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How do you seat 20 guests at a table that holds only eight? That’s a puzzle I work on every year when Thanksgiving rolls around. You’d think by now I could solve it. But try as I might, the pieces never quite fit.

We live in tough times. Whether you’re watching TV, reading the newspaper or looking at your smart phone, the news is all around us and it’s usually the same thing: more examples of mass shootings and acts of terrorism, more reports of destructive weather, more divisive stories involving pol…

Few things make me happier than indulging in a deep philosophical discussion with one of my favorite philosophers about our favorite topic: Life.

For much of my adult life, I have been researching the relationship between culture and poverty. As a result, when I discovered an opportunity to help educate the public about issues related to poverty and homelessness as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Crawford County Mental Health Awareness P…

When the “alternative facts” out of Washington get exhausting, I imagine myself in one of Walt Disney’s animated masterpieces, his 1940 version of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 tale of Pinocchio, whose nose grew longer every time he told a lie.

Washington, D.C., has become too partisan and there is no better example of that than the topic of health care – a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy.

Bribery is not, I admit, the best way to motivate a child. But sometimes, a nana’s gotta do what a nana’s gotta do.

On the Netflix show, “Dear White People,” the main character, Sam, suggests that trauma has a genetic component, stating “people who experience intense trauma, like slavery, pass that down through their DNA, so pain and suffering is literally in my blood.” Is it possible that historical trau…

After Vernon Township Manager Rob Horvat presented a proposed budget for 2019 on Wednesday, he answered all the questions raised by supervisors and all was complete.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination was tainted from the start. I am glad Senate Democrats got a spine and voiced strong opposition when the majority Judiciary Committee Republicans, in a rushed effort to seat this nominee with little transparency, withheld hundreds of thousands of documents from K…

The treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh over the past two weeks by Senate Democrats has left me nearly speechless and short of adjectives that are printable. This whole confirmation process has been an absolute travesty, it has been disgusting and it has been an abomination.

There are many choices and decisions that need to be made as we age. Medical choices are often the most important, and the most difficult, decisions that people will make for themselves and their loved ones. One choice that people should never be forced to make is moving out of their home an…

The term “conserve” is close in meaning to “preserve.” In its political meaning, a conservative respects tradition, wants change to occur slowly and believes things are mostly very acceptable at present.

Let it first be said that what is happening to Pope Francis is tragic. He entered the papacy on a wave of hope, a supremely irenic spirit looking to breathe new life into the church he loves. Now he is in danger of being overwhelmed by problems left unaddressed and unresolved by generations …

My grandmother kicks up her heels, literally, everywhere we go — restaurants, stores and visits to Wesbury. She dances silly jigs and jokingly flirts with much younger men. She tells them she keeps me around to remind her that she’s still married.

In recent years, there have been many debates on what to do to address the current substance abuse epidemic. All too often, these debates end in arguments of choice vs. disease. This has left very little room for solution based discussions.

Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf is running against Republican challenger Scott Wagner for Pennsylvania governor. With the traditional Labor Day start of the campaign, we feel we should say something interesting about it.

We celebrate some birthdays with a bounce house. Others we observe quietly in our heart. But every birthday of a loved one is a joyful occasion, especially when we celebrate two at once.

No one will fault us if we've not paid close attention to the role that soybeans play in the president's decision to impose new tariffs on nations he believes don't play fair with us. Nor will we be blamed if we haven't considered, as one consequence of that decision, the potential damage to…

Although the grand jury report’s findings have been speculated upon for months, the details it reveals of systemic and widespread sexual abuse of children by priests — and the cover-up of that abuse — in six dioceses in Pennsylvania are shocking and deeply offensive.

At Wednesday's Meadville City Council meeting, Joe Galbo was talking about Rotary's donations to the city — as well as many of the nonprofits that have worked to make the city a better place. After a little bit lengthy speech, he invited council members to go to the Crawford County Fair this…

Have you ever done something that was so hare-brained crazy you feared, if anyone found out, you’d never hear the end of it?

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