RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:31:47 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: Road rage on a bicycle]]> "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair of the human race." -- H. G. Wells

Several of my UVF friends are avid cyclists. Nearly every weekend, weather permitting, Dr. Dan Mortensen, (Executive VP and VP of Development), Dr. Kevin Beery (VP of Academic Affairs) and Jonathan Capeci (VP of Finance) and sometimes a few more colleagues/friends pack up their bicycles and find their way to the popular Schuylkill River Trail (SRT).

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150723112905 2015-07-26T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-23T11:29:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Trying to please everybody]]> "It would be nice if everyone liked you but it's not necessary." -- Dr. Richard Dobbins

The story is told of a man and his grandson traveling down the road, walking and leading a donkey. They met a man who said, "How foolish for you to be walking. One of you should be riding the donkey." So the man put his grandson on the animal.

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150716134623 2015-07-19T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-16T13:46:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Readers' Views: Borough council should give Firebird Festival another chance]]> Last year, after vandals torched the namesake icon of the Phoenixville Firebird Festival the night before its scheduled burning, the playing surface at Friendship Field was trampled--but the spirit of a community soared.

And as I took my place among the dozens of volunteers who seemingly converged out of nowhere in the rain and muck to build a new structure within hours, I could not help but think that this is what we neighbors of Friendship Field fought for 10 years ago when a developer's plan for townhouses threatened to take from us a much-needed recreational area in our town.

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150709110015 2015-07-12T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-09T11:00:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Learning to throw a boomerang]]> "If you want your boomerang to come back, first you've got to throw it." --Steven Hall

Evie and I were browsing through a gift shop on the Skyline Drive in Virginia when I noticed a Channel Crafted Boomerang "hand crafted of the finest grade birch." I immediately imagined being with Noah, our 12-year-old grandson, who was coming in a few weeks from Minnesota to visit us in Pennsylvania.

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150709102349 2015-07-12T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-09T10:23:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: How one tweet changed a life]]> "We are masters of unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out." -- Winston Churchill

Whenever I say that computers amaze me, Evie reminds me how that remark reveals my age. Nevertheless, computers do amaze me.

But even more than computers, the internet really, really, really amazes me.

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150701142532 2015-07-05T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-01T14:25:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: On taking a detour]]> "Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours we didn't mean to take." -- Angela N. Blount

It was one of those days when we were driving home on I-81. For most of the day we would be driving through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Our starting point was in Knoxville, Tennessee and we had been driving several hours when we decided to find a place where we could stop for lunch.

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150625141604 2015-06-28T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-25T14:16:04-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: A day on the mountain]]> "You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves." -- Lito Tejada-flores

There are some places in the world that Evie and I love visiting more than once. ne of those is the Skyline Drive of Virginia.

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150616154952 2015-06-21T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-16T15:49:52-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Reflections on a great writer]]> "Surprisingly, often a difficult problem in a sentence can be solved by simply getting rid of it." -- William Zinsser

I will always be grateful for William Zinsser and his influence on my life. I don't remember when I first heard about him but when I read his popular book, "On Writing Well," over a decade ago, I was hooked.

Sun, 14 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150610150133 2015-06-14T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-10T15:01:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Mind your manners]]> "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use."

-- Emily Post

For as long as I can remember, I have looked forward to receiving our monthly publication of Reader's Digest. An article about Paul Ford titled "The Man with the Perfect Manners" recently captured my attention.

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150604130310 2015-06-07T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-04T13:03:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Power of Practice]]> "If I don't practice the way I should, then I won't play the way I know I can." -- Ivan Lendl, tennis professional

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of asking a group of virtuoso music scholarship recipients from the University of Valley Forge about their practice habits. Most of them had been playing their instruments for over 10 years.

Sun, 31 May 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150529114146 2015-05-31T02:00:00-04:00 2015-05-29T11:41:46-04:00