Personal Archaeology 5: Confessions of an Achievement Junkie

Among the piles of personal ephemera that I've found in my office are awards.  Many, many awards from elementary school, junior high, and high school.  A few are sports-related, but most are certificates for participation in service events, citizenship and service awards, and academic honors.  They're all going the way of the trash heap and …

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Personal Archaeology 4: The People Who Barely Knew You Probably Knew You Best

My wife and I were talking on a  recent episode of my podcast about who we were when we graduated high school and went away to college.  One of the things that came up was the idea that when you leave a place that has been your home for a very long time and head …

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Personal Archaeology 2: It Spins, It Wins

When you look back on the sepia-toned memories of your life as a teenager, you definitely begin to think of the hallmark moments. You know, your first love, your first broken heart, losing your virginity, getting into college, going to prom, graduating, and winning the homecoming float competition. I know that a pile of wood, …

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