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 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:49:42 -0500 60 <![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.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:29:05 -0500 2015-02-27T11:29:05-05:00 2015-02-27T11:29:05-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I]]> Last week I shared six "Thoughts on Leadership - Part I." Today I would like to share six more.

7 Service: The Jordan River Dies at the Dead Sea. Although the Dead Sea is rich with mineral content, it cannot sustain marine life because everything flows in and nothing flows out. We admire leaders who serve.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:30:12 -0500 2015-02-18T14:30:12-05:00 2015-02-18T14:30:12-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I]]> "A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them."

-- M. D. Arnold

Every now and then I like to bring up the subject of leadership in this column. Before I begin, I want you to know that I am a fellow leadership-discoverer. I am definitely not an expert, but rather a simple farm boy who has picked up some things along the way.

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:12:27 -0500 2015-02-12T15:12:27-05:00 2015-02-12T15:12:27-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Prophetic Fire of Ida B. Wells]]> "None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so."

-- Cornel West in "Race Matters" (1994), p. 109

I don't agree with everything Cornel West says or all of the ways he says it, but when he speaks, he always makes me think.

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:34:18 -0500 2015-02-04T13:34:18-05:00 2015-02-06T13:12:32-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Before I Go Blind]]> "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

-- Zig Ziglar

Most of the time, I take my eyesight for granted. Over the years I hardly think about what it must be like to be blind. The people and things I see today I expect to see again tomorrow.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:53:56 -0500 2015-01-29T15:53:56-05:00 2015-01-29T15:53:56-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Where I'm From, Part II]]> "Life can be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

-- Soren Kierkegaard

Last week I stepped back into my childhood by sharing on the topic "Where I'm From - Part I." This week I will share my journey through my adult years.

I am from a college in Missouri where this farm boy met my city girl sweetheart who later became my wife.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:45:51 -0500 2015-01-20T16:45:51-05:00 2015-01-20T16:45:51-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Where I'm From, Part I]]> "Remember, you are the expert on you. No one else sees the world as you do; no one else has your material to draw from."

-- George Ella Lyon

"All of us has a from. And today I will tell you about my from." With those words my dear friend, Dr. H. Robert Rhoden, began his never-to-be-forgotten Chapel message here at the University of Valley Forge.

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:18:24 -0500 2015-01-14T13:18:24-05:00 2015-01-14T13:18:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals]]> "In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia."

-- Anonymous

Goals matter. Just about anything we do that is worthwhile requires a goal. Whether we are going to New York City or planting a garden or earning a university degree, it is virtually impossible to see the Big Apple or eat our own vegetables or turn the tassel without first having a goal.

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:58:12 -0500 2015-01-06T18:58:12-05:00 2015-01-06T18:58:14-05:00