Testimonials

“I teach Economics at a private school. Used your column on Marketing 101 as a concise, go-to illustration of how marketing works. The kids loved it and it made the point better than the textbook.”

Thank you for your wonderful article on the Luckenbach “Viva Terlingua” door going to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. You captured the essence of what we are doing here, and handled the story with sensitivity. You sat at the table with those folks and pulled out what was important. They’ve had over 77,000 visitor to the exhibit in Nashville just in the first month! I want more people to be able to read your story.
Cris Graham, Luckenbach TX

Phil:
This was a very good article, Very informative and interesting.
It sheds much light on the subject. I held that license for many years but chose not to renew at my age, 84, this time around.
I feel the article should be required reading for anyone who is interested in the license.
One thing an instructor pointed out to us in a class at Kerrville is this: “Before pulling the trigger, remember each bullet comes with a lawyer”. In my books, very good advice.Again, A job well done. always enjoy your articles.
Keep up the good work and hope to cross paths with you soon.
Charlie

Good morning Phil this is Traci Jones from Higher Grounds. I didn’t get a chance to say thank you for that amazing article you put together for us! It was written so well. So many customers now come to our shop because of that article!!
Every day we get customers that ONLY come in bc of that article…. just now an older couple from NJ came here bc they read it. Just so cool ūüôā and we are incredibly appreciative of this!!
If you are ever in KDH come stop by our shop! We’d love to meet you!!
Thanks again!!
Traci Jones & Ryan Jorgensen

Thank You so much for the great articles you wrote for the Fredericksburg and Kerrville newspapers about my store!!! It has really brought people in!
Mindy, Mindy’s Music

First off, thank you for your weekly column; we follow your exploits each time in the paper. AND, also for your last column telling us about the Kathy Mattea concert in Ingram last night. Without your writings, we would not have known.
It was most enjoyable!
John & Gracie Musick

Excellent column today. Outstanding!
Fred Henneke

Hi, Phil- I really liked your latest article in the K Daily, about the ‚Äúrocket scientists‚ÄĚ. Your last statement rang true to me: ‚ÄúWhether a toddler learning to walk, a beginner violinist or a non-science-type student trying to build a rocket, the people who are good in the long run fail a lot, especially at the beginning. So, when you fail early, it might be worth realizing that this is part of the deal, the price you pay for being good in the long run.‚ÄĚ
Hope you don’t mind that I jotted your quote above in my violin book. I always enjoy your writings!
Sherry Burrow

Thank you so much for the information.
I ALWAYS appreciate your news and information.
Please continue to send it.
Suzy

I really enjoyed your column in the Fredericksburg Standard. Such great insight! Thanks for that.
Melody Howard Yuhn

In the KDT. This is Jay Munson here Phil.
I always enjoy your writing but the recent one “Scare Me” was especially strong. Good work and hope you keep making your writing available to the public.
Jay Munson

It’s always a pleasure to work with you.
Editor of a major daily newspaper

That is a well written piece. Thanks, Phil
Rob Mahoney

Phil, What a WOW show!! Your article in Thursday’s paper was great.
Dick & Jan Layman

This is awesome Phil! Bless you for your efforts and your know-how!
Christy Glass, SystemsGo

‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt realize how much you did.‚ÄĚ
Ex. Dir. of a nonprofit after I stepped down and they had to take on Marketing and Grant Applications

Somehow just seeing this email! The article is amazing — posting all over socials now. Thank you so much!
Sarah Bennett, Publicity Agency for Radney Foster

The article in today’s paper was perfect! It certainly should pull in a few folks.
Jim Adam, Symphony of the Hills Board Member

“You wouldn’t believe all the people that have emailed and called me about cursive! They tell me stories and say how great teaching it is. So thanks for the nice article.” Haley Ping

‚ÄúI enjoyed your recent column in the Fredericksburg Standard. I have a Master’s degree in Library Science so I feel I know a little bit about books, and like you I was never interested in Westerns. My neighbor told me he was going to lend me a book that he thought I would like by L’Amour. It was one of the best books I have ever read. In fact, I have read it three times– something I never do!‚ÄĚ Pat Rice

‚ÄúPhil, nice article about Mensa. We did get some contacts from your article. Thank you.‚ÄĚ
Charlene Randal, Hill Country area coordinator for Mensa

‚ÄúHey Phil,Wow, now I am famous.‚ÄĚ g a r y, re Mensa Article

Phil
It has been a truly successful year for the symphony, and your excellent media work has been a critical part of the success.
With appreciation,
Tim Summerlin, President
Board, SOH
Schreiner University

