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Why does Marcus have First Billing on the Book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band?

2016-03-10T22:46:13-06:00Categories: Black Day, Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , |

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Today let’s discuss why Marcus Sikora, a young man with Down syndrome, has first credit for the book and why this is even a question.

Writing about Creating.

I’ve written many words trying to share with you how the writing process with Marcus works. Most of those words still lay jumbled on a page not yet shared; they don’t touch the impact of the process. Some

What is the Broadway List? (& Writing Black Day)

2015-07-03T14:05:16-05:00Categories: Black Day, Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A few years ago Bob Fischbach from the Omaha World Herald asked me, “When did Marcus become interested in Broadway?” It was a tricky question to answer, because it feels like Marcus and Broadway have been synonymous for, well…always. Certainly he’s always loved and been a performer. He is attracted to a microphone like a magnet and if there is a free stage, he finds his way on it.

But we nailed it down to the first show he saw in NYC, The Lion King. There was plenty of theatre before that, but this was - BROADWAY.

Reading, Writing, and The Slow Burn – Free Write Friday

2014-09-30T19:08:42-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , |

Free write FridayI read a copy, the first copy actually, of a new short story book last night, and I have to tell you, I really enjoyed bits. I think my favorite is a story called “Lucky Shoes,” about a man named Q and his quirky relationship with his shoes. It’s speculative fiction, but not too sciency or dark. Still, I laughed at a bit of the social commentary. I wonder if you’ll like it too? I hope to know soon, as the Kindle edition may

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

What I’m smiling at these days

2020-09-25T18:32:04-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

Ok, first things first, #1 this video!

We are Goo Goo Dolls fans and have been since, oh…before some of you were born. (Well, probably not many under 21 reading this, but possible!) ANYway, Marcus and I have been singing along (and karaoke-ing too) to many a Goo Goo Dolls song over the years.  I even wrapped up the Goo Goo Dolls song “Iris” into a starter review of a few Broadway shows a few years ago. Marcus singing “Iris” is something that will never not rip my heart out. From

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

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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

Checking In

2020-03-22T19:08:49-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been sick. Not THE sick, but sick.

When I first started coughing, I went to a “quickie mart” in the mall across from the hotel and bought chips, chocolate, water, cough drops, and a thermometer. The man at the register asked, “Are you panic buying?” I didn’t quite understand him at first, so I replied with a little nervous laugh. He went on, “Everyone is panic buying…they have bought all of the sanitizer and alcohol.” Finally, I understood him. “Ah,” I said, flustered but trying to look cool, “As long as there’s still whisky, we’ll be alright.” When I

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.

The Pros and Cons of Sharing Online

2020-02-05T05:06:05-06:00Categories: Change Your World, Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , |

From http://www.omaha.com/sarpy/ralston/reid-adler-had-a-vigor-for-life/article_279a98f8-2940-59b4-989c-8d5db0ced411.html

The Message that The Internet is Forever…

While speaking at a Listen to Your Mother Event,  I met a mother whose middle son died by suicide. She bravely shared about how his life was cut short because of two bad decisions. 

When a picture he shared privately, became public (after being tormented with the possibility for no one knows how long) he decided that humiliation was more than he could bear. His life ended at aged 15. 

How many times have

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