Hello Friends, Here we go! What We Really Mean When We Say, ‘I Could Never…’ When my co-worker’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer, the whispered phrase that followed her from every room was: “I could never…” Two years later, one of the whisperers 3-year-old daughter also developed cancer. I theorize that the reason we say […].. read more
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. .. read more
What Are the Odds Continues -> Last week Marcus rolled the dice in Las Vegas; it was fun. He turned 25 and we may choose to celebrate all year. Well, at least for several more weeks while we release Black Day: The Monster Rock Band and figure out how being an author who talks to folks and […].. read more
We are honored to share reviews from some of our local #OmahaBlogs about Black Day. “The Black Day Book. It’s a Scream.” By Kathy at Kissing the Frog “Announcing – ‘Black Day: The Monster Rock Band’ Children’s Book by Local Author Marcus Sikora!” by Nicole at Mom Saves Money “Black Day: The Monster Rock Band […].. read more
At 7 months pregnant, there came a night when I woke up in terrible pain. I climbed into our stick-shift car, which I did not know how to drive, and started down the road. It wasn’t pretty and probably didn’t sound too good, the car either, but we (the car and I) got to the hospital in time for me to pass out in a wheelchair just inside the emergency room doors. That was nearly 23 years ago.
Two months later I gave birth to a beautiful boy and I still find myself winging it.
My son has grown up to be an amazing young man. He loves his job, attends acting classes, hopes to put his own musical on Broadway, and doesn’t seem to mind that he has an extra chromosome in his DNA.
I didn’t know how to raise a child with Down syndrome any more than I knew how to drive a stick-shift. But we’ve cruised through the years, pushed over a few roadblocks and taken several detours. We’ve learned many lessons that have been more special than the needs.
The stories from the early years and the joys and challenges of today are featured in the Grown Ups & Downs blog. Check out some of the resources and on-line friends we’ve made. Wander back to the middle-ages and meet a special Prince from the forthcoming novel The Innocent Prince. And, of course, join the conversation on any of our social plugins.
See you soon,