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Mardra Sikora - Down Syndrome Author
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A Home of Love and Laughter

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Today we join the Love Blog Challenge and the topic is laughter. Hmmm…How do love and laughter combine? Many many stories come to mind. A Lifetime of Laughter Before we married, Quinn told me an anecdote from the old sitcom “Night Court.” The characters included the goofy judge, the “together” lawyer, and the grumpy-old-lady-guard. The “together” lawyer was lamenting the goofy judge’s capacity for silliness, how could they succeed in a forever relationship together when he refused to “grow up"? Concerns for his responsibility weighed upon her mind and

Love Blog Challenge 2019 Starter

Grown Ups & Downs|

LOVE BLOG CHALLENGE The great interwebs have introduced me to Belle Brita, who has prompts and #bloghops every day in February and she suggested we kick it off with a chat about Love Languages. I happen to know, from last year's hop, there are a few Hamilton fans in the audience. So, let's start with this little relationship tip about enough. This song is from the "Hamilton Mixtape" with the lyrics, because I'm all about the words, ya know? What can we learn from this? Well, one thing is

Before The Beginning

Grown Ups & Downs|

The ladies lived in a house on a campus that sprawled between a few small Midwestern towns. It gave them a home that was less clinical than an institution and more encompassing than a single group home. Everyone who lived there required extensive and consistent attention. Leigh screamed from her chair and pounded the air with her flailing wrists. No, screamed is not accurate, she yelled. A scream infers emotion and her voice boomed without emotion, just loud. Leigh lived on the other side of the house, the ladies on my side could all stand, walk and eat independently, but from there each needed varied levels of assistance with her daily routines. I don’t know how these women came to their disability or how long they lived separate from their families. Were there complications at birth? A terrible sickness or accident along the way? They varied in age from early

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Marcus is part of a program teaching playwriting

Former North drama teacher Jennifer Castello-Scott, now a freelance drama educator, devised the curriculum. She enlisted the help of author and speaker Marcus Sikora, who has Down syndrome. Marcus was involved in this cool program to teach the kids. Here's a lovely article in the Omaha World Herald about the program: Circle Theatre works with schools on playwriting project for special education students   Read on!    

By |February 25th, 2018|Categories: Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|0 Comments

Momaha: How I went from gold medal worrier to luckiest mom I know

Published on Momaha via Omaha.com earlier this week: Earlier this month, I stood next to my son, Marcus, while he spoke to a room of more than 1,200 spectators. It was unbelievable to witness. The event was the star studded "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" fashion show, which took place Nov. 11 in Denver. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation hosts this event each year to raise money to continue research and improve medical care for people with Down syndrome. Marcus was named the 2017 "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" Ambassador. As the parent of an adult with Down syndrome, I have been a

By |November 22nd, 2017|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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