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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Giving Like Mrs. Mac

image from Sycamore Street Press
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 […]


Morning Star and Weekend Links

Your moment of winter zen: the waning crescent moon and Venus, the morning star. Thank you, Tim!
And thank you all so much for listening to me fuss about my cold yesterday. I talked to a friend last night and was glad to hear I’m not the only one who takes getting sick so personally. Strong […]


Give: Ginger Soak

I got to have lunch with an old friend today to celebrate her birthday. I did the math and realized that we’ve been friends for 35 years! When I was filling out her card, the words “a friendship that sparkles and sustains” came to mind. Is that a funny way to describe friendship? Maybe. But […]


Frozen Fractals All Around (and some fun links)

Most of the family is skiing tonight, but Miss Lily and I stayed home to curl up and watch old Disney movies. It’s been a Disney kind of day. Don’t laugh, but earlier today I was working on a really difficult piece of writing, so I made a deal with myself: if I powered through, I […]


Literary Tea Box: A Gift to Inspire

I love quotations. I love how they take the wisdom of the ages and turn it into bite-size pieces.
So I was happy to see this gift idea from Luke Reynolds in Writer’s Digest magazine. Mr. Reynolds’ wife surprised him with a wooden tea caddy filled with handwritten quotes about writing to inspire his own writing. […]


Little Things / Lavender Neck Warmer

My friend Patti has given me some great gifts in all the years we’ve known each other. My favorite is the Magic 8 Ball she gave me the year we turned eight. My second favorite is the lavender neck warmer she got me for Christmas a few years ago. I use it all the time. […]


Festisite / Love Poem Generator

I’m so excited about this idea for Valentine’s Day! To generate a love poem, you go to www.festisite.com, type in your text, and click Layout Text. Some computer magic happens and a heart-shaped image made from your text appears. How cool is that?
I made one for Tim using the last few stanzas of “Anniversary Song” […]


Organizing for Next Christmas

I meant to make these Wee Mouse Tin Houses as gifts this past Christmas. I really did. I even bought fabric. A week before Christmas. Needless to say, the mice didn’t get made. But there’s always Christmas 2013, right?
Except that after surviving the holidays the last thing I want to do is start thinking about […]


Krazystraws: Name Straw

My kids love straws. The more they twist and turn, the better. So I thought they’d get a kick out of these Name Straws.

The straws cost $3.99 (plus shipping), which I thought was reasonable for a gift that’s so unique. Krazystraws can make straws with up to 5 characters and/or 3 capital letters. And, really, […]


As You Wish

Did this make you smile? Gabrielle Blair (Design Mom) featured Nathan Pyle‘s Princess Bride-inspired illustrations on her blog yesterday and asked her readers to share their favorite quotations from the movie.
There are dozens of great quotes, but the first one I thought of was “Life IS pain, Highness.” My dear husband says that to me when […]

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