Opinion

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

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: Thriving in the dark |Mar 31, 2016

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

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.

Think About It: Leadership and Warren Bennis |Feb 11, 2016

“Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they can accomplish them.” - Warren Bennis

Think About It: The sound of caring |Feb 7, 2016

“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters.” — Amy Leigh Mercree

Think About It: The world of Trivial Pursuit |Jan 27, 2016

“I think I am a trivia nerd. I love to learn about everything. I’m curious.” - Adam Rodriguez

Think About It: The Power of Charm |Jan 21, 2016

“When John F. Kennedy flashed his smile, he could charm a bird off a tree.” - Seymour St. John

Think About It: Can we really multitask? |Jan 13, 2016

“To do two things at once is to do neither.” - Publilius Syrus

JEFF EDELSTEIN: Win $1.5 billion in Powerball, you could be a king, buy a lot Red Lobster shrimp |Jan 12, 2016

At the time of this writing, the Powerball jackpot is $1.5 billion. That’s a hard number to wrap your head around. Consider: Picture one apple in your head. Easy, right?

Think About It: Remembering the Aberfan Disaster |Jan 7, 2016

“History is a vast early warning system.” - Norman Cousins

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Buying tips for New Year’s travelers |Dec 29, 2015

As the new year commences, many of us find ourselves taking to the skies or roads on trips for business and pleasure. At this busy time of the year, many people find themselves hustling and bustling to new locales for work or play.

Think About It: You, me and change |Dec 29, 2015

“To begin you have to want to.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Reporter talks importance of journalism to 3rd graders in Phoenixville |Dec 28, 2015

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the third grade classes at Schuylkill Elementary School, in Phoenixville, to talk about my job. This wasn’t an official career day event or anything like that.

Think About It: The adventures of starting over |Dec 22, 2015

“That last page turned is a perfect excuse to write a whole book.” - Toni Sorenson

Think About It: Valley Forge Christmas traditions |Dec 16, 2015

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” - Hamilton Wright Mabie

Think About It: Some very special neighbors |Dec 9, 2015

“We become neighbors where we are willing to cross the road for one another.” - Henri J.M. Nouwen

Think About It: A visit to Ground Zero |Dec 3, 2015

“September 11 is one of our worst days but it brought out the best in us.” - Senator Lamar Alexander

Spinal Column: It’s not in your head, barometric pressure really does make you feel pain! |Nov 25, 2015

I love this beautiful area we live in. It truly flourishes this time of year. A bounty of color surrounds us on the ground and in the trees. I am sure we are all aware of the key ingredient of Mother Nature’s beauty.

Think About It: Where are the other nine? |Nov 25, 2015

“When you stop counting your blessings, it is like holding yourself and being surprised that everything is black.”- Ann Voskamp

Think About It: The point of a pen |Nov 18, 2015

“Write out 1,000 things for which you are thankful.” - Ann Voskamp

Think About It: A penny for your thoughts |Nov 12, 2015

“Words are of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” - Rudyard Kipling

Think About It: A Message to Garcia |Nov 4, 2015

“How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success.” - Elbert Hubbard

Think About It: On giving a speech |Oct 28, 2015

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Finding Gems at Fall Flea Markets |Oct 21, 2015

While lots of novice collectors are in the spirit of summer antique hunting, autumn marks the time for the true collectors to shop for their collections. You can get great items and good deals at this season’s flea markets.

Think About It: Grief broke my heart |Oct 21, 2015

“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.” - J.K. Rowling

LETTERS: Health care facilities are understaffed |Oct 21, 2015

This is a story about the sad plight of most of the health care workers in this country who get very little respect, are underpaid, not enough benefits and they are stressed out because those who are in charge refuse to hire more workers.

Think About It: The story of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups |Oct 14, 2015

“If someone tells you to stop eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, stop them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.”

Think About It: We had no unpaid bills |Oct 7, 2015

“You can’t have the happiness of yesterday without the pain of today. That’s the deal.” - Joy Gresham

The Spinal Column: How allergies lead to asthma... At a soccer game! |Oct 7, 2015

I am coaching rec soccer this season. I am distracted by the intensity of the sneezing, the coughing and the nose blowing that is rampant among my players! It is so hard for me to stand on the sidelines and not stand up and start giving a mini workshop on the fact that there are ways to handle allergies.

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Vintage Halloween Decorations |Sep 30, 2015

There are many types of Halloween decorations that are collectible and crafty. For the purists among us, you can decorate a pumpkin using everything from acrylic paint to glitter glue, featuring themes ranging from the scary Frankenstein monster to Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Think About It: The passing of a missionary giant |Sep 30, 2015

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” - Jim Elliot

Spinal Column: Am I really cracking bones, you ask? |Sep 23, 2015

I’d like to explain how Chiropractic works and its true purpose. Through explaining how it works, you will gain an understanding of Chiropractic as health care. Sure, I want you to bend at the knees when shoveling and please, just walk around the ice.

Think About It: Letter to my Younger Self |Sep 23, 2015

“Play hard, do it on your own terms and stay true to yourself. Do that, and you can’t go wrong.” - Pete Sampras