Photo Credit — Nicholas Eckhart / Downtown Lodi, Ohio — the town I grew up in / Flickr

I’m Glad I Grew Up Far From NYC

And equally glad I got here when I did

I was nine years old when we moved to Lodi, Ohio from western New York State. The town we moved from, Randolph, was even smaller than Lodi. In 1967, Lodi boasted a population of some 3,000 nice, white people who could not mind their business. But it was also the kind of place that was considered safe enough for us kids to jump on our bikes and…




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