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, 19 Sep 2014 14:02:30 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: Life Lessons from Thomas Jefferson]]> "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson

As a powerful advocate of liberty, Thomas Jefferson was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence. As the third President of the United States (1801-1809), he was a pioneer for freedom of conscience and the right to live a happy, fulfilled life.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:46:59 -0400 2014-09-18T12:46:59-04:00 2014-09-18T12:47:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About it: Watching Trees Grow]]> "There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."

Minnie Aumonier

I remember the laughter I caused among some community friends when I found myself saying out loud these words: "I like watching trees grow." Even I had to laugh at the sound of it.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:22 -0400 2014-09-11T10:15:22-04:00 2014-09-11T10:15:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Responsibility of Knowledge]]> "Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else."

Ivan Bell

For over thirty years, Jim Maza has been our college attorney. He has been one of the most valued persons who have helped us successfully navigate a host of complex institutional issues.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:59:15 -0400 2014-09-02T13:59:15-04:00 2014-09-02T13:59:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The sneeze that caused an uproar]]> "Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of demons."

Aldous Huxley

"Words matter." With that comment, Jim Maza, my friend and our VFCC college attorney summed up his perspective on the importance of legal documents saying what we intend them to say.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:13:04 -0400 2014-08-28T13:13:04-04:00 2014-08-28T13:13:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: What you need to know to start stamp collecting]]> The process of stamp collecting is nearly as old as the stamp itself.

There have been documented cases of meetings of stamp collectors taking place as early as 1841 and advertisements placed by like-minded individuals who enjoyed stamp collecting in the mid-1800s.

The first government-issued stamp was introduced in 1840 in Great Britain.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:49:00 -0400 2014-08-18T12:49:00-04:00 2014-08-18T12:49:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Technology changing the antiques world]]> Technology has helped many people get the information they need in short order. When it comes to learning the value of antiques and obtaining appraisals, more and more people are finding that expert advice by searching online. At my office, we have seen a significant increase in clients who are using our mobile app to send me a picture of an object that they want to bid on during an auction, buy at a yard sale or quickly get appraised so they can negotiate with an antiques dealer.

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:09:34 -0400 2014-08-11T22:09:34-04:00 2014-08-11T22:09:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Culture of Whatever]]> "The mystery of human existence is not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for."

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

About a year ago I was shocked to read the story of the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Australian baseball player Christopher Lane as he was jogging down a tree-lined street about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:29:42 -0400 2014-08-11T21:29:42-04:00 2014-08-11T21:29:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Story of Two Old Men]]> "If you want to be happy, be."

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy wrote a simple story about two Russian peasants, Efim and Elisha, who set out on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Efim had twice served as village elder, and when he left office above 60 years of age, his finances were in good order.

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:26:40 -0400 2014-08-05T15:26:40-04:00 2014-08-05T15:26:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Downsizing tips]]> Overwhelming is the best word to describe the feelings, fears and finality of downsizing. While I help people through this difficult process on a regular basis during my in-home appraisal appointments and video chat appraisals with clients all over the country, most people are both excited to move on to a new phase in life and terrified about how to actually get there.

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:57:29 -0400 2014-08-05T14:57:29-04:00 2014-08-05T14:57:34-04:00
<![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[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[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