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 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:20:06 -0500 60 <![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
<![CDATA[Think About It: New Year... New Beginnings]]> "And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."

--Meister Eckhart

There is just something wonderful about the start of a new year. Whatever good things happened last year, we cannot expect that they will happen again this year. Whatever we would have done differently last year, we actually have the opportunity to do them differently this year.

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:47:00 -0500 2014-12-30T00:47:00-05:00 2014-12-30T00:47:02-05:00
<![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