“Hi Phil
I just wanted to let you know that the article was the Bees Knees!!! Thank you so much and I’ll let you know whenever I have cherry pie!!!”
Amy Simpson-Maize, The Bender Biscuit & Pie Company

“Oh! Wow!! That was an incredible article!!!! Thank you! I’m sitting here under the dryer at the hair salon with tears in my eyes!!! I know-emotional…! But still-great work Phil!” Rebekah Hyatt, SystemsGo

“Thanks for the article you wrote for us, Phil! We are excited to see your article about our new game in this week’s paper! I found your description and quotes spot-on with the experience we are trying to give players. ūüôā Thank you so much for taking the time to play and write about us.” Lorrie Hess, Hill Country Escape

“I wanted to thank you for the article about MagEyes. It was my mother Mary Frances Sherlock who was the inventor. She was prob smiling down reading the article. Thank you again for the nicely written article.” Rhonda Richter

‚ÄúThis article about the next concert covered the top part of the Daily Times’ Spotlight section this morning. An excellent article one couldn’t miss. Thank you, Phil, good job!‚ÄĚ Jim Adams

“YOU ARE AWESOME…just sayin’.” Lee Hereford, CEO Pedernales Brewing Company

“Phil, I loved the article! It was both comprehensive AND concise…which to me is the hallmark of good writing, right? The ending was perfect! Thanks so much!” Jimmy Lee Saurage

“Phil, I finally got a copy of the newspaper article you wrote about our band. I’d just like to say thank you so, so much. It was very complimentary. Wow. The last couple of weeks quite a few folks made comments about it and a few had never heard us. We have a few new fans. Again, thank you Phil.”¬†Dennis Challman (The Lost Sounds)

“The 2 page ad is perfect and really grabs you!”¬†Jim Adams, Symphony of the Hills

Great article. The guys will be thrilled! Thank you so much!”¬†Becky Polk, The Lost Sounds

“We saw your article and bought 20 copies. We all commented that it was the best article that we had seen written. You painted a wonderful picture with your choice of words.¬†Thank you!”¬†April Cory,¬†Kerrville Renaissance Festival

“Phil… you are a¬†disgrace to the human race… Every Christian in Fredricksburg should get together and demand the evil man be forced to leave your town… God has two strong angels who will usher him to the brink of hell and give him his reward for eternity.” Dean Rumbaugh

Your column today was another goosebumps and tearing eyes experience. I, too, want to be remembered as you remember Aunt Rose.

Loved your article in this week’s paper.¬†Aunt¬†Rose woulda been proud.

Really enjoyed your¬†article on the bull rider¬†‚Äď also, liked the¬†ones on the cave¬†that ran previously. Keep up the good work ‚Äď always a fun/interesting read! Annette Bennett

Thanks Phil, I read the article yesterday, I was in town passing out posters. Several people complimented me on the article. You are a natural, very gifted in making writings come to life.  Thanks again. Clifton Fifer, Jr.

I was just reading the local¬†paper and found your article – it’s always the best thing in the paper. It is a beautiful,¬†poignant story¬†about your dad. It had love all over it. If you need an extra I have one – I intend to keep that one in my treasures.

I keep your book in my bathroom. Each article is just the right length. Harley

Phil, thank you again for all your help on the press release. We can’t thank you enough for your support of Living Well College and all the students. Sincerely, Kim Easley

Shame on you, Phil. Shame on you! Margaret Williams

You are a poor writer and often self-promoting – Response on a reader survey

“It seems you get away with writing what most people are really thinking but are afraid to actually give voice to…” My brother Mark

And this book is so cute
Gives me goosebumps sometimes
Love like that is so rare – B. Quiroz

hi phil!…congrats on your¬†new book… i really cannot wait to read it, because you are a great writer…

hi phil…i am loving your book…it is truly fantastic with great stories and i cannot put it down…you are a fabulous writer and i admire your talent and wish that i was in your league… cousin nancy
p.s. i’ve read more today and seriously your book is so great!

to infinity and beyond
love this
thanks
Seth Godin, Blogger

I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your article this week on the rocket program.  You were exactly on point about the need to be able to fail.
Thanks…………..randy thompson

Pay your phont bill! Tried phoning you but the number I found in an old book had been disconnected. I just wanted to thank you again for the great article you wrote and then, a few days ago, someone mentioned seeing¬†another article¬†in the Fredricksburg¬†paper. I just wanted to remind you that if I don’t get my share of copies then there’s no more GREAT coffee for you. But you knew that. Good wishes¬†¬†Lee Stath¬†P.S. Your talented is being wasted here

“I love the way you approached¬†this topic. It held my attention throughout and made me wonder how the article was going to end.” E.S.

