'I'm always in a fog. I just don't seem to think very well. I am a man who has Attention Deficit Disorder and I invite you to take an impromptu trip through my life. But put on your fog lights and hold on for the ride.'
- Ken Patterson
In his personal account of life with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), award-winning author Ken Patterson richly illustrates the way in which the symptoms of ADD curtail the ability of an intelligent man to succeed in the most ordinary of life's events. Through episodes of childhood, educational experiences, employment, military career, and relationships, he reveals the subtle complexities of coping with situations most people take for granted.
This entertaining and compassionate book unsparingly describes a life distorted by impulsivity, distractions, obsessions, and anger. Illuminating, and deeply insightful, it will fascinate anyone who has come into contact with ADD.
Ken Patterson holds both an AA degree in Journalism from Canada College and a BA degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He has written four novels and numerous short stories. He has also received four literary awards for four different pieces of fiction. Most recently, Ken published a behind-the-scenes article on training sheep dogs. He was also the subject of interest in his local newspaper which showcased his life as a writer and a stay-at-home dad. Ken currently lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.
Introduction: The Fool on the Hill? 1. The Long and Winding Road. 2. Helter Skelter. 3. Ah, Look at All the Lonely People. 4. Time to Rock the Boat? 5. Chalking Out of Line. 6. What's Driving Me? 7. So I Sing this Song of Love for Julia. 8. Rash and Carrie. 9. California Dreaming. 10. Just ADDapt. 11. Last Call. 12. Which Way to Wichita? 13. Sins of the Father. 14. First and Whoremost. 15. Choices and Higher Voices. 16. Bye School. 17. Heads up. 18. Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road. 19. An English Soap Opera. 20. The Final About-Face. 21. Labor Pains. 22. School Daze. 23. All the World's a Stage. 24. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, ADD too. 25. Monkey on My Back. 26. First comes Love, then comes Marriage, then comes... Epilogue.