August 2014 Favorite Things

This month I discovered the following things I want to share with you.

1. BOOK: “It’s All Too Much” by Peter Walsh.  It fits perfectly with my focus this month on ADD (pun intended) and my new desire to simplify my life and make more room for creativity!

2. RECIPE:  “Slammin’ Salmon”   Everyone loves this!

3. ART PROJECT: I’ve been drawing on my iPad and exploring how to create a video in iMovie with my sketch club drawings. Here is the video I created for a song I wrote about having ADD.  It’s called “Driven to Distraction” and it provided the perfect backdrop for random insane creative fun.  There are three ‘guest illustrators’ who drew some of the images.  Miriam Guzzardi who is 12 and really had a blast doing this. Also, artist Valerie Levenstein and celebrated playwright and artist Leah Kornfeld Friedman who drew the flower that reappears.


  • Thank you for sharing your story, your video-making process, and your song(s). Also, thank you soooo much for spending a few hours with us at the Performing Songwriter workshop in Nashville last month! The contrast between the slow vocal line and the faster, more rhythmically varied accompaniment is fascinating and, I think, does capture some of the shape and color of ADD ways of thinking.

    I am probably undiagnosed with ADHD. For various reasons, I have always stubbornly avoided being diagnosed with a “mental illness.” I was afraid of being drugged, hospitalized, or told “you are a round peg and must stay in a round hole.” I was afraid it would kill my creativity and my spirit. If ADHD/ADD had been on the suspect list instead of bipolar or schizaphrenic or other super-frightening disorders I might have recognized that my emotional “artistic personality” was complicated but manageable.

    If you look on my very much unfinished (1 page) web page you’ll see a partial list of accomplishments and interests, any of which I might have succeeded at amazingly if I could have focused on one of them, let go of my fears, and connected with the right support systems (people) to guide my journey appropriately.

    Thank you, again, for sharing the wonderful highs and lows and recoveries and music of your life.


    • BNC says:

      Thanks Cathy! I think you can always go back and finish what feels the most important to address. I don’t think of ADD as an illness or mental state that’s diminishing. It just is what it is and needs sometimes to be addressed in order to work WITH it. To me it’s not “Attention Deficit” so much as “Attention Different”! 🙂

  • YEA, so glad to see your creativeness attached to this song! I’ll always remember the first time I heard this song and it is still one of my favorites! Bravo!!

    • BNC says:

      Hi Kris! So great to hear from you! I’d lost your email~ hope you’re well! I’m celebrating my grandson’s first birthday tomorrow! It sure is fun!


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