About SMO

DSC_2914 EDIT 8x10Living life grounded in love is a lot like the evolution of a butterfly; it’s encapsulating, disguised, fragile, beautiful, emerging, fleeting, complex, and sometimes limited.

Shannon M. O’Regan is my name.  Please call me SMO.  I am experienced at many things, have opinions on even more, and am someone who possesses a panache for transparent honesty. I chronically wish my boobs and booty were two sizes smaller and periodically resent the increasing gray hair on my head.

I’m a non-fiction essayist, something that emerged out of personal tragedy and was first captured in the blog iteration, Papillon D’amour  (Butterfly of Love in French).  I write about love, life, the complexities of both — then and now.  I’m also working on my first manuscript.    I am a pro-am photographer, taking my curious artistic eye and creative story telling to a new level through the camera lens.  Together through my words and photographs, I explore where, when, and how love is present, absent, thriving, disillusioned, fractured, whole, or empty in all areas of life by integrating my personal experience and observations.  I break it down, turn it around, put it upside down and reassemble it.  Pretty much the same way I do with my life.

I am a passionate advocate for grief and addiction recovery, derived out of happenings in my own life, and I regularly speak in public on these topics.

Every story creates a picture.  Every picture tells a story.  I do both.

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I’m SMO:  Fab Human * Essayist * Photographer * Speaker