Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

If You Love Someone, Let Them Go

meandmysistersI’ve always heard that if you love someone you should let them go. Personally, I struggle with letting go. As much as I know that change is a powerful, necessary force in life, I still resist it, fight it, and dread it. As much as I’ve been dreading today, I never realized how much it would hurt to let go of my baby sister.

 Although Molly has been a jet setter from day one, she always seemed to be within reach. We rarely saw her when she lived nearby, but she was there when it mattered and we knew that she was within reach. When she moved as far as Hawaii, she was still within the country. Today, she boarded a plane for Germany. As far as I want to reach out my hand, she’s just too far away to take it now. Continue reading


September 26, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , , | 3 Comments

From Blue Collar Life to Police Brass

100_0917Published in the 9/30/09 print issue of the Suburban Journals/Collinsville Herald

From blue collar life to police brass
Collinsville assistant chief takes long route to front office

Tom Coppotelli describes his childhood in Washington Park as something straight out of “Leave it to Beaver,” complete with days playing ball on dusty baseball diamonds, roaming the streets with friends and hurrying home for dinner with his dad who worked on the railroad.

Back then, it seemed he was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps into a blue collar life. Continue reading

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | 3 Comments