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Hi, EXNEWYORKER

Well, I guess I'm just peculiar. I haven't lived on Staten Island for just over fifty years, but I'd consider myself lucky if I had a chance to move back. It's home, you see. Is it your home too, or are you from Yonkers or Garden City or some place?

Since I was taken away at age 14 I've lived in southern California (which is despicable), Washington, Reading PA, Boston, Baltimore, and back to Washington, and I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't missed Staten Island. I know it's different today, but that doesn't matter. The only reason I don't move back is that I can't afford it.

Okay, here I stand, ready for all the attacks, but I warn you: you may leave me bloodied, but I'll be unbowed.

Jim Donnelly



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