Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Contests: Guessing Game or Gut Reaction?

I’ve been playing a guessing game all day. It involves guessing what other people think, what they value and what they like. It’s called the contest game and it’s a game I hate to play every year.

The game is part of my job as a college media adviser. At the beginning of each year, my students and I pour over a year’s worth of newspapers and select entries in 27 categories for the Missouri College Media Association’s annual contest. Continue reading


January 11, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Look At This Photograph

100_0875Although my title indicates a possible reference to a Nickelback song, this post is about much more than music. It’s about the power of photos.

Photos are keepsakes. My sister has more than 100 scrapbooks of photos in her house, chronicling her life, her children’s lives – and every person she has ever come into contact with. My photos, while valuable to me, sit in a big box in my basement, patiently waiting for my organized sister to take on the project.

Photos tell a story. Photos bring back memories. Photos encourage us to reflect and think critically about life.  Continue reading

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting, Teaching, Writing | , , , , , , | 9 Comments