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Down Syndrome – And The Chokehold of Guardianship

In what amounts to the most heartbreaking scene I have ever witnessed, Amanda tearfully complied. This 48 year old woman with Down syndrome had to endure the public humiliation of being treated like a child. But she did it with dignity. She got up, walked out of the restaurant with Ted and his wife, and meanwhile, I restrained myself from punching anyone in the throat. Continue reading

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Guardianship: The Truth Takes Courage

My ex husband surprised the heck out of me. We haven’t seen each other in over twelve years and we haven’t spoken. We parted on terms that were not friendly. But today, I received a letter from him about my … Continue reading

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Amanda And The Judge

Today is important because on this day in 2013, my sister Amanda had to go before a judge and say who she wanted as guardian. Amanda has Down syndrome. At that time, she was in her early forties. Even though … Continue reading

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But She’s Got Down Syndrome, Right?

I just got off the phone with a lawyer in Arizona. We talked at length about Amanda’s case. I explained that Amanda has Down syndrome and she wants to move back to Michigan and live with me. I told him … Continue reading

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The Audacity of My Sister, Amanda

My youngest sister Amanda has Down syndrome and, if you have been following her story you already know she is enmeshed in a guardianship situation that is rife with controversy. Amanda is 48 years old and I am currently crowdfunding … Continue reading

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The Lonely Dove

Today is the 4 month anniversary of my brother Jon’s death. He was bigger than life, a blustering mountain man, a person who filled up a room. He died in a hospital in Seattle and what followed was a host … Continue reading

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The Age of Entitlement – And the Abuse of Women

The head-spinning events today involving the supreme court appointment have me looking up statistics. White men in power. I think I have a case of PTSD. One in four women in America has been sexually abused. This is just the … Continue reading

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Why My Sister With Down Syndrome Is Smarter Than Her “Normal” Brother

My latest installment of, “When the Witless Go To Washington” — or maybe, “You Can’t Outwit the Wittiest”? Or, “No One is Dumber Than Dan”? This actually happened. As I explained in previous posts, our brother Jon died in August … Continue reading

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When Your Siblings Become Cartoons To Promote Human Rights

This is my illustration of an event that happened at my brother Jon’s memorial service on August 10. My sister Amanda has Down syndrome and we are both brokenhearted over his death. We loved Jon. I wanted to take her … Continue reading

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Toxic Siblings, and the Bailey Legacy

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

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