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February 27, 2017

A couple with Down syndrome has defied all odds....

Maryanne and Tommy Pilling have been together for more than two decades, but when they first met, people doubted they would last.

Now, 22 years later, the two are still going strong and are just as in love as the day they met.

"I've never seen love like it among any other couple," Maryanne's sister Lindi Newman said.

The happy couple met at a school for special needs students and Maryanne was instantly smitten, her sister said. She brought him home for dinner and Maryanne's family fell for him, too.

Maryanne and Tommy can't read or write, but they have their own home and both have jobs.

Maryanne's mother lives next door and her sister is just down the road. They take turns cooking and cleaning for the couple, and Newman drives Marya...

January 30, 2017

Today I can't think of a better story than what has transpired this weekend here in Victoria after a terrible tragedy - the burning of the local Islamic Mosque.

It is still not known if the fire was an accident or intentional but I am overwhelmed with pride for our community. The Muslim community gathered to pray this morning but they were not alone. Over 400 members of our community gathered with them in the cold to show their love and support.

They started the prayer with the Pledge of Allegiance. They all said it together - " I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The words seem to mean so much more when it is said together, out loud by people from diffe...

January 23, 2017

I don't watch a lot of TV.  There just aren't many programs that I like to watch.  Comedy's don't make me laugh anymore.  Dramas have so much vile content.  Heck even some commercials offend me!  And when I watch the news I feel like America is full of nothing but criminals who have enemies all around the world!

Ok ok, I'm being a bit dramatic.  There are some shows I like to watch.  I am a true Law & Order junkie.  And the new show "This is Us" is the only show that I will stop whatever I'm doing and sit on the couch to watch.  

In spite of the news, I know there are lots and lots of good people left in the world.  There are still people who are trying to have good families, work hard, save something for the future and do good for others. 


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I am Sande, a photographer, social media manager, storyteller and unexpected entrepreneur.  I adore my clients and love to tell their stories.  Here you will find some social media + branding tips as well as stories about the wonderful people I've met on this journey.

I also occasionally share stories on my crazy life and family

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