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A Look Back in History: 19th Century cane carvers of the PA Dutch Country |Nov 23, 2016

Locally, the most popular cane carver, “Schtockschnitzler Simmons” (1885-1910) from the Kutztown, Moselem, Hamburg area was a late German born immigrant who bartered his carved bird handle canes from farm to farm or tavern to tavern.

Think about it: The Sponge Capital of the World |Nov 23, 2016

“Do you ever wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.” — Stephen Hawking

person to person — impact: In His Time |Nov 23, 2016

The main speaker in my column of November 8th, “Precious In His Sight: Bill Montgomery” (http://www.berksmontnews.com/opinion/20161103/person-to-person-precious-in-his-sight-bill-montgomery), which talked about the home going of Bill Montgomery, indicated his death was no accident.

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.

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: 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.

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 II |Aug 3, 2016

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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: 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.

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

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: 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

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

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

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.

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

Kehoe Rodgers: Gifts even better than Little Kiddles, a Barbie camper and an ABA basketball |Dec 20, 2015

The other day I was on the phone with my sister discussing “the menu” for Christmas day. There are quotes around the phrase “the menu” because that’s how my mother referred to it – like she was planning a sit-down meal for 100 people.