Personal Archaeology 10: You’re a Pathetic, Lovesick Loser Charlie Brown!

Somewhere in the September 1991 part of my teenage journal is a transcript of the time I called up my crush and asked her out. I feel like I need to let that marinate for a moment because it might take a moment for you to understand that I called this girl up, asked her …

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Personal Archaeology, 9: When I Was Twenty

There's been this thing going around the internet this week where people post pictures of themselves at the age of twenty. It's coincided with people sharing their senior class photos, which was some sort of "solidarity with the class of 2020" thing that I didn't understand*, but I don't know the reason behind the twenty-year-old …

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Personal Archaeology 7: The Next Chapter That Never Was?

I originally thought I would start recapping my old journals with the very first one, which I began when I was twelve and wrote in a medium-sized Mead notebook, but then I came across a random journal and the first "fancy type" of journal I ever owned.  A green hard-bound journal with a sticker featuring …

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Personal Archaeology 6: I’m Through With the Past, but the Past Isn’t Through With Me

I recently bought a new journal.  It's an off-brand Moleskine-type book that I picked up at Target because the leather-bound one I had been writing in was getting completely filled.  Funny enough, these are the frist two fancy-looking journals I have ever owned or written in because with the exception of a number off lears …

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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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