Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Parenting Hurts So Good

bandaidI always underestimated the challenges of parenting. I thought that the moans and groans of parents were highly exaggerated. The baby sleeps, eats, poops – end of story, right?

 Wrong. The baby grows up, gains independence and strength, and ultimately begins to talk, socialize, and test boundaries.

 Parenting is hard and even more so, parenting hurts.  Continue reading

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Celebrating Neighbors: Scout Leader Extraordinaire

celebratePublished in the 9/23/09 issue of the Suburban Journals
Part of the “Celebrate Your Neighbor” Award Series

Scout Leader Extraordinaire

Although Steve Loos leads the Cub Scout oath each week with “On my honor, I will do my best,” he’s rarely one to ask for an honor. Loos, Cub Master for Pack 91 in Troy, has earned the recognition for his years of service to both the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, according to fellow den leader Ernie Cristobal.

He is the heart and pulse that keeps Pack 91 going,” Cristobal said in his letter nominating Loos for the Suburban Journals Celebrate Your Neighbor Award. Continue reading

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Celebrating Neighbors: A Believer in Involvement

celebratePublished in the 9/23/09 issue of the Suburban Journals
Part of the “Celebrate Your Neighbor” Award Series

A Believer in Involvement

Richard “R.J.” and Russell Krause know the meaning of victory. They’ve coached teams to victory on the court and watched victory from the sidelines at local sporting events. But according to the brothers, the real victory is in the smiles of the thousands of children in the East St. Louis and Washington Park communities that they have mentored for more than 40 years. Continue reading

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | Leave a comment