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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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Book Description

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.


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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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  • File Size: 1359 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bohemian Ave. Press (January 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WS8INA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,095 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you X3 January 20, 2012
By Tii333
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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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured and Triumphant January 21, 2012
By ab
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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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! January 16, 2012
By KD
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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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for helping me understand! February 17, 2012
By Babs
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT read this book unless: February 16, 2012
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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
**OR**
- 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book November 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 tomorrow...you 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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting to read a personal story about someone that ...
Very interesting to read a personal story about someone that has challenges with ADHD. I now have a new appreciation of their challenges and the challenges their friends and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book.
Published 28 days ago by amanda Jasinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny but so truthful. Loved it!
Published 2 months ago by justme
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book. Love her FB page too
Published 2 months ago by jessica23893
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books ive ever read!
Published 2 months ago by M. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars The author uses some coarse language, but I can ...
The author uses some coarse language, but I can vouch for the fact that Stacey is just putting in print what runs through the ADDer mind when ADD does its thing to you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by countrytek
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very funny.
What a self-centered book. What she describes could be almost anyone. Don't understand why she thinks she is gifted. She is just like everyone else, ADHD or not. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone who understands me!
I bought this book because my son has ADHD and I'm always looking for insights from others with children with it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeannie (cruechik68@aol.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book!
This book is one of the best ever! Stacey Turis made me feel normal! I could totally relate to her thinking and thought patterns. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh look...A chicken!!
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by June Peschel
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More About the Author

As an adult living with ADHD and Giftedness, Stacey's an expert on being weird. After thirty-five years of daily battle with her quirks, she finally decided it was time to hug it out and accept her differences for a more peaceful existence. Stacey has successfully learned to view the world of AD(H)D and Giftedness through her "special eyes" and maneuver through life accordingly. She no longer feels like offing herself on a daily basis, and realizes that both gifts allow her a magical perspective on life that comes from intimately engaging with the universe in ways that don't meet the eyes and can't be explained. She considers that a good thing.

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 loves speaking to groups of the same kind of wacky folks, where she's not afraid to stop mid-speech and ask, "What was I talking about?" She lives in Texas with her husband, two kids, a dog, three cats, and eight goldfish.

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