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.

Windows and Worldviews

Quiet moments have been hard to come by this busy season, but I found a few early one morning before Christmas. Sitting in my comfy chair and looking out at my world gave me time to reflect for a few meaningful moments. My first thoughts were of gratitude for the beauty that surrounds our little…


Two Veterans and a Fireside Chat

Today, the flag will be flying at the Nichols’ Nest to honor our nation’s veterans. Because of them, my life is lived in freedom, and I don’t take that for granted. In my book CHRISTMAS AT GREY SAGE, a group of travelers are stranded in an inn during an unexpected snowstorm. This provided opportunities for…


To Bully or Not To Bully – That is the Question!

Readers often ask writers where we get the ideas for our stories. What I’m about to write is somewhat of a confession and somewhat of an answer to where I got the idea for a scene in THE BIRTHDAY PORTRAIT. That scene is where Kate became a bully to deal with a bully. Not a…


Traditions Tie Us Together

It was the Christmas of 2013, and we knew it would be the last Christmas in our house of twenty-six years. We had purchased a place out in the Texas Hill Country as part of our plan to downsize and lead a simpler, quieter life outside the noise of the city, and we were preparing…


Father’s Day Remembrance

As Father’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking more than usual about Daddy. I have read that a child gets her perception of God and how to relate to God from her father. And the child gets her perception of others and how to relate to them from her mother. There is much truth in those…