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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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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…

Relationships

By Lauren Williams | November 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Relationships

I terminated an unproductive business relationship today. Ought to be a done deal, pun intended, in about two weeks. It took me a while, maybe too long, to get to the brink – I believe in fair chances. But it’s costing me far more in time and energy than it’s bringing back in income, and…

Clever Girl’s Guide to Living With Less by Kathy Vines

By Lauren Williams | November 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Clever Girl’s Guide to Living With Less by Kathy Vines

Clever Girl’s Guide to Living with Less by Kathy Vines is an easy-to-read book written with compassion and good humor. It is a good primer, a very basic guide to the principles for how one gets organized, and the emotional obstacles which can make the work so frustrating. Precisely because it is so basic, this…

Racking ‘Em Up – Third ICD Certificate of Study

By Lauren Williams | November 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Racking ‘Em Up – Third ICD Certificate of Study

More continuing education to maintain my CPO designation: Level 1 Certificate of Study in CD Client Administration. What in the world does that mean?  Some of the courses: Telephone Support for the Chronically Disorganized Client Nonverbal Communication Introduction to Interpersonal Intelligence