A.D.D./A.D.H.D and Readers Choice Book Competition

So what does A.D.D./A.D.H.D have in common with the Readers Choice Book Competition?

Me. Bob Ossler.

That’s right. Me.

Ages ago, I was one of those kids that teachers argued over: “Don’t put that kid in my class.” My reputation was well established in the early grades: poor achiever, poor reader, poor articulation, poor behavior, poor peer relationships. I was inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive, and these qualities got me into lots of trouble.

I was the dummy in school and managed to find myself the brunt of teasing. My size (tall and skinny), red moppy curly hair, and legions of freckles added to my troubles. Other kids delighted in calling me names: Beanpole. Reds. Freckles. Dummy.  Stoo-pid.  Retard. I didn’t always take kindly to these names as you might expect.

Mothers told their children, my classmates, “Don’t bring that kid here ever again” after I left messes of games and puzzle pieces scattered around their family rooms. I couldn’t help it if I was curious about all those games but didn’t have the attention span to finish one game. I was an explorer and wanted to check out everything.

Even my mother despaired at times. I was the kid who slid to home plate in my new Sunday church confirmation pants, who managed to get in trouble before school on the playground on the very first day of kindergarten, and who made teachers cringe in anticipation of the difficult year ahead with me in their class. The principal established a hot line to my house to report on daily infractions.

All of this was well before A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder) or A.D.H.D. (Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder as it is now known) came to the forefront in educational circles.

Despite my difficulties throughout my school years, I did scrape through high school. I did fly through the U.S. Air Force. I did become a certified paramedic, a certified Chicago firefighter, and a certified air-sea rescue diver. And I did get advanced education in pathology, and then advanced degrees in theology. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. I used my A.D.D. strengths (oral communication skills, public speaking, memory, creativity, and compassion for those who suffer) to accomplish all this, despite my A.D.D. weaknesses (distractibility and impulsivity).

bob-gz-helmetAfter years in emergency services with the Chicago Fire Department, I became a pastor and a chaplain and ministered to the hearts and spirits people wounded by life’s tragedies.

Long story, short, I volunteered as a chaplain at Ground Zero in New York City  after the September 11th terrorist attacks, then carried deep, dark memories in my head and heart long afterwards. Fifteen years after 9/11, I decided to clear my head of those horrendous mental images of sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes at Ground Zero, and I wrote a book with the encouragement and help of my writer friend, Janice Hall Heck.

Triumph Over Terror, already an award-winning book, is now in third place in the Readers Choice bob at millville 9-11 (2)Competition. Imagine that. That little dumb second grader is an author whose book is now in the Readers Choice Competition. Not only that, our book is now in 3rd place, coming up fast on second place with only five days in the competition.

You can help me snag that 2nd place by voting here:
Readers Choice Category 6/16 Triumph Over Terror. 

Please help me prove that a person with ADD/ADHD can be a success in life and can even write an award-winning book!

bookfest finalist

Vote here:

Readers Choice Competition

Category 6/16 Memoir

Triumph Over Terror

by Bob Ossler and Janice Hall Heck

Thank you so much.

And next year around this time, look for our new book, Make Your A.D.D./A.D.H.D Work for You. (working title)

Click on this link to order Triumph Over Terror on Amazon


About Janice Hall Heck

Janice Heck, coauthor of Triumph Over Terror with Bob Ossler, is a retired educator (special education, early childhood administration). After retiring, she kept her hand in education by teaching English, writing, and computer applications (part-time)in a residential adolescent drug/alcohol rehab program. In her free time, she writes for, edits, and publishes a community newsletter; sings in the Margate Community Church choir; and collects old grammar books just for the heck of it. She loves travel, photography, cats, writing, blogging, blogging challenges, and life-long learning. She is a wife, mother, and Grannie to thirteen grandchildren. She is committed to Relay for Life (cancer), the annual City-to-Shore MS Bike-a-Thon, and the American Heart Association. Welcome to her blog. Connect with her @janiceheck on Twitter, Janice Hall Heck on Facebook, and website www.TriumphOverTerror.com.
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