RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:49:38 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: The Meaning of Tears]]> "Tears have always been easier to shed than to explain."

Marty Rubin

Frederick Buechner said, "Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are but, more often than not, God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go to next.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:54:45 -0400 2014-07-22T11:54:45-04:00 2014-07-22T11:54:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Searching for a long-lost friend from Denmark]]> To the editor:

I am writing to you from Denmark on behalf of my 82-year-old mother, Kirsten Laigaard.

My mother lives in a nursing home close to Copenhagen. She has lived there since 2007, when a stroke put an end to an active senior life. The days pass by watching television, sitting outside on her terrace when the weather allows, and getting visits from her children, family and friends.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:44:56 -0400 2014-07-22T11:44:56-04:00 2014-07-22T11:45:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Yard sale dos and don'ts]]> 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.

Don't forget the cash

Yard sales are not like a quick trip to the convenience store. You will need more than just your keys, cell phone and credit card. You will need coins, money in small denominations/small bills and an open mind in order to take home the best from a yard sale.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:19:28 -0400 2014-07-22T11:19:28-04:00 2014-07-22T11:19:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Cleaning tips to protect your valuables]]> 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.

Valuable objects - art, antiques and collectibles - have to live in a stable environment in order to remain in good condition.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:56:29 -0400 2014-07-17T13:56:29-04:00 2014-07-17T13:56:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Here's one fix for our imperfect marketplace: paid leave]]> As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again:

The marketplace is essential but not perfect.

It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner.

I don't mean winner in the sense of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:31:47 -0400 2014-07-16T11:31:47-04:00 2014-07-16T11:31:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Improving chemical safety: A baby step in the right direction]]> In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals. In response, President Obama tasked an interagency working group with developing new guidelines for improving chemical facility safety and ensuring that some federal agency has responsibility for implementing and enforcing new safety guidelines.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:08:34 -0400 2014-07-16T11:08:34-04:00 2014-07-16T11:08:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Stop and Smell the Roses]]> "To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat."

Beverley Nichols

There is no better time than during the summer to tell someone to "stop and smell the roses." If you were here in my flower garden, however, there are not many roses to smell. I have tried growing roses, and I am not sure if it is the quality of the soil or the reduced sunlight from the big trees, but my efforts to grow them have been reduced to two small bushes with very few roses to smell.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:47:49 -0400 2014-07-16T09:47:49-04:00 2014-07-16T09:47:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Fatherhood Cycle]]> "Lately all my friends are worried that they're turning into their fathers. I'm worried I'm not."

Dan Zevin

For about a week each summer, I get to observe Noah, our grandson, as he continues to grow and grow and grow. How quickly these years have gone by since he arrived six weeks early on Feb.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:16:32 -0400 2014-07-07T16:16:32-04:00 2014-07-07T16:16:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Improve FOIA to give everyday Americans better access to documents]]> Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune's Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical screenings. To hide this information, the VA used the "pre-decisional" exemption, simply stating that the requested documents were "preliminary" communications and could thus be withheld.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:31:15 -0400 2014-07-02T12:31:15-04:00 2014-07-02T12:31:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Abraham Lincoln and the Medal of Honor]]> "The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."

Douglas MacArthur

On May 3, 2014, the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge held a dedication ceremony of a statue of Abraham Lincoln. Made by the artist and sculptor Stan Watts, the statue of Lincoln is located at the entrance of the Medal of Honor Grove.

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:37:24 -0400 2014-07-01T12:37:24-04:00 2014-07-01T12:37:27-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: The National Setpember 11 Memorial & Museum]]> 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.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum debuted with ceremony and remembrance recently.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:32:44 -0400 2014-06-30T12:32:44-04:00 2014-06-30T12:32:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: 10 Tips for Summer Health]]> "Life is not merely being alive, but being well."

Marcas Valerieus Martialis

During a recent Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Dr. Stephanie Kaliner shared some wonderful, practical tips for summer health. I found them quite helpful and thought you might as well.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:26:23 -0400 2014-06-23T13:26:23-04:00 2014-06-23T13:26:27-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Venus discovered]]> Venus is more than a celestial body. Venus is one of the most popular Classical figures in the history of art.

Venus, the goddess of love and gardens, gets a lot of press this time of year. In Renaissance art, Venus' image adorned the headboards of the beds belonging to the famous Medici family of Florence.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:14:23 -0400 2014-06-23T13:14:23-04:00 2014-06-23T13:14:26-04:00
<![CDATA[It's time to give college graduates a future with real freedom - freedom from debt]]> The U.S. Senate held a vote recently to bring up legislation allowing student debt holders to refinance old loans at lower current interest rates. The motion to debate the "Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act" (S. 2432) garnered a 56-38 majority but fell short of the 60 votes needed to open debate.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:36:44 -0400 2014-06-23T12:36:44-04:00 2014-06-23T12:36:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Paycheck protection would establish fairness for taxpayers]]> Most people would agree that tax dollars should not be used to collect the political money of private organizations, effectively forcing taxpayers to subsidize organizations that don't share their values.

Yet, this is exactly what's happening in Pennsylvania.

Currently, state and local governments use taxpayer resources to collect union dues and PAC money (which can be given directly to candidates) for select government unions, the only organizations afforded this political privilege.

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:30:44 -0400 2014-06-19T14:30:44-04:00 2014-06-19T14:30:49-04:00