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The Video Of Marcus Speaking at the United Nations

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For real. If you want #BlackDayBook and Grown Ups and Downs updates, not too often – I promise, Join the Club here! Here's what we said: Listening to Self-Advocates: Relate, Respond, and Amplify (Marcus parts in bold) Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Marcus Wright Sikora. I wrote a book called Black Day: The Monster Rock Band. I’m a storyteller, an actor, and a singer. I’m glad to be here with people from around the world   talking about Down Syndrome. New York City is my favorite. This is my mom,

Who do you think you are?

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I'll bet this guy never worries about what he's wearing. Have you ever heard the phrase…“She’s really got to know who she is to wear an outfit like that!”  Have you ever worn an outfit like that? I’ve seen them in the store and thought I wish I could wear that. It’s not that it doesn’t fit. (Well, not always that.) It’s often more about the style or the color. Who do you think you are? Have you ever written a “Bio?” It’s hard! I have several.

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Hello Friends. Well, it’s May. Month five of 2020. Almost the halfway mark. What a doozie!  You know the old saying, “Man plans. God laughs.” Or, put another way:  But I planner I am. A very long 5 months ago I chose my 2020 word of the year. It’s actually been on the forefront of my mind a lot in this current crisis. It was, and is, maximize.  In that post I explained: "This year we will be pushing the boundaries (again) of what is “expected.” Some of it

What’s Cookin’ (Bonus: Recipe Links!)

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It’s Sunday. The day I write and the day I cook. I aggressively try to protect these two rituals.  To me: Food is love. Food is survival. Food is creative art. Food is budgeted. Food is reward. Food is comfort. Food is control.  I plan menus with care, choose foods that nourish, fill, and treat. Over the years Quinn’s dietary needs, restrictions, and requests have changed widely, and expanded my cooking knowledge and range. My food restrictions have changed too. Marcus’ tastes have expanded rather than the opposite, so

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Changing the World

I shared this article with Marcus: "16 People With Down Syndrome Changing the World" He replied with "Yes, I am." This article from The Mighty rocks with some big-time accomplishments and names, including the Marcus Sikora. 🙂 On our Facebook Page - we encouraged everyone to share about the person with Down Syndrome you know - who is changing the world! Check out the full article on The Mighty Here.

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Look Who’s on Yahoo Celebrity Lifestyle News!

The article begins... "Several celebrities walked the red carpet and the runway in the 10th anniversary “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” Fashion Show Saturday, Oct 20. The crowd cheered and mingled with the likes of Colin Farrell, Jeremy Renner, Heather Graham and more! What makes this event especially impactful is the transformation of star-power when the models take to the runway. This photo is a great example. I mean come on! That guy in the background, he’s cool and famous and all (award-winning actor John C. McGinley) but I think we can all agree that Kate Winfield and Claire Hepburn are

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Not New News, but News Worth Sharing

Talents of Omaha author Marcus Sikora shine in first children’s book A friend of mine sent me a picture of this article in print when it published two years ago. I stumbled upon the online version yesterdy while doing a Google search with my name mis-spelled. What? Nevermind, the crux is: Here's this cool article about Marcus! It begins: Omaha author Marcus Sikora, who created a children’s book about a monster band, recently met with first and second graders of Elkhorn’s Arbor View Elementary School, providing insight into the writing process of his first book. Sikora, who wrote the Halloween-themed

By |August 26th, 2018|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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