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Amanda Portrait – Day 8

I call this, “The Two Golden Orbs.” The picture is from the weeks in 2013 following Dad’s death, when Amanda and I stayed in the motel room that Amanda called, “Our apartment.” Este slept on Amanda’s bed every night and … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait – Day 7

Today’s portrait is kind of cheating because I drew this back in 1978 or 79. It is a pencil sketch of Amanda, done from life, when she was brushing her hair. She is pictured with our sister. This drawing came … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait – Day 6

I call this one “Raggedy Mandy.” It is oil pencil on charcoal paper, about 9×12″. She didn’t play with dolls a whole lot, but once in awhile I could catch her with one. I have been granted a hearing. May … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait – Day 5

It is tempting to paint Amanda as a child, because she was so pretty and photogenic. But it is important to remember that she is not a child. Today, she is shown as a woman. This is how she was … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait – Day 4

When Amanda was a little girl, she spent long hours sitting with me in my room, watching and keeping me company while I wrote stories at my desk. She didn’t learn to read and write until she was 21 or … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait, Day 2

A serious moment with her swing. She was seven years old here and she was serious about that swing! http://www.stopguardianabuse.org   The snowstorm is reminding me of snow days when we were young.

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Inauguration and Feathers of Down Syndrome

As Inauguration Day circles above us, riding the air currents like a predator, many have been dreading the last hours of our dear President Obama’s administration. His eloquence, grace and humor will certainly leave a tremendous void. But this inauguration … Continue reading

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Dr. Phil Wants Amanda and Me On His Show

Dr. Phil called. Okay, it was actually Dr. Phil’s employee. On December 7th, I received an email from Kristi Hall, a producer for Dr. Phil. She was trying to call me to potentially arrange for Amanda and me to appear … 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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