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Life As I Know It

Shannon Moon

Shannon Moon
Ruraltopia, Pennsylvania, USA
December 31
I am a librarian, teacher, writer, philosopher, mother, daughter, granddaughter, perpetual student, recluse and lover of literature and music. What else is there? Really. I can be found here:


SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 8:30PM

New Home

I am migrated elsewhere, looking for a new home.

My blog is Sionainn Gealach (aka Shannon Moon) on WordPress. It's entitled "this is the way the world ends", but is simply a continuation of this blog.


It can be found here:  Read full post »


I was reading this article from CNN Money on our country's lack of a living wage and so I decided to post  my monthly budget for all to see.


Monthly Income: $1800 as Library Specialist at an academic library, 37.5 hours per week (which is far superior to my lastRead full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2013 6:30PM

Christmas for the Uninitiated

He’s never had a real Christmas. And being an Atheist, it’s difficult for me to explain to him why Christmas is so important to me.


I was raised in what we lovingly refer to as the Bible Belt, even though we are nowhere near the South. It’s a nice mixRead full post »

I have had this dream for as long as I can remember. . .

I travel around the world, carefree and untethered. Somewhere in there is a family of his, hers, ours, theirs, and somebody else’s; all very racially diverse. When I was younger (early 20s) and “dating”, I would alwaysRead full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 4:36PM

Going Inside. . .an MRI


After waiting years for the MRI*, I excitedly entered the hospital. Upon arriving in the correct department and waiting about 20 minutes, a woman led me to the MRI room. Her voice, I noticed during the scan, had a quality similar to Heather Burns. I had to remove myRead full post »


I had been attached the very idea of being unattached. But then I met him. He served in Iraq in 2009 and developed PTSD as a consequence. We hadn't been together long when the symptoms arose, like an alien inhabiting a once kind and gentle man. I suppose theRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 8:06PM

Closed Doors

It’s not without cause. But blame is more difficult to assign. We may want to toss around notions of responsibility, but the more you consider it, the more you realize that we are all inevitably to blame.

In the course of my yesterday, two people physically assaulted me. I have the bruises… Read full post »

MAY 24, 2013 4:06PM

Sweet Dilemmas

I need to say out loud what is in my head. It is a kind of fear, of sorts. It’ll sound crazy once I say it out loud. I think it’s probably other women’s dreams, so I suppose I am already imagining their wrath.

 A 23 year old asked me… Read full post »

I require your professional opinion. I cannot solve this dilemma on my own and I have to make a decision as I search for a job in this tough economy.

Question (yes, it is completely biased in its wording): Should I give into societal pressure and paint my body to fit… Read full post »

MARCH 9, 2013 11:52AM

My Life as a Fairy Tale Character

I often feel like I am Cinderella.

Let me explain. For years, as an adult particularly, I would sweep and mop the floor every day. I live on a farm on a dirt road and so our floor has always been prone to becoming very dirty. Each day I’d easily sweep… Read full post »


Learning to teach students in a classroom or learning how to be a librarian through our education system is like learning to birth the horse in front of you by reading the Encyclopedia Britannica.  Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2013 4:09PM

I Can Still Hope

I have become completely obsessed with moving far, far away from my current Ruralopolis-Bible-Belt. As I lie awake, my mind dreams of . . .


walking trails. . .grocery stores less than two miles from my home (now it’s at least 9 miles). . .concerts and museums. . .libraries andRead full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2012 9:06PM

My Many Hats (no, not apparel!)

I had made the plan that I would detail my daily life for the time that I am living through right now. I am a mother of two teenagers (well, a 12 and 17 year old), I am 35 years old, single, and I am employed as a children’s librarian (lessRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 9:46PM

Dear Mr. Romney (Insert foot, again)

Dear Mr. Romney,


This probably won’t make you feel any better, and somehow I doubt you’ll even care what I think because I am in no way even a blip on your radar, but I actually felt sorry for you during your latest press conference


It’s really hard forRead full post »


I am going a little bit crazy right now. Somehow, my daughter texting me to say that her ipod has a broken screen (her sister “dropped” it yesterday morning) made me feel better. Odd, I know. I haven’t had time to apply to anything. There is a necessary time frame,/Read full post »

I made two decisions this week. Both were kind of scaring.

Decision number 1--

For several years now I have slept on this couch:


 couch bed



As you can see, it is falling apart. It was my grandmother’s and she gave it to my parents, and I sort ofRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 1:22PM

Life As I Know It

Life As I Know It.


I made a promise to myself that I would reveal myself here at regular intervals. I had hoped for once a week, but honestly, that may be pushing my limit a tiny bit too much. So what I am doing today? (As opposed to yesterdayRead full post »

JUNE 17, 2012 11:27AM

if you had asked me when. . .

If you had asked me when I was eight. . .

I didn’t know that some people were attracted to people of the same sex, that some didn’t believe in God, or that there were anything but caucasian people. I suppose I had an inkling for the last one, afterall thereRead full post »

JUNE 15, 2012 1:08AM

Factoids About Me



  1. When I swear, my entire family ceases to function so that they can stop and stare at me in disbelief. 
  2. Last month someone mistook me for a teenager.
  3. The number of lattes I purchase in a week is inversely correlated to the amount of money in my bank
  4. Read full post »
JUNE 1, 2012 12:45PM

I Need Help Making a Decision

Universe (or anyone reading),

I have to make a decision today. I have to know the answer within the next 2 and 1/2 hours.

Option 1:

Take graduate class for summer session 2.

 Option 2: 


Option one will cost me $1,7000 (public university). It is the class that… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2012 10:01AM

Just Drive (Angry Sex)



(What I am about to say makes me laugh. You’d have to read any prior blog of mine involving sex to understand.)


I think I might need angry sex. It’s hard to explain why. I’ve never had angry sex and I am not particularly fond of sex in/Read full post »

So you have to work two jobs, huh? Three? No worries. Just follow these easy steps.


Step 1: Stop sleeping. You can sleep when you’re dead. Get over it. Maybe you can even pick up a fourth job. Don’t be so lazy, people! Take one for the economy. We’re notRead full post »

Several days ago, I wrote the following:

I possess a strong fear of meeting or seeing anyone that I greatly respect for fear that they may disappoint me. I wonder if possibly I should never meet anyone. Am I not constantly disappointed in the behavior of others and so why wouldRead full post »



I need to think through something. 


Where my thoughts began. . .


It’s funny how everything seems to relate back to television. It took me a couple of weeks but I finally finished watching Apt Pupil. And strangely enough I also watched The Human Stain on the/Read full post »



So I forgot to go to my child’s parent teacher conference today. I suck. It’s official. I am in such a funk today too, probably why I forgot. 


That fact that I am a single parent of two kids (teenager and almost teen), going to school full timeRead full post »