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Lately, I have seriously considered permanently changing my name. Because I am an artist and writer, I have always just kept my own name to avoid confusion, even maintaining it through an eleven-year marriage, now defunct. There is the matter … Continue reading
Amanda: Hellooooooo Me: Holy moly where have you been?! Do you know how long it has been since I talked with you? Amanda: I know! Me: I mean like I was wondering if they threw you in a ditch or … Continue reading
Amanda is a Special Olympics gold medal swimmer and diver. If the ferry boat ever sinks, she is, “under contract to save my sorry cement block butt.” She started out young — Dad wanted her to be confident in the … Continue reading
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
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
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
“Laugh it up, Fuzz Ball!” Little sis Amanda delights in that line whenever she finds it relevant. It stems, of course, from the original Star Wars, when Han Solo admonishes his jeering Wookie friend. Born with Down syndrome, Amanda’s disability … Continue reading
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
It’s my understanding that most people who train horses for therapy work use minis. It makes perfect sense — it has to be so much more convenient to haul a mini around. But I have long been interested in having … Continue reading
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