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  • The one thing that made me move to Pataskala Ohio, was the idea of solitude that stems from the fast paced and claustrophobic reality of city living. Oddly enough, in my opinion, in my small town, people seem to matter a bit more. Meaning, even small talk consists of genuine sincerity and often closing conversation with "God Bless" or “I’m a praying". It appears that kindness and gratitude are valued and humility is a mutual expectation. Most I've met have a deep sense of hard work. I suppose that stems from the rural setting and the embedded belief system that working with your hands builds character, defines morels, and disciplines the soul; as I was told by my 86 year old neighbor and retired farmer. Envision, a community where your neighbor will plow your driveway while you’re at work, your child's little league car pools and there are more church's than liquor stores. While, your drive may cost you 20 minutes of your time, your trading higher crime rates for a surprise of homegrown veggies left on your porch. There seems to be a bit of truth surrounding the stigma of small towns and the perception of a slower life but despite what you may have heard, I have yet seen or heard anyone use a ukulele.
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