Utica on the Map

Utica on the Map
Smack in the Center

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Meanwhile, back at My Broken Down Upstate City, the blogger is not dead, merely discouraged. Does anyone give a damn about Utica? Or Central New York?

Let me quote:

If the land has a secret it is
that is has no secret.
Everywhere I see the uneven
and careless gardens,
crooked porches, abandoned cars
and washers, faded signs.
In the diners the talk turns
from the rain to cancer,
from cancer to the lotto.

The eyes look calmly,
tiredly out of the heads.

from "My Own Country" by Cindy Day 

That's the trick--NOT to get discouraged. Utica can be a discouraging place, depressed, behind the times, stuck. But I wanted to blog about where I live, good and bad. I wanted to celebrate the details of daily life here. Especially the people. The people and the food and the architecture and the landscape. So onward and upward! The one thing I may have learned about blogging is that you can't stop. Blogs prosper by staying current.

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