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Think About It: Just Did It |Apr 17, 2015

Robert H. Schuller was a force. When he died recently at 88 years of age, I felt as though I had lost a friend. Although I never shook his hand, his influence in my life was profound.

Think About It: Our Love of Animals |Mar 26, 2015

When you grow up on a farm, you have an inborn love for animals. Whether it was the cows and chickens, hogs and geese, horse and pony, sheep, cat or dog, from the start of the day to the end of the day we were around those animals.

Think About It: Sew Many Quilts; So Little Time |Mar 11, 2015

Every now and then, I like to stop by the old quilt rack hanging on an upstairs wall in the old farmhouse where we live here on the University of Valley Forge campus. The oldest part of the house was built somewhere around the mid-1800s, so an old quilt hanging on that wall fits perfectly.

Think About It: You Know You are Old If... |Mar 4, 2015

One of hardest things to understand is what it means to be old. I am beginning to realize what Bernard Baruch meant when he said, “To me, old age is always ten years older than I am.”

Think About It: Addicted to Snow |Feb 27, 2015

“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.”

Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I |Feb 18, 2015

Last week I shared six “Thoughts on Leadership - Part I.” Today I would like to share six more.

Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I |Feb 12, 2015

“A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”

Think About It: The Prophetic Fire of Ida B. Wells |Feb 4, 2015

“None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.”

Think About It: Before I Go Blind |Jan 29, 2015

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Think About It: Where I’m From, Part II |Jan 20, 2015

“Life can be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Think About It: Where I’m From, Part I |Jan 14, 2015

“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.”

Think About It: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals |Jan 6, 2015

“In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”

Think About It: New Year... New Beginnings |Dec 30, 2014

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

Think About It: A Cup of Christmas Tea |Dec 18, 2014

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

From ashes of firebird vandalism, Phoenixville provides example to other communities |Dec 13, 2014

Last Saturday, I woke up to a phone call at 7:30 in the morning from photographer and Phoenixville area staple Barry Taglieber.

Think About It: The Good Old Days |Dec 10, 2014

“We get so soon old and so late smart.”

Think About It: Celebrating Christmas Traditions |Dec 2, 2014

“Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought the first one was.”

Think About It: Nibbled to Death by Ducks |Nov 26, 2014

Did you know that ducks do not have teeth? They do, however, have small grooves inside their bills to help them chew their food.

Think About It: Geeks and Geezers in Action |Nov 19, 2014

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

Think About It: Reading an Upside-Down Map |Nov 12, 2014

“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.”

Think About It: What’s the Temp? |Nov 6, 2014

“It doesn’t make a difference what temperature the room is; it’s always room temperature.”

Think About It: On Being Thankful |Oct 30, 2014

“Gratitude can turn common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

Think About It: The Pleasures of Imagination |Oct 28, 2014

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Think About it: Where in the world did that come from? |Oct 28, 2014

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

Think About It: The Mystery of the Fortune Cookie |Oct 9, 2014

“Confucius say: if you think you’re going to sum up your entire life on this little piece of paper, you’re crazy.”

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Buying tips for travelers |Oct 6, 2014

As an expert appraiser, people often ask me what items are worth. When I travel, people ask me what is a good buy and how to spot a bargain. Here are some quick tips about negotiating when traveling abroad:

Think About It: In Praise of Leisure |Oct 3, 2014

“He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate.”

Think About It: Books That Shaped My Life |Sep 23, 2014

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

Think About It: Life Lessons from Thomas Jefferson |Sep 18, 2014

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Think About it: Watching Trees Grow |Sep 11, 2014

“There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”

Think About It: The Responsibility of Knowledge |Sep 2, 2014

“Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else.”

Think About It: The sneeze that caused an uproar |Aug 28, 2014

“Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of demons.”

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: What you need to know to start stamp collecting |Aug 18, 2014

The process of stamp collecting is nearly as old as the stamp itself.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Technology changing the antiques world |Aug 11, 2014

Technology has helped many people get the information they need in short order. When it comes to learning the value of antiques and obtaining appraisals, more and more people are finding that expert advice by searching online.

Think About It: The Culture of Whatever |Aug 11, 2014

“The mystery of human existence is not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Downsizing tips |Aug 5, 2014

Overwhelming is the best word to describe the feelings, fears and finality of downsizing. While I help people through this difficult process on a regular basis during my in-home appraisal appointments and video chat appraisals with clients all over the country, most people are both excited to move on to a new phase in life and terrified about how to actually get there.

Think About It: The Story of Two Old Men |Aug 5, 2014

“If you want to be happy, be.” Leo Tolstoy

Think About It: You, Me and Fireflies |Jul 30, 2014

“There are two ways to live your life – one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Art & Antiques with Dr. Lori: Losing money at your yard sale |Jul 30, 2014

When it comes to learning how to spot a treasure, the first thing you have to learn is where to look.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Yard sale dos and don’ts |Jul 22, 2014

Have you ever spent a Saturday morning going to yard sales? Here are some tips for making the most of your yard sale shopping spree.

Think About It: The Meaning of Tears |Jul 22, 2014

“Tears have always been easier to shed than to explain.”

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Cleaning tips to protect your valuables |Jul 17, 2014

I met a client during an in-home appraisal evaluation session who had raised six sons in a house with a pristine, fragile and very valuable collection of antique glassware. Her ability to have boys share a house with fragile stemware prompted me to share my tips for protecting your valuables.

Think About It: Stop and Smell the Roses |Jul 16, 2014

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”

Think About It: The Fatherhood Cycle |Jul 7, 2014

“Lately all my friends are worried that they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.”

Think About It: Abraham Lincoln and the Medal of Honor |Jul 1, 2014

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: The National Setpember 11 Memorial & Museum |Jun 30, 2014

Like many others, I lost friends on Sept. 11, 2001. As a museum professional and historian dedicated to the study of objects and their role in culture, I am pleased to highlight the September 11 Memorial and its new museum that recalls that historic day.

Think About It: 10 Tips for Summer Health |Jun 23, 2014

“Life is not merely being alive, but being well.”

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Venus discovered |Jun 23, 2014

Venus is more than a celestial body. Venus is one of the most popular Classical figures in the history of art.

Think About It: Getting Out of Town, Part 2 |Jun 17, 2014

“To travel is to live.” Hans Christian Anderson

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Riding Shotgun - Wells Fargo memorabilia |Jun 17, 2014

When a youngster runs toward his Mom’s car and calls out “I’m riding shotgun” to his little brother, everybody knows they are calling dibs on the passenger seat. But, in fact, that child is referencing the longstanding history of one of America’s best known brands and companies associated with the taming of the Wild West.