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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, two dogs, and two crazy cats.


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Creative + Life / Does Writing Have to Hurt?

Ernest Hemingway, they say, wrote the best short story ever. History is fuzzy but the general idea is that Hemingway bet some friends he could write a complete story in only six words. No way, they said. Hemingway jotted some words on a napkin and passed it around. His friends read it and handed over [...]

Country of the Week: China / Trip to the Market

Have you ever traveled to a place that really got under your skin? So much so that when you got home you found yourself looking for somewhere close by that would help you recapture the experience?
That was definitely the case for me when we returned from China. We’d spent three weeks there when we went [...]

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 [...]

My Princess Diana Story

Some friends and I will be visiting Diana: A Celebration at the Mall of America tomorrow night. So if I’m ever going to tell the story of my little brush with Princess Diana’s world, this is probably the time.

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Just typing that—My Princess Diana Story—makes me sound like an awful hanger-on, doesn’t it? Another [...]

Oscar Ballot 2012

A huge thank you to my aunt Cheryl for creating this gorgeous 2012 Oscar Ballot. It makes me want to have a party right now.
But before I fill out my ballot, I need to do some more research. Have you watched any of the nominated movies yet? We’ve seen most of the kid-related ones, of [...]

Oscars 2012 / Nominee-Inspired Party Menu

The 84th annual Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, February 26th. If you’re hosting an Oscar party, attending one as a guest, or just staying home to watch in your pajamas, I came up with a list of nominee-inspired recipes to help you set a festive mood.
Gender Bender Cocktail for Albert Nobbs
Feta-Physical Dip for [...]

New Year’s Resolution: No More Kicking

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Last night I was feeling pretty good. I’d had a great lesson with a piano student. Inspired by that, I buckled down and taught three of my own kids. Who didn’t complain once. Lexie even asked when she could have her next lesson. Meanwhile, Tim set up a [...]

Christmas Bliss / KitchenAid Mixer

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ve wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer for as long as I can remember. Something about that solid hunk of metal says “Serious Cook” to me like nothing else. And this year I finally got one, thanks to my sweet husband and a well-planned strategy using a pre-Christmas sale, [...]

Cookie Extreme 2011 / Cornflake Cookies

Are there words to describe the joy of being surrounded by friends, family, and thousands and thousands of delicious little cookies and candies? I don’t think there are. Actually, that’s not true. A friend’s four-year-old son calls this annual gathering “Cookie Extreme.” He’s got it right.
As if the edible treats weren’t enough, we had a [...]

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