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Volume 23: Just Words

Welcome to the twenty-third installment of Open Book. If it’s your first time here, click here for a little background.

Dearest readers, I want to start by asking you a question: What words would you use to describe yourself?

Maybe you’d poke fun at a few of your less-than-stellar qualities and call yourself geeky or perpetually late or such a hot mess right now lol. But you probably wouldn’t be outright mean to yourself. Right?

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Volume 22: Quarter Century

Welcome to the twenty-second installment of Open Book. If it’s your first time here, click here for a little background.

Tomorrow I’ll be twenty-five years old. I’m sure it sounds silly to people older than me, but twenty-five feels big. It feels like an age where things start to matter.

I guess that’s why people talk about having a quarter-life crisis, though I think the term itself is a bit of a misnomer. If twenty-five is considered a quarter of my life, that means that I’m apparently living to 100. This feat of longevity would require some pretty immediate action on my part: Kicking my yogurt-covered pretzel habit, actually sleeping more than five hours a night, perhaps setting foot in a gym once or twice before mid-life.

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Volume 21: On the Bus

Welcome to the twenty-first installment of Open Book. If it’s your first visit, click here for a little background.

Today, we’re going to talk about the bus—specifically about the Megabus, or any of the other budget bus lines that shuttle people between cities all across the country. If you’ve never ridden one of these buses, consider yourself lucky. It probably means that you make a lot of money, and despite the knee-buckling surge of envy I’m currently experiencing, I’m happy for you. Really. But if you have found yourself boarding one of these monstrosities, then welcome, friends. Prepare to commiserate.

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Volume 20: Moving On Up

Welcome to the twentieth installment of Open Book. If it’s your first visit, click here for a little background.

It’s been a while, friends. And a lot has gone down. I left my job at Down East, moved from Maine, and relocated to New York City. It’s the place I’ve dreamed of living ever since my first visit at age 16.

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Volume 19: The Dream

Welcome to the nineteenth installment of Open Book. If it’s your first visit, click here for a little background.

The following image shows the inscription on a diary I used in 2003, while I was in seventh grade.

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