Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Happy Friday + Weekend Links

Lily Snowy Self-Portrait

Self-portrait by Lily.

Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine was good—and it got even better when the mercury crept up past 30 degrees. The first trickles of melting snow are just starting to flow. Are you familiar with the sound of melting snow? I think it’s one of the most beautiful noises in nature.

Do you have plans for the weekend? We have a tournament here and there and the last night of ski club, but it’s not looking too crazy. Which is a good thing because I get cranky if there’s not enough white space in my life. Maybe you can relate?

I’ve finally taken the plunge into revising the book I drafted last November during NaNoWriMo. Man, it can be hard for me to get started on things like this. How long has it been? Three months? I will, of course, share anything I figure out about the revision process for those of you who are interested.

So while I try to get a handle on where the heck I was going in Chapter Two, here are some fun links for you:

+ Gabby is never afraid to tackle difficult subjects, and this discussion on teaching kids about race and racism got me thinking. We’ve certainly dealt with our share of, um, misguided comments. I’ll have to write about it one of these days. In the meantime, the self-portrait Lily made at school makes me so happy.

+ How do you catch a leprechaun? With tiny donuts, of course! Be sure to check out the free donut box printable.

+ I’m obsessed with this video of Idina Menzel and Jimmy Fallon performing “Let It Go” using only classroom instruments. Just ask my family. Luckily, most of them are obsessed, too.

+ Inspired by Farrell’s Happy project, these folks want to spread the happy. (My tap class is dancing to “Happy” and I’m over the moon.)

+ Lily would love these projects using watercolor tape.

+ Please let this study about coffee be true!

+ I decided to lose a few pounds before our trip and immediately gained two. Maybe this is why.

+ Stamp yo face! Look! It’s you on a rubber stamp!

+ I appreciate stories that celebrate the art of honing one’s craft: A Useful Reminder: Louis C.K. Was Bad Before He Was Good.

+ Fascinating animated map showing the evolution of Europe from 1,000 AD to the present.

So there you go. Have a great weekend and I hope to see you back here next week!



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  1. Diane says:

    Lily’s self-portrait made me laugh out loud and couldn’t be more perfect. Please tell Lily I love it and that it will make me smile every time I look at it.

    1. Shannon says:

      Isn’t it wonderful? It makes me smile, too.

  2. Amy says:

    I found your site through Design Mom! I LOVE this mini print out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks for visiting, Amy! Design Mom is amazing, isn’t she? I’m glad you liked the link. 🙂

  3. grampa jeff says:

    Lily, how very creative. that’s you, alright. only thing missing is panda earrings but then everyone in the whole world would know it’s you, no guessing

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