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 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:34:26 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Art & Antiques with Dr. Lori: Losing money at your yard sale]]> When it comes to learning how to spot a treasure, the first thing you have to learn is where to look.

My real gift comes from my years of experience in museums and universities, knowing how to identify and spot the real valuable stuff. In my experience, the most common places where valuable antique treasures are hiding are at yard sales and inside people's homes.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:31:34 -0400 2014-07-30T11:31:34-04:00 2014-07-30T11:31:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: You, Me and Fireflies]]> "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."

Albert Einstein

I have always been fascinated by fireflies. I remember running through the yard as a child trying to catch them. Since they fly rather slowly and broadcast where they are by their intermittent light, the task was not too difficult, even for little hands.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:20:03 -0400 2014-07-30T11:20:03-04:00 2014-07-30T11:20:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Budget shields taxpayers, but challenges remain]]> A contentious budget season has officially ended after Governor Corbett signed a $29 billion appropriations bill into law. But is it fiscally responsible? And what's holding up reforms on the major issues, like pension reform, facing taxpayers across the state?

Let's start with the positive.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:02:46 -0400 2014-07-25T15:02:46-04:00 2014-07-25T15:02:50-04:00
<![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