Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

City manager cooks up plans and food

SuburbanjournalsPublished in the 8/30/09 issue of the Suburban Journals/Collinsville Herald

After a long day managing city departments, implementing a strategic plan and fussing with budgets, it only takes a little food to relax Collinsville City Manager Robert Knabel.

Knabel, 58, is an amateur gourmet chef, a hobby few who interact with him at City Hall know about.

“I’ve always been interested in cooking. It’s therapeutic for me,” Knabel said recently. “It allows me to focus on something different.” Continue reading


August 29, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | 1 Comment

Look At This Photograph

100_0875Although my title indicates a possible reference to a Nickelback song, this post is about much more than music. It’s about the power of photos.

Photos are keepsakes. My sister has more than 100 scrapbooks of photos in her house, chronicling her life, her children’s lives – and every person she has ever come into contact with. My photos, while valuable to me, sit in a big box in my basement, patiently waiting for my organized sister to take on the project.

Photos tell a story. Photos bring back memories. Photos encourage us to reflect and think critically about life.  Continue reading

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting, Teaching, Writing | , , , , , , | 9 Comments