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Linda Roggli was diagnosed with ADHD at 45 and writes about her midlife add-ventures with honesty and humor. As she searches for focus, happiness, and a place to put all her stuff, Roggli shares the job of being an ADDiva.

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Archives: August 2009

posted: Tuesday August 25th - 11:54am

Living with ADD Beyond Tips and Tricks

How do I move from "dealing with" ADD to "living with" ADD and thriving as a result of ADD?

Listen to this blog! Does ADD define me? Of course not! That’s a silly question! Everyone knows that ADD is only one small part of me. I am MORE than my ADD. Right? Then why are there websites and podcasts and books and organizers and therapists and, yes, ADHD coaches, who are eager to help me “deal with” my ADHD? They have tips and tricks and advice oozing from every...
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posted: Friday August 21st - 8:22am

Going Green, ADD Style

I just love it when something works for me and my ADD. I love it even more when it also helps the environment.

I have a trunk full of reusable grocery bags. They make me feel so environmentally conscious -- until I get to the checkout line and remember that they are...still in the trunk of my car. Why can’t I remember to bring them IN to the grocery store? (Oh yeah. ADD.) Once, when there was no one in line behind me, I actually excused myself and ran outside...
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posted: Tuesday August 18th - 4:53pm

What ADDers Can Learn from a Doggie Stroller

Cosmo's doggie stroller reminds me that we ADD folks also need a little boost when we get tired halfway through doing the dishes or organizing our closets.

Listen to this blog! "Do dogs really need their own stroller?" I mulled this question for several weeks before I finally plunked down my credit card on the dog stroller website and bought a few months (or years) of freedom for Cosmo, my 14-year-old Sheltie. Like any living being that is the equivalent of 85 in human years, Cosmo has a few aches and pains: a bad back,...
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posted: Monday August 10th - 4:31pm

ADD and the Case of the Missing Grapes

Then it hit me: I had actually lost my grapes! I had to ask: Is that like losing your marbles? Is there ADD medication you can take for losing your grapes?

Listen to this blog! I haven’t killed any grapevines this year...yet. Actually, the two vines that survived Japanese beetles, grape fungus, and complete neglect look pretty good -- probably because I did my duty and pruned them in February (the actual recommended month for pruning -- a triumph for any ADD adult!). And I threw a bunch of well-composted fertilizer (aka chicken poop) around the roots. Voila!...
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posted: Tuesday August 4th - 5:01pm

A Bit of Ancient Greek Wisdom for ADDers

I dare say Aristotle didn’t have an ADD brain. But across those dusty eons, he has offered me a clue to settling my anxious brain.

“In all things, moderation.” When I first encountered Aristotle’s famous advice, I was (immoderately) indignant. What kind of boring life would it be if we all hit the middle ground: no over-the-top exuberance nor down-to-the-depths depression? Those extremes -- at least the ecstatic and energetic side of the equation -- are what make me feel alive and vital. Granted, the downside is less pleasant, but at...
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