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 Cañada 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.
Table of Contents
|1 Introduction: Still standing?|
|2 Emerging stronger? Assessing the outcomes of Habitat for Humanity’s housing reconstruction programmes following the Indian Ocean tsunami|
|Victoria Maynard, Priti Parikh, Dan Simpson, and Jo da Silva|
|3 Looking back at agency-driven housing reconstruction in India: Case studies from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu|
|Jennifer Duyne Barenstein with Akbar Nazim Modan, Katheeja Talha, Nishant Uphadyay, and Charanya Khandhadai|
|Part I Asian case studies|
|4 A market-based programme to improve housing in the mountains of northern Pakistan – Addressing seismic vulnerability|
|Nawab Ali Khan and Charles Parrack|
|5 India: Gandhi Nu Gam, an example of holistic and integrated reconstruction|
|Yatin Pandya with Priyanka Bista, Abhijeet Singh Chandel, and Narendra Mangwani|
|6 Challenges for sustainability: introducing new construction technologies in post-tsunami Sri Lanka|
|Eleanor Parker, Asoka Ajantha, Vasant Pullenayegem, and S.Kamalaraj|
|7 Reconstruction in Vietnam: less to lose! Examples of the experience of Development Workshop France in Vietnam|
|Marion MacLellan, Matthew Blackett, Guillaume Chantry, and John Norton|
|8 Integrated people-driven reconstruction in Indonesia|
|Annye Meilani, Wardah Hafidz, and Ashleigh King|
|Part II Latin American case studies|
|9 Guatemala: knowledge in the hands of the people|
|10 Honduras: ‘La Betania’, resettlement of a flooded neighbourhood|
|11 Nicaragua: reconstruction with local resources in an isolated region|
|12 A roof for La Paz: reconstruction and development in El Salvador after the 2001 earthquakes|
|Claudia Blanco, Alma Rivera, Jacqueline Martínez, and Jelly Mae Moring|
|13 Peru: building on the vernacular|
|Theo Schilderman and Max Watanabe|
|Theo Schilderman, Eleanor Parker, Matthew Blackett, Marion MacLellan, Charles Parrack, and Daniel Watson|
|Back Matter (Appendices|Index)|