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 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:06:47 -0400 60 <![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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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