RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com website: all stories http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The Phoenix Reporter and Item Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:24:44 -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.

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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.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:20:03 -0400 2014-07-30T11:20:03-04:00 2014-07-30T11:20:07-04:00
<![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.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:54:45 -0400 2014-07-22T11:54:45-04:00 2014-07-22T11:54:49-04:00
<![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.

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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.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:56:29 -0400 2014-07-17T13:56:29-04:00 2014-07-17T13:56:37-04:00
<![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.

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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.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:16:32 -0400 2014-07-07T16:16:32-04:00 2014-07-07T16:16:38-04:00
<![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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:14:23 -0400 2014-06-23T13:14:23-04:00 2014-06-23T13:14:26-04:00
<![CDATA[A look back at the Spring-Ford Class of 2014]]> Having been a Spring-Ford student all of my life, it feels surreal to 'suddenly' be considered an alum.

Sitting in the crowd, surrounded by over 500 of my peers at graduation, listening to our salutatorian talk about the upcoming changes and our valedictorian crack jokes about our final days in high school, it did not feel real.

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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:23:25 -0400 2014-06-17T16:23:25-04:00 2014-06-17T16:23:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Getting Out of Town, Part 2]]> "To travel is to live."

Hans Christian Anderson

Last week I began describing the value of simply getting out of town. Just going to a different place can renew us in body, soul and spirit.

For Evie and me, the month of May always includes several driving trips to represent the college in ministers' meetings within a number of states here in the northeast and beyond.

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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:53:32 -0400 2014-06-17T14:53:32-04:00 2014-06-17T14:53:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Riding Shotgun - Wells Fargo memorabilia]]> 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.

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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:42:28 -0400 2014-06-17T14:42:28-04:00 2014-06-17T14:42:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Getting Out of Town, Part 1]]> "Travel makes one modest; you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."

Gustave Flaubert

Sometimes you just have to get out of town.

For any of us, daily routines and pressing obligations can suck the air out of our spirit and threaten to suffocate our very souls. Even if we love every part of our public and private life, sameness can threaten our saneness.

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Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:00:00 -0400 2014-06-12T18:00:00-04:00 2014-06-12T18:00:03-04:00