RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com website: all stories http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The Phoenix Reporter and Item Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:58:11 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: Just Did It]]> Robert H. Schuller was a force. When he died recently at 88 years of age, I felt as though I had lost a friend. Although I never shook his hand, his influence in my life was profound.

His leadership journey really took a huge step forward in 1955 when he began a church in a drive-in movie theater in Garden Grove, California.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:19:28 -0400 2015-04-17T02:19:28-04:00 2015-04-17T02:19:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Our Love of Animals]]> When you grow up on a farm, you have an inborn love for animals. Whether it was the cows and chickens, hogs and geese, horse and pony, sheep, cat or dog, from the start of the day to the end of the day we were around those animals. To this day I still love the smell of the barn.

But it is one thing to have animals as part of your livelihood and another thing to have them as pets.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:59:17 -0400 2015-03-26T16:59:17-04:00 2015-03-26T16:59:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Sew Many Quilts; So Little Time]]> Every now and then, I like to stop by the old quilt rack hanging on an upstairs wall in the old farmhouse where we live here on the University of Valley Forge campus. The oldest part of the house was built somewhere around the mid-1800s, so an old quilt hanging on that wall fits perfectly.

Just a glance at that old quilt with its yellow, pink and blue patches transports me back to my childhood when our family would visit the maker of that quilt, Mary Longenecker, my maternal grandmother whom we called Maw Maw.

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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:21:56 -0400 2015-03-11T13:21:56-04:00 2015-03-11T13:21:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: You Know You are Old If...]]> One of hardest things to understand is what it means to be old. I am beginning to realize what Bernard Baruch meant when he said, "To me, old age is always ten years older than I am."

When I attended the one-room Isabella Elementary School outside Lebanon, Pa., anyone who was going to Cornwall High School seemed much older than me.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:08:56 -0500 2015-03-04T13:08:56-05:00 2015-03-04T13:08:56-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Addicted to Snow]]> "The very fact of snow is such an amazement."

-- Roger Ebert

There are very few people I know who are neutral about snow. There are those who love it and they can never get enough of it. Others, when they see their first winter snowflakes, they begin counting the days until spring.

Some months ago, Isaac's family moved to Pennsylvania from Florida so his parents could begin working at the University of Valley Forge.

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