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Marcus Sikora Global’s 2017 Ambassador Video

2017-11-26T09:50:00-06:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Marcus’ Big Night

at the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself 

included a tribute video.

To start with, Marcus gave a speech in front of 1200+ people under the spotlights. (That speech is here). He spoke to journalists and faced the flashing cameras on the runway. (One of my favorites is here). And he ROCKED the runway. Marcus and the Stars!

Like most successful, public events, it came after a lot of practice. He practiced his speech. He practiced his model “moves.” It also helps how many big events he has been a part of this year, TV interviews, speaking

Actor, Singer, PB&J Connoisseur – Introducing 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador: Marcus Sikora

2017-09-21T10:32:46-05:00Categories: In the News|Tags: , |

From the Global Down Syndrome Foundation official release:

As an author, singer, actor and self-advocate, Marcus Sikora has already accomplished more in his life than most other 26-year-olds. Now he’s gathering yet another accomplishment as the 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador.

When it comes to describing the Nebraska native, many people tend to use the word creative. The description aligns perfectly with Marcus’ ambitions, in 2015 he released his first animated short and children’s book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band to wildly positive reviews.

“I’ve always liked to make stories,” Marcus

Imagining

2020-07-23T09:13:09-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

Can you imagine?

Can you imagine a live action, or maybe a stage scene, based on the Alice and Wonderland characters Mad Hatter, played by Stephen Fry, the March Hare played by Lin Manual Miranda, and the door mouse is Patton Oswald…? Marcus imagined this and I would love to see it!

Marcus, Aristotle, and Douglas Adams Advice

2020-06-28T18:09:59-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , |

In my young adulthood, I frequently said, “This is no time to panic…” Often at random moments, to no one in particular, mostly at work. 

After reading the book series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then seeing the classic BBC TV of the same name, the simpler phrase “Don’t panic” including a cheeky smirk and a deep sigh is a common refrain in my household. 

The first time I recall Marcus purposefully using the phrase “Don’t panic” was a memorable audition night in Denver seven or so years ago. 

How Much Love, Worry, and Wishes

2020-06-16T11:13:14-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , |

I admit that when Marcus was a child, the future scared me. A whole lot. In fact, I used to cry on his birthday more out of fear than joy. Seems silly now, it’s just – look at that kid! He was so full of life and I had the devil whispering on my shoulder…

Finally, I woke up and noticed the futility of all those years of asking, “What are you going to do when he grows up?”

Everyone Needs Help

2020-06-16T07:17:43-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A Gift From the Universe to Change the World

coffee shop

My son, Marcus, and I have had many writing sessions and meetings with collaborators at our neighborhood coffee shop, particularly while we were working on his first book for children and the accompanying animated short. We also wrote the speech we gave at the United Nations building there earlier this year. Today I write solo and the notebook to my right has the lyric, “The universe is resting in my arms” (from Nina Gordan’s song “Tonight”) written and

Who do you think you are?

2020-05-23T08:35:30-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|

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. When presenting with Marcus there’s a different

On the Divide

2020-05-02T18:04:12-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

Historically, and in my personal lifetime, when a catastrophic event (large or small scale) came, it often brought communities and families together. A commonality rose to the surface: humanity. 

This is not one of those times. 

The waves of this crisis divide us. Additionally, in this age of “technologically connected” the spotlight on just how divided blinds, enlightens, and devastates.

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I’m tired. In some ways I feel like the sick I had at the beginning of March just won’t let go. It could also be because of seasonal allergies, my throat appears to be

Once Upon a Time

2020-08-08T10:08:53-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

Love…True Love

In my teen years, I thought love was all fire and ice. Love was meant to be an extreme emotion full of passion, rage, jealousy, and greed. Love meant big fights and deep pain, only real love caused the kind of pain that proves how true the love is. 

Obviously (or not) I didn’t have many, maybe any, positive relationship role models at the time. So, I relied on music, movies, and books for love directions. 

Oh. Dear. 

Therefore the tropes of forbidden love, violent, and reckless love were bought and sold by me as the truth.

My Best Self-Care Advice – Short and Sweet

2020-02-04T12:42:07-06:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , |

Everything I know about self-care, I’ve learned the hard way. Still am.

Sometimes, it’s hard to reconcile that taking care of yourself is an act of love for others. Yet, it’s true.

As a mother, I cannot give my son the attention and security he deserves if I don’t take care of my own body and mind.

As a wife, I cannot give my husband the energy and focus he desires, if I’m not healthy and alert.

And on it goes…right?

Plus, self-care is a hot topic because it’s a hot seller.

Truth is, the best actions to take for yourself don’t cost money and

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