Shannon: biographies
  Shannon's biography, by her toddler son (translated by the father)

Mother is truly a wondrous lady, if a bit addle-brained at times. Why, just the other day, we were sitting down to read one of my favorites, a little gem called "Snoozers." As is our custom, I was pointing at the various animal pictures, and she was calling out their names. I hesitate to mention it, but she had difficulty recalling the words "bear," "chicken," and "pig." Now, I don't mean to make a big deal of it, but I understand words are her business, and it would truly be a tragedy if senility was to manifest itself so early.

But I digress. Shannon, or "Mama," as I like to call her, wrote nearly the entirety of her book "Princess Academy" with me on her lap, and I am still lulled to passivity by the soft clickety-clack of the keyboard.

She is a dedicated writer, a loving mother, and a passable dance instructor. She also brews a mean oatmeal-and-applesauce gruel.