Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

The Snow-Covered Editor-Writer Relationship

This weekend, my mom got on me about not shoveling the snow off my driveway after the Midwest was pummeled with 12 inches of winter wonderland-ness. My response? “We have 4-wheel drive. Why do we need to shovel?”

I’ll spare you with the ‘you should think of others’ lecture I received after she tried to pull her little car in my driveway and move on to what the conversation inspired me to think about – Editor and Writer Relationships. Continue reading


January 23, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching, Writing | , , , , | 3 Comments

Business Deal Sparked After Golf Course Quip

Published in the 1/11/11 issue of the Suburban Journals

Business Deal Sparked After Golf Course Quip

What began as a quip on a golf course evolved into a business transaction for Jeff Herr and Mike Ogle.

One day on the links last year, Herr — owner of Cullop-Jennings Florist in Collinsville — jokingly suggested Ogle purchase his business.

Herr, who owned the shop for 18 years, was kidding at first, but the two got talking and realized they were on to something. Continue reading

January 11, 2011 Posted by | News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | Leave a comment

Edwardsville Woman Has Drive to Help Others

Published in the 1/7/11 issue of the Suburban Journals

Edwardsville Woman Has Drive to Help Others

Shawn McCue, of Edwardsville, is always on the move.

As a supported employment specialist for MERS/Goodwill, she’s in charge of finding jobs for people in need. That means McCue is on the road a lot — driving from employer to employer looking for job leads, taking clients to training or finding them business attire for interviews.

For all the hard work, McCue recently received the Local Hero Award, the nonprofit’s honor for employees who go beyond the norm. Continue reading

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment