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 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:01:22 -0400 60 <![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
<![CDATA[Think About It: Books That Shaped My Life]]> "Reading one book is like eating one potato chip."

Diane Duane

If I could tell Thomas Jefferson something, I would probably let him know that I understand what he meant when he said, "I cannot live without books." Jane Smiley knew something about me also when she said, "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:57:03 -0400 2014-09-23T16:57:03-04:00 2014-09-23T16:57:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Life Lessons from Thomas Jefferson]]> "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson

As a powerful advocate of liberty, Thomas Jefferson was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence. As the third President of the United States (1801-1809), he was a pioneer for freedom of conscience and the right to live a happy, fulfilled life.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:46:59 -0400 2014-09-18T12:46:59-04:00 2014-09-18T12:47:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About it: Watching Trees Grow]]> "There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."

Minnie Aumonier

I remember the laughter I caused among some community friends when I found myself saying out loud these words: "I like watching trees grow." Even I had to laugh at the sound of it.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:22 -0400 2014-09-11T10:15:22-04:00 2014-09-11T10:15:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Responsibility of Knowledge]]> "Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else."

Ivan Bell

For over thirty years, Jim Maza has been our college attorney. He has been one of the most valued persons who have helped us successfully navigate a host of complex institutional issues.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:59:15 -0400 2014-09-02T13:59:15-04:00 2014-09-02T13:59:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The sneeze that caused an uproar]]> "Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of demons."

Aldous Huxley

"Words matter." With that comment, Jim Maza, my friend and our VFCC college attorney summed up his perspective on the importance of legal documents saying what we intend them to say.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:13:04 -0400 2014-08-28T13:13:04-04:00 2014-08-28T13:13:06-04:00