How Love Changes Lives: Raising a Princess

Phyllis Lifestyle, People 8 Comments

My friend John Croyle is the founder of the Big Oak Ranch. Rising to recognition as an All-American defensive end at the University of Alabama during head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s tenure, John had to decide whether to play professional football or to start a children’s home. In August 2014, John and Tee Croyle will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the …

Decoration Day

Decoration Day: Honey, You Look Just Like Your Mama

Phyllis Lifestyle 49 Comments

Decoration Day…only if you are Southern will you get this one. If you are not Southern, then you need to know about this to appreciate what we Southern children know down deep in our souls. Decoration Day is a Sunday in May or June when your family gathers at the cemetery where all your relatives from generations past (kinfolk) are …

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My Spring Hair Disaster

Phyllis Lifestyle 39 Comments

The response to the Easter perm was so wonderful. I loved reading your responses and hearing your stories very similar to mine—great stories and memories. As I was thinking about women and their hair, I remembered another spring hair moment that I thought I would share. It was a beautiful spring morning many years ago, and I was making my …

Tea in a Rose Garden

Tea in a Rose Garden

Phyllis Lifestyle 44 Comments

My first tea party changed my life. On the menu was a pot of Prince of Wales Tea, Walkers Shortbread Cookies with lemon curd, and wonderful conversation with my best friend. In my mind, it was equivalent to being in the Royal Family! We knew absolutely nothing about the proper way to have tea, but we were off to a …