|Oct 27, 2016

Kampf will fight for us in Harribsurg

welcome to my world: Pennsylvania’s ‘Greene Country’ |Oct 26, 2016

“Trees” by Joyce Kilmer “I think that I shall never see

The Historian: More about cabbage |Oct 26, 2016

It’s safe to say that in bygone years everyone who had a little ground cultivated a vegetable garden. Not only country folk, but many town dwellers had a fenced back yard garden, often a chicken pen, and maybe even a pig or two.

Think about it: The cut flower culture |Oct 26, 2016

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”— Peter Drucker

Person to Person — Impact: Many tricks ... Few treats |Oct 20, 2016

I have a reoccurring nightmare! The year was 1954 and my parents, my siblings and I were about to arrive in the small borough where we kids would see our new home for the first time. As we turned off the commercial highway in the spring, we were greeted by nice houses lining avenues and places, many of which were named after colleges.

A Look Back in History: The Warmth and Charm in Georgian Architecture |Oct 20, 2016

In a very attractive Georgian mansion, the stone mason will not just simply lay up the stone helter-skelter, but select large stones for the corners known as quoins. The 1808 Spang, 1805 Hunter, and 1815 Reiff mansions of the Oley Valley have fine quoins in their corners that make the structures imposing, as many others.

Welcome to my World: Grave Epitaphs |Oct 18, 2016

Every summer that I can remember as a kid, Mom insisted Pop drive to visit the gravesites of both the Christman’s, in Lehigh County, and the Kohler’s, in Berks County. Mom also took us on walks to the family cemetery of the Siegfried’s, from Siegfriedsdale, located near our farm.

A Look Back in History: Interesting Folk Days rooted in Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers (pun intended) |Oct 18, 2016

Pennsylvania Dutch rural folklore was important in providing Rhineland peasants with knowledge of becoming successful American farmers. Although most PA Deitsch folklore revolved around their religion, it is dubious that Grundsau Day (Groundhog Day) was purely an American idea.

person to person — impact: Treasures Among Us (Part 2 of 2) |Oct 11, 2016

Last week I shared with you about meeting Bill and Marge Montgomery in church, his early years in committing his live to Jesus Christ, his music accomplishments and attending the Navy Music School. The following is additional information I learned about Bill during our conversations.

ARTHUR GARRISON: Is Donald Trump the next Barry Goldwater? |Sep 30, 2016

In America, elections have consequences because they are seldom without significant political debate. This is all the more true at the presidential level. While all such elections have been significant, some have been pivotal.

A Look Back in History: The Americanism ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ still preferred today |Sep 28, 2016

Since Colonial times our ancestors were referred to as the Americanism, “PA Dutch,” a term widely used to describe these immigrants by suburban Philadelphians, who followed the local Quaker-American colloquialism, as people today.

The Stanford Marshmellow Experiment |Sep 28, 2016

“Every choice we make is an investment in a future we cannot see.” — Alicia Britt Chole

Reflections on the Olympics: The Statue |Sep 14, 2016

“Even if you are not religious, how can you look at Christ the Redeemer and not be impressed.” — Anonymous

THINK ABOUT IT: Reflections on the Olympics: The competition |Aug 25, 2016

“The hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made.”

THINK ABOUT IT: Some humorous thoughts about writing |Aug 18, 2016

“There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

Eat the frog |Aug 11, 2016

“If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.”

Think About It - The beginning and end of a story: Part II |Aug 3, 2016

“Life is an open book full of blank pages. You write the story as you go.” - Anonymous

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Decorating with family heirlooms |Aug 3, 2016

There is an overwhelming abundance of home makeover TV shows and online blogs about redecorating, redesigning and reconsidering the objects with which we live. Antiques and family heirlooms are front and center when it comes to innovative design.

Think About It - The beginning and end of a story: Part I |Jul 27, 2016

“Great literature is one of two stories: A man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” - Leo Tolstoy

Think About It: The life-changing magic of tidying up |Jul 20, 2016

“Life truly begins after you put your house in order.” - Marie Kondo

THE TABLE: Chile, South America |Jul 14, 2016

The country of Chile that is located on the Pacific Ocean’s western coast of South America is often pronounced as Chilly (like the weather), but to be correct, it is pronounced “Chil-ay.

Think About It: What is the Secret Sauce? |Jul 13, 2016

“Every time you share an overused platitude on Facebook, an angel loses its wings.” - Anonymous

Think About It: My final day as president |Jul 6, 2016

“Memory is the mother of wisdom.” - Aeschylus

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: The art of storing china |Jun 29, 2016

If you have your heirloom china, crystal, porcelain and knickknacks in a lighted china closet or display case with lamps inside, don’t position your collectibles too close to the lamps. Once, during an in-home appraisal service call, I had to break the news to a Waterford crystal collector who had her entire collection on display in just such a cabinet.

