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 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:25:10 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: A Cup of Christmas Tea]]> "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

--C.S. Lewis

One of the staple, cold drinks of Lebanon and Lancaster counties, Pa., is mint tea or, as it is sometimes called, meadow tea. Amish, Mennonites and other people in Pennsylvania Dutch Country enjoy this iced tea from spring all the way through to the fall frost.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:02:52 -0500 2014-12-18T18:02:52-05:00 2014-12-18T18:02:54-05:00
<![CDATA[From ashes of firebird vandalism, Phoenixville provides example to other communities]]> Last Saturday, I woke up to a phone call at 7:30 in the morning from photographer and Phoenixville area staple Barry Taglieber.

When I get a phone call that early on a Saturday from Barry, I know it's important. He knows Saturdays are for sleeping in after the paper goes to press the night before and hates to wake me.

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:27:33 -0500 2014-12-13T13:27:33-05:00 2014-12-13T13:27:35-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Good Old Days]]> "We get so soon old and so late smart."

--Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

When people talk about the "good old days," have you ever wondered how good they really were? The farther we all get from the past, the harder it is to separate fact from fiction. For as Doug Larson said, "Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:53:09 -0500 2014-12-10T16:53:09-05:00 2014-12-10T16:53:11-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Celebrating Christmas Traditions]]> "Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought the first one was."

-- Art Fettig

Every year as we enter the month of December, we step into the world of Christmas traditions. These unique behaviors at this time of the year help us celebrate what Christmas means to us, but they also help us celebrate what we mean to each other.

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:08:17 -0500 2014-12-02T15:08:17-05:00 2014-12-02T15:08:20-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Nibbled to Death by Ducks]]> Did you know that ducks do not have teeth? They do, however, have small grooves inside their bills to help them chew their food.

But like all birds, they have gizzards, which are those weird organs that have gravel in them. Birds pecking at gravel therefore knocks around their food, breaking it down into small pieces so they can swallow it.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:58:36 -0500 2014-11-26T11:58:36-05:00 2014-11-26T11:58:37-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Geeks and Geezers in Action]]> "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved."

-- Helen Keller

Warren G. Bennis is one of my favorite authors on leadership. He has written over 25 books. But when I read the article he co-authored with Robert S.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:21:44 -0500 2014-11-19T09:21:44-05:00 2014-11-19T09:21:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Reading an Upside-Down Map]]> "The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don't have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it."

--Chris Pine

Before the GPS (Global Positioning System), our method for navigation in new places was with a paper map. Anytime we took an extended trip, I would study the map, choose the best route and then try to estimate how long it would take to reach our destination.

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:55:57 -0500 2014-11-12T00:55:57-05:00 2014-11-12T00:56:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: What's the Temp?]]> "It doesn't make a difference what temperature the room is; it's always room temperature."

-- Stephen Wright

Minnesotans understand cold. And after living in the land of 10,000 lakes for 21 years, Evie and I also understand cold. Terms like "the tundra" and "Minnesnowta" and living among "the frozen chosen" were common to all of us.

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:57:39 -0500 2014-11-06T00:57:39-05:00 2014-11-06T00:57:44-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: On Being Thankful]]> "Gratitude can turn common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."

-- William Arthur Ward

When our children were small, we often played the "I'm thankful for…" game as we traveled in the car. We encouraged them to finish the sentence "I'm thankful for…" with anything and everything they could think of for which they were thankful.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:42:04 -0400 2014-10-30T15:42:04-04:00 2014-10-30T15:42:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Pleasures of Imagination]]> "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

--Albert Einstein

In 1862, Victor Hugo published "Les Miserables," one of the greatest novels in the 19th century and what Upton Sinclair described as "one of the half-dozen greatest novels in the world." The story, which takes place during 1815 and 1832, depicts the lives and interactions of several characters, but the focus is on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:32:28 -0400 2014-10-28T10:32:28-04:00 2014-10-28T10:32:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About it: Where in the world did that come from?]]> "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

Marcus Garvey

Today I would like to take you on a linguistic journey back to the origin of some of our most familiar sayings. Since we regularly use them, the link to how they got started is probably unknown to most of us.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:49:17 -0400 2014-10-28T09:49:17-04:00 2014-10-28T09:49:20-04:00