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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!
 
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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 pawsforpeace.com, 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 www.staceyturis.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1359 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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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,192 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
Format:Kindle Edition
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 insightful April 25 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 Love, love this book! Aug. 22 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you X3 Jan. 20 2012
By Tii333 - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured and Triumphant Jan. 21 2012
By ab - Published on Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between okay and I didn't really like it July 12 2012
By ellie59 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is less about ADHD and probably a little bit more about someone suffering from denial and PTSD due to childhood abuse. The chapters on her childhood are heartwrenching. This is not a light-hearted book or for the faint of heart. While I admire Mrs. Turis' bravery and writing talent, I don't think she understands where the PTSD ends and the ADHD begins. I don't know if she ever actually acknowledged that some of her struggles with self-worth may be related to something other than ADHD.

If you are looking for a book that describes what it is like to have ADHD, this isn't the place to go. To me Mrs. Turis is a lovely, enaging and funny woman as well as a talented writer but she exhibits this odd extremity of thought in which she is unnecessarily beating herself up for flaws that aren't really all that bad (for example who wouldn't want to save animals from being dissected? She's the one who had the courage to do something)or drastically overstating her inflated sense of self-importance by mentioning at least 50,000 times that she's "gifted" (you're smart, we get it. You don't need to mention it in every other paragraph). I think there is something else going on with her and reading this book to find out more about ADHD can really be misleading.

This could be a 3 star book if it hadn't been advertised as a personal account of ADHD. This is a truly touching and funny personal memoir but the author's absence of true self-acceptance is kind of sad. You just want to grab through the pages of the book and shake her mother by the shirt collars for keeping that creep around and shake Stacy by the shirt collars for heaping all the anger/blame on herself (and ADHD). I know she is trying to avoid being a victim and trying to protect her mother/teachers (some of her teachers were jerks too) from blame but by saying all the stuff that happened to her was due to ADHD makes the disorder seem much worse than it really is. I mean just call a jerk a jerk and stop beating yourself up! Plus, it doesn't seem she will be able to experience the peace and self-acceptance that can come from forgiveness if she doesn't honestly confront the injustices of the past.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for helping me understand! Feb. 17 2012
By Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book because I wanted to try to better understand my grandson who is a 2e child (twice-exceptional, gifted/ADHD). By reading about Stacey's life, I have a better understanding of how this child's mind works. What a great resource this book has been for me! I always knew he was an awesome kid but I just didn't really always "get" him. Now I do. I look forward to him growing up and seeing what kind of a unique man he will be and all the wonderful things he will do with his life. I already see a lot of Stacey in him and it's comforting to know that maybe one day he'll be able to handle his crazy life with the same kind of humor and insight that she does. Thanks, Stacey, for helping to open my eyes. I, too, look forward to your next book!
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