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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Being there matters

Being there matters

The golfer Phil Mickelson has decided to skip the upcoming U.S. Open in Wisconsin, so he can attend his daughter Amanda’s high school graduation in California. The two coincide. For those not familiar with golf, the Open is one of four “major” championships.  It’s also the only major Mickelson has not won. If he did win it, he’d become just the 7th man ever to win all four. He has finished 2nd six times. It’s a very big deal. Especially…

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Hope and encouragement: Jillian’s summer job

Hope and encouragement: Jillian’s summer job

Jillian has a new job, at least until August. The ease, acceptance and grace that accompanied it are hopeful and gratifying. Both of her regular jobs, as an assistant to the Athletic Director at Northern Kentucky University and as a 1st-grade teacher’s assistant, charged with helping the kids with reading and math, run the length of the school year. She begins officially next week at LA Fitness, tasked with maintaining the cleanliness of the workout equipment and locker rooms. Most…

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The AHCA is not who we are

The AHCA is not who we are

When Jillian was in high school, I attended her IEP meetings as an enforcer. Kerry my wife knew the law. Our good friend Ellen Mavriplis – Jillian’s future mother-in-law – knew the law entirely. Her business, Inclusion Advocates, is based on upholding it. I was there to bang my fist on the table. Every time we sat across the big conference table from the school people who fought us, I wanted to produce a picture of Jillian, slam it on…

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Leaving Home Ain’t Easy

Leaving Home Ain’t Easy

I don’t often do this, but I’ve gotten so much feedback on this piece, I decided to re-post it here. It’s about our move across town, from a house we lived in for 29 years. Aside from the expected upheaval — 29 years is a long time, ask your basement and your attic — there came a psychological wounding that was a bit of a surprise. A house can inhabit a soul. I know that now. Further, the notion of…

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An Uncomplicated World Down Syndrome Day

An Uncomplicated World Down Syndrome Day

I almost forgot it was World Down Syndrome Day. I don’t mean that disrespectfully. There’s a lot to celebrate, not the least of which is the triumph of the human spirit people with Down syndrome demonstrate all the time. Resolutely, our kids/relatives/friends are showing the rest of us how to be better people. I think the rest of us are beginning to take notice. Happy day to you, Liam Langan, and you, Violet Ryan and you, Rob Knodle and you…

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Jillian’s song

Jillian’s song

  In my day job as a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, I author a Monday through Thursday blog called The Morning Line. It’s a mish-mash of sports, culture and personal asides. I conclude each post with a Tune O’ The Day, most often taken from my memory-bank of ’60s and ’70s rock. This tune isn’t that. It’s a song written by the country twanger Guy Clark. It’s performed here by country gal Patty Griffin. I put it on…

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