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617.48, or, The Mystery of the Missing Book — ADD Tip O the Day 693

At the Library with ADD ADHD Went to the library to get a specific book. Computer says it’s 617.48, and it’s on the shelf. Went to the shelf. Not there.  There was a big book on brain injury, a subject … Continue reading

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Writing with ADD ADHD? Is It Possible? — ADD Tip O the Day 691

Writing with ADD ADHD? It takes me a long time to write a book.  ADD ADHD does not help. I’m a lousy writer, so I need many drafts with many suffering reviewers helping along the way.  But I finally got The Bully … Continue reading

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Too Many Projects — ADD Tip O the Day 687

Creativity and ADD ADHD One of the many “gifts” of ADD ADHD is that we are creative.  Is it a blessing or a curse?  Doesn’t it depend on how we manage it? – if we manage it. I just read … Continue reading

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Flexibility and Perceptions with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 686

My ADD ADHD locks me into unpleasant things I needed to do my morning routine, and then exercise and shower, and then I had a         one  PM appointment.  I was feeling rushed – hate that feeling.  Then I realized there … Continue reading

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Willpower – with ADD ADHD? Who are you kidding? — ADD Tip O the Day 685

I recently posted Willpower #2  with ADD ADHD, which was supposed to come right after this one.  But somehow, this one never got posted.  Imagine that!  How in the world could such a thing have happened?   Willpower?  What’s that? … Continue reading

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Many, many, many things on my mind, with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 684

Three other things Often when I’m doing something, my mind is on three other things I need to be doing (or want to be doing.)  That’s ADD ADHD. Can anyone relate to this? Strategy Write the other three things down.  … Continue reading

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Willpower #2 (or not)— ADD Tip O the Day 683

Do you think you have weak willpower, or none?  It’s an ADD ADHD issue, for sure.  Maybe you can do something about it. From Nancie George: “Expert Tips to Cultivate Willpower Are you lacking in the willpower department? Our experts … Continue reading

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My New Year’s Resolution — ADD Tip O the Day 681

First, I hope you each have a wonderful 2016. Keep identifying problems and working on strategies.  It’s bound to help. My New Year’s resolution is not to make any New Year’s resolution.  They don’t work for me, probably because of my … Continue reading

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Sleep, and Health, and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 679

Inadequate sleep makes ADD ADHD worse I’m a little more disorganized than usual, thus so is this post.  Probably because I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Sleep is of fundamental importance to our health and well-being, but even more so with … Continue reading

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The Free Secret of Weight Loss, Even with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 678

The Secret to Weight Loss OK, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer, here’s the secret: We are blessed with a wonderful salad bar, with  decent mixed greens and all kinds of accompaniments.  My favorites are olives, mushrooms, celery, and cucumbers.  But … Continue reading

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Your Weight and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 677

Losing Weight, Even With ADD ADHD I’m an expert on losing weight.  I’ve lost hundreds of pounds. I’m also an expert in putting pounds back on.  Done that, too. If I work really hard at it, I can lose a pound … Continue reading

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More Things You Can Do To Be Healthy In Spite of ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 676

The Four Most Important Things You Can Do For Yourself,                           Repeated  From the Previous Post, Because They Are So Important  (in order of importance) Stop smoking   2. Exercise   3. Meditate   4. Omega-3 fatty acid    5. get enough sleep Vicki … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Symptoms and Some of the Many Ways They Can Mess Up Your Life — ADD Tip O the Day 674

Examples of various ADD ADHD symptoms and their bad effects One of our major symptoms is impulsiveness.  That leads to blurting out inappropriately.   It also leads to  making snap judgments of people, but that’s common with vanillas, too. And we have trouble controlling … Continue reading

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Comments About ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 672

I keep worrying that you may not read the comments.  If you don’t, you’re missing a lot.  Here are some fine examples: Homey– — I’ve been enjoying the pomodoro technique of time management. I only do something for 25 minutes … Continue reading

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Too Much, Too Much, Too Much — ADD Tip O the Day 670

Sometimes with my ADD ADHD, I can’t think straight, or even walk straight.  Sometimes it’s all too much. I was going to the library. It was a nice day. I was going to walk. Since I was going out, my … Continue reading

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The Power of One, for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 658

List of One – for ADD ADHD Overwhelmed I was already overloaded when I got the notice that my gross receipts tax (New Mexico!) had not been paid for December, 2014. Think of the penalties! Think of all the research … Continue reading

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Living with ADD ADHD, Homey’s Version — ADD Tip o the Day 657

I’ve been gone and am a little behind (what else is new). So was delighted when Homey came up with this great post, comparing living with ADD ADHD to living without it, like her husband does.  Of course, he’s obviously … Continue reading

