Cobblestone and glass bead landscaping created by Zoë Kessler, 2010

Cobblestone and glass bead landscaping created by Zoë Kessler, 2010

I hope all  my American friends are out enjoying themselves or relaxing at home or with friends! (If you’re like me, holidays are a bonus day to clean the house, catch up on organizing, and squeeze in a bit of fun and socializing as well, but without the added pressure of a regular work day).

As for me, I have a few odds & sods I wanted to share today.

The gifts

For those of you who missed my last webinar Finding the Gifts of an ADHD / non-ADHD Partnership with special guest Melissa Orlov:

here’s a link to the audio

Although most didn’t, a couple of you had technical difficulties with the audio from our last webinar, and if that’s the case again, please visit this page to instal a work-around (CODEC):  AUDIO CODEC  You can also call the friendly tech support team at Toll free: 866 998-6710 or 1-805-617-7000

The gadget

Next, while doing some research this weekend, I came across a review for a really cool gizmo that seems like it might have some potential to help those of us with ADHD, and perhaps people with learning disabilities too. Credit where credit is due, I found the gizmo referred to on ADHD coach Alina Kislenko‘s website. Kislenko refers to it as, “the ADHD gadget of the Century,” and she may just be right!

Personally, it’s taken me six years to buy (and start using) a lousy kitchen timer to help with time management, Luddite that I am. But for me to get THIS excited about an ADHD gizmo, well, let’s just say that’s rare. So I thought I’d let you know about it.

It’s called the Echo Smartpen and it’s made by Livescribe. You can see a demo and product description of it here.

Of course, I may be embarrassing myself in that I’m the last to hear about this gadget, but this wouldn’t be the first time that happened. I figured if I didn’t know about it, maybe some of you didn’t either.  Anyway, it’s worth taking a look at. The only thing I’m not keen on is the need to buy expensive paper to go with the pen, but maybe at times it’s worth it.

If you’ve used this Smartpen, (or any other), please write in and let us know what you thought about it and if it helped you, and if so, how.

The good stuff

Ok, not all of it is good, but it does have a happy ending. After spending the first part of the weekend in crushing grief and feeling overwhelmed, yesterday morning I started with a bit of landscaping and gardening (always a healing activity for me).

In 2010, I created the cobblestone and glass bead landscaping in the photo above. This weekend, I prepared a bed at the front of the house, and planted two pretty little bushes. Next, I’m going to paint my friend’s door purple (at her request). I’d wanted to cheer her up this weekend because she’s been feeling lousy. It’s amazing how helping others can make you feel better yourself.

Unfortunately, when I got home I sat at my desk and spun my wheels. I couldn’t focus at all. So, after a few hours of spinning, I abandoned all hope of productivity. Instead of working, I visited another friend who, like me, was feeling pretty low. I left our visit feeling re-energized and relaxed. The time spent commiserating and even sharing a few tears served as a healing balm.

Today, I’m feeling energetic, motivated and ready to accomplish great things! Which is good, considering I have a book deadline coming up in 3 days! Yikes!

Again, I’m wishing everyone south of the border (Canadian border, that is) a fantastic holiday!




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    Last reviewed: 28 May 2012

APA Reference
Kessler, Z. (2012). ADHD Gifts, Gadgets and Good Stuff. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 27, 2015, from


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