5 Tips for better Executive Functioning – Part 1

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie provides us with eminently useful tips to improve our executive functions. Please, read on…

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

EF Management Tips and Tricks
Systems vs. Solutions

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
PART ONE: In support of The Executive Functioning Series

© Phillip Martin, artist/educator

Introduced in an older article, ADD/ADHD and TIME: will ANYthing work?, this is what I remind my students and private clients:

Even though they are not exactly the same thing, most people with Executive Functioning challenges have quite a bit in common with people who have been diagnosed with ADD.

In addition to short-term memory glitches, the things that seem to negatively impact effectiveness most often are problems with activation and follow through.

When I work backwards to figure out what’s going on, I almost always discover foundational problems with time management and/or troubles with transitions.

Both of these struggles are exacerbated when few of life’s details are systematized, which means that very little can be put on auto-pilot. …

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Domestic Violence as a Weapon of War

Do you know what Russian Gaslighting is? Find out in this fascinating article by Rob Goldstein. Please, read on…

Art by Rob Goldstein

Children abused by narcissists learn to shut-up and agree

We learn to normalize the brutality of everyday life in an abusive family.

The US Department of Justice defines Domestic Violence as follows:

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.  US Department of Justice

We use the term gaslight  to discuss an insidious form of domestic violence.

The department of justice defines two critical elements of the pattern related to gaslighting:

Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive. This may include, but is not limited to…

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Author Showcase … Featured genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense. Featured Author John W. Howell.

Author, John W. Howell is interviewed by Suzanne Burke on her delightful blog – be sure to check out her posts and follow. Please, read on…

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

Author Showcase CARD JOHN HOWELL

Hello and welcome to Author Showcase! I will be featuring different authors & genres each month. I interview each author, and showcase their featured work.

WHY? Simply because I enjoy supporting other Indie Authors every chance I get.

This Month I am featuring Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Authors.

Please welcome my guest, Author John W. Howell.

Meet John.

John Howell Headshot John W. Howell.

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories.  His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016.  All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled…

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Author Showcase: Featured genre this month Mystery/Thriller/Suspense. My guest today is Author Mae Clair.

Author, Mae Clair is featured on Suzanne Burke’s blog. You’ll enjoy this interview that involves two of my favorite authors. Please, read on…

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.



Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her Point Pleasant series of novels.

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers, Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions.  Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net

Author Interview:

  1. What inspired you to write in this genre?

I’ve written in multiple genres over the years, but most of them contained elements of suspense and mystery. As a kid I was in love with mysteries so it was only natural that theme would worm its way…

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Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #131 by Keith Channing

John W. Howell does an amazingly funny story with a picture prompt today. While you’re over at Fiction Favorites, sign up to follow his blog – something new to delight you every day! Please, read on…

Fiction Favorites

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo (below)  as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithkreates@channing.ino before 6 pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.

Here is the photo.

Observation by John W. Howell © 2017

“So what are we supposed to be looking for anyway?”

“The dispatcher said…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… July 11th

In 1533 Pope excommunicates England’s King Henry VIII. In 2010 Barefoot Bandit is captured in the Bahamas. In 1656 First Quaker colonists land at Boston. In 1979 Skylab crashes to Earth. In 1960 The Hollywood Argyles’ “Alley Oop” leads a novelty-song outbreak.

It’s Tuesday Already! Did you know…

*  1533 Pope excommunicates England’s King Henry VIII. (England’s King Henry VIII had reigned since 1509 at the age of eighteen. Loyal to Catholicism he suppressed Protestantism with his standard brutality – while making his court a center of Renaissance erudition. By the time he had turned forty-two he had come into conflict with Pope Clement regarding marriage. His queen, Catherine of Aragon, had not given him a son who had survived, and Henry, who was accustomed to having mistresses was smitten by Catherine’s unusually intelligent and fascinating lady-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn. Henry wanted his twenty-four years of marriage to Catherine annulled. Pope Clement refused to annul the marriage, and Henry responded by assuming supremacy in his realm over religious matters. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… July 11th”

Opher Goodwin – Author – Featured book – 537 Essential albums pt. 1

Author and blogger, Opher Goodwin is promoting his latest book that features interesting analysis and interpretation of the music he grew up with: Rock, Soul, Blues, etc. Please, read on…

Opher's World

537 Essential Rock Albums cover

I thought I would take some time to feature a selected book of mine and promote it. This book is the first I have chosen. It cam out of a trip we made around Scotland with my good friends Pete and Trudy. As we drove we started discussing what the greatest albums ever recorded might be. It was great fun and generated a bit of heat and contention. We set about trying to decide the definitive best 100 albums – it got out of hand.

I came back and wrote this book.

This is the introduction:


From the age of ten years old I have been immersed in Rock Music, Blues, Reggae, Folk and R&B. It has awoken my mind and sensibilities and transformed my life. I cannot conceive what life would have been like without it. I have seen nearly all the major acts and met a number…

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