Your¬†haiku¬†made me laugh – not many things in newspapers do – keep writing rhyming drumming smiling…..randy Thompson

“Thanks so much for the great article in KDT! I just saw it and was just humbled, once again, that you would take that on. It was stellar and I know it will help a lot.” Ray Rodgers (Rockbox Theater)

hi phil…we love the¬†article¬†that you wrote for Kinky Friedman’s rescue ranch…thank you, so very much…i wanted to let you know that we have put you on our guest list plus 1 and i hope i get to see you at the concert…on the day of the concert… cousin nancy

Hey, Phil thanks for the great article. You hit the nail on the head Ha Ha. I appreciate representing me in a great article. It should be on Associated press. We are going to send it to S.A. and Austin papers to see if we can generate more regional interest. Thanks again Phil. Drop by Gallery again so we can party till the sun comes up, Dan Pfeiffer ‚Äúa guy who makes stuff‚ÄĚ

“Phil, I received your new book, An Interrupted Conversation, yesterday. You should be so very proud of this. I hope everyone will order this book. In this complicated world we live in, how inspiring to see how simple words of wisdom can make things seem a little less complicated. Bless you, friend, for this piece of work.”
http://interruptedconversation.com/

160,000 listeners now think you are a rock star – Kellie, KSTX Public Radio

I want you to know that I read every single word you write. No matter what. I think I know you well enough to trust that you will not be offended if I divulge that I am not always interested in the same topics that you are. Nonetheless, I always want to read every word you pen because your style is always interesting and entertaining, even if the content is not. So, have I made your day or blown it???

You are a very good¬†journalist. Don’t ever stop writing. Where’s that first novel? Every journalist has one, right? Want to read it, it will be VERY READABLE.

I have tears in eyes after reading your column.I don’t know if it’s timing, or if I’m just getting older, but I find that I take more time to reflect on friends and days gone by. I appreciate your humor and your views on life, ie, the characters that make our days better and interesting. You, Mr. Phillipe, are a true character and I am grateful for your guidance in life in general. Thank you for sharing. Carol Reeh

“Your column on Bikinis, Texas, was the catalyst for us getting national coverage on Anderson Cooper 360.” Doug Guller, CEO & Founder of Bikinis Restaurants

Just read your ‚ÄúFinding Inspiration‚Ä̬† column and, as usual, l loved it!¬† I really do enjoy hearing your thoughts on paper ‚Äď you‚Äôre even deeper that I gave you credit for!! Anonymous

Wow РI enjoyed that Phil. thanks. You really are a talented writer!  Makes me proud, brother! My Sister

What a delightful article! Thank you so much for featuring Kelsey in your column on such short notice! I loved how it was so personal. You are very gifted as a writer and communicated so well with humor, facts, and interest! Monda & Drew

What’s amazing is that you really revealed a lot about Cam that lots of us didn’t know. I really am enjoying discovering your archive of other really worthwhile and enlightening interviews.¬†Thanks for the good works, keep it up! Jay Brousseaux, Photographer & friend of¬†Cam King

Absolutely love it! January 2nd is my new Christmas. Robin Gunshows (#9mm)

TERRIFIC PHIL! I¬†LOVED IT…you are such a great writer! – Donna Lynn Fikes Vaughan

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!! – Dennis Griffith

Thank you for the wonderful article!!!! Glad you enjoyed the production! РJulie Nathan Voorhees

Amazing! – Amber Royea

What an awesome writer!  I was totally flattered, flabbergasted and very honored.  Thank you for taking the time to do the pieceand doing it so well. РGary Trumet

The article about Ben B. in the Fredericksburg
Standard was great!  Thank you so much.- Melinda Padgett

Thanks for the awesome article, we have been slammed since it came out! РMike Tangman, Alamo Springs Cafe

Phil, your article last week on Josh was awesome! Josh was so happy and says that you are insightful.

OK WOW! What a great article I read in The Standard yest. about our little town out here. Yours topped them all. Thank you so much. РR. Cave

I finally got my hands on a copy of the F’brg Standard and¬†read the article. ¬†What a great “introduction” of our series to the F’brg communitry….THANK YOU! – Paul Reynolds

injoyed the artickle. you write’s good! – A distant relative

Wow you did a fantastic job and I am so flattered that you have done this for me. Thank you so much for this wonderful article. Bill Badeaux

Thank you Phil this is an amazing article! Pink Tink, Kerr County Roller Derby

Just got around to looking at the paper this morning. What a great article. You wrote it in such a way as to tell the technical side while promoting the philosophy of FTC in community relations. Well done. I appreciate it so much. Jeryl Hoover

