Contributors

Adrienne Ehlert Bashista is the co-editor of Easy to Love but Hard to Raise, and is the blog administrator for this site. She’s had stories, essays, and articles published in a variety of journals, both print and on-line and is the author of 2 picture books. She also writes for A Mom’s View of ADHD. She is the Director of a non-profit organization, Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (F.A.F.A.S.D.) and is a trained trainer on FASD from a brain-based approach.

She frequently speaks to groups both large and small about the ups and downs of being a special needs parent. More information on her speaking and advocacy and FASD training can be found at her personal website, adriennebashista.net. She lives in central North Carolina with her husband, two sons, 18 chickens, her pretty dog Daisy, and a uncountable number of bees. She realizes this biography makes her sound extremely busy, but she wants to assure you she has plenty of time to obsessively Google random interests and to keep up to date with very bad reality television. To read all of Adrienne’s posts on this blog, please click here.

 

Barbara Claypole White is a writer and the proud mother of an award-winning teen poet who, once upon a time, spent every day of his lifeBarbarabattling the horrors of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Originally from an English village called Turvey, Barbara worked in London as a fashion P.R. and a journalist before falling in love with an American professor she met at JFK airport. Twenty-plus years later, they live in the boonies outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with their sixteen-year-old son, too many books, and way, way too many flower beds. (Gardening is Barbara’s Prozac.)

Barbara’s debut novel, THE UNFINISHED GARDEN, introduces the first obsessive-compulsive romantic hero in women’s fiction and will be available from MIRA Books in late 2012. Her second novel (due out in 2013) has nothing to do with OCD, but features another gloriously messed up hero.

Barbara is thrilled to be part of this project. Even before she spent years as the OCD equivalent of a Lamaze coach, she watched her aunt struggle with schizophrenia and believes that any diagnosis of mental illness still carries far too much stigma. Barbara’s website is here.  To read all posts by Barbara, please click here.

 

kellyc1Kelly C. is a stay-at-home-mom of two boys, ages 7 and 12.  In her former life before she became a mother, she was a preschool teacher and professional nanny.  She has her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education and taught kindergarten and first grade.  She spent some wonderfully challenging years homeschooling her elder son which was the real reason her destiny led me to pursue a career in teaching years before!

Her hobbies include running, yoga and reading, which she tries to find time for now that both of her boys attend public school.  She spends family time enjoying the outdoors, hiking, fishing, biking and vacationing as close to the ocean as possible.

Rachel Penn Hannah is a clinical psychologist living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wonderful husband and three kids, ages 12, 15, and 17.
When not mothering, working, driving, cleaning or losing her mind, Rachel tries desperately to find time to write and do yoga.  To read all posts by Rachel, please click here.

Jeanne Kraus… mother, teacher, author and speaker. Jeanne’s life perspective includes never-ending sources of humor. Hilarious events have not been difficult to come by for this Baby Boomer mom who raised two sons, a husband and 3 cats, all apparently prime AD/HD examples.

Jeanne has been an elementary curriculum specialist in Broward County for 31 years. Guiding teachers and parents with AD/HD issues is a major part of her job, as is mentoring children with AD/HD.

Jeanne is a life-long writer. She writes poetry, short stories, has published 2 children’s books and a women’s humor book.  She is currently working on another children’s book about girls with AD/HD. Jeanne’s favorite quote for working with parents and kids is, “You can’t change the direction of the current, but you can adjust your sails.” It’s all about perspective. Jeanne’s website is found at jeannekraus.com. Her Baby Boomer blog is found at http://www.jeannekraus.blogspot.com. To read all posts by Jeanne on this blog, please click here.

 

Victoria M. Lees is a substitute teacher and freelance writer living in New Jersey with her husband, Bill, and their five children, of which Marie is the oldest.

Victoria has published nonfiction in Listen Magazine and fiction in her university’s literary magazine and has placed in poetry contests.  She was the editor of the college newspaper when it won the “General Excellence” award among college newspapers.  Victoria won an award for college news writing.  She currently maintains two blogs, Substitute Teaching and Camping with Kids.  Victoria graduated from the University of Pennsylvania cum laude in 2009 with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing concentration. To read all posts by Victoria, please click here.

