Opinion

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

Think About It: Clergy are people too |Sep 16, 2015

“Don’t let your lips and your life preach two different messages.” - Anonymous

Arts & Antiques: Toys that Inspire Art and Fashion |Sep 9, 2015

Last year, the following toys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum located in Rochester, New York: soap bubbles, little green army men and the Rubik’s cube. The Strong Museum has one of the largest collection of toys, board games, dolls, video and electronic games worldwide.

Think About It: The sublime act of sacrifice |Sep 9, 2015

“The most sublime act is to set another before you.” - William Blake

The Spinal Column: Can you save a spine with a back pack? |Sep 2, 2015

Ahhh... School is just about here. In my office I am hearing all sorts of emotional reactions. Me? How am I feeling? I am feeling determined. I am determined that this year we will help families become aware of the fact that back packs can cause damage to your child’s spine.

Think About It: An evening with dear friends |Sep 1, 2015

“A friendship that can end never really began.” - Publius Syrus

|Aug 3, 2015

I have a few questions after attending the Phoenixville Borough Council committee meetings on Tuesday, July 28. First, I have to ask, whose idea was it to do away with regular committee meetings? This new format is terrible.

Think About It: An unforgettable Amish dinner |Aug 2, 2015

“The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.” — Unknown

Think About It: Road rage on a bicycle |Jul 26, 2015

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair of the human race.” — H. G. Wells

Think About It: Trying to please everybody |Jul 19, 2015

“It would be nice if everyone liked you but it’s not necessary.” — Dr. Richard Dobbins

Readers’ Views: Borough council should give Firebird Festival another chance |Jul 12, 2015

Last year, after vandals torched the namesake icon of the Phoenixville Firebird Festival the night before its scheduled burning, the playing surface at Friendship Field was trampled—but the spirit of a community soared.

Think About It: Learning to throw a boomerang |Jul 12, 2015

“If you want your boomerang to come back, first you’ve got to throw it.” —Steven Hall

Think About It: How one tweet changed a life |Jul 5, 2015

“We are masters of unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” — Winston Churchill

Think About It: On taking a detour |Jun 28, 2015

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours we didn’t mean to take.” — Angela N. Blount

Think About It: A day on the mountain |Jun 21, 2015

“You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.” — Lito Tejada-flores

Think About It: Reflections on a great writer |Jun 14, 2015

“Surprisingly, often a difficult problem in a sentence can be solved by simply getting rid of it.” — William Zinsser

Think About It: Mind your manners |Jun 7, 2015

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use.”

Think About It: The Power of Practice |May 31, 2015

“If I don’t practice the way I should, then I won’t play the way I know I can.” — Ivan Lendl, tennis professional

EDITORIAL: Pennsylvania pension time bomb: Tick, tick ... |May 29, 2015

The ticking time bomb that is tucked inside the Pennsylvania budget has not detonated – yet.

Think About It: Play it by ear |May 24, 2015

“I love the winning; I can take the losing; but most of all I love to play.” Boris Becker

THINK ABOUT IT: Trust your crazy ideas |May 17, 2015

“It’s easy to come up with big ideas. Just think of something that everyone agrees would be ‘wonderful’ if it were only ‘possible’ – and then set out to make it possible.

THINK ABOUT IT: Two Great Musicians: Crosby and Jackson |May 10, 2015

I grew up singing the old hymns. I loved them then and I still love them today. Just hearing the melodies of some of them instantly transports me to places and times long past. Some keep reminding me of times of great victory and others bring back some of the darkest seasons of my life.