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Celeste is Brilliant – That is all

Grown Ups & Downs|

OK Everybody, Today is a super cool treat from friends-we-haven’t-met halfway around the world. Let me first introduce “Celeste.” Celeste, the person, lives in New Zealand and this film, “Celeste” focusses around her role as an “extra” in her favorite soap opera. I saw this film earlier this year at the Ethan Saylor Memorial Film Festival. I L-O-V-E it!  Since then, this short film has won awards around the world and is only one of a series of short films featuring people with disabilities.  The folks behind the filming,

The Letter that Rocked my World

Black Day, Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|

Last week Google led me to a letter written by a 6th grader that rocked my world. The letter was a state level winner of the Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. It was written to author Beth Vrabel about her book, Pack of Dorks.  I was previously unaware of this chapter book series. Although I don’t know how, because they appear to be immensely popular and also includes a touch of diversity within their stories.  Letter About Literature Contest The Library of Congress website

7 Lessons Learned And/Or Affirmed at NDSC

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Here's one we took: 1) 1000 True Fans starts with One. Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, isn’t for everyone, but those who it is for – LOVE it! We heard of families at the show whose kids read and read again the storybook. Here's a great share from our first biggest little fan from the conference:  We love this photo, Thanks to our new friends for sharing. !!! Posted by Grown Ups & Downs on Sunday, June 28, 2015 Friends! **This is a #TBT - Throw Back

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Unexceptional Moms Interview Marcus (Video)

Guys guy GUYS!  I don't think I ever showed you this interview. A great podcast and video interview with two moms, plus Marcus (and me too.) One mom I've known virtually Ellen Stumbo.  She has a beautiful blog, I've been lucky to guest on now and then. And now she and and Erin, another mom, have a podcast and video blog. OK - SO here's a link to the blog and podcast here: When Our Kids With Disabilities Grow Up [Podcast] and here's the video of the interview.

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Black Day, Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|2 Comments

Last Weekend, We Were All Beautiful, with Video to Prove it

Last Sunday morning I “wrote out” some of the preceding three days’ amazingness. Unsuccessfully. Image from CNN article on the event. Jason Connolly Photographer. Bullet point version: Wed night after work: Marcus and I flew to Denver. Thursday morning: Marcus went on Live TV.  Friday Morning: Marcus and I both gave blood to the Human Trisome Project.  Friday Night: VIP Party with super cool and famous people.  Saturday: Marcus had rehearsals, walked the red carpet and posed for pictures with several new friends and famous people (he was especially excited to sneak in a hug with Queen Latifa),

The yesterdays that have magically led to tomorrow

Hey everybody, Tomorrow, no, let’s start with today. Wait. Yesterday. Yesterday, Marcus was featured as a model on live television as a preview for a big event that is tomorrow. This is an event he has auditioned for three times. Marcus Sikora and Carlos Gonzalez Photography by Jensen SuttaAnd courtesy of Global Down Syndrome Foundation Well, to be honest, this year his audition was actually being part of a celebrity photo shoot and feature article as the cover story for a magazine with a worldwide audience. The article was called “The Slugger and the Storyteller.” He’s had a

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: Grown Ups & Downs, In the News|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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