Hi. My name is Phyllis and I want to welcome you to my website.
Originally from Wisconsin, my husband and I moved to Florida forty-seven years ago as newlyweds. When I retired as a school social worker, I decided do some writing. After taking on-line courses, I felt encouraged to take my writing further.
Because of my social work background, I tend to focus on issues that dominate our daily lives. I have written about the impact that substance abuse has on individuals and families; young widowhood; and broken families. I have also written about a marriage that lasted for many years, a marriage that was repaired because of a strong sense of family, and a story about immigrants who came to America in the early 1900s to escape religious persecution.
In 2016 I became aware of the New Social Worker Magazine, an online publication. The magazine publishes various articles in March to celebrate National Social Work month. I wrote an article titled, “A Social Work Career Later In Life,” geared to nontraditional social work students. The publisher of the magazine was kind enough to allow me to do a series of five additional articles. (socialworker.com) I am a regular contributor to Extra Innings, an online newsletter published by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. (https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/writing/extra-innings/)
My love for reading started when I was seven years old and has continued through the years. I remember my mother telling me that reading would take me to new places and it always has. I express this in my writing now. My husband and I do some traveling and have discovered New England. Through my writing, I am able to put myself into places that I have come to love.
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I am a member of The Women’s Fiction Writers Association
In a few hours 2018 will come to an end. It has been a mixture of emotions for me, as for many. My husband and I traveled to Connecticut and Boston. And a trip that will always be special in my heart was to Chicago in September to visit my uncle. The time spent with him and Paula was special but turned out to be bittersweet, as my uncle passed away in October. I will always treasure the special times of the visit. His death leaves an emptiness in my life.
My oldest granddaughter graduated from high school in June and in November she completed the EMS program, ready to go on to paramedic classes–following in her dad’s footsteps. I am finishing 2018 feeling good about my writing.
I have finished writing the first half of my novel–the sequel to “When Shadows Linger.” The promotions have gone very well. With the support of a wonderful manager at the local Hallmark store, as a vendor I have had some book signings and sold several copies of the novel. It’s definitely a feeling of accomplishment and success!! And I have improved my social media skills–another accomplishment. Disappointments? Of course I’ve had some–who hasn’t? But I just keep on pushing myself and focusing on the accomplishments.
So, here’s to another year–I hope it is a Happy and Healthy one for everyone. And may we all accomplish whatever we set out to do.