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How To Succeed With A No-Carb Diet

I have other things to write about besides fat and diet and kids and Henry, but I can’t write about them because I might get sued.  So please don’t think I’m a shallow woman who just lies about all day

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Is Lena Dunham Really Fat?

At first I thought Lena Dunham (the creator, director and star of HBO’s Girls) was fat. I thought her breasts were underachievers. Her belly, with all of its flouting-the-zeitgeist rolls, made me a little uncomfortable. From there Lena’s litany of nudity crimes

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Is the Doctor’s Scale There Just To Make You Feel Bad?

My bathroom scale is kind. Her name is Minerva. I don’t know why. Every morning Minerva tells me I’m not too fat. She admits that yes, I’m not as slender as I once was, but I haven’t entirely abdicated the

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I’m Back Online Naked Again! Run For Your Life!

My site was down for three days. The earth stopped rotating. Romney and Obama quit campaigning. Even the tabloids ceased stalking Kristen Stewart. After grappling with Ted, Dan, Mike, John, Terry, Garrett and Ted at GoDaddy, sometimes weeping, sometimes badgering,

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Anatomy of a Crime Scene

Here’s what happens when an ordinary West Los Angeles mother of two volunteers at her children’s school to teach the 10-Minute Play to 15 1st graders after she forgot to eat lunch. Blood sugar levels fall precipitously low triggering: *

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Panicking while discussing my Nudes on the Fox 11 News

Last night on the Fox 11 News I had a Cindy Brady brain freeze where I just stared helplessly at Phil Shuman and Susan Hirasuna while my brain screamed, “You’re screwing up your first TV interview. You suck. Die, you

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I’m Prejudiced Against Women With Fake Breasts

The alcoholic hairdresser who inadvertently dyed my blond hair black, then blamed it on my anti-depressents, then had to strip my hair of all it’s color, which burned my scalp which caused her to pull out a veritable washtub of

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Shannon)

As many of you know I’ve been seen at age 26, then at age 46 naked round the world the last several weeks. Starting with my first naked post Am I Really Fat? which was also published in The Huffington Post.

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Walk the Walk, Naked Lady!

This story was featured on THE TODAY SHOW. I posted nudes I took 20 years ago HERE for an article called “Am I Really Fat?” It drew such an ego-assuaging amount of attention and even was published on the Huffington Post

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I See You’ve Managed To Get Your Nudes Out Again!

Today’s post is about Hubris: excessive pride. Posting nude photos from 20 years ago got me on the cover page of the Women section on The Huffington Post. Who knew all I needed to do was get naked? (Unfortunately they

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Am I Really Fat? (the nude photos)

Am I Really Fat? Let’s See… I’ve been the same weight for approximately five years. 140 lbs. Sometimes I’m up to 143, sometimes down to 137, but almost always exactly at 140. I’m 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall. I’m

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I Will Eat Myself Thinner!

Monday Sins:  I Will Eat Myself Thinner! (I’ve started my very own Blog Project.  Every Monday I’ll report on the hand-to-hand combat with my 5 Deadly Sins: 1. Overeating 2. Frivolous Shopping 3. Sneaky Gossiping 4. Jealousy 5. Hubris, “excessive pride or arrogance.”  My goal: To vanquish these

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Debaculous Holiday Eating

Monday Sins: Debaculous Eating (I’ve started my very own Blog Project.  Every Monday I’ll report on the hand-to-hand combat with my 5 Deadly Sins: 1. Overeating 2. Frivolous Shopping 3. Sneaky Gossiping 4. Jealousy 5. Hubris, “excessive pride or arrogance.” My goal: To share this quest with you

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The Naked Man On The Beach

This is what my friend Tango 5/6 (who always manages to get me into dangerous covert ops) and our kids saw on the beach last Thursday, strutting along happy-as-a-pig-in-guano on Santa Monica Beach:   Jesus Wept. It was Rosh Hashanah.  I’m a

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