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 Nosegays

Windows are wonderful contraptions, protecting us from annoying insects and uncomfortable temperatures, and yet allowing us a bit of an opening to something beyond our own self-made environments. When I say “the windows in our living room,” I don’t mean living room like your mother meant it—you know the one—that beautiful parlor with damask-dressed windows,…


Written Words Have Always Fascinated Me

Written words have always fascinated me. I’ve been putting marks on paper since I first picked up that wooden pencil I could hardly get my fingers around, held it so tight, and worked so hard to craft the letters perfectly, always keeping them on the dotted lines of my writing tablet. Not quite old enough…


Doors and Book Covers

For those of you who’ve been reading along with me, you know I wrote about labels a couple of weeks ago. I was labeled the petite, puny girl with asthma who couldn’t run or throw a ball, but I wasn’t lonely or bored. I found the piano, and I discovered I could travel to magical…



Suppose with me for just a moment – Someone walks right up to you and says, “You have thirty seconds to think, and then in five words or less, sum up your philosophy of living a healthy, satisfying and wholesome life.” What would you say? Well, someone silenced me with that question a while back,…



I’ve always had an aversion to labels. Perhaps it was because I’ve been labeled a few times. I was the short, brainy girl who couldn’t throw a ball or run. Seems ridiculous now, but those labels hurt during my growing-up years when it seemed better to be tall and athletic. The thing about labels is…


Cleaner Than a Whistle

Email – the marvels and madness – nonetheless, it has changed my life or at least a good hour or more of my time each day. According to an email I received from a friend a few days ago, I can now rid my cabinets and cupboards of toothpaste, mouthwash, six different bottles and spray…