Phyllis' Blog

Moments and experiences come and go so quickly, and often we fail to see them for their value in our lives. We don’t take time to ponder them and take a second look at them. I believe to find the wonder in the world, we should be taking a second look at simple things. That’s what I like to blog about – those plain, every-day, nondescript moments that can delight us if we but look.

The Unexpected Making of New Friend

I’d really like to give you a bit of the inside picture into the writer’s life. Writers have challenges and creative opportunities along the way in writing the story and in the process of getting a book into the hands of a reader. After the manuscript is completed and off to the publisher, then the…

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Once in a while, when the notion moves me, I will re-post a blog. This is such a day and was inspired by the morning’s sky and a recent conversation with Dr. Gretchen Berggren. Keep reading, and you’ll learn about her. Since moving to the Texas Hill Country, only two things keep me from seeing…

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Whose Load Are You Carrying?

News of the past few days—Hurricane Florence’s wrath bringing high winds and floodwaters to the East Coast, and then the pictures of those weary folks whose lives have been altered by circumstances beyond their control—it all reminded me of a memorable scene from one of my mission trips to Guatemala. One morning after our mission…

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Color and Ingredients — Infinite Possibilities

Being married to an artist makes life . . . what shall I say? . . . Colorful. Splashes of paint are frequently found in places other than his canvas – places like the floor, door frames where the artist walked through with orange paint on his brush, and even the refrigerator door handle. I’m…

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THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Writers are sometimes asked where we get the idea for a story. Sometimes those ideas come as “lightbulb” moments, and sometimes they just grow bit by bit inside us. Let me tell you about my experience that birthed RETURN OF THE SONG. A few years ago, I received a call from the Executive Director of…

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Morning Meanderings and Messages – Part 2

A few days ago, I wrote about our morning walk after the rain and finding a surprise — rocks that someone had gathered and placed in the shape of a crosses upon two boulders. I looked at that duet of rockscapes as a message and started to ponder what kind of messages I leave. Oh,…

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