 

Kay Marner is the co-editor of Easy to Love but Hard to Raise. She’s a part-time freelance writer and editor, and a full-time (chronically overwhelmed) mother of two: her neurotypical, very bright, biological son Aaron; and her one-of-a-kind daughter, Natalie, adopted from Russia, who has ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and who knows what else. (Kay does, but she’s not telling.) Her third baby–the picture book Dog Tales: The Adventures of Smyles (Ames Public Library, 2006)–turns five in 2011. Her husband Don is landscape architect. They live in Ames, Iowa.

Kay is a frequent contributor to ADDitude magazine, the number one publication about living well with attention deficit, and a less-frequent but long-time contributor to Adoptive Families magazine. Her ADHD parenting blog My Picture-Perfect Family appears at additudemag.com.  She also contributes to the collaborative blog: “a mom’s view of ADHD {everyday life with our ADHD kids}.” To read all posts by Kay on this blog, please click here.

 

Laura Matheos is a freelance writer and advocate for children’s mental health issues. In a former life, she used her MBA from the University of NC in various management positions in printing and finance. When kids came along, she traded in heels for sneakers and scaled back to part-time work to make time for finger painting. Though she had planned to dust off “career woman” after a sabbatical as “perfect mom,” life took a detour while her son and daughter battled PANDAS, lyme and pyroluria. It was during this three year and counting side trip that she stumbled upon her voice as an advocate for biomedical and mental health issues. She has published in The Autism File and shared her experiences at the Autism One and International OC Foundation national conferences. Her current project is to learn how to find the joy in letting go as she and her generally patient and much more even-keeled husband continue to raise a family in the midst of craziness in Connecticut.
To read all posts by Laura, please click here. 

Robin R.

Robin Rhodes is a mom of three loving children, each with their own unique abilities and personalities. Her closest and probably her most difficult relationship lies with her 9 year old son, who like her has Bipolar Disorder. She is a freelance writer, event planner, and marketer. She has been published in several local magazines and ezines and maintains two of her own blogs: Bipolar Peril, where she follows her trials of being Bipolar and raising her children with her husband who was never exposed to Mental Illness before her and A Writer’s Peril where she puts her ramblings about writing to paper (or screen). She is very excited to be a part of Easy to Love, Hard to Raise because that is exactly how she has felt for 9 years and knows she is not alone. To read all posts by Robin, please click here.

 

Frank South is a writer and performer living in Warner Robins, Georgia with his wife Margaret, and 15 year-old daughter, Coco.  Frank’s son, Harry, 22 years old, has recently moved out on his own.  Coco is in her first year of high school and plays electric guitar.  Margaret a writer and educator, is the only non-ADHD one in the family.  She has developed patience into an art form.

Frank was diagnosed with ADHD and other comorbid conditions when he was 49 years old and got sober three years later.  His blog for ADDitudemag.com, ADHD Dad – Better Late than Never, was recently listed by WEGO Health as one of the six best Adult ADHD blogs. To read all posts by Frank, please click here.

 

amy_tomasoAmy Tomaso is currently working as the Supreme Goddess of Everything – raising four adopted special needs children with her wonderful husband. She worked for 10 years as a preschool teacher before tackling the Goddess tasks full time. She is raising three boys and one FIERY red headed little girl. The current list of dx’s include – but are not limited to: Bipolar I & II, RAD, epilepsy, ADHD, cerebral palsy (mild), speech delays, sleep disorder and anxiety disorder.She focuses on healthy, tasty and kid friendly vegan foods and exploring options to reduce the use of chemicals in the home in the blog “Leanin Vegan, Going Green and Staying Sane” (http://msamy72.wordpress.com). In the little ‘me’ time she has, Amy is a new fan of comic books and is exploring the medium as a way to help some challenged children build interest – and enjoyment – in reading. She is a contributor of a regular segment “From the Rookie Corner” (http://thetaylornetworkofpodcasts.com/from-the-rookie/) and a podcaster at The  Taylor Network of Podcasts.

