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Living in Tompkins: A Community Writing Project

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Living in Tompkins: A Community Writing Project resulted from an attempt to give everyone a chance to have a say about our community. Rather than leaving comments to the journalists, politicians or even historians, Living in Tompkins contains the thoughts of people from all parts of the county and from all walks of life who describe what makes living here special—or difficult—or pleasant—or the reason to return from elsewhere. These 37 essays were selected from several hundred submitted: they tell us about an appreciation of nature [Darlington and Alper], comments about friends [Rabbi Scott Glass], to putting in a garden [Lesser], to watching birds [Kimble-Dugan]. Annoyances do creep in: one needs to deal with the weather [Lazzaro], deal with travel about the county without a car [Ferriss], and how we come to understand, if not like, change [see Franklin Crawford, our home-town close-observer of life in Tiny-Town].

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