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Archive for August, 2013

This happened … at one point in time … Sun Shine Down next to Joan Didion

Sun Shine Down Joan Didion

This happened … at one point in time … Sun Shine Down next to Joan Didion Wowzas. Thankful. Surprised. It probably was some kind of fluke but I will savor the vision … always. Find Sun Shine Down on Amazon and on Amazon Kindle.

Sun Shine Down is now available on Amazon!

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Sun Shine Down is now available on Amazon! I’m thrilled and humbled to announce that Sun Shine Down is now available in print on Amazon, and on Amazon Kindle. Although the book isn’t completely ‘launched’ yet, it is getting some great reviews and feedback. Like this: From the very first page, Marchenko tugs the heartstrings of anyone who has ever experienced—or wanted to experience—parenthood, leaving us with a broadened view of the universe and a deeper understanding of what it really means to love one…

Introducing children with Down syndrome into the classroom: Free take home sheet PDF download

Introducing children with Down syndrome in the classroom: Free take home sheet PDF download The following letter is part of the take home sheet I give to Polly’s class every year. I visit the classroom, read a book, and talk to the children about Down syndrome. It’s always a great time, and a fabulous way to promote inclusion. Kids feel much more comfortable if they can talk about things. They ask questions, I do my best to answer, and Polly, now that she is six years…

Down syndrome adoption … four years in

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Down syndrome adoption … four years in “Ma ma ma ma ma,” I place my palm flat against my face and pat my lips, take my daughter Evangeline’s soft, doughy hand in mine, and do it with her. “Ma ma ma ma ma.” She likes it. So I do it again. Evangeline is non-verbal, but she will mumble sounds from time to time. I yearn to hear her say “ma.” We lie in her bed at dusk, the sun fighting its setting, just like my…

Q&A with Secrets to a Happy Life author Bill Giovannetti, a special announcement, and a book giveaway!

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Q&A with Secrets to a Happy Life author Bill Giovannetti, a special announcement, and a book giveaway! (Another treat today! Please help me welcome Bill Giovannetti, author of Secrets to a Happy Life that published with Bethany House Publishers in June. Make sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the book. You won’t be sorry! Welcome Bill!) Congrats to Chris, who won the book! Bill, what gave you the idea of writing a book about happiness? Like it or…