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Shannon Cutts
Shannon Cutts is first and foremost a birdie mama (to a pretty grey parrot named Pearl) and a tortoise mama (to a stubborn baby redfoot named Malti). She is also an author, freelance writer, speaker, mentor, MentorCONNECT's founder/director, lover of retro threads and champion of all things (and people) recovered and recovering.

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Entries by Shannon Cutts

All About That Bass -- Or Is It?

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:47 PM

From the time I was eight, all I wanted to do was write songs.

I wrote and wrote and wrote. I wrote for years, dreaming of the day I would hear one of my songs being sung on the radio by a famous singer.

As I got older I found...

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Take a 'Virtual Walk' for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Long gone are the days of the "anonymous Internet" when folks surfed and shared about their deepest fears and struggles under the protective cover of pseudonyms.

Today, building a social media presence equates to constructing a very public and powerful platform to do good, influence public opinion, promote personally significant...

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Why I'm Glad I'm Not Famous Like Megan Fox and Jodie Foster

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 1:52 PM

I will admit it. I occasionally (always) struggle to comprehend the editorials in my TIME magazine subscriptions.

Or at least I did struggle until I figured out a useful strategy to combat this. Now I just skip the editorials entirely and flip straight to the back to read

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Lady Gaga, Naso-Gastric Tubes, and My Commitment

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 2:54 PM

I have tried so hard to keep quiet in the recent spate of news headlines targeting the use of feeding tubes for pre-wedding diets, Lady Gaga's controversial body image tweets, and other similar spring season "thin ideal" viral media frenzies.

But I have watched these topics...

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Our Mentors Are Where We Are

(8) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 8:54 AM

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Wherever you go, there you are"?

The same could be said for our mentors.

This past week I spoke to a crowd of several hundred students at Truman State University. The topic? Body image and eating disorders.

The truth, as...

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It's Only a Mistake If We Don't Learn

(3) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 5:37 PM

Last night I attended a special screening of "America the Beautiful," an amazing film created by Darryl Roberts. The event was sponsored by Remuda Ranch and Darryl himself was in attendance to share his thoughts and answer questions.

"America the Beautiful" (ATB for short) started...

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A Huge Debate

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 6:54 PM

Last night ABC Family joined the fat-tastic eating disorders and weight-obsessed "War on Obesity" media fray with its new family-oriented drama, Huge. It has been interesting to read Facebook viewers' reactions pre- and post-show - everything from "I don't think I'm ready to watch this," to "the previews scare me,"...

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Deploying Our Youngest Solders in the 'War on Obesity'

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 4:42 PM

I have been interested to read the discussion of last month's Huffington Post blog regarding Michelle Obama's "War on Obesity". Thank you to everyone who has weighed in thus far in various formats to continue the dialogue!

What has encouraged me -- readers who write in to say...

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A Question for the First Lady

(12) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 2:35 PM

I have one question for Michelle Obama:

Did she have some particular reason for choosing the slogan "War on Obesity" when she formulated her plan to get America's kids in shape?

America's kids look to America's adults for mentoring in all areas of life. When they become tomorrow's leaders,...

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I Found A Mentor: Now What? 7 Steps To Building A Quality Mentoring Partnership

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 1:16 PM

Statistics prove that finding a mentor can boost productivity, decrease delinquent and addictive behavior, facilitate raises and promotions, increase self-esteem and self-efficacy, improve relationships and quality of life, and lower stress.

But once you have located a mentor who is right for you, and s/he has agreed to serve in...

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I'll Take You There: Mentoring As A Roadmap

(5) Comments | Posted July 24, 2009 | 7:35 PM

I still remember my first encounter with Rainer Maria Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet". It was 1987. I was just sixteen years old at the time, but I had never felt so ill at ease in my own skin....or so alone.

During that period of my life I spent...

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The "M" Word: Making the Most of Mentoring to Achieve (and Exceed) Your Goals

(15) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 7:03 PM

Mentoring. Suddenly the word is everywhere.

January annually is National Mentoring Month. URS, Chevron, many learning institutions, and even the military have instituted peer mentoring programs in an effort to maximize resources. A group of Fortune 500 companies voluntarily participates in American Corporate Partners (ACP), a non-profit, nationwide veterans...

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