role she played in our lives. She was much more than what can fit in the title of “palliative care nurse”. She was facilitator, coach, and guide. By offering gentle, nonjudgmental support and guidance, she helped us walk one of the most difficult journeys of our lives.
The work that Ann did can be defined by a term that’s become common in some of the circles in which I work. She was holding space for us.

And because you are a fan of finding good, new writing on the internet:

Lobster Love: A Conversation

Lobster Love: A Conversation

Grace in Small Things No. 559: For the Love of Small Food

Grace in Small Things No. 559: For the Love of Small Food