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Structure and Routine And Strategies for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 656

Structure and Strategies Structure is essential.  I don’t consider it a strategy though.  Not quite sure why. Probably because it is so basic. Basics include sleep, structure, exercise, and maybe getting outside, mediation or yoga or something like that.  Basics … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and My Addictions. What Are Your Addictions? — ADD Tip O the Day 655

Many things can be addicting for us.  I’ve been  addicted to computer war games and to caffeine, but not anymore.  My only current addiction is food. Hall marks of addiction are craving, time and energy and money spent on thinking about … Continue reading

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Rules Can Help You With ADD ADHD: a follow up – – – ADD Tip O the Day 651

My wife is back!   Thank God! But I didn’t unravel.  I give the credit to the rules, although having the structure of writing on the next book was also helpful. Report on the rules: No alcohol.  – I scored 100% on this … Continue reading

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Rules Can Make Your Life Better with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 649

Using Rules: A major principle for coping with ADD ADHD is:  identify a problem, design a strategy, make it a rule, make it a habit.  But with ADD ADHD there are other uses for rules . Some of us do … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD Talking To Myself — ADD Tip O the Day 648

Sometimes I talk to myself out loud, sometimes just inside my head. “You need to call Verizon.” I don’t want to call Verizon. “You need to call Verizon anyway.” It probably won’t do any good. “You need to try.” OK. Let me do … Continue reading

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Is ADHD A Disorder? — ADD Tip O the Day 647

I found this on the net.  The link is below if you want to watch it.  I didn’t. “ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder: Stephen Tonti at TEDxCMU” Well, it is a difference.  It’s a difference that … Continue reading

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ADD ADHD and Wisdom? A Dozen Top Tips — ADD Tip O the Day 645

We ADDer’s are not renowned for our wisdom. Even so, you would think that by this advanced age I would have learned some things that could be of value to others. So here is my advice, for what it’s worth. Some … Continue reading

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Flyfishing with ADD ADHD, and LIfe As She Is — ADD Tip O the Day 632

Is fly fishing a metaphor for life with ADD ADHD? I don’t think fly fishing is as hard as they say, but with ADD ADHD it sure can be harder. When you are fly fishing, there are many things that … Continue reading

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“As Soon As —” – An ADD ADHD Time Problem — ADD Tip O the Day 612

“As Soon As—“ There are several things I want to do, “as soon as – — -”                          I want to start Spanish lessons again.                          I want to resume fishing.                          I want to cleanup the disarray in my … Continue reading

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Helpful Things for ADD ADHD – Meditation Light??? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 611

Three Helpful Things for ADD ADHD Everyone agrees that certain things are helpful for anyone but especially helpful for those of us with ADD ADHD: Exercise Sleep Meditation And I would add, getting out-of-doors. Meditation I’ve been practicing a simple … Continue reading

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Learning From Experience with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 610

We learn from experience One  of the basic tricks to that learning is to remember the specific experiences.  And make rules from them. If we remember the experience, its easier to remember the rule and to follow it. Losing the car I … Continue reading

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The Rule for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 609

The ADD ADHD Problem I keep losing my car in parking lots. (Some of you might note that this problem is not limited to ADD ADHD) The Strategy  When I park the car, say OUT LOUD where it is -“3rd … Continue reading

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Here’s The Poop On Food, Diet, Dyes and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 607

How Many Helped?  How much help? There’s nothing wrong with a good healthy diet. I’m skeptical that it makes much difference for very many people with ADD ADHD. Research shows that the food dyes do make a small difference for … Continue reading

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Committing With ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 604

To Commit No, I don’t mean to get someone locked up, unless its myself.  I do try to lock myself into things, where I can’t not do them.  If I walked to the end of the scary high dive, I … Continue reading

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A Little of Everything —Tip o the Day 555

Mottoes One of my favorite mottoes  is, “If I can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.” My wife’s favorite motto is, “I cannot stand clutter!” Can you see where this is heading? Of course I have other mottoes, “Do it now, … Continue reading

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Cognitive Maps in ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 551

Cognitive maps From a course on learning: Starting as babies, we develop two kinds of cognitive maps of our environment. One is directions – go north three blocks, turn left at the pornography store, and right at the next light  … Continue reading

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I Don’t Wash Wine Glasses – – – ADD Tip O the Day 550

Identify the problem Every time I put wine glasses in the dishwasher, no matter how I do it, they break. That’s just part of my ADD ADHD. Make a strategy I do not put wine glasses in the dishwasher anymore. … Continue reading

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No Time to Think, Too Busy, Frantic, Overloaded — ADD Tip o the Day 542