This is the place where it all started for me…@Pat’s Hall!!! I grew up across the street and used to put on my roller skates and blaze around the live oak tree. Had my first crush, sweet sixteen and saw George Strait there the year I performed with the band Crystal Peak on stage for the first time singing Stevie Nicks and Pat Benatars “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”¬†JD Rose¬†was the drummer , my first co-writer and DJ at KFAN rockin the Texas Hillcountry. The place is like an old friend…It just reopened and is a magical. Check it out and head that way one night..hope to see ya there!¬†Stephanie Urbina Jones

Excellent article about Cowboy Doug.  Well done. Keep up the good work. Graham Pearson

I really enjoyed and appreciated the nice article you wrote about¬†Doug Davis¬†recently. Doug and I met in 1970 back in Charlottesville, Virginia. We were both barely 20 and we’ve stayed in touch along with other close friends over the years. He taught me most of what I know about playing guitar as well as other tidbits that have served me well in life. Thanks again for writing such a nice tribute to Doug. David Gunckel

Thanks for the kind words. Ernie Durawa

“What makes a grown man cry?” is priceless! That HAS to go into your forthcoming book of Full House excerpts.

You are so clever with words and such an imaginative writer! I could never write like that. Kent Rylander

Phil is, in my opinion, one of the best bloggers out there. (And I cringe at most blogs). Mary Silver

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed¬†your article¬†this week.¬†I lost a dear old friend earlier this year… a man my father‚Äôs age. Over the past 20 years, we chatted off and on… we started talking on the phone every single day.¬†I knew all his war stories (backward and forward!). He was an avid reader and we shared books constantly. A few months ago, we had a brief but sweet conversation… the next day ¬†I received a call that he had died… heart attack while shopping. It hit me hard.
Someone in my family asked me, ‚ÄúWhy do Christians cry when they know the person is in a better place?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúBecause we MISS THEM!!!‚Ä̬† I shouted through my tears.
So, as I sat in my backyard the other evening,  reading your article that Bruce had set aside especially so I wouldn’t miss it…..I cried for him again!
I miss him a lot.
By the way, his name was Phil!
Shelley
PS I‚Äôd love to hear Dicks ‚Äúpithy‚ÄĚ sayings!

What a cool¬†article! It’s a great feeling to see yourself in print, and I can’t thank you enough!¬†Cheryl Kaderli

This is just great РAllen Abrams, Luminario Ballet

Is there a personal rider that says, “I will not write about you unless you’re a twin, BLONDE, young, have sexy legs, and show some cleavage?” – Another fan

Thanks for the great article on the Guidonian Hand. We appreciate the coverage very much. I hope to see you at the concert. РMark Eckhardt, President, Fredericksburg Music Club

Really enjoyed your articles. Thanks for showcasing the boys and the twins. James Grote

Great Phil…thanks so much for the write-up!! Amy¬†Rankin

Wow, I could not have said it any better! THANK YOU!!! Many thanks for thinking that¬†my show¬†is “news worthy.” I hope when you see it, you will agree! Hope to see you there! gratefully, Melissa Starry

Thanks, Phil. This is a great article. Great job. You made it so fun being with you and all the people there. Thanks again for your attention and fun. Best wishes, Ray The Turkey Baster

I’ve been reading the articles you¬†posted on Facebook¬†– they are GREAT!!! I can tell I’m going to be hitting your Full House web site often when I need to “take a short vacation” from life – one of these days (which are QUICKLY passing) I hope to have some connection to music as a bigger part of my life than it is right now. Until then, I will read your articles and dream!! Doug Miller

The polka band will never forget the wonderful time we spent in Texas in 2008! And i still keep the newspaper article you wrote when we were in Fredericksburg! Uli Krack

GREAT JOB MY MAN!!!  I LOVE IT!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH! Barry Kaye, DJ

Wow..great Story¬†and great writing…. Thanks so much and yes we need to write a book…. Rick Phipps, The Rose Radio

Congrats on a well-written article about¬†Cass. He really is a musician’s musician. Most attendees of the¬†RockBox¬†completely miss the importance of his contribution to the high quality of the show. When I first went to a RockBox performance, I was tempted to go home and list all my keyboard gear on eBay. Cass could easily be egotistical about his superior keyboard playing skills but when you get to know him, there’s no sign of that. A consummate backup musician and a well-rounded professional.Congrats again – Graham Pearson

Thank you so much for the article.¬† You did a great job. I’ve had several people tell me that they really liked it. I appreciate your time in doing this.¬†Kathy Bauer

Wow what a fantastic job!!! You are truly gifted with the written word.¬†Again I’d like to thank you for everything you did to make the event even more special! And I certainly appreciate all the kind words you put in there about me… I didn’t expect that, but I do appreciate it.¬†Bill Badeaux

You’re good Phil. How you got all that from our short time I don’t know. Thanks!¬†Richy Rhyne

It’s awesome, Phil. Thanks, you da man!!!
Rick Star

Thanks for a great article. Well done! ¬†I hope to see you at¬†Guenther’s¬†some Friday.¬†Barry Whitfill

Great, Great  article. Thank you. Mike P.

