What I Have Learned from Chronic Illness – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco… | Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog


Many thanks to my friend Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape, for once again hosting me on his supportive and informative blog
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Visit Chris’ blog HERE. He has so much to offer.

The opportunity to learn presents itself more often than most of us recognize. We ignore or do not hear the knock on the door to our hearts and minds. We become outraged or sickened when engaging with or reacting to someone whose behavior strikes fear in us. We allow our attention to divert to the trivial when facing something that makes us uneasy. Yet everyone and everything we encounter is a mirror, a reflection of ourselves.

I have been off line for most of the past six weeks, coping with a flareup of fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue. When homebound and at times bedridden, it is a challenge to feel connected to the outside world and not slip…

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Love, Simon Movie Review



I was lucky enough to be invited to Love, SimonPremiere on February 9, 2018 in Montreal! Big thank you to Harper Collins for having me at the event 🙂

Capture d’écran 2018-03-17 à 01.40.45.pngrtingThis movie has the most ordinary plot ever with some of the most ordinary lives ever. 


  • Finally, we have a normal YA movie with no “cliques”and the superficial images of teenagers and thank god it’s about time. Finally a party where no one gets past first base or driving drunk. Yes people, teenagers can actually be responsible.
  • The character development is amazing!  It also helps that the acting was very strong, not only with the main character but all the side characters as well. What is very interesting is, not once, the character ever felt shame. He did feel sadness and frustration because he might lose someone he cherished, (spoiler from here) even when people found…

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“The Spoon Theory”

So much yesssss

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I’ve noticed recently that a lot of my wonderful blogger friends have been struggling with a variety of  chronic health issues. Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Migraine Headaches, Chronic Pain, and many more.

I’ve also seen that many bloggers feel guilty if they can’t post more often, reply to comments, blog hop etc.  As I also suffer from chronic health issues, I understand these feelings. Although of course, we are all different.

Blogging, reading, writing reviews. and interacting with others has been incredible for me.  I’ve met some fantastic reviewers, readers, bloggers, authors, and publishers.  All of it takes me away and gives me a sense of purpose.  I’m starting to feel confident about writing a good review.

I am really thankful for this blog. However, there are some days where it is just too much for me. Sometimes I need to take a break and I’m learning that it’s okay.

I think…

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Dear Betsy Devos

Shelby Lynn Hawk

In case you haven’t heard…Betsy Devos, 11th U.S. Secretary of Education took to twitter with this…

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And as you can imagine, teachers are responding. The hashtag #morethanastockphoto has over 1,000 posts on it. So many pictures of teachers showing how their kids are not just sitting at their desks doing worksheets. How we as teachers do more than just spit information out at our kids while they sit and take notes.

What was her goal with this? To show the world how far education hasn’t come. Well Betsy, we are all here to let you know who wrong you are. Personally, my heart breaks knowing that someone who is supposedly leading the way for education in the United States, doesn’t fully understand what a classroom today looks like.

Teachers have been posting picture after picture of their classrooms. Most of them show how their kids are laughing and collaborating. They’re working…

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Vita Brevis Press

Submitted by Ali Grimshaw

In the unfinished

before the credits scroll past

can you choose acceptance

without an end,

before the conclusion

without approval from the crowd?

Between the ribs, within

deeply, a voice

the one you used to hear

before you thought the others

were the ones that mattered

knew better and overruled your soul.

Before you decided

who you weren’t going to be.

Vita Brevis is currently open to poetry submissions!
Photo Credit: Rene Magritte – Pilgrim

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