The New York Times The New York Times took some time off from bashing ADD, ADHD, Ritalin and the other medications to print this article, which explains a lot. Avoiding We make ourselves busy so we can avoid feelings or … Continue reading

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I didn’t listen to the little voice! — ADD Tip o the Day 534

I didn’t listen I’m  only on draft number three in writing the new book, which includes some on  adult ADD ADHD . In Word, I cut a very large segment from one document to paste into another doc.      Before I got … Continue reading

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Not Getting Things Done? – – – ADD Tip o the Day 528

On not getting things done: My sister does not have ADD ADHD, but she sure comes up with some good tips.       Thanks Lucy. Here’s her email:  Doug,   Am trying a new strategy & wonder if it … Continue reading

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My Worst ADD ADHD Problem – – – ADD o the day 525

So many ADD ADHD symptoms: Distractibility, procrastination, impulsivity, blurting out, not finishing, not starting, not understanding time, not managing time, sloppy, uncoordinated, losing things –                   and what else? My worst problem: It’s hard … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Principles of Humanity? — ADD Tip o the Day 522

PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITY 1. If we struggle and struggle with a problem, and finally find something we can do that works, the next thing we will do is stop doing it. 2. People will choose up sides, and make it … Continue reading

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Don’t Need Structure — ADD Tip o the Day 519

Escape from structure Camil and others write about being free of structure, “Relief from all this silly rules.” And “Just let my mind fly anywhere it wants to.” That sounds wonderful to me, and now that I’m retired, seems like … Continue reading

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Women and ADD ADHD part 2 — ADD Tip o the Day 509

Follow up from homey (slightly edited): “If it’s bothering you enough to want to change it” is a big one. I have a family member who doesn’t write anything down and she frequently gets herself in BIG trouble. We both came to the … Continue reading

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Women and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 506

Too Disorganized I enjoyed meeting again with my friend, the lovely lady who claims that she’s too disorganized to get organized, or to use any of the tips or strategies. She says she doesn’t have shirt pockets, although she guesses she … Continue reading

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Strategies For Using Strategies for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 454

Are you using strategies for your ADD ADHD problems? Strategies are the key to living better with ADD ADHD, though medication (ritalin, adderall, antidepressant) can be very helpful. For one thing, it can help us focus enough so that we … Continue reading

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Unrestrained — ADD Tip o the Day 396

Has anyone noticed that all of my recent posts are too long? Not this one. doug spouting off?

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Change — ADD Tip o the Day 374

If we have ADD or ADHD we need to be open to change, to find strategies to our lives go better. Change can be hard.  Often we don’t even realize that change is an option.  Therapists talk about patients who … Continue reading

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I’m Too Disorganized To Organize — ADD Tip of the Day 333

My good friend with ADD or ADHD says she loves the blog posts but doesn’t have the compulsiveness to put them to use, too disorganized to be able to get organized.  She makes notes and lists on yellow stickies but … Continue reading

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Good news and bad news — ADD Tip o the Day 294

with ADD or ADHD, things happen:  bad news – I can’t believe that I drove off with the gas hose in the tank again!  3rd time.  I thought wouldn’t ever happen again, have a habit of checking before I drive off.  … Continue reading

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Self flogging — ADD Tip o the Day 293

I don’t know if self flogging is a  part of ADD or ADHD, or if we  just have more occasions to do it.  Roni posted about this on ADDer World, and she plans to stop  it, which is good.  Self flogging … Continue reading

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bleeping insurance company and ADD — ADD Tip o the day 283

Those of us with ADD or ADHD are probably fortunate if we have a touch of OCD also; it helps to counterbalance the impulsiveness and the difficulty motivating to start or to finish.  But it has its drawbacks too.  We … Continue reading

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Things I am not good at —- ADD Tip o the Day 278

1. sports – lack coordination, not much I can do about it but am improving a little at balancing on one foot (sposed to help ADD or ADHD???) 2. technology —- got book – i phone, the missing manual–  quite good, … Continue reading

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ADD and reading? — ADD Tip of the day 276

Joke of the day:       a guy with dyslexia walks into a rab…… One of my concerns is that people with ADD (or ADHD)might not read the book, because, well, because they have ADD (or ADHD).  We tend to buy on … Continue reading

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Bookkeeping?— ADD Tip o the Day 272

Do I hate bookkeeping because I’m no good at it, or am I no good at it because I hate it?  Or because I have ADD? (can you think of any other word in English with kk in it?) Maybe it … Continue reading

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Psychology of ADD: Defenses — ADD Tip o the day 264

With or without ADD or ADHD, we couldn’t survive without defenses.  But some are more healthy and functional than others.  Healthy – humor, sublimation, altruism, et al.  Unfortunately we tend to some others, like denial and avoidance. denial – I … Continue reading

