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It's so common to hear a lot about the negatives to being diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD, but given that this kind of brain has been around for as long as people have, doesn't it seem odd that so many people throughout history have thrived with the condition? In fact, there are many who will point to some of the most brilliant people in history and see ADD in them. My ADD was not diagnosed until I was in middle age, when my life was such that it began to cause problems for me in daily functioning. Prior to that, I clearly had the disorder, but had managed to make my way through life quite successfully -- and happily. Like so many others with ADD, I was an underachiever in school. At least through high school. I chose to not attend college right out of high school because I had been so frustrated until then. Many years later, when I wanted to make a career change, I did go to college, and then I really thrived. I mean REALLY thrived, earning a 3.8 GPA. One of my shining moments... read more

While looking up a word on Dictionary.com today, I discovered they have a new site called Word Dynamo! Intrigued, I took their quiz. Then I took another. And another. Until I reached the highest level they currently have, granting me the title of Word Dynamo. So why is this of any interest? Because it turns out that this site is a terrific way to not just test your own vocabulary skills, but also to build them. There are quizzes and vocabulary-building lessons aimed at all levels, from grade school through "beyond college." There's even special sections for working on the vocabulary portions of standardized tests, including the SAT. Give it a try -- this site might be a great way for your or your child to work on your word prowess. It's at http://dynamo.dictionary.com. You, too, can be a Word Dynamo!

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