Audrey Robinson Jones left Kansas to attend Wellesley College, graduating in 1972 with her degree in anthropology/sociology, planning to be a social worker. Instead, she worked in healthcare administration for almost 30 years with her husband, including running his multi-office pediatric practice for 24 years. She also earned master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business.
She became managing partner of an airport concessions company and purchased two business franchises with her sons. At the same time, she and her husband built a loving home with three sons. As life unfolded, her sons and husband were diagnosed with ADHD. Managing businesses and four ADHD males took its toll on her health.
In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an almost fatal autoimmune disease. Recovering and retired, Audrey remains a vital force, including participating with Larry in several international health missions trips. At home, she continues to lead a local food pantry, something she’s done for over fifteen years, in addition to family advocacy activities.
Larry Albert Jones, MD, grew up in the 1950s with an overprotective mother and grandmother in a poor section of Memphis, Tenn. His childhood was greatly impacted by the village of educators and church folks who recognized his intellect. That village launched Larry to Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he lost his mother to cancer before his 20th birthday, but his path was set. He began to notice how much time he required to maintain his college GPA as he prepared for medical school. Keeping his eye on the prize, he persevered, never considering that he would later be diagnosed with ADHD.
For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician and parent, he did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself. While being an effective and popular clinician, he lived in denial about his own diagnosis. Larry is currently a departmental medical director for the SSM Healthcare System. With treatment and counseling, Larry is pursuing community projects, including facilitating a STEM program with elementary school students in Ferguson, MO.
The memoir of Audrey and Larry Jones and their three sons demystifies ADHD in childhood and beyond.
A blend of love, humor and real-life irony, Falling Through the Ceiling makes sense of the nonsensical, shedding light on the challenges of living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). These stories offer the real-deal reality of living with a house full of ADHD, including the ups, downs and chaos of what happened and the consequences of such. The authors, a married couple of 45 years, offer experience, practical insight and what they learned from counselors, research and their own mistakes to assist people coping with children and adults who are affected by ADHD.
Sharing their personal life challenges with the effects of ADHD, this is a real, sometimes painful, story written to help families recognize and navigate to controlling chaos and unlocking the gifts of ADHD in their children and themselves.
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I read a variety of books in the month of April. The majority were review books that were releasing in the month. My taste for reading has been changing and now I’m really interested in paranormal and fantasy. This surprises me but not be if you notice more of these books in my to-be-read or wrap ups. Let me share the books I completed for this month.
I enjoyed learning more about the Jones family in the second book of the Sullivan’s Crossing series. I did loose track of some of the characters but overall it is a nice story. It does make me want to visit Sullivan’s Crossing because it seems like an ideal places to disappear. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.
The Ross’s have to give up on appearances once their daughter, Zoe attends a party. This was a great story for teenagers to learn their actions have consequences and affects everyone in their family. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.
In this 2nd book in the Parker Crime series the stakes go up when Abrianna is framed for murder. The action is ongoing and so is the twists and turns.
Teenagers and their secrets get out of hand in this book. The mystery kept me on my toes and the suspense made it an enjoyable ride.
Keke Palmer shares a lot about herself and what she has been through in this entertaining memoir. She is talented and a woman who knows who she is and has the confidence to show it. I loved the way the book was designed and laid out.
The second book in the Spellshadow Manor is even more enjoyable. The characters get into more trouble and more secrets are revealed. I had to get the next book in the series.
This is a wonderful book about a boy named Sam, who is different because of his red eyes. Sam goes through a lot of bullying and people not excepting him. They even call him awful names, but he doesn’t let it change the good hearted person he is. This is a beautifully written story. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.
These are my reads for the month of April. Let me know in the comments what books you read in April. I would to add some to my to-be-read list.
Title: Lessons from the Prairie
Author: Melissa Francis
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Memoir, Self-help
Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner
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|Lessons from the Prairie was about Melissa Francis sharing her memoir with steps of handling life challenges.
I enjoyed Little House on The Prairie and Cassandra, the character played by Melissa Francis, even though she wasn’t my favorite. This connection is what made me want to know more about her and also the title of the book. I went into to this book with an open mind and wasn’t disappointed.
The behind-the-scene stories from the show and her sharing what she learned from Michael Landon was a selling point (and probably why it is included in the book). Melissa has a sense of humor that carried throughout the book. It didn’t both me, but some readers might not understand. She shares pieces of her life throughout this book in a blunt kind of way along with some advice. The advice is mainly at the end of the book, which I would have preferred it to be sprinkled within the nine chapters of the book. I also read some things (secrets to getting interviews) that probably shouldn’t have been included, but heck she was fully sharing her life as an open book. I applaud her for her endeavors.
Overall, this book was a light read that made me laugh, enlighten me in some areas and made me questioned her in others.
*This book was provided by the publicist for review purposes only.