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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The Best Oscar Moment (Hint: It Was Something Meryl Said)

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I thought it was a great show—I loved the Best Song performances, the Lopezes’ rhyming acceptance speech, and all the tributes to Mom.
But my very favorite moment happened just after host Ellen DeGeneres snapped a selfie with a bunch of nominees (and a brother…literally). As she was sitting […]


A Simple Gratitude Ritual…Really

Do you remember the ’90s TV show “Touched by an Angel”? Yesterday I was paging through Ladies’ Home Journal and read this quote from the show’s star, Irish actress Roma Downey:
“When my first foot hits the floor I say ‘thank’ and when my second foot hits I say ‘you.’ Then I say ‘thank you’ all […]


3 Rules of Attraction

Boy, does this advice ever hit home. I remember years ago when the kids were very small, I was trying to get out the door for a meeting with someone who wanted a newsletter. It was complete chaos but I managed to leave the house (pretty much) on time. But my stress meter was elevated […]


Wise Words from “Beyond the Grave”

“Nine times out of ten, you probably aren’t having a full-on nervous breakdown—you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit.”
Or tiramisu. That works, too. Check out the entire funny, lovely letter from British writer Caitlin Moran to her 13-year-old daughter.


Explaining Good and Evil / The Battle Inside Us

I admit that sometimes I wish Tim were more of an all-singing, all-dancing kind of Dad. “Okay, gang! Let’s train for a 5K!” or “Let’s form a family band—get out your instruments!” or “It’s Game Night!”
But the truth is that such enthusiasm from him would probably wear me out. And, anyway, his strengths come from […]


Les Miserables…Finally!

After what happened at Toy Story 3, I wasn’t about to watch Les Miserables in a theater with people. I kept putting off renting the movie because who goes around looking for reasons to cry? But Lexie finally said enough and tossed the DVD into our cart at the grocery store. Fine, I said, but […]


Grandma Charlotte’s Best-Ever Irish Soda Bread

Oh, this bread. I made a loaf this morning and when it came out of the oven I stood at the stove with my Butter Bell in hand, cutting off warm slices and slathering them with butter.
The bread is so easy to make—I just throw everything into the standing mixer, knead the dough into shape, […]


Short Fiction: Claire (A Valentine Story)

Claire woke and lay still for a moment, warm under the heavy comforter. The house was quiet, but she could hear the ticking of the grandfather clock down the hall and the gentle roar of the furnace starting up in the basement. She smelled coffee and thought for a moment that Nick had woken up […]


Chinese New Year / Fortune Cookies

Happy New Year! And welcome to the Year of the Snake. Did you shudder a little when you read that? Snakes don’t have the best reputation, but they do help keep the rodent population under control. I think they’re cool. From a distance.
If you were born under this sign, the Chinese calendar folks consider you to be […]


Short Fiction

The couple had seated themselves at their usual table in the corner of the patio. It was a popular spot thanks to a natural canopy of low-hanging branches, but Madeline and Ted always arrived early to beat the Saturday morning brunch crowd. Ashley brought them water and coffee, black for him and cream and sugar […]

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