Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Trudging Through ‘Maintain’ Mode

Sometimes in life, you can’t help but feel beaten down. It seems that anything and everything can go wrong all at once. This week has been one of those for me as a homeowner. My dishwasher is dead, my refrigerator’s motor went caput, my carport started leaking, the check engine light on my car popped on days before my emissions test is due and my furnace has decided to only kick on when it feels like it.

On top of that, I have 60 papers needing grading that keep staring at me with the evil eye and several freelance assignment deadlines this month.

I’ve declared this week my ‘maintain’ week. I can’t possibly trudge forward with zestful energy; instead, I must go through the motions and ‘maintain’ to keep my sanity. Continue reading


February 27, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching, Writing | 2 Comments

Coping With Divorce: Cultivating Your Child’s Feelings

Published February 2011: eHow Family & Relationships

Coping With Divorce: Cultivating Your Child’s Feelings
Creating a United Front When Separation Occurs

Article Excerpt:

Divorce is never easy for adults. The stress of separation, emotional turmoil and physical loss often takes its toll. The reality, though, is that while adults are learning to cope, children are often left feeling confused, abandoned and even guilty about the family situation. Continue reading

February 27, 2011 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | 1 Comment