Just wanted to compliment you on the article you did for us….it’s great ! We got a great welcome and response our first weekend and look forward to many more at the Rock Box. Again thanks and hope to see ya down the trail…¬†Wes English

Thank you so much for the write-up. It really means a lot to me. Thank you, thank you –¬†Walt Perryman

AMAZING article!!!! Thanks so much for doing this!! Photo even turned out great!! ūüôā – Ellen Fowler,¬†The 808 Club

damm your good make a silk purse out of a sows ear! thanks for the great article and thanks for promoting the Museum hope to see you this saturday thanks again bobby joe

Thank you so much for the wonderful article. We love it! РChad Matthews, Hill Country Film Festival

My daughter said, “Mom, that guy really knows you.”¬†Great job. Thanks so much. –¬†Maggie Montgomery

Thank you for such great articles. We appreciate how you got such a great feel of who we really are! –¬†Lauren & Wheeler Hughes

You did a BEAUTIFUL job Phil and i’m so grateful.¬† Been needing some inspiration lately … this whole thing was a great process for me.
Take care and keep dancing and writing and acting and coordinating and doing all the good works you do. D.G.R.

Loved the Philvis bit. You are a scream. Stay young at heart. РHarley, Rose Radio 99.9

You are not only an excellent journalist-writer, but a marvelous photographer, as well!!! – Houston Allred

I’ve been perusing your website. Man you can write! – Jim Caughlan, Pure Prairie League

Phil, thank you so much for recognizing Ambleside, Mrs. Laurie Jenscke, Ms. Embach and our wonderful kids. It was such a positive review. Appreciate your time and consideration for advertising this inspirational program. Thanks you so much- Debra Habecker (Katie Habecker’s mom;¬†Amblesidestudent and future violinist)

Phil РThanks for the great articles. They are very well written. John and I are both so pleased. LOVE IS GRAND! РAlice & John Ike Walton

Now we can say we’ve worked with Olivier, Noel Coward, and Phil Houseal! –¬†Tani & Dran

Hi Phil,¬†Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed¬†your article¬†this week. I was at the twins’ “performance” & this just helped me relive that great experience. You really captured their spirit & energy. Also – I loved your picture – should be one of their favorites!! Beverly

It’s fantastic!! Thank you so so much, I love this- we’ll post it on our site too. Hope to see you next Friday! –¬†Autumn Boukadakis

The article is great! I love it. Thanks so much for taking the time and for being so kind. We really appreciate it. – Sam Houston

Thank you SO much for the awesome story and picture you did for the newspaper this week re: the Aggie Wranglers! We appreciate your work. РKay Steinbring

THANK YOU so much for a wonderful article, it was great!

THANKS PHIL!!! GREAT ARTICLE!!! –¬†Nate Mayfield

Phil…. got me blubbering and I can’t stop.. It’s beautiful. -Vickie¬†Phillips

Phil, I could barely finish your article on the Phillips Sisters, because I couldn’t see past my tears. What a beautiful story. I love you, Val

Gracias Phil, You’re a talented journalist. I appreciate your accuracy and
professionalism. –John Arthur Martinez

Phil, It was great to meet you and THANK YOU so much for the kind words + article.
We loved our visit + look forward to MANY MANY more visits. (and some more
shows) Slan anois mo chara, (bye for now my friend)–Patrick Devlin –¬†Blaggards

Great article¬†and I really appreciate your time and the ink. If we can do anything for you here in Twangtown, let us know, thank you again!! –CC and the crew

We love the article! Thanks so much, Phil! We hope we’ll see you at the Auslander or at a gig soon! –Kathy and Tommy (Byrd & Street)

GREAT article, Phil!!! THANK YOU, SO MUCH!!! — Bob & Penny Villa

We love the article!!!!!! Thank you so much. You are the best.–Michelle Williams, The Ranch Radio

Thank you for the article you wrote about
the Turner Hall and the bowling league. It was a wonderful piece. — Sean X. Heep

You call yourself a writer? Yeah… like I can sing. — Rex, Mediocre Musician