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Why Marcus is Getting His Haircut at Home

Grown Ups & Downs|

We will be celebrating Marcus’ birthday next weekend. The big Three-O. Oh yeah! And all celebrations will be virtually shared with friends and family from our home. Here’s the deal, you can believe your life is not at risk by whatever outside actions you are enjoying and, actually, for yourself, you may be right. But hear this – that is not the case in our house. In fact, I live in paralyzing fear that I’m not stringent enough about our exposure factors. Allow

The Video Of Marcus Speaking at the United Nations

Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|

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,

The Journey to Success

Grown Ups & Downs, The Innocent Prince|

“Success is a journey, not a destination.” This was somehow an inspiring sentiment in my teen years. Back then I wore my perseverant nature as a badge of honor and believed  (vehemently) it would be the key to my success. But then...adulthood. Staying alive, keeping other human(s) alive, and the simple act of breathing took a lot more effort than I expected. By the  age of, let’s say 43, this quote and “success being a journey” concept pricked at my soul like needles. I didn’t *want* it to be

Marcus’ Three Lock Down Lessons (Or How’s Marcus Coping?)

Grown Ups & Downs|

“How’s Marcus coping with all of this?” A common question from friends, family, coworkers and colleagues. One concern folks have is for his social well-being. Because many see Marcus as a very social guy, especially those having experienced his exuberant love for a good party or his enthusiastic greetings which light up any room. He does enjoy learning, travel, and working, for sure. However, he is also, by nature, an introvert, so the alone time mixed with occasional online social activities suits him fine.

Once in August – A Story, A Poem-ish, A Reflection, and Now

Grown Ups & Downs|

A Story Once in August...50 years ago A baby was born to very young parents who couldn’t afford to bring her home. The hospital required ten dollars. Although there wasn’t ten dollars in the account, the clerk suggested the father write a check - he did and they bundled the baby home. There wasn’t a crib yet, but the baby was very tiny (as newborns tend to be) so a dresser drawer was just snug enough. Probably about 46 years ago. Once in August...45 years ago The

Down Syndrome Author News, Events, Opinions

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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