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Appreciating Where You Live
Published on August 12, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about appreciating where you live, and why that's a good thing.

Here's an excerpt:

A couple of months ago, I visited my sister in New Hampshire, not far from where I once spent my summers working at camp.

As always, I was struck by the natural beauty of my home state — a beauty I took for granted growing up. Rivers, mountains, hills, lakes, forests — none of this seemed particularly special or noteworthy to me back then.

Instead, I yearned for the day when I could live in a town with a movie theater, and other cool spots, like rock clubs and art galleries and museums. On my first trip to New York City, in seventh grade, I was dazzled by the scale of the place and the constant hum of activity; we saw cathedrals and rode the subway and gawked at the sheer number of people.

It took attending college in Ohio to gain some appreciation for northern New England. Ohio was just so flat — there was one hill on campus, and everything was laid out neatly, in straight and boring grids. During the especially bleak winter months, I often found myself wondering whether a more dynamic landscape would cheer me up.

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User Comments
Greg Marshall | August 12, 2013 21:06

The grass is always greener!

Eric | August 12, 2013 22:51

I was just having this exact discussion with colleagues last week, and then later with some high school friends on Facebook. I really took it for granted that I grew up on in a place that other people escape to for vacation. How many people grow up being able to ride their bikes to about a dozen different lakes to go swimming? That's why I try not to take my new home for granted. In 10 minutes, I can walk to conservation land that consists of hundreds of acres of trails through meadows and forest. Not quite the NH wilderness, but not bad. And it takes me 3 minutes to walk to a bus that will take me to the heart of Harvard Square, and a train that will take me to the middle of Boston. Pretty awesome! Doing my best to make sure my kids appreciate what we have.

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