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  1. Sharyl Lewis
    September 2, 2018 @ 8:20 pm

    I had to leave New York State after living there for the first 18 years of my life. I lived in the rural community of Springwater. But because of my father’s death, my mother felt that it was better for us to move to Southern California to be closer to my brother and his family, after he was transferred to Whittier, CA by Gunlocke. I loved my little town, and my fondest remembrances were when we got to travel to Rochester for special things, to do big city things. Rochester is dear to my heart as I had many relatives living there. Thanks for your article on the positive thoughts and the great things about this city. A job well done and well written. I get your blog to keep up on Upstate New York. Sharyl Stear Lewis

  2. Eleanor Celentani
    September 2, 2018 @ 11:09 pm

    A great message, Chris, especially at the beginning of fall when we begin to think about new goals and new experiences we can aim for. What I feel you are saying is that there is much here to enjoy and be grateful for, but people need to be awake and aware of it. We are truly blessed here, and I could mention some things you did not cover, like our own Philharmonic orchestra, our own PBS station which plays classical music all day [that is not very common in this country], several colleges and universities, museums, fine art gallery, a municipal rose garden recognized by the American Rose Society, a planetarium, a fine medical school – it goes on and on, and I have not even mentioned all the spiritual traditions represented here.

    As you implied , it is troubling to me that despite all this we have a high poverty rate; I really wonder how that can be; I am glad that there is a task force working on finding solutions for that.

    Thanks for encouraging us to “look for the good and praise it.”

  3. Denis Bastien
    September 3, 2018 @ 6:16 am

    Nice blog….I’ve loved this city i call home Rochester NY for 66yrs.
    There is always things to do here.

  4. Derek Palmer
    September 4, 2018 @ 8:29 am

    Great article! I grew up south of Rochester in Watkins Glen and I felt the same about my hometown until I left for Rochester. I learned to love the place I came from. It makes you appreciate the minor details that you might have overlooked growing up.

  5. Cathy
    September 12, 2018 @ 11:32 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you very much for the ideas and the sentiments you express here. Two things you said really stand out for me. First, when you said, “I’m not a critic, but more like a curious kid wanting to see what’s around the next corner.” Thanks for understanding that. There are lots of things out there, waiting to be explored. We don’t have to analyze and criticize everything we see. “Exploring Upstate” is a perfect name for your blog. As someone who grew up in Rochester, you often make me homesick. Thank you.

    The second one is something I think the whole world needs to think about now – “Even as a kid, I’d spend time comparing how I experienced things, to how others looked like they were experiencing things. About fifteen years ago a good friend described this to me as “comparing my insides to other peoples’ outsides”. Comparing my feelings to your appearance is an impossible match.” Thanks. Many people make assumptions about others when they have very little understanding of them. “Exploring” and getting to know people and places is invaluable.

    Thanks for making a fun difference.