Personal Archaeology 24: Awarded for Showing Up

Want to know a little secret? At one point, I received a participation trophy. Actually, it wasn't just one trophy. I used to have multiple participation trophies. I know, right? I'm from the tail end of Generation X. I'm not a Millennial. They're the ones who were constantly given reinforcement, handed trophies for just showing …

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Personal Archaeology 22: On College, Philosophy, Love, Friendship, and Acceptance

So I have been part of a listserv for My So-Called Life fandom for 20 years. The emails flowed from a trickle to a complete stop years ago when a number of us shifted over to social media or moved on altogether, but back in October, it sprang to life again for a little while. …

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Personal Archaeology 21: Unexpected Moments of Normal

The last two of my journals, which chronicled my junior and senior years of high school. I've been trying to figure out how to write this post, because once I finish it, I will be completely done going back through the paper notebook journals from junior high and high school. They began sometime in the …

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Personal Archaeology 20: The Relationship, The Old Girlfriend, and the End of the Paper Trail

I don't know the exact date that Kate and I officially broke up, but it was 25 years ago right before I was about to head off to my sophomore year college, and while I know that the end of our relationship caused me an enormous amount of pain, I barely wrote about it in …

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Personal Archaeology 17: When I Was A Teacher Blogger

On my phone, there's a screencap from an old Innovative Educator post that begins "The unspoken truth about teaching writing in school is that few people doing so are writers themselves."* The first two paragraphs of the post I screencapped. I removed distinguished characteristics of the blog, but you can Google all of this to …

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Personal Archaeology 15: The Book of Questions

By the time I was old enough to register who my great Aunt Frances was, she was an "old Italian woman" the way that many of my fellow "Italian-by-way-of-Brooklyn" connazionales would recognize from their own families. Short, bearing and incredible resemblance to both her sister Mimi and my grandfather John, Aunt Frances lived int he …

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