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Five Star's 318th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Lisa See

Five Star's 318th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Lisa See

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by zits, visible poverty, social violence, unethical journalism, accepting the humanity of our celebrities, a call to be better believers, a weird boyfriend, and Lisa See:

by Asís G. Ayerbe (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Asís G. Ayerbe (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I think sometimes as an adult, you take people for what they do, and what they are now, instead of the whole picture of their lives.
— Lisa See —

Happy reading!


"Spotty" by Anastasia Chipelski at Anachips:

I tried to embrace the face. I’d take a selfie and stare at my own mug, willing myself to find something to appreciate. That used to work in other periods of self-deprecation, but it was more like a pat on the head than a shift in vision. I stared and stared and saw nothing.

"We Need Panhandlers to Tell Us the Truth" by Jan Wilberg at Red's Wrap:

No more asking strangers for help. No more begging. It’s bothering us. We’re going to make it against the law.
Then we can issue municipal citations which people will be unable to pay. After a while, their unpaid fines will land them in jail where, at least, their housing problems can be temporarily solved.

"When gelato gets racial or a little girl hears the N-word for the first time" by Shay Stewart-Bouley at Black Girl In Maine:

…as a mixed-raced family in a white space, the reality is that anytime we leave our house as a family, we risk incurring the wrath of the ignorant and hateful. To partake in the joys of the first treats of spring can turn ugly without notice and, sadly, a visit to Maine’s most populous city yesterday was the day when the ugly became personal and my nine-year-old daughter learned that there are people who will never know her essence but instead will reduce her to nothing more than a nigger.

"Fire Them All — What Needs to Happen Immediately at Rolling Stone" by Arnebya Herndon at Arnebya:

Erdely’s scathing cover of an alleged rape on the University of Virginia campus was retracted this past weekend, its allegations found, after a three-person investigation by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, to be untrue. Yet, Erdely remains atRolling Stone, potentially poised for her next assignment. This does nothing but solidify the foothold in falseness that “legitimate rape” lobbyists have.

"Admit It: Your Fave Is Problematic" by Ijeoma Oluo at Medium's Matter:

Our reluctance to have an honest and open conversation about the flaws of celebrities we love stems from a simple fact: we see ourselves in them. If your favorite smart, talented, successful celebrity can be classist, sexist or racist then what does that say about you? Well, it says that you can be classist, sexist, racist, homophobic, or transphobic.
But you can and you are at least some of these things sometimes. So am I. Own it. Learn from it.

"Bake For Them Two" by Jessica Kantrowitz at Ten Thousand Places:

Christians, our Jesus said to not only follow the law, but to rise to a higher standard of love. Christians should be the FIRST people baking cakes — for everyone who asks us. We should be known for our cake baking. People should be saying, “There go those crazy Christians again, baking cakes for everyone. They just won’t quit!”

"Proverb, 1989" by Caissie St. Onge at Caissie's Thing:

Back in high school, let’s say eleventh grade, I needed to bring my biology grade up because I loved getting A’s and I was failing at that. I loathed this situation. Not only because I was ashamed. Not only because my own mother was a former biology teacher who had lost her job due to the passage of Proposition 2 ½ in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yet never became bitter toward biology itself. It was mostly because my teacher (who had been my mom’s high school biology teacher, and later her colleague and then her friend) was a ghoul.

And because you are a fan of finding good, new writing online:

10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 28 March – 10 April 2015

10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 28 March – 10 April 2015

Grace in Small Things No. 562

Grace in Small Things No. 562