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Love, Luck, and Epic Fail

2015-01-23T20:06:50-06:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|

mist“Yea, as I walk through the valley of failure…”

Failure is often personified in my journal; I feel him catching up to me. He lurks in every shadow. He follows my every step. He whispers threats and omens. I hate that guy. Also, I recognize him, we have tangoed before…

When I think of Epic Fail, well, it’s complicated, isn’t it?

I don’t consider mistakes and failure the same thing; I’ve made many mistakes. I’ve learned from some and just

Books I’d Love for You to Know

2014-12-02T10:46:32-06:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Books Make the Best Gifts

Am I right? Of course! Here’s where I  remind you of a few books for your list, for yourself or for a friend.

Let’s start with fiction

Up_Do🙂  Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers Earlier this year Spider Press released this anthology of very short fiction. The diverse works span genre and style. Since the works are all flash fiction, in this case meaning less than 1000 words

Sharing the Love – Plank Seafood Provisions in Omaha

2014-09-25T10:11:12-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , |

Tuesday night, I and other Omaha Bloggers were invited to taste a range of Happy Hour items from Plank Seafood Provisions  in Omaha’s Old Market. You may have noticed #PlankSeafoodHH lighting up twitter that evening.

Members of the Omaha Bloggers Network dined at Plank Seafood Provisions recently. Photo courtesy Janelle Shank at Members of the Omaha Bloggers Network dined at Plank Seafood Provisions recently. Photo courtesy Janelle Shank at


Allow me to say, Mmmmmmmm.

As we say here at the Sikora’s “Learning is Fun!” And the

Love and the Rockettes in Omaha

2014-09-10T17:24:25-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|


theatre thursdayA break from the heavy stuff 🙂 today. Let’s talk theatre and what’s coming to Omaha from Broadway Across America and Omaha Performing Arts. Marcus and I were fortunate to get a sneak peek of the upcoming season and now it’s about to round the corner.

Coming up

He was initially most excited, with a loud gasp as the name floated on screen. Motown: The Musical. It’s no secret Marcus is a music lover, and who doesn’t love Motown music? When the

Lessons in Love and Laughing in the Rain

2014-08-23T09:24:42-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

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Getting Caught in The Rain

Let me tell you, until you’ve had a school bus full of children (presumably) laughing. Loudly. As they pass the street corner where you are frantically covering and moving garage sale “treasures” while being soaked by an unexpected downpour, you haven’t lived. That is one small moment from yesterday which is why Free Write Friday is actually on Saturday, this week. 


This week flew pretty quickly by me, Richard Dawkins and an unexpectedly morbid and outdated website, ironically called

Small Things with Great Love

2013-10-15T14:05:07-05:00Categories: Change Your World|Tags: , , |

It's Wednesday and another chance to talk about Changing the Your World. I'm going to focus today on my second big AHA moment and quote.

Where I Was

Backstory Alert: So I worked your basic 9-9 job. (Not a typo) And I was frustrated with my place in the universe and my hopelessly small part in making a difference as far as Life, The Universe and Everything is concerned. I mean, I was going to grow up to make a difference! I was going to grow up to help people! I was going to...

Yet, here I sat in a job that didn't seem to make one smakeral of a difference to Life, the Universe, and Everything. And worse yet, it wasn't even a very pleasant place to be. Boy was I doing it wrong!

The Friction of Reentry

2021-04-25T12:19:09-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , |

Let’s talk about reentry.

To Work of course

Marcus’ first outings where human contact is possible (but masked) so far have been limited to coming to work with me on the weekends. No surprise as we are the “work club.”

Yesterday he helped by placing sample description labels in folders.

From a previous Building the Future Gala event, Marcus and Jeff Quinn.

Advocacy Recognition

Our first big outing will be at an event where Marcus will be recognized

A Healing Balm for the Down Syndrome Community and Allies

2020-10-27T13:43:26-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation each year hosts a fabulous event called Be Beautiful, Be Yourself. At this year’s event on November 14th,  we’re going to celebrate. We’re going to cry. We’re going to push forward. I’m the mother of an adult with Down syndrome.  There’s so much that I want to tell you, I hardly know where to begin…

Shall I start with 2020 and Covid? Of how scared I am…I fear the possibility that my very breath can bring in a virus that kills people with Down syndrome at

The Most Generous Holiday

2020-10-18T14:26:57-05:00Categories: Black Day, Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , |


It’s no surprise to me how many people we’ve met that tell us that Halloween is their  favorite holiday, and/or the favorite of a person they love with Down syndrome.

There’s a lot of theatrics to Halloween. You can be whatever you want and people are like…cool!

In my experience, Halloween is the most generous of holidays. Although

Marcus Isn’t Selling Down Syndrome

2020-10-03T15:17:43-05:00Categories: Black Day, Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , |

He’s Selling a Halloween Book

44649402Marcus is an author who has Down syndrome. He is a self-proclaimed (and proven) storyteller. As authors, we are taught; “People don’t buy books, they buy stories,” and sometimes these stories include the story of the author. Plus, in social networking and marketing we are taught, people don’t “like” an organization/website/whatever-you’re-selling, they “like” a community. People “like” being a part of something. Consequently authors, especially new authors, have to start with who they know.

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