Regarding Tom Segura

Regarding Tom Segura

Regarding the comedian Tom Segura: I’ve waited awhile to comment on his unfunny bit re the R-word, seen early in his special on Netflix. The best I can do is this: I feel for the guy. He isn’t funny. I watched the whole hour. Chuckled exactly twice. When you choose comedy as a career and you’re not funny, well, that’s a tough row to hoe, brother. He’s trying too hard. He’s a 38-year-old man seeking to hang on to his…

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Down syndrome and the rights of the unborn

Down syndrome and the rights of the unborn

  In Ohio, my home state, the state legislature has approved a bill to ban abortions for pregnant women with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. The bill is on Gov. John Kasich’s desk. He hasn’t said if he will sign it. How do you feel about this? Here’s what I think: Viscerally, I couldn’t be more in  favor. With the undefeated aid of hindsight, I’m beyond thankful Jillian, now 27, is of this world. What she has brought to our…

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Jillian’s uncomplicated holidays

Jillian’s uncomplicated holidays

When Jillian was in college at Northern Kentucky University, Kerry and I made a habit of checking her bank balance. Jillian’s concept of money was not the greatest. She assumed it flowed endlessly, and once wrote herself a check for $500 when she needed spending cash. We didn’t want her bouncing checks. This was of greatest concern around the holidays. Suddenly, we’d see substantial dollars evacuating the bottom line. “Where’s your money going?” “I buy gifts,” she said. Gift cards…

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Jillian made the apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner! Before she moved out five years ago, Kerry put a big emphasis on teaching Jillian how to read recipes, use simple math and follow directions, all to prepare her for her independent life. Now, at 28, she and her husband Ryan cook entirely for themselves in their 2-bedroom townhouse. This is what our kids can do. All they need is a little help and a lot of faith. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone….

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To New Parents, on Jillian’s 28th birthday

To New Parents, on Jillian’s 28th birthday

Jillian Daugherty Mavriplis turned 28 Tuesday. For 27 years and 364 days, she has made us happy and proud and better people for being her parents. I don’t say this to paint a perfect picture. (It’s not perfect. I did say 364 days. The first day was awful.) I say it because it’s true. The day Jillian was born, all Kerry and I wanted was for someone to tell us everything would be OK. We learned quickly that sort of…

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Still No. 1 after all this time

Still No. 1 after all this time

Harper Collins published An Uncomplicated Life in March 2015. Two and a half years later, it’s back to being an Amazon #1 best seller. It was never the writing that made the book an evergreen. It was the subject. It was the message. Expect Don’t Accept. See, Don’t Look. Seize the Day, Live in the Moment. We’ve delivered the same message to corporate execs where we live, in Cincinnati — who were interested in hiring people with disabilities — because…

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Sacramento, here we come!

Sacramento, here we come!

Kerry and I will be setting up shop Thursday-Saturday at the National Down Syndrome Congress convention in Sacramento. We will have hard and paper copies of An Uncomplicated Life, our memoir of raising our 27-year-old daughter Jillian, born with Down syndrome. Jillian’s story offers realistic hope to any family blessed to have a child born with an extra chromosome. Jillian is married, works full time and lives fully independently in a townhome with her husband Ryan. Stop by our booth and…

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See you in Sacramento!

See you in Sacramento!

My wife Kerry and I have a booth at the National Down Syndrome Congress annual convention, July 18-20 in Sacramento. We will be signing and selling An Uncomplicated Life, our memoir of raising our daughter Jillian, now 27. born with Down syndrome. Jillian graduated high school, attended four years of college and 2 years ago married her longtime boyfriend, Ryan Mavriplis. They work full time and live entirely independently. Please stop by, say hello and be inspired. Thanks, and as always:…

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Happy 2nd anniversary, Jillian and Ryan

Happy 2nd anniversary, Jillian and Ryan

Two years ago today, Jillian Daugherty and the estimable Ryan Mavriplis were married at a nature preserve near Cincinnati, witnessed by 150 of their closest family and friends. The magic of that day was obvious. Beyond the obvious was this: Everyone there had a hand in getting the couple to that moment. That made […] via Jillian’s 2nd wedding anniversary — kerrypdaugherty

We’ll be in Sacramento!

We’ll be in Sacramento!

for the National Down Syndrome Congress convention, July 20-22. Kerry and I will be signing and selling An Uncomplicated Life, our memoir of raising our daughter Jillian, born Oct. 17, 1989 with Down syndrome. Jillian graduated high school, attended 4 years of college and has been married 2 years. She and Ryan live entirely independently with their dog, Gracie, in a 2BR townhouse. If you’re seeking a little inspiration, stop by the booth and say hello. As always. . ….

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