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!

Clifford’s Birthday Ride – With a Morgan Legend

My friend Stayner Haller is something of a legend in the Morgan horse world. With his eventing gelding, LGM Challenger, he competed in 104 USEA events, including one when Chally was 27 and Stayner 73. “Chally” lived into his mid-thirties, remaining active … Continue reading

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A Letter From Amanda – After 9 Months

Finally, a real letter from Amanda arrived yesterday. It was a genuine one from her, the first in a year’s time. It was mostly about Mom and Dad and how much she misses them. I understand. I feel connected to … Continue reading

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Great Stories for Young Readers

My parents were lovers of books. Dad especially was a voracious reader. He would often keep two or three books going on at once. Mom’s appetite for books was more perfunctory. She enjoyed stories and had a collection of Reader’s … Continue reading

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Happy Siblings Day Amanda – Portrait Day 28 – Star Wars!

Meeting Harrison Ford is on Amanda’s bucket list. Beyond that, she is a tad obsessed with Star Wars. She can watch it ad nauseum. So, my gift to her this Sibling’s Day is a place in Hollywood History! Amanda has … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 27 – Watercolor – Modeling on the Boat

Amanda and I like to go shopping. A lot. Well, I like it better than she does. I have spent literally years dressing her, going back to the days when she was in school and had cool new clothes every … Continue reading

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The Crazy World of Shipping Art – Packy Come Home!

Update: April 10 Packy is apparently on his way to his new home TODAY! After spending the month of March in the Bermuda Triangle, he went to Allen Park on April 5, then took a little side trip to South … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 26 – Angel Bears

After Dad died, my friend Cindy gave Amanda and me a set of angel Beanie Baby bears. We named the bears Blaine and Elaine after our parents, and took them to Girl’s Day Out with us. I think Amanda looks … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 25 – Don’t You Forget About Me

This is Day 25 of posting Amanda’s portrait. I keep posting these images of her because I am so afraid she will be forgotten like others who cannot speak for themselves. I don’t want her to disappear. Today I received … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait, Day 24 – Like a Prayer, 2

Mixed media. Amanda has Down syndrome and is currently being held by her guardian, a sibling who is not allowing us to have contact. On March 27 it has been 8 months since I have spoken with my sister. I … Continue reading

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“The Holiday”

    I own this movie. But it’s on Lifetime and I can’t look away. Why IS that?! I have evaluated and reevaluated why these certain bits of slush are welcome to replay in my head, over and over. They … Continue reading

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