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Chautauqua Institute guests often sit on the porch and patio outside the Athenaeum Hotel, which offer stunning views of Lake Chautauqua.
Chautauqua Institute guests often sit on the porch and patio outside the Athenaeum Hotel, which offer stunning views of Lake Chautauqua.
Lisa Graff

Lisa Graff

A room of one’s own

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In 1974, I became an RA or resident assistant in Frost Hall at Frostburg State College, which paid room and board. It was the first time in my life that I had a room of my own, and I didn’t have to share space with one of my five sisters.

I found the freedom to buy posters of Matisse and Picasso, to upend a wooden crate to store my hot pot and journals, and to fill not one but two closets with my belongings. Soon, 92 freshmen would swarm the corridors and marvel at the unusual delivery of a rocking chair from the Sears & Roebuck catalogue to Room 219.

Published in Cape Gazette on July 24, 2022.

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