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Author and Down Syndrome Advocate- Most Recent Posts

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,

Another Broadway Rundown

Grown Ups & Downs, The Innocent Prince|

Times Square and theatre fuel Marcus’ busy brain like nothing else. He absorbs and reflects the energy and passion. When Marcus is one of a group of many, it’s hard for him to be heard and share his ideas. When he and I travel alone, especially on a theatre trip, he shares constantly; we chat together non-stop. In fact, this last trip I marveled internally at how much he had to say in every conversation, never at a loss for words. A vivid reminder that just because

Options are Open Doors

Grown Ups & Downs|

Who else heard as a child, “In or out!” As the screen door banged against the frame for the umpteenth time? Why did we rush back and forth so many times? Drinks of water or Koolaid? Bathroom?  Just to take a minute to cool off from the hot, humid air? One more toy, prop, or idea? In. Or. Out. This is firmly a "grown-up" attitude. One or the Other. Remember the days when you would flit between ideas, between worlds, between ambitions? Then came the applications and classes and

I used to think that…

Grown Ups & Downs|

Wedding Day.When I was thin.I got over it. Today I’m responding to the prompt: I used to think (but I don’t anymore). Here are five that came to mind. Walking the Thin Line: I used to think it would be better for me to be dead than have any fat on my body. Since then,...bad news and good news.  Oh boy, do I have fat on my bones. But glad to be alive. 🙂    Learning the Hard Way: I used to think our legal system had some

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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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