Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Yep, I Like Hannah Montana

I admit it. I like Hannah Montana. Her songs are on my iPod, the car radio is often tuned to Disney Channel, and I hannahknow all the words to the theme of her TV show.

 I tried my hardest not to like her – told others that it was my daughter’s music and that as a mom, I was forced to watch her show and listen to the Disney Channel. But, I’m coming clean – I’ve taken a liking to the pop princess’ style, lyrics, and even her alter ego, Miley. Continue reading

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , | 2 Comments

Hospice of Southern Illinois Comforts Entire Family at the End of Life

mess_logoPublished November 2003 in The Messenger,
The Newspaper of the Belleville Catholic Diocese

Margaret Hettenhausen is not afraid to die. Lying comfortably in a chair in her own home, she strokes her beloved cat, Missy, and says, “I’m not afraid; I’m ready.”

Two months ago, Hettenhausen was driving a car; today she is unable to walk without support. The 92-year old is suffering from ovarian cancer. She may live two more days – two more years. Continue reading

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Faith, Overwhelming Support Gives Family Hope

mess_logoPublished September 2003 in The Messenger,
The Newspaper of the Belleville Catholic Diocese

He plays with his brothers – Jack and Joey – attends first grade, sits in the pew next to his parents each Sunday and goes about life as most –year olds do, but J.D. Maher is not your average –year old child.

His name is on numerous prayer lists, including several in diocese. His grandmother, Althea, who lives in Arkansas, sends mailings to national prayer groups to pray for her grandson who is in desperate need of a liver transplant. Continue reading

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing | , , , | Leave a comment