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Welcome to my blog. You're going to find everything here: the book reviews I share on Amazon, the silliness I post to Facebook, whatever might pop into my head that comes out on paper, an education on organizing techniques, pointers to anything from a quiet spot to read a book in Edmonds, WA to worthwhile charitable recipients.

I'm giving myself permission to refuse to write every day - too much pressure!!! I'd never enjoy writing again, and I'd bet my audience would start making comparisons between me and a mosquito. I'm told I have a good sense of humor - I know I enjoy finding ways to laugh and to get other people to laugh. Don't take any of it too seriously, except of course the serious stuff. And, after all, everything is about our stuff.  

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Michelle Wicks-Cypher, Travel There and Back, Empowering Adventurers

By Lauren Williams | December 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Michelle Wicks-Cypher, Travel There and Back, Empowering Adventurers

Michelle Wicks-Cypher, Founding Travel Agent with Travel There and Back of Monroe WA (and another of my BNINW Sky Valley Business Boosters Monroe chapter mates) wants to teach tourists to be travelers, and wants to help travelers extend their adventures in directions they may never have imagined.   Michelle is especially passionate about finding opportunities…

You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo

By Lauren Williams | December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo

Anyone who thinks s/he has ADD/ADHD, anyone who knows s/he has ADD/ADHD, and anyone who is close, personally or professionally, with someone who has ADD/ADHD can benefit from You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! by Kate Kelly (deceased) and Peggy Ramundo. It’s a great guide for understanding the possible symptoms and effects of the…

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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau

By Lauren Williams | December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau

I had an unusual reaction to the 2002 edition of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Kathleen G. Nadeau, a highly-regarded ADD coach, and Judith Kolberg, a founder of the Organizing Profession and BOTH of the most important American professional societies for this vocation. This is an excellent resource for ADD-abled people because it is…

Women with Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden

By Lauren Williams | December 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Women with Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden

Women with Attention Deficit Disorder is an invaluable guide to understanding the lives of women with ADD.  Ms. Solden examines several possible journeys of such women, beginning in their early childhoods and following them to middle-age.  She illustrates common differences between the experiences of men and women with ADD.  She coaches her readers through the…

Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey

By Lauren Williams | December 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey

Driven to Distraction by Dr. Edward Hallowell, a world-renowned expert on pediatric ADD and himself a person with ADD, and Dr. John Ratey, a Harvard Medical School Neuropsychiatrist, is a poignant, at times lyrical, message of hope for ADD-abled people and their neighbors, colleagues, friends and family.   This book is a comprehensive examination of…

Where There Is Smoke Make Sure There is No Fire!

By Lauren Williams | December 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Where There Is Smoke Make Sure There is No Fire!

I’m reblogging this from Rhonda Sanderson of Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, after finding it on a blogging site called ActiveRain. I was once in a work situation when people ignored a fire alarm for what turned out to be a REAL fire. A dozen people could have been hurt. I’ve always been hypervigilant since. This…

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Making Peace with the Things in Your Life by Cindy Glovinsky

By Lauren Williams | November 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Making Peace with the Things in Your Life by Cindy Glovinsky

In Making Peace with the Things in Your Life, Ms. Glovinsky begins with a simple idea: that all people have emotional responses to their Things.  And she ends with a meditation on life.  Warm, witty, thought-provoking and kind, Ms. Glovinsky gently teaches you to identify your reactions to Things, whether those reactions are fearful, possessive,…

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When is Too Much?

By Lauren Williams | November 28, 2017 | Comments Off on When is Too Much?

I see a lot of Legos. And collections: Hummels, purses, plates, hats, Star Wars toys, shoes, holiday decorations, jewelry, books, makeup, cookware … and collectible Legos. By my standards, I have a massive, intrusive amount of Legos in my house: my son treasures sets, and scratchbuilds with loose pieces. I suspect I could build a…

Thanks Forgiving

By Lauren Williams | November 21, 2017 |

I struggle with forgiving. Taking on forgiveness, a conscious act of forgiving someone, sometimes feels dangerous to me, as if I will leave myself deliberately vulnerable to another transgression by an offender. But there is strong research (the pioneers are Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University and Dr. Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison) that…

The Challenge of Language

By Lauren Williams | November 17, 2017 |

I have to. I must. You must. I have to meet this deadline. I must meet this deadline. You must meet this deadline. I have to meet this deadline to get organized or I’ll be embarrassed when my friends come over for the party. I must meet this deadline and then I’ll have a more…