By : Sally Valentine

January 02 2018

December 31, 2017 50! 50! 50!

This is a follow-up to my September post about my 50th high school reunion. I was ruminating about the passage of time and wondering where 50 years had gone. In an attempt to answer that question and before we embark on another new year, I decided to come up with a list (doesn’t everyone love […]

By : Sally Valentine

November 17 2017

November 16, 2017 Letters

Who doesn’t like to get a real letter in the mail? Hand written notes and letters are becoming as rare as telephone land lines these days, and that makes them all the more precious. Imagine my surprise today when I came home to 18 letters, all from the students at a local elementary school. They […]

By : Sally Valentine

October 01 2017

September 29, 2017 Time Machine

The new attraction at Seabreeze this summer was the Time Machine, and I couldn’t wait to try it. I checked it out first, and it looked pretty tame. The rider is always in a vertical position and strapped tightly into a long row of people. No body parts dangling out solo. How did I like […]

By : Sally Valentine

August 16 2017

August 16, 2017 His Story, Our Story

This summer I’ve been grieving the loss of my cousin and godfather, Lowell McCaw. On the day of his memorial service, we friends and family got together and told and retold Lowell’s story and how it intersected our own stories. My testimony goes like this. Lowell became my godfather at the age of 17. Although […]

By : Sally Valentine

July 12 2017

July 12, 2017 Corn Hill

Now that the Corn Hill Festival is over for 2017, don’t wait for another year to go by before spending more time in this beautiful community. Just taking a walk and looking at the majestic old houses in the neighborhood is reason enough for a visit, but there’s actually so much more. A few weeks […]

By : Sally Valentine

June 29 2017

June 29, 2017 Susan B. Who Knew?

I finally got downtown to the Rundel library to see the display in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. While the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote in national elections was not passed until 1920, New York was the 6th state and 3 years ahead of the […]

By : Sally Valentine

June 10 2017

June 10, 2017 Garage Sale

Did you ever go shopping at your own garage sale? I did today. This is what I “bought.” These lovely tin trays. The Gananda community holds a huge garage sale on the second weekend in June every year. It’s sponsored by the Walworth/Ontario Rotary, which provides food vendors and port-a-potties, and it draws a big […]

By : Sally Valentine

May 07 2017

May 7, 2017 Community

This week gave me two opportunities to witness community giving in Rochester, and I came away impressed. On Thursday, my friend Pattie and I attended a National Day of Prayer event at Rochester’s City Hall. People from all sectors of the community came together specifically to pray for our city and the surrounding area. We […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 21 2017

April 21, 2017 Batter Up

A week ago I went to Opening Day of the Rochester Red Wings. I’ve been to lots of games over the years but never to Opening Day. It was wonderful. The air was crisp, the sun was strong, and the crowd was hearty. A few fireworks during the national anthem started the game with a […]

By : Sally Valentine

November 01 2016

November 1, 2016 You Know You’re Not in Rochester When …

A recent trip to New York City reminded me once again of how different we are from our big sister downstate. I’m sure you’ve got a list of your own, but here’s my list of how you know you’re not in Rochester anymore. You’re riding in a van from the airport, and everyone around you […]