Book Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Baby TeethBaby Teeth by Zoje Stage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a review copy of this book.

I love reading author acknowledgements, this book has a fine example.

Unputdownable. (Is that a word? Why, actually, it is! “adjective, informal, (of a book) so engrossing that one cannot stop reading it.” Oxford English Dictionary, online:… )

But I digress.

And to digress again, this excerpt sums up chronic illness perfectly, “She resented her body’s betrayal. She Still couldn’t express how insecure it made her, how she lived on a precipice. The most basic parts of her could fail, and there was nothing she could do to stop it.” (p. 154)

This book kept me up all night, trying to read through all in one sitting.

Wow. Tragic. I hope you… enjoy?

Read 6/4-5/18

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I wish I still lived in Boston 

Lit Crawl Boston – Boston Book Festival
I grew up in the Boston suburbs and graduated from Emerson College when it was still in Back Bay. At 22, I left Massachusetts to spread my wings, moving first to Northern Virginia, then exploring the state New Jersey, eventually settling in Monmouth County (exit 117 😉).

Recently, I’ve felt a strong pull to be back in Boston. Several times during my illness (which started in 2009), different scenarios have been posited for moving back to Massachusetts. The bottom line is I haven’t been well enough to move: all of my doctors are here, and I’ve got a great team – that’s a challenge to put together and it wouldn’t be prudent to start over (especially now that I’m making some progress).

Nevertheless, I still feel the pull of the history and opportunities. I dream of going back, not as an invalid, but ready to make a contribution. My job now is to get well so I can make my dreams a reality. 

2nd Annual Lit Crawl!

  Get ready for a night of literary mayhem and merry making. The 2nd Annual Boston Lit Crawl is Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-9:30pm! This evening of fun is free, and it all takes place along Newbury Street and throughout the Literary District.  

 Check out the schedule and sign up for your favorite activities. 

 P.S. Be sure to add Literary Balderdash, a game show presented by GrubStreet and Brookline Booksmith, to your Lit Crawl itinerary!

Essay, Suddenly Seymour 

I had my IV antibiotics earlier today (administered at a local hospital per insurance requirements), came home and slept for several hours, then woke with “Suddenly Seymour” rattling around my brain. Several hours later it’s stuck in a loop. I watched the movie (Little Shop of Horrors), the day of the eclipse, so a week ago yesterday, and hadn’t consciously thought about the song since then. What strange things our brains are!

Though, it certainly would be nice to have someone (compatible and sane) declare him/herself in a ballad. 

One of these days I’ll start dating again… Perhaps I’ll be able to find my (kaboom) Seymour. 

Help Leigh pay her medical bills, Lyme caring

I’m going to attempt to share my update here…

If everyone who visited this post donated a dollar, I would be able to pay my overdue and upcoming medical bills.



I’m so befuddled by this an drowning, I’m starting to get a migraine.

Thank you.

Has marijuana prohibition affected you? ** essay/shared 

To whom it may concern, 

I am a Lyme, Fibromyalgia, CFS, Hashimoto’s, CIDP, and more others, patient. Along with chronic pain,  I have daily headaches and migraines. Because I do not fit into New Jersey’s rigid medical marijuana guidelines, I have no alternative but to use legal prescription opiods, pain killers, migraine medication, and muscle relaxers, on a daily basis. Also, because I don’t drive and my current financial situation, even if i was eligible, I have no way to get to a dispensery, or the means to pay. 

As a Medicare patient, medical marijuana should be available as a prescription by any doctor who can prescribe opiods, should be easily accessible to the disabled, and covered under prescription pharmacy plans.

Or, follow the Colorado model and make it available to all, taxing and keeping quality control in place. The increase in taxes can be used for education at all levels. 

Very sincerely, 

Leigh Mann 

Disabled since 2009

Share your story with us.

Drug Policy Alliance

Just a couple months ago, we launched our campaign to legalize marijuana in New Jersey to ensure it’s fair and equitable and does not continue the harms of marijuana prohibition. 

There are severe long-term consequences for New Jerseysans who’ve experienced a marijuana arrest or conviction including making it more difficult to get a job, housing, student loans or even a driver’s license! And marijuana laws have been used to support biased policies like stop and frisk, racial profiling and the deportation of people of color. 

Right now we’re collecting stories from New Jerseyans who’ve been personally affected. If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by marijuana prohibition, please share your story by emailing Meagan Glaser at or call our office at 609-396-8613 (we can guarantee anonymity if necessary). 

Our New Solutions Marijuana Reform Campaign is looking to highlight these struggles in our advocacy. Legislators need to hear stories from their constituents to help them understand how harmful our current marijuana laws are and the importance of legalizing marijuana in a fair and equitable way that works to repair these past harms.

In an effort to collect as many personal stories as possible so we can have the biggest impact, please be sure to forward this message to other New Jerseyans you think may be directly affected and interested in sharing the challenges they faced due to a marijuana arrest and/or conviction. 

With your help and stories, I’m confident we can show lawmakers how much damage prohibition has done and end it by legalizing marijuana in New Jersey. 


Roseanne Scotti
Director, New Jersey
Drug Policy Alliance

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Help Leigh pay for her Lyme care

I’m going to attempt to share my update here…

If everyone who visited this post donated a dollar, I would be able to pay my overdue and upcoming medical bills. 



I’m so befuddled by this an drowning, I’m starting to get a migraine.

Thank you.