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, 26 Nov 2014 01:27:21 -0500 60 <![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
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Mystery of the Fortune Cookie]]> "Confucius say: if you think you're going to sum up your entire life on this little piece of paper, you're crazy."

Fortune Cookie Quote

Just about every time Evie and I go out for Chinese food and our meal is over, we are brought our bill, and on a small tray are two fortune cookies.

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:49:21 -0400 2014-10-09T11:49:21-04:00 2014-10-09T11:49:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Buying tips for travelers]]> As an expert appraiser, people often ask me what items are worth. When I travel, people ask me what is a good buy and how to spot a bargain. Here are some quick tips about negotiating when traveling abroad:

1. Remember that every price is negotiable.

2. When you are shopping in a foreign country, learn about the customs associated with bargaining in a specific locale.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:13:44 -0400 2014-10-06T17:13:44-04:00 2014-10-06T17:13:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: In Praise of Leisure]]> "He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate."

Henry David Thoreau

According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity.

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:07:08 -0400 2014-10-03T12:07:08-04:00 2014-10-03T12:07:10-04:00