Most recent articles! (Archived articles below)
Why We Walk 2/3/2016
Master of the Universe 1/27/2016
The Coop 1/20/2016
Large Magic 1/13/2016
Hawkeye Caucus 1/6/2016
Burning Pianos 12/23/2015
Letter from the Pole: Part 2 12/16/2015
Letter from the Pole: Part 1 12/9/2015
Discovering A Rose 6/10/2015
Weddings vs Funerals 3/11/2015
Kerrville Tickets for events at Cailloux Theater
High School Tickets for school events
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.
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
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
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.
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 “a guy who makes stuff”
"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."
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 “Finding Inspiration” column and, as usual, l loved it! I really do enjoy hearing your thoughts on paper – you’re even deeper that I gave you credit for!! Anonymous
Wow - I 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! - Julie 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 piece and doing it so well. - Gary Trumet
The article about Ben B. in the Fredericksburg
Thanks for the awesome article, we have been slammed since it came out! - Mike 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. - R. 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’s 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.
This is just great - Allen 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. - Mark 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!!!
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!! :) - 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! - Chad 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.
Loved the Philvis bit. You are a scream. Stay young at heart. - Harley, 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; Ambleside student and future violinist)
Phil - Thanks for the great articles. They are very well written. John and I are both so pleased. LOVE IS GRAND! - Alice & 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. - Kay 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
Phil, It was great to meet you and THANK YOU so much for the kind words + article.
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
You call yourself a writer? Yeah... like I can sing. -- Rex, Mediocre Musician
Does Rex have any copies of the Fbg. Phone Book Polka left? I heard it years ago, thought it was the funniest thing ever. I'd give them to some really special people for Christmas if there were any to be had. Yes! Link for free mp3 download.