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Book Review: By the Way – Eclectic Short Story Compilation – Loved it!

By: Caperton Tissot

Caperton Tissot gives readers an interestingly eclectic mix of topics in her latest book of short stories. Each one is unique, fun to read and often shows us glimpses of real people we have encountered or perhaps we are related to.

There are seventeen stories just waiting to be read. It is hard to pick a favorite because I enjoyed them all. I will pick a few of them that really stand out and give you a quick, one line review of each.

“Pea Soup”: This story has a quirky end that made me laugh – I enjoy dark humor.

“Rose Hall”: Set in 1935, the author reminds us that the good old days may not have been so good.

“Beauty and the Frog”: Some people never learn.

“Out of Bounds”: A little excitement can cause a lot of trouble.

“Slip Sliding Away”: It reminds us that there are precious things in life that often are overlooked in the frenzy. This is my favorite story in the book, I really loved it.

I personally love to read books of short stories. Life is busy for many, and to be able to read a long book is often difficult due to everyday interruptions. By the Way is perfect little snippets of life that you can read while waiting in a car pool lane or during the baby’s nap. My favorite escape is reading during lunch either at work or home. Finishing a complete story is satisfying and relaxing and gives you something to think and talk about the rest of the day.

This is the first book I have read by Ms. Tissot. She has written several others that I am interested in reading as well. Her other books include essays, history, poetry and fiction.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: Cannabis for Seniors

By Beverly A. Potter PH.D.

Would it surprise you to learn “…people ages 55 and older are now the fastest-growing demographic of pot users in the country?”. Or that several conditions of aging can be treated with medical marijuana in place of opioids?  Cannabis is rapidly becoming a viable option to treat chronic conditions in senior citizens.

Cannabis for Seniors is a fascinating look at pain relief that is not addictive – unlike opioids. Ms. Potter states that “The Risk of dependency (of opioids) is virtually 100%”. The author contends that “pharmaceutical does not “cure” the distress, but rather masks it”. Sadly, many seniors live with constant pain and the only solution up until now may have been pharmaceutical – but that is rapidly changing.

There has been a steady reduction of opioid use in states with legalized marijuana. Per the Health Affairs Journal: “…$165 million reduction in annual Medicare spending on drugs for which marijuana could be a substitute ”. Another interesting statistic comes from the JAMA Internal Medicine study that “saw a 25 percent reduction in overdoses from painkillers in states with legalized marijuana.” Personally, I feel the research sees it a viable option that cannot be taken lightly and should be considered if you or someone you love has to deal with chronic pain. Additionally, cannabis has also shown “promise in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease” as it promotes the removal of plaque in the brain.

The title page of this book states that it is not “medical advice” and “Readers should discuss issues raised in this book with their personal physician…”. I agree wholeheartedly. But I seriously feel it is a book that any senior who has chronic pain issues should read and consider the possibility of using cannabis for relief. It is informative and offers an alternative to opioids, and as we all know many states have legalized marijuana. If your doctor feels it is a viable option, it is really important to do your own research as well, to see if it is right for you. “Cannabis For Seniors” is a great way to start.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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