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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 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

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.

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

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

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: 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: The Copy Machine Study |Apr 29, 2015

As we were growing up, I think all of us heard the words “just because.” To our questions of why we should eat our vegetables or take a nap or study math, the answer all too often was simply “just because.

Think About It: Learning Something New |Apr 23, 2015

For quite some time now I have known about the famous song “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen,” which was released in 2013. Whether it was Idina Menzel singing the Oscar-winning song or it was a host of imitations of little girls on YouTube, most of us have heard it over and over.

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.”