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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So what if instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.
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Giving Like Mrs. Mac

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The year Tim and I turned 40, we traveled to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, to celebrate with two of my closest friends, who were also turning 40, and their families. It was a wonderful trip and my heart is full of memories of watching our children playing together just like we […]


In Sympathy / Funeral Etiquette

This post could also be called “Why I Should Listen to My Mother.”
Not too long ago we were talking about funerals and my mom said she’s learned to write her address on the inside of sympathy cards when she gives a gift or memorial for a funeral.
We attended two funerals last week, so this idea […]


The Saturday Morning Book Club + Reading List

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Last week we had a great conversation about “comforting clothes.” Well. On the third Saturday of every month I get to go to book club, which is like slipping into the most comfortably well-worn sweater you can imagine.
No one remembers exactly when our first meeting was, but we do know it was at least […]


Sympathy Meals / Neopolitan Casserole

My husband, Tim, had a serious accident on his mountain bike two years ago. He was hospitalized for weeks and spent months in rehab. One of the things that got us through that challenging time was the support of our friends and family. They watched our kids, they got them to lessons and after-school activities, […]


Using Our Farm Share / Roasted Radishes

Do some people love radishes the way others love squash or asparagus? I’ve never given much thought to radishes. I’ve bought them once or twice when I’ve tried to replicate my grandma’s potato salad. Which hasn’t been very often since, fortunately, she’s still around and willing to make it herself.
So other than in potato salad, […]


Our Farm Share Adventure Begins

Have you ever heard of buying shares from a farmer? Basically, a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. You, the consumer, purchase a share and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. I’ve always wanted to try this so when a friend asked if we’d […]


Movie Night Invitations

For the past few years, we’ve celebrated the last day of school by gathering with friends and neighbors at a nearby drive-in theater to celebrate the last day of school. So I was happy to see this free printable invitation at Oh Happy Day. It’s perfect!
Jordan has promised to share more great ideas for throwing […]


Life Lessons: The Perfect Gift

I don’t pretend to know why bad things happen to good people. My brain understands that there are cause-and-effect relationships behind everything, but when something terrible happens I don’t care about logic or scientific explanations—I just want someone to fix it.
But we all know it doesn’t work that way. How and why it does work […]


Can We Talk? / Parenting Taboos

I saw this video about parenting taboos by Babble co-founders (and husband and wife) Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman on Little Monster. Rufus and Alisa are wonderfully honest and made me laugh—especially when Rufus couldn’t identify his own eight-week-old son in a photo line-up. (If we’re being truthful here, I’m pretty sure Tim couldn’t have […]


Creative + Life / Being the Bird

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Years ago when Will was just a baby, I edited a workbook for The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. The writer, Gia, had laid a wonderful foundation and I was able to add another layer, pulling more symbolism and meaning from the story. Kids would have a deeper understanding of what The Bean […]

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