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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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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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Amanda Portrait, Day 24 – Like a Prayer, 2

Mixed media. Amanda has Down syndrome and is currently being held by her guardian, a sibling who is not allowing us to have contact. On March 27 it has been 8 months since I have spoken with my sister. I … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait – Day 21, Watercolor and Kindergarten Story

This is how Amanda looked when my parents tried to mainstream her in the public school system. She started kindergarten with the other local kids…. Until she had an unfortunate run-in with her teacher. The following is an excerpt from … 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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