Why do doctors bring up weight in otherwise healthy patients? A friend recently went to the doctor and, for the umpteenth time, was told: “Everything indicates you’re in perfect health; except you’re overweight.” When she shared this, my own countless experiences hearing the same line came rushing back. One memory bubbled to the surface: a … Continue reading “You’re Perfectly Healthy, Except…”
Spoiler alert: it’s because I’m white. Yes, I’m aware that multiple societies on numerous continents at various periods of history and with skin colors of all shades have worn the hairstyle currently known as “dreadlocks”. Hear me out. I’m a researcher at heart. I like to get to the bottom of things. After one too … Continue reading Why I Don’t Wear Dreadlocks
On a recent trip home, I was having a conversation with my sister when she received a text. A look of relief washed over her face as she read it. “Thank God, my whole day is saved!” she exclaimed. “What’s the good news?” I asked. “There were some dinner plans up in the air tonight. … Continue reading Passion or Pastime?
I recently visited my local Planned Parenthood and was surprised to find only men sitting in the waiting room. While one was clearly a security guard, the others were not. There are many reasons why men might be in the Planned Parenthood waiting room, of course: they may be there with a partner, friend, or … Continue reading Planned Parenthood is for Everyone, Including Men
It’s time to re-think what homelessness looks like and how we help In 2014, I met up with a friend on St. Thomas, USVI for lunch. “You look like one of those ‘backpack girls’,” he told me as I arrived and sat across from him, storing my backpack under the table. “What’s a ‘backpack girl’?” I … Continue reading “Hobosexuals”: Exchanging Sex for Shelter
About a year ago, my boyfriend Chuck was commissioned to paint coconuts for Krewe of Zulu, the over-a-century-old New Orleans parade which is first to roll on Mardi Gras day. Hand decorated, Zulu coconuts are one of the most sought-after Mardi Gras “throws”; more coveted than beads by a long shot. Read more
I took over management of the blog at Top Gun Bankruptcy in January of 2019. I write, edit, image source, optimize, and publish posts via WordPress – what I like to call “full service” blogging.
Minal Sampat is a speaker, marketing coach, and mentor for business owners around the country. She was featured in Forbes in a Jan. 2019 article I helped create. I have been writing email blasts, feature articles, website content, and more for Minal since 2017. Check out the content I wrote for her at minalsampat.com.
Keeping my writing fresh means staying creative and taking on new challenges. I enter a number of flash fiction contests every year, and post my stories at Shannon Burton Writes for all to enjoy.
During my environmental education and camp travels through West Virginia, Connecticut, Michigan, and New Jersey, I kept my love of writing alive through both personal and guest blogging. Here are some guest posts I wrote for organizations I was passionate about: YMCA Camp Mason: The Magicians of Camp Mason NRPA: Newbies to Nature, Training Your … Continue reading Guest Posting & Articles: Education