In Which I Explain

sigToday I am going to try to explain myself, this website, its name and purpose, but not necessarily in that order. Not necessarily in any order, as a matter of fact. I think I’ll start with answering a few “why’s” instead.

Why did I create this website?

theinnocentpricebookI created as a platform builder for a novel series called The Innocent Prince. The Innocent Prince is a fantasy that explores the “what if” a prince were born

Yes, My Son, an Adult with Down Syndrome Lives at Home

The first thing you should know is this: Marcus is an adult with Down syndrome and he lives with us, not because he has to but because we want to live together. Like millions, really, well over 6 million, families with adult children who live “at home” in the US today, this is the best option for us right now.

For the first 23 years or so, the most common question I received about Marcus was: “What will you do when he grows up?”

Now the most common question is: “Will he always live with you?”

I have an answer for this.


This well thought out answer is based on the following factors:

Fear, Loathing, and Cheerful in #DSAM2014

Free write FridayI’m breakin’ the rules today. Yes, I’m a rebel to my own rule. I’m writing with plenty of loud, melancholy pop music playing in my headphones. I don’t usually write with music that has words, cause well, words. But it’s Free Write Friday and that means we’re all about rule breaking. Ha! This melancholy music, and my favorite flavor coffee in hand, I’m surprisingly cheerful today.

I don’t know if I’ve told you, but one of the reasons I do this whole Free Write

When He Grows Up

Taken almost directly from my journal the day before Marcus’ graduation, two years ago…

“What are you going to do when he grows up?”

That’s the question posed to you for the last twenty years.  And although you’ve given one answer or another, time after time, it still feels as if this moment has snuck up on you.

infant with down syndromeRemember the day you found out you were pregnant?  You knew then that this child was going to be the rest of your life.  And it didn’t scare you. Not


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