Author Archives: Nancy J. Bailey

About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!

Rambling With Your Dog Will Solve Behavior Problems

I encourage all dog owners to go for a ramble. Find a space, a fenced in area, where he can be set free and just allowed to be a dog. Carry a batch of delicious treats with you. When your … Continue reading

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Clifford and Horse Cognition

Clifford wanted off his picket line in the back yard, because it was hot out. I was leaving for errands. I took his halter off, freeing him, and walked away toward the barn. But instead of following me to the … Continue reading

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Loki Learning Recall, Day 2, Puppy Boot Camp

Unfortunately the rain interrupted our trip back to the Ledges today but during a break from the drizzle, I took all the dogs out in the back 40, where we resumed some lessons. Loki was pretty consistent about coming when … Continue reading

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Puppy Boot Camp: Loki Learning Recall

Loki is growing up! This former student is now a gangly adolescent puppy whose lucky parents are on a voyage Beyond the Sea. They took advantage of the sabbatical to boomerang him back to Aunt Nancy’s boot camp, so he … Continue reading

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A Friend At The End Of The World

When I first met Kerry she was 17 and married. Her voice had a high-end timbre that bounced off the walls with the power of a stage presence. Her wit was vicious with current events, and spun so fast I … Continue reading

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The Therapy Horse And The Cancer Kids

Clifford was mighty excited when Stayner showed up. I think he figured it was about a trail ride. On other days, when Stayner has pulled the “Silver Bullet” down the driveway, it has meant an adventure in the woods. Even … Continue reading

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Horses — And Who Is This Therapy For, Anyway?

Unfortunately for Clifford, it is Bath Day. Not that Bath Day is ever good, but today we have some genuinely crap weather — rainy and not quite 60 degrees. Whatever happened to Indian Summer? The one good thing about the … Continue reading

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The Age of Entitlement – And the Abuse of Women

The head-spinning events today involving the supreme court appointment have me looking up statistics. White men in power. I think I have a case of PTSD. One in four women in America has been sexually abused. This is just the … Continue reading

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Why My Sister With Down Syndrome Is Smarter Than Her “Normal” Brother

My latest installment of, “When the Witless Go To Washington” — or maybe, “You Can’t Outwit the Wittiest”? Or, “No One is Dumber Than Dan”? This actually happened. As I explained in previous posts, our brother Jon died in August … Continue reading

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When Your Siblings Become Cartoons To Promote Human Rights

This is my illustration of an event that happened at my brother Jon’s memorial service on August 10. My sister Amanda has Down syndrome and we are both brokenhearted over his death. We loved Jon. I wanted to take her … Continue reading

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