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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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Happy Weekend

Hello! Did you have a good week? We’re back from Andrew’s high school band trip to Walt Disney World and are settling into our regular routine. Funny how easy it is to slip into vacation mode and how hard it is to slip out of it!
I’m so happy we tagged along on the trip. The [...]

Dear Future Mom: World Down Syndrome Day—March 21

I’m expecting a baby. I discovered that he has Down Syndrome. I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?
I think many of us are familiar with “Welcome to Holland,” an essay Emily Perl Kingsley wrote to offer encouragement to parents of children with special needs struggling with the lost dream of a “normal child.”
Well. [...]

Amy Poehler: No One Looks Stupid When They’re Having Fun

{ Bona Fide Amor }
Before I became a mom, I had no idea that my kids would teach me just as much as I teach them. More, actually.
Like this morning. Andrew came downstairs wearing a striped hat à la The Cat in the Hat.
“Why the hat?” I said.
“It’s hat day,” he said.
“Doesn’t that usually mean [...]

Pilgrimage to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

It’s March 2004. We’re in Tomorrowland, seated at a table just outside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. Over the weekend we attended a cousin’s wedding in nearby Cocoa Beach and now we’re spending a few days at Disney World before heading home to the frozen tundra. Andrew is 5, Lexie is 3, William is 1. We’re enjoying [...]

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 [...]

Kids: Sick Day Tray

I’m sick. Usually, I can nip a cold in the bud by taking some NyQuil to knock myself out and get a good night’s sleep. But that didn’t do the trick this time. Nuts.
Thank goodness I can work in my pajamas! I promised myself that if I put in a few solid hours of work, I [...]

The Only Parenting Advice We Need

{ Photography by Claudia Danielson }
Yesterday we went to a memorial gathering for the families of three young girls who died just before Christmas here in our little community. They were in a car accident a mile down the road from our neighborhood. This is as bad as life gets and there is nothing we [...]

Mug of Wisdom #48

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.

Welcome, 2014!

Happy New Year! I hope you’re easing nicely into 2014. I have so many things I’m excited to share—like how Lexie turned 13 and suddenly started cooking and organizing (that’s her in the photo taking on an out-of-control cabinet on New Year’s Day).
But since I’m already a little behind this year, I’m just going to kick [...]

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