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Drummond Island’s Own Horse Whisperer

I had an unhappy surprise when I opened up the December issue of the Drummond Island Digest. The obituaries showed a photo of my friend Allen Hoey. It said that he had died at home at the end of October. … Continue reading

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Book Sale! The North Side of Down – Excerpt

The true story of two sisters, one with Down syndrome, the misfits in a large, dysfunctional family. When their father dies, the two sisters find their lives quickly unraveling. The North Side of Down is winner of the 2015 Medallion … 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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The Cure for Shyness: Excerpt

In the deserted wasteland of the traditional romantic comedy, “The Cure for Shyness” emerged as a screenplay written to the normal standard: A girl. A boy, a conflict, a resolution. A happy ending. Throw in a sister with Down syndrome, … Continue reading

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World Down Syndrome Day

On March 23, two days after the celebrated World Down Syndrome Day, I gave a talk about THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN at the Rotary of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I explained how I had grown up with a younger sibling … Continue reading

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Women Over 30, Step Aside, Please….

Yeah, I get the picture. But the Universal Law of Youth and Beauty in our society is changing.  However, maybe someone needs to tell the publishing world.  Compelling stories of women aging way past the deadline are popping their stubborn heads up … Continue reading

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My Sister, the Author

Our book is published today. THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN joins the select few books actually written by an author (or co-author) with Down’s syndrome. Amanda has long been a writer at heart.  When she was a baby, she used to climb … Continue reading

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The North Side of Down

    “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the … Continue reading

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Clifford Visits Fernwood Botanical Garden and Gallery

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//   We had a whopping turnout of over 300 people to meet Clifford, pose for photos and see him sign books at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Gallery in Niles, Michigan.  The setting was beautiful and so was the weather!  … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Lion — Waking Up to Change

Back in 1990 I decided to write a science fiction story called, “The Sleeping Lion” based on an idea that I had.  The story is about a young woman named Kelly who lives with an abusive boyfriend.  She escapes for … Continue reading

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