Toxic Shame & Chronic Illness

There's an understanding in our society, both spoken and unspoken that places the worth of an individual on what they can accomplish. When your health deteriorates to the point that you can no longer hold a job or take care of your kids and your home as you would like, you may find that you've internalized that belief to your very core.

Book Review: ‘Take Daily As Needed’ by Kathryn Trueblood

I’ve been in a reading slump and I was hoping it would be something that would help reawaken my literary curiosity. I immediately had a good feeling about it. The description sounded different from anything I’d read before in the genre. Her previous work was also well received and sounded intriguing. When I read Trueblood’s a recipient of the Goldenberg Prize in Fiction and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award, I was confident her work would be a pleasure to read. I knew I had to read this novel.

Book Review: ‘Mast Cells United’ by Amber Walker

It appears my hot streak of finding amazing books and products continues with this book review on Mast Cells United: A Holistic Approach to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome by Amber Walker. Ms. Walker was kind enough to give me a copy so I could review it for my readers and let me tell you, this book is as essential to mast cell activation disorder patients as Jeannie Di Bon's Hypermobility Without Tears is to people with EDS and HSD.

Book Review: ‘Salt in My Soul’ by Mallory Smith

'Salt in My Soul' by Mallory Smith really took me by surprise. It isn't just a story wrapped in journal style writing, it's a literary pleasure one can sip like their favored tea, savoring the sweet aroma of each sentence with delight. It's beauty doesn't make it any less tragic or relatable. It makes it a much more enjoyable and universal read. The world lost a great writer the day Mallory Smith took her last breath. Luckily, she left behind this treasure for us to enjoy and learn from, along with many great environmental works during her freelance writing career.