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Amanda Portrait, Day 20 – Watercolor – I wish I knew what she was singing!

Before she was old enough to even talk very well, Amanda was singing. ¬†My mom snapped a Polariod of her ate age two, singing into a jump rope, with one shoe on and the other foot bare. The picture pretty … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 19 – Watercolor

This is how the days trickle past. In two more days it will be three weeks since I have started painting Amanda. It is easy to neglect those who love you. Don’t let your life slip by without sharing bits … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait – Day 18 – Profile, 2 – And Dad

On this day in 2013, my dear Dad breathed his last — and left a wake of pure chaos. Apparently, he was the one policing factor that kept family members behaving at least somewhat like human beings. Unfortunately, his kids … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait, Day 17 – Profile

This was one of my favorite early photos of Amanda. I was trying to be like a real photographer and she would oblige me by posing. I told her to go to the window and look out, and this was … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 16 – Down Syndrome in Black and White

Once in awhile Amanda and I like to hang out at the DeTour Harbor. We walk out on the dock and watch the freighters go by. Mostly, Amanda likes to pose for pictures. I have a lot of memories of … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait, Day 15 – Down Syndrome and Bungee Jumping

When Amanda told me she wanted to put bungee jumping on her bucket list, I was all, “Yeah, okay. You have fun with that.” She added this to other things I would not partake in, like skydiving and riding in … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 14 – Down On the Shore

Who doesn’t love a beach, right? But the Scenic has pretty much ruined all other beaches for us, with its clean sand and lighthouse view. It’s where Dad used to take us swimming when we were small, and Amanda learned … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 13 – Birthday Pizza

When Amanda turned 41 in September 2011, we had a big party for her at the local hair salon. Entertainment was provided in the form of an accordion¬†player. (!) Guests included the proprietor Betty, her now-husband Jim, Mom and Dad … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 12 – Little Beluga

Those of us fortunate enough to know Amanda as she really is, without the Down Syndrome label, without talking over her or putting her in another room to watch cartoons with the kids (an ex-boyfriend’s sister actually did that once), … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 11 – Watercolor Baby – “I’m the Guardian and You’re Not”

Among Amanda’s first words were, “Who’s that?” This was abbreviated into one word. “Whozat?” When she was about two years old, this was her way of asking to meet someone. She would point at them and say, “Whozat?” The variation … Continue reading

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