Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Count Me Absent for My Heart’s Sake

growing heart I’ve always hated the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I thought that it was a manipulative, cowardly way to basically say “I need time away from you or I’m going to strangle you.”

 But as I get older (and hopefully wiser), I have begun to realize that the cliché may have some merit.

 In general, I’m not the type of person that enjoys time by myself. I love the sound of my kids clunking through the halls while the dog wrestles with her squeaky toy. I truly enjoy the hustle and bustle of the newsroom at work, including the loud Hispanic music and the boisterous political debates. Noise has always comforted me – providing a sense of security. Continue reading


September 15, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Social Media Overload

twitterI’ve spent the past few days immersed, overwhelmed, delighted, and frustrated with social media. As participants in the Associated Collegiate Press Summer Journalism Workshops in Minneapolis, Minn. four of my students and I have been bombarded with high-tech options for reinventing and improving the standards for student newspaper publishing. Continue reading

July 25, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching | , , , , | Leave a comment