Think About It: How to play workplace poker |Jun 23, 2016

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, they are not.” - Unknown (though some say Manfred Eigen or Albert Einstein)

Think About It: I wasn’t born yesterday |Jun 16, 2016

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” - John Keating

Think About It: Facing an impossible challenge |Jun 9, 2016

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” - Orison Swett Marden

THE TABLE: Washington, D.C. - The United States capital |Jun 9, 2016

I keep a list of cities and areas I plan on featuring in THE TABLE. On the list was Washington, D.C. On Memorial Day Sunday, while watching the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, the list came to mind, and that Washington had not been addressed.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Vintage wedding trends |Jun 2, 2016

June is a most popular month for weddings. A new trend in weddings is throwback nuptials that highlight antique and vintage elements that enhance the wedding day experience.

Think About It: Four things women want from a man |Jun 2, 2016

“I don’t have to prove these principles; I know they work. How do I know? My wife told me so.” - Dr. A. R. Bernard

Think About It - Thoughts on retirement: Part II |May 25, 2016

Last week I shared some preliminary thoughts on my retirement as the president of the University of Valley Forge on June 30, 2016. And since the UVF Board of Trustees surprised and blessed Evie and me with a one year sabbatical when I will serve as President Emeritus with no responsibilities from June 2016 to June 2017, this season of our lives will soon be coming to a close.

Letter to the Editor: Legislation needed to keep fighting human trafficking |May 24, 2016

Legislation needed to keep fighting human trafficking

Think About It - Thoughts on retirement: Part I |May 18, 2016

Perhaps you have heard the news that I am retiring as President of the University of Valley Forge on June 30, 2016. For some time Evie and I have been pondering the possibilities of retirement, knowing that sooner rather than later this time would come.

Think About It: There’s no crying in baseball |May 12, 2016

“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” - Carl Jung

Think About It: Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke |May 5, 2016

“There really isn’t anything more refreshing then iced Coke out of the old school bottles.” - Mark Zupan

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Dr. Lori’s Kid Collectors |Apr 28, 2016

At my public antiques appraisal events held at venues nationwide, many of my audience members are kids. Some of these kids remind me of my childhood. I was a kid who spent many a weekend touring local flea markets and yard sales with my dad.

Think About It: The story of a great storyteller |Apr 28, 2016

“It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.” - Garrison Keillor

Think About It: Big thoughts on small talk |Apr 20, 2016

“Small talk is the biggest talk we do.” - Susan RoAne

Think About It: Farmall tractors and childhood memories |Apr 13, 2016

“Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.” - Corrie Ten Boom

Think About It - Choosing to cheat: Balancing work and family |Apr 7, 2016

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” - Goethe

Think About It: Thriving in the dark |Mar 31, 2016

“The race is won by those who keep running through the dark.” - Ann Voskamp

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Spring cleaning tips |Mar 31, 2016

Spring cleaning has its drawbacks and its advantages. The drawbacks are obvious... Nobody really likes to clean. Once the task is complete, the advantages to spring cleaning include additional storage space, discovering items that you thought you lost and some quick cash if you work to sell some of your unwanted stuff online.

Think About It: Thinking about apples |Mar 24, 2016

“Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.” - Robert H. Schuller

Think About It: The incomparable joys of a snow day |Mar 17, 2016

“Snow provokes responses that reach back to childhood.” - Andy Goldworthy

Think About It - The wit and wisdom of Erma Bombeck: Part II |Mar 9, 2016

“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” - Erma Bombeck

Think About It - The wit and wisdom of Erma Bombeck: Part I |Mar 2, 2016

“He who laughs... lasts.” - Erma Bombeck

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Tips for home organizing |Mar 2, 2016

At my recent appraisal stage show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an audience member presented me with a six-page long list of the tips that I had provided during my appraisal show. I was a little taken aback by the volume of paper sheets filled with scribbled notes.

Think About It: The value of passion |Feb 25, 2016

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” -Bishop T. D. Jakes

Think About It: The right and wrong way to fall |Feb 17, 2016

“If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep going.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Loving our collections |Feb 11, 2016

Love is one of the most common reasons why we collect objects or hand down objects. Objects come with emotions. Most people will not part with a particular item or group of items if they were handed down or amassed by a loved one, family member or friend.