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GMO’s, Genetically Modified Humans, and Miracles

** A friend of my family proudly reiterates his relation to the man who invented the boysenberry.  Seems odd to say “invented” yet I’m pretty sure that’s the term he uses. “Inventing” food is happening all the time in labs around the world. All the while other food varieties- maybe once natural, are dying off […] more

Living Like We’ve Got 100 Junes

. Hey June, I’m not ready for you yet!  I had so many good intentions for May, and yet the bills are still scattered on the dining room table, because my office is still in disarray, and even the rebounder trampoline is still covered in papers I meant to get to. Get To. (Sigh) Ah […] more

Our Amazing Adventure

To my son Sometimes, the dreaming, the planning, and the anticipation that build up a destination are all part of the excitement. Other journeys take unexpected turns, are filled with surprising delights, and have anxious moments. They lead us out of our comfort zones, seeing, touching, and exploring worlds new to us. Our journey so […] more

Marcus & the Loud Mouths Festival

   Marcus enjoys both watching theatre and participating. It all began as a small child, when he would act out entire TV shows, movies, and ideas in a combination of pantomime and song. Now, as a young adult he pursues more public shows. The Ollie Webb Center in Omaha has a program called The Art […] more

On Becoming Marcus’ Mother

The sun shone in through the small hopper window near the ceiling. I woke up slowly and watched the sun beams that drifted to the floor. I knew it. I was a mother. From the outside I did not look…ready.

In my heart, I was. I smiled. I quit smoking.

The next week I went to the Doctor’s office for a pregnancy test. I didn’t bother buying one from the store because, well, as I said – I knew.

The test came back negative. The nurse and I spoke a bit about why I thought I was pregnant, her head shook dismissively as she wrote in the chart. I began eating lemons, friends looked at me and shrugged. Three weeks later I bought a pregnancy test at the drug store and it confirmed my knowledge. I returned to the doctor. more

Marcus’ Big Announcement Number Two (with video)

Hello Friends, Can you believe that the excitement keeps coming? Here’s another exciting event coming up:   From the Global Website: More about the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Event here. And, the story of Marcus taking on the Universe, suitable for sharing, either here on the website or Here on the HuffPost.     If […] more

Everyone Needs Help

A Gift From the Universe to Change the World 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 […] more

I Will Not Let Spring Break Me

  Although it tries. Spring and Easter, Man, a lot of shit happened in my life around Easter. Grandmas Several years ago at this time of year, I lost my Grandma Wright at the end of a long cancer battle. Her death came shortly after my beloved great-grandmother from my mother’s side also passed away. One […] more

Special Chronicles PodCast

While Marcus and I were in NYC, we joined Dan via technology, and chatted about WDSD, Black Day, The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome, and also the #NotSpecialNeeds campaign. Pop it in while you’re running, walking, cleaning the house, or whatever it is you do while listening to a podcast. 🙂 In preparation, watch the […] more

#WDSD17 More deets from the day and pictures, too

So first we have the Storified version with my tweets and also the WDSD Twitter live account of our speech. Plus links to a few of the great #WDSD17 videos. Also, a short slideshow of pictures. more