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If you are a resident of Meadville, you may have noticed some new faces walking through your neighborhood. Equipped with nothing more than a binder and a smile, our trio has been knocking on doors since November. Maybe you have already spoken with us, maybe you haven’t. Either way, your firs…

It wasn't surprising to see the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un was unsuccessful. The selection of the venue alone, Vietnam, was a sure prediction of American disappointment.

Whenever I hear adults complain about “Millennials” or “kids these days” — and I’ve been hearing it a lot lately — I’m reminded of those Scooby-Doo episodes where the Scooby gang pulls the mask off some villain who then gloats about their evil plan, saying, "And I would have gotten away with…

If I had my way, I would change the current question being asked in political circles, "How do we make America great again?" I’d ask instead, "How do we keep America Great?"

Editor's note: Sharon Randall is off this week. The following column was published in 1997, shortly before her first husband lost a battle with cancer. It was also reprinted in the October 2001 issue of Reader’s Digest.

Generally, big money corporate lobbying has the greatest influence over legislators taking a stand on any important issue in today’s society. Corporations can well afford to hire public relations firms experienced in spewing whatever propaganda that enables them to sell the corporation’s mar…

On the dark and blistering cold morning of Jan. 23, six volunteers left the Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program (CHAPS) at 6:45 a.m. in search of unsheltered homeless individuals. After a week of drastic and fluctuating temperatures, causing downpours of both rain and snow, volun…

On the dark and blistering cold morning of Jan. 23, six volunteers left the Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program (CHAPS) at 6:45 am, in search of unsheltered homeless individuals. After a week of drastic and fluctuating temperatures, causing downpours of both rain and snow, volunt…

In a confluence of events unique to Pennsylvania, the nation's most famous groundhog emerges from his winter slumber in Punxsutawney to forecast the weather while along the banks of the Susquehanna the governor appears before the legislature to offer his version of the state budget. 

Anyone who has followed the most recent shutdown of the government (which is less “over” than “on hold” at the moment) has witnessed the blame flying back and forth so thick that, were it snow, weather forecasters would call it the blizzard of the century.

Have you ever watched a child learning to ride a bike, getting that first taste of freedom?

The response of the Washington neocon and GOP elites to the imminent withdrawal of 2,000 troops from Syria was predictable, but leave it to Donald Trump to turn progressives and media talking heads into a bunch of newly minted war mongers intent upon perpetual foreign intervention.

“Twelve real hugs a day! That’s what a human needs,” my contact proclaimed on the other end of the line. The woman I phoned, who wished to remain unidentified, has been a professional cuddler for a little over a year and finds her work vital in this age of partisan unrest, Kavanaugh hearings…

Gazing out an open sliding-glass door to my left, I can see only clear blue sky and greenish-gray river water. The Suwannee River is well out of its banks, the flood waters lapping gently at the base of our house. I don’t fear the flood invading the house, built on sturdy concrete stilts to …

Winter for many is a time for joy and laughter while throwing snowballs or wrapped up in blankets sipping hot cocoa. But for the homeless, that otherwise winter wonderland, is a threat to one’s livelihood.

A kinder, gentler snow is falling over Main Street in Litchfield, Connecticut, as we step out of the restaurant. The flakes are tiny dancers swirling in the air, a thousand points of light.

Call me lucky. There I was, a sensible woman of a certain age in orthopedic shoes and elastic-waist pants, on a date, of all things, with not one, but two, gorgeous young men.

During a recent trip to visit my family in Missouri, my sister-in-law and I were sitting side-by-side peering into our respective handheld devices. I shared with her pictures of the Paris studio my husband and I were renting for an upcoming vacation on my Airbnb app, and she shared with me t…

I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas. I haven’t decorated a tree or even looked for the boxes of ornaments that we packed when we moved six months ago and haven’t seen since.

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