Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Helping Kids With Their First Crush

Published February 2011: eHow Family & Relationships

Helping Kids With Their First Crush
Picking Up the Pieces When They Fall Head Over Heels

Article Excerpt:

When Terrina Picarello was in the eighth grade, she fell hard for a boy. Her summer crush was doomed to end — the boy went to a different school — but dealing with the heartbreak is something she remembers well. “I sat in my room and played the record ‘Endless Love’ over and over for days and cried and cried,” Picarello said. Continue reading


February 26, 2011 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Unveiling the Mystery of Romantic Attraction

Published August 2010:

Unveiling the Mystery of Romantic Attraction

Article Overview:

Why did you fall in love with your spouse instead of with someone else? Though many mysteries surround romantic feelings, current psychology has some insights.

You can strengthen your marriage by understanding the agendas and illusions that lie beneath the glow of romance. Continue reading

August 1, 2010 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Perfect Woman

Woman_SilhouetteIs there such a thing as the perfect woman? This occurred to me during a bedtime talk with my 9-year old son. He mentioned that he couldn’t wait for college because “there is a time and place for everything,” he said, “and that’s college.”

 Curious by what he thought happened in college, he informed me that he would meet his perfect woman there. What came next is what disturbed me the most.

 He described his “perfect woman” as a “girl with long, dangly hair, a small nose, a tiny butt, big boobs, lots of lipstick,” and most of all, “a clear face without any pimples or freckles.” Oh, and yes, she must wear tennis shoes instead of high heels. Continue reading

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , | 1 Comment

My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

100_0799I love running, yet I hate running. We have this love/hate relationship – the type of relationship with days when I want to embrace it at times and then other days, when I want to just call it quits and kick it to the curb.

 When I’m smitten and in love with running, it is less challenging. I look forward to the peacefulness of the neighborhood, the feel of the wind on my face, and the strength I feel building in my legs. I love the “alone” time it affords me. I love the freedom it brings – the choice to run hard or jog lightly. I love the rush I get and the self satisfaction I feel when I am finished with the workout. But most of all, I love the way it keeps me fit and tightens my toosh. Continue reading

August 7, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , , , | 1 Comment