Lisa Ulman began her writing career at the age of six, creating stories in her head. When she started putting her ideas on paper, she used her talent to create stories as gifts for her family. Her first serious poetry effort, "Drowning," won the Lansing Community College LAND poetry contest in 2012. The poem went on to win the State of Michigan LAND Poetry Prize. "Sam's Rules," the life lessons she and her family learned from her younger brother with Down Syndrome, was first published as a gift to her family, but carries life lessons for everyone. Lisa resides in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The author's brother, Sam Tink, was born with Down Syndrome in 1971, a time when the condition was still referred to as "Mongolism" and parents were strongly encouraged to put their child in an institution. Sam's family welcomed him and accepted him for who he was. This memoir highlights Sam’s unique view of the world and the life lessons he taught his family. Now his family is sharing these rules they learned from him.