 

Laura Grace Weldon is a writer, editor, and occasionally useful farm wench. She lives with her family on Bit of Earth Farm where they raise cows, chickens, bees, turkeys, and the occasional hair-brained scheme. Laura’s articles on learning, sustainability, and health appear regularly in print publications as well as online sites such as GeekMom.com and Culinate.com. She also twirls ideas around in what she hopes is an optimistic manner on her blog.

Her background includes writing poetry with nursing home residents, making and selling sock monsters, facilitating support groups, teaching conflict resolution, bagging manure, developing community enrichment workshops, editing books and periodicals, marketing farm products, and storytelling in schools. When her son was diagnosed with ADD she wasn’t surprised to realize she too was blessed with the same condition.

Laura’s recent book is Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything.  Find out more at http://lauragraceweldon.com/  To read all posts by Laura on this blog, please click here.

 

Erica WellsErica Wells lives in a rural community in an old farmhouse.  She has two children and lots of pets.  Gardening, reading, writing and going to flea markets are some of her favorite activities.  During the day, she works as a Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist.  Evenings, it’s being a mom and running Gabriella’s Consignment Boutique, the consignment shop she and her husband own – along with acting as zookeeper to the dogs, cats and bunnies that make up the rest of the family.  Erica’s other writings can be found in the anthology “You Look Too Young to be a Mom” and the children’s picture book “Diamonds in the Snow”.  The children’s picture book is a story parallel to her essay in the anthology “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise”.  Children often have the unique ability to remind grown-ups of the beauty all around us that as adult we forget exists. To read all posts by Erica, please click here.

 

Lorraine Wilde is a freelance journalist, environmental scientist, and busy mom to twin 7-year-old boys with metabolic and neurological disorders. She posts regularly on her blog (www.lorrainewilde.com) and has published articles in Entertainment News NW, the Whatcom Watch, and the parenting website www.Neighborhood-Kids.com. Lorraine is writing her memoir, Egg Mama: An Egg Donor and Her Extraordinary Family. To read all posts by Lorraine, please click here.

 

Penny Williams is  the creator and editor of {a mom’s view of ADHD}, where she writes candidly about the everyday experiences of parenting her young ADHD son as well as her neglected-feeling neurotypical daughter. She’s also a real estate broker, freelance writer, and wife (yeah, that’s a job too!). Life really is what you make of it. Penny plans to make the best of life for her son, Luke, despite his ADHD, and for his sister too. They’re on a different journey but vow to make the most of it — to make lemonade. To read all posts by Penny, please click here.

7 thoughts on “Contributors

  1. Great to meet my editors. I love the book cover and look forward to reading all the selections. BTW, one of my work colleagues and his wife spent a very cold Christmas season in Vladivostok four years ago on a trip to adopt two Russian girls. The girls are doing well, although with the usual challenges. I’ll clue him in to your blogs and web sites.

  2. I am impressed with the other people already on this blog that I am getting familiar with. This will be an interesting journey, and one that I will thoroughly enjoy.

  3. I am thrilled to be a contributor to the anthology, Easy to Love, But Hard to Raise, and humbled to be included in a book filled with work by so many gifted writers. May this book be a huge success and helpsupport and educate many people during it’s journey …

  4. Congratulations with this important book.
    Thanks for including the topic of the linkage of ADHD and Substance Abuse in this book. For those interested: a new paper summarizing the scientific literature on the scale of this problem is out: http://bit.ly/tJoG2J
    Also a great book: ADHD book. Living right now! by Martin L. Kutscher

  5. I just wanted to applaud all of the contributors on this site for taking time away from the chaotic tornado we all experience as parents of ____ (insert “label” here) children so those of us who haven’t figured out the art and science of typing our painfully similar issues have a place to go and feel better when our parenting skills and family life don’t happen the way we imagined and the frustration threatens our health. Thank you. Please hear the applause and know I’m standing up in ovation for your efforts.

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