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Psychology of ADD: Perfectionism — ADD Tip o the day 263

So we with ADD or ADHD tend to a big dose of shame, and often we coped by trying to be perfect.   “I’ll show them; they’ll see I am worth something.”  and “If I do it perfectly, then nobody … Continue reading

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How to change — ADD Tip o the day 252

Change is hard for anyone, not just for people with ADD or ADHD.  First, we have to make up our mind to change; the payoff has to be worth the effort to us (usually someone else wanting us to change is not enough). … Continue reading

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Long e mails —- ADD Tip o the day 239

When I get a long e-mail I have trouble reading it. I usually get one idea or maybe two and then my attention is gone and the rest of it might as well not be there. Maybe I just skim … Continue reading

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Want to — ADD tip o the day 228

“want to” can be a booger when it overwhelms “need to”, but it can also be a great helper.  Recent posts showed the dangers of “have to” and “should” and the advantages of “need to” and “could”.  But even better … Continue reading

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Slogans —- ADD Tip o the day 224

We all have self talk, don’t we? It can harm us or be a useful tool. These are some slogans I’ve found useful in self talk: 1. Do it now, do it right, do the hard part first. 2. I … Continue reading

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ADD and rule number 7 —ADD tip o the day 219

A businessman was sitting in the office of a CEO when the secretary burst in – ” Excuse me for interrupting but there’s a big problem!  Joe just called and he said -so and so and so on–“ The CEO listened … Continue reading

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We’re all different —- ADD Tip of the day 218

“We are all more human than otherwise.”  HS Sullivan, speaking of his work with people with schizophrenia.  True, but we are all unique too, including those of us with ADD or ADHD.  Several people have told me that the book … Continue reading

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Dithering —- ADD Tip o the day 213

Do you sometimes get in a dither?  A few days ago I was dithering (is that a word?)  Had a lot to do, tho no more than usual.  Couldn’t get going.  Couldn’t decide where to start.  Went this way, then … Continue reading

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Latest on willpower — ADD Tip o the day 205

Another NY Times article just out, agreeing that willpower is limited.  The people who do  best with willpower are those who use it least. They avoid temptation as much as possible.  If you have a problem with food, then put your … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed part 4 —- ADD Tip o the day 194

So the third type of overwhelmed I might call “frantic”.  My wife called me, “Come on, Doug, let’s go, we’re going to be late.  And would you make sure the doors are locked and take out the gargbage.”  I was … Continue reading

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Coping with The Critic —-ADD Tip o the day 188

Our inner critic can really sabotage us, especially if we have ADD or ADHD and there are so many opportunities for criticism and it falls on such fertile ground.  But we can use strategies to cope: 1.  spotting – this is … Continue reading

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ADD and outdoors — ADD Tip o the day 184

When I am stressed, worried, feel overloaded, I look at the mountains and remark that they were here long before I came and they will be here long after I’m gone.  It helps put things in perspective. When I am … Continue reading

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Delegate —- ADD Tip o the day 166

The computer got messed up so I had to buy a new one.  I’m technologically challenged, so I hired a high school student to set it up.  I could have done the first part, but there were lots of complicated issues … Continue reading

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ADD and reading — ADD Tip o the day 158

I read one of the paragraphs in the little blue book nearly every time I come in or out of the office.  It helps me keep on track and it’s uplifting.  I just noticed that I tend to rush through … Continue reading

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Handwriting — ADD Tip o the day 147

Believe it or not, my handwriting continues to get better.  It is almost semi legible most of the time now.  I just had this fantastic insight- if I want my handwriting to be better I need to focus some of my attention on how … Continue reading

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Avoid decisions — ADD Tip o the day 146

It is impressive how the new research on decision making confirms the ADD or ADHD strategies in the book.  Having rules to follow minimizes the need to make decisions, just follow the rule.  For example, I never have to decide … Continue reading

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What could go wrong? — ADD Tip of the day 137

I noticed that there were some newspapers on the front  of the counter, and touching behind them a vase.  It suddenly occurred to me that if I accidentally bumped the newspapers they might knock over the vase which could break. … Continue reading

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Hurry!! — ADD Tip o the day 136

I sent the book to the publisher and they sent me back a sample chapter so I could check and revise the way they had set it up, the chapter headings etc.  I was very excited.  I was in a hurry … Continue reading

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Distraction — ADD Tip o the day 135

My wife and I had a running disagreement about my colleges grades, she thought I was putting myself down and saying they were worse than they were.  So I ordered my transcript.  I didn’t know that I had ADD when … Continue reading

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