Category Archives: down’s

Amanda Portrait, Day 3

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

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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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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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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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Happy New Year! And May the Horse Be With You

“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

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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 Down syndrome, has an offbeat, self-deprecating sense of humor and a characteristic bluntness.  Her one-liners quickly became … Continue reading

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The Interview, The Thugs and The North Side of Down

Creativity seems to attract bullies.  Like many other movie buffs, I have watched with interest as Seth Rogan’s new film, “The Interview” was yanked from its schedule, caving to apparent non-specific threats from an angry Korean bunch.  One could only … Continue reading

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Because Mean People Suck

  I have a sweet friend who is slipping away.  Even though I haven’t seen her in a year’s time, I can feel her spirit leaving.  It might be because my consciousness knows she is going, and I am becoming … Continue reading

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Coming December 1

Click to order! My new book, “The North Side of Down” will be available in just a couple of days. This is a bittersweet time for me, as this is my sister Amanda’s story, and it involved a lot of … Continue reading

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Are You a Retard?

Amanda saying, “Hmm…” Today I would like to address the label, “Retarded.”  I have heard this misused twice in the past three days.  In both cases it was applied to my sister Amanda, who has Down’s syndrome.  In the first … Continue reading

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