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 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:31:28 -0400 60 <![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[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[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.

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.

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.

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.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:00:00 -0400 2014-06-12T18:00:00-04:00 2014-06-12T18:00:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Collectibles for Dad]]> My dad is a 92-year-old World War II veteran, a former professional athlete and my hero.

After pitching for the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, he had a successful career in the aircraft business and enjoyed collecting as a hobby. And to my mother's dismay, collect he did.

My father saw the beauty and value in many diverse objects.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:41:05 -0400 2014-06-09T15:41:05-04:00 2014-06-09T15:41:08-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Tips for home organizing]]> Recently, an audience member presented me with a list of some of the tips that I shared during an appraisal show that I presented.

During my stage show, she had been taking copious notes as many folks do. As I appraise all of the art, antiques and collectible objects brought to my show by the audience members, I give tips about the history, ways to sell antiques and preservation methods.

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:46:48 -0400 2014-06-04T11:46:48-04:00 2014-06-04T11:46:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: On Taking Offence]]> "Four-letter words have always offended me. I cringe at hearing them. Can't, don't and won't are the worst."

Rachel E. Goodrich

An essay by George F. Will titled "Taking Offence to Ceremonial Prayers," (Daily Local News: May 8, 2014), and Harvard University's sponsorship of a "Satanic Black Mass" caused me to think about this matter of taking offence.

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:28:52 -0400 2014-06-03T17:28:52-04:00 2014-06-03T17:28:55-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: In Spite of It All]]> "A journey, I reflected, is of no merit unless it has tested you."

Tahir Shah

We all admire people who succeed against the impossible. It doesn't matter if they climbed a mountain, succeeded in business, wrote a best seller or taught a great class. If their accomplishment came in spite of huge obstacles, these kinds of people inspire us to accomplish things we never thought possible.

Thu, 29 May 2014 18:04:09 -0400 2014-05-29T18:04:09-04:00 2014-05-29T18:04:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: What actually IS an appraisal?]]> The concept of an appraisal seems simple enough, yet many people confuse an appraisal with an asking price or a purchase offer.

An appraisal is an opinion of value provided by an educated, ethical and experienced expert in the field. The appraiser's opinion is based on a current sales record of a similar object that has sold on the open market.

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:58:14 -0400 2014-05-27T14:58:14-04:00 2014-05-27T14:58:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: To Be Honest With You]]> "Make yourself an honest man, and then you will be sure there is one rascal less in the world."

Thomas Carlyle

Today I would like to share with you two stories about honesty. I found them in Benjamin Unseth's "Little Book of Virtues," titled "Honesty" (1995). They illustrate how challenging this virtue can be for all of us.

Thu, 22 May 2014 14:27:34 -0400 2014-05-22T14:27:34-04:00 2014-05-22T14:27:38-04:00