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Here's to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit - Oh Look! A Chicken! [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Turis
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Did you know that if you forget to pay a speeding ticket you WILL get arrested—in front of your kids, the neighbors—the dog—and anyone else who happens to be there? True story. And the thing is, Stacey Turis has a million of them, and she imparts these and other nuggets of wisdom to offer others suffering from ADHD some hope in knowing that they are not alone.

A belly-laugh inducing romp through a life so convoluted and chaotic you know it has to be true, Stacey Turis’s debut gives a voice to the genius yet tormented souls suffering from giftedness, ADHD, or a combination of both (a condition known as twice-exceptional) who are too afraid to speak.

Chronicling her life journey from a state of self-loathing to one of self-acceptance, the stories flow timelessly, always incorporating the resulting lessons and reflections gleaned from each adventure. Including both the tragic, stomach churning details of a horrifically abusive time in her childhood to comic adventures such as deciding to dye her hair plum the day before an important presentation to a bank only to have it turn out purple, her life has never suffered from a dull moment. Though she often thought Karma was the reason she found herself in so many “pickles,” a friend explained to her that when you put yourself out in the world more than anyone else, it’s really just a matter of statistics. Lucky for Turis and the rest of us, putting herself out there all these years allows us all to look at life through her pair of less-struggle-more-sass glasses.

With over three hundred million people suffering from ADHD worldwide and experiencing many of the same debilitating symptoms, Turis’ goal is to share her experiences so that others afflicted can rid themselves of the shame of hiding their behavior. A rip-roaring and bracingly honest look at a twice-exceptional life, Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit—Oh Look! A Chicken! turns the rational on its head in a rollicking depiction of a life that seems to be constantly going off the rails.

About the Author

Stacey Turis is an adult living with ADHD and giftedness who earned her degree in broadcast journalism from Wichita State University. She co-produced and hosted a TV show for a FOX affiliate before pursuing a career in advertising, then graphic design, then market research, then photography, then IT, then acting, then... In 2006, she became certified to teach Yoga but didn't, then founded, an online, holistic pet-health site, with an iPhone app called Dr. Shawn's Natural Pet Therapies to match. In 2010, she developed a course to teach families how to live more natural lifestyles, which she taught for about a month. She then started a Facebook page called ADHD - Tales of an Absent-Minded Superhero, for wacky folks like herself. That is still exciting enough to hold her interest. She has, through the years, unsuccessfully started twenty-seven businesses but can't remember most of them. She lives in Texas with her husband, two kids, a dog, three cats, and eight goldfish. Stacey now spends her time speaking to groups of those same kinds of wacky people, where she’s not afraid to stop in the middle of a speech and ask “What was I talking about?” You can learn more at

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1574 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bohemian Ave. Press (Jan. 11 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WS8INA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh look.....a chicken!! June 26 2014
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This book was hilarious and truly paints a picture of life with ADD(HD). Stacey draws you in with her humor and creates an element of understanding and education, along with entertainment. I've read it more than once since I bought it, and find myself laughing all over again. Loved It!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love this book! Aug. 22 2013
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Love this book.I feel that I got a lot in common with the author of this book.I would definitely recommend it to someone, but I would not lend this book to no one because they might not give it back. I will definitely by more books from here in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful April 25 2014
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Please make this an audible book.....such a great work! Looking forward to the second volume! Helps me to better understand and provide better support for myself and my family and people in general........kind of like "Still Alice".
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny, and easy to read Sept. 23 2014
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Relatable, funny, and easy to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you X3 Jan. 20 2012
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I have been following Stacey's blog and facebook page for several months. I have gone through several emotions since my "late" diagnosis. This book creates a window into her world and shows how adhd affects real life. It made me recognize even more things about me that are because of adhd. She kept the book completely engaging ... uncomfortably REAL at some points, and funny, hopeful, and relaxing at other points. Keeping me (a doctor diagnosed person with adhd) engaged in a book, let alone finish it, is not an easy thing to do. I can not express how greatful I am to have found her blog!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured and Triumphant Jan. 21 2012
By ab - Published on
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As a fellow adult ADDer (although probably not with the accompanying giftedness the author possesses), this book rings loudly. Hurts, even. I have followed her blog on Facebook and enjoyed her humor, wit, insights and advice. But when one learns of the richness and challenges of her life story, one really sees the Superhero in her -- and perhaps in oneself. A tortured and triumphant story, indeed. Especially for adult ADDers, read it and reap.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Jan. 16 2012
By KD - Published on
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It's great to finally read a book about ADHD that's funny. Not saying that it's always a funny thing, especially when you're a parent of an ADHD kid (which I am), but it's great to hear "this" side of things. I loved the book from beginning to end. I wasn't diagnosed with my ADHD until I was 34 (after my son was diagnosed). It's amazingly funny/unbelievable/scary to see the similarities of those of us with ADHD. I could "see" myself in a lot of the author's experiences. It's a really fantastic book and I am planning on buying more copies for my Mom, my Dad, my husband and (eventually) my kids.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book Nov. 22 2012
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Content warning: This book contains stories of child abuse.

Alternating between laugh-out-loud hilarity and tear-invoking "I can totally relate to that" moments, this is certainly not a boring book. The difference between being a total disaster and keeping some sanity seems to be having a good support system. Turis has this, especially in her husband, but also her parents (before their divorce, apparently).

"...when someone tells you that you can do anything (as my parents did), then you truly believe you can do anything, and if you believe you can do anything, there is nothing you can't do. If you don't believe me, just try it for yourself; you'll be shocked at your own superpowers!"

Of course, Turin also seems to be a little hyperverbal, but that's to be expected.

For the most part, the appeal of this book is that I could identify with so much of what's in it. About procrastination:

"Without stress and pressure, it's a free-for-all in this brain. "Oh... just do it need to relax. It'll still be there tomorrow"...on and on, until three years later nothing is accomplished."

On career goals (although I don't do everything I want to do):
"I've finally come to the conclusion that what I want to do "when I grow up" will be a constantly evolving idea, and I simply have to evolve with it. That way when it's all said and done, I will have done everything I've ever wanted to do, instead of wasting time and energy focusing on finding that one elusive thing that will never appear."

On hiding your true self to make others happy (I've spent 12 years trying to be what someone else thinks I should be. Trust me, it's much less stressful to be able to be yourself rather than hiding your true nature.):
"Being myself comes much more naturally to me. Isn't that a ridiculous statement? You would think that would be common sense, but it isn't! Look at all of the people in the world either asking someone else to change or trying to change for someone else."

If cursing offends you, you don't want to read this book, but otherwise it's a very interesting, and fairly quick, read.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT read this book unless: Feb. 16 2012
By C. S. Rambo - Published on
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- You deal with attention deficit disorder or giftedness or some other way of processing information that falls outside of one standard deviation from "average"
- Someone you loves deals with attention deficit disorder or giftedness or some other way of processing information...
- You know a little about attention deficit but are curious what it would be like to be inside one of "those" heads
- You could use a good belly laugh and are not averse to taking it at the expense of someone who is willing to tell too-crazy-to-be-fake stories on herself

One caveat. The first section of this book deals honestly with issues relating to domestic violence. There is still humor, but it is dark and appears in the context of some decidedly unfunny stories. There is nothing either maudlin or saccharine about the childhood memories recorded, but they are brutally honest and transparent. So - if you are just reading this for the belly laugh, you may prefer to start at section two.
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