Category Archives: abuse

Nevertheless, She Persisted

  I received a Valentine’s Day card today from my sister Amanda. Amanda has Down syndrome. She is 46 years old and, following the death of our Dad in 2013, she went to live with our older brother in Arizona. … Continue reading

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Inauguration and Feathers of Down Syndrome

As Inauguration Day circles above us, riding the air currents like a predator, many have been dreading the last hours of our dear President Obama’s administration. His eloquence, grace and humor will certainly leave a tremendous void. But this inauguration … Continue reading

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Thanks In Retrospect

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends! November 24th is also our Dad’s birthday. I miss him dearly. This picture is from 2002 – I think – when Dad rode Clifford in the 4th of July Parade on Drummond. Dad would … Continue reading

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Precedent, Not President

The election of Donald Trump has shaken a large (perhaps the majority – since more people actually voted for Hillary Clinton) part of the population. One faction affects me personally — Hillary had promised to be a champion for people … Continue reading

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The Third Quarter – Is This Embarrassing You?

Tomorrow, October 27, will mark THREE MONTHS since I have talked to my sister Amanda. This will be the longest span of time in our lives that we have ever gone without communicating. The court system is hopelessly apathetic. I … Continue reading

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Dear Amanda

Maybe someday I will get lucky and you will see this. Or maybe someone will read it to you. I just want you to know that, even if I never get to see you or talk to you again, (which … Continue reading

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Bullying

This blog post is worth a revisit: From January 21, 2015 Prior Lake Priorities – On Bullying I know everyone likes to see nice and sunny, funny stories about my sister Amanda, who despite (or maybe partially due to) having … Continue reading

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A Snake Called Narcissus

My little pond with its rocks and pebbles and shrubs has attracted a garter snake I call Athena, as I explained in a previous post. (Snakes… Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?) Athena ‘charmed’ me with what appears to … Continue reading

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Bad Habits

My sister Amanda has some bad habits. Amanda loves sweets. She loves food in general. She loves to sleep late. She doesn’t like to shower or brush her teeth. Amanda has Down syndrome. She has struggled with her weight throughout her … Continue reading

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My Most Unpopular Post Ever

I’m a carnivore.  I have often proclaimed this as a joke, but am only half joking when I say it. My dad was a deer hunter and he provided us with venison, rabbit, duck, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and whatever other … Continue reading

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