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, 24 Nov 2015 21:16:40 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: The point of a pen]]> "Write out 1,000 things for which you are thankful." - Ann Voskamp

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I would tell you about Ann Voskamp. When Evie and I heard her begin to speak in front of 7,000 people, we thought she had a relatively easy life made up of just a few minor speed bumps along the way.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: A penny for your thoughts]]> "Words are of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." - Rudyard Kipling

The English language is one of the most complex and vivid languages in the world, with more than 1.5 million words. Even more complicating, words like "cat" can be a little furry animal or a large, wild animal, or even a bulldozer.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: A Message to Garcia]]> "How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success." - Elbert Hubbard

Little did Evie and I know that a weekend trip to Buffalo, New York would introduce us to Elbert Hubbard. We arrived there on Saturday afternoon anticipating a wonderful time with old and new friends at a church where I was speaking on Sunday and to a group of ministers on Monday.

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:26:14 -0500 20151104142614 2015-11-04T14:26:14-05:00 2015-11-04T14:26:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: On giving a speech]]> "Be sincere; be brief; be seated." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

When I was growing up I never thought that public speaking would be one of my primary responsibilities in life. I was painfully shy and even the thought of getting in front of a few people to speak caused my mouth to dry up, my heart to start beating faster, my hands to get clammy and my legs to get weak.

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<![CDATA[Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Finding Gems at Fall Flea Markets]]> While lots of novice collectors are in the spirit of summer antique hunting, autumn marks the time for the true collectors to shop for their collections. You can get great items and good deals at this season's flea markets.

At every flea market (originally named for the bugs that were attracted to old objects that were pulled from attics and basements in 19th Century France) there are some bargains and some bologna.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: Grief broke my heart]]> "You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it." - J.K. Rowling

Today, I'm going to share with you one of the saddest stories I have ever heard. Evie and I were in Connecticut with a group of pastors when one of them, Barry, told me this story.

Barry and his wife had no children, so they decided to adopt.

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<![CDATA[LETTERS: Health care facilities are understaffed]]> This is a story about the sad plight of most of the health care workers in this country who get very little respect, are underpaid, not enough benefits and they are stressed out because those who are in charge refuse to hire more workers. They sit in their luxurious offices having a good time, living off the work of their dedicated workers.

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20151021154524 2015-10-21T02:00:00-04:00 2015-10-21T15:45:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The story of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups]]> "If someone tells you to stop eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, stop them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life."

It all started when I was walking through Wegman's grocery store and I happened to see a huge container filled with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. For some reason, that view caught my eye and I took a picture of those delicious little candies.

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:10:02 -0400 20151014231002 2015-10-14T23:10:02-04:00 2015-10-14T23:10:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: We had no unpaid bills]]> "You can't have the happiness of yesterday without the pain of today. That's the deal." - Joy Gresham

Sometimes life is made up of such overflowing joy we can hardly contain it. Sometimes life is made up of such deep sadness we can hardly endure it. Sometimes the joy and the sorrow bounce around inside of us simultaneously, so that we virtually cry and laugh and laugh and cry at the same time.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:22:40 -0400 20151007212240 2015-10-07T21:22:40-04:00 2015-10-07T21:22:40-04:00
<![CDATA[The Spinal Column: How allergies lead to asthma... At a soccer game!]]> I am coaching rec soccer this season. I am distracted by the intensity of the sneezing, the coughing and the nose blowing that is rampant among my players! It is so hard for me to stand on the sidelines and not stand up and start giving a mini workshop on the fact that there are ways to handle allergies.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:34:59 -0400 20151007143459 2015-10-07T14:34:59-04:00 2015-10-07T14:34:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Vintage Halloween Decorations]]> There are many types of Halloween decorations that are collectible and crafty. For the purists among us, you can decorate a pumpkin using everything from acrylic paint to glitter glue, featuring themes ranging from the scary Frankenstein monster to Casper the Friendly Ghost.

While carving Jack-o'-lanterns requires some skill and expertise, you can use your favorite Halloween antiques and collectibles to make some fun and seasonal home decorations.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:26:03 -0400 20150930222603 2015-09-30T22:26:03-04:00 2015-09-30T22:26:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The passing of a missionary giant]]> "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

Ever since June 15, 2015, I have had a hard time trying to write this column. Several times I tried. On a recent flight into Philadelphia, I was sitting in the middle seat (not my preference) of Row 21 and again I tried.

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