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.

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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Volume 18: Boston Strong

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

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Those were the first words I wrote in my journal following the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Volume 17: What I’ve Learned

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

I’ve been a diarist for seventeen years. And when you do anything for that amount of time, you pick up some knowledge along the way. Today, I share that knowledge with you. And when you’ve read through, dig up your own diaries and take a peek inside. You might be surprised to see how much you’ve learned, too. You also might just laugh at yourself—but hey, I think that’s just as good.

Volume 16: Too Cool

Welcome to the sixteenth installment of Open Book. If it’s your first visit, click here for a little background.
 
I remember the exact moment I decided I was too cool for Barney. I was in kindergarten, watching the show after school on the faded blue couch my parents keep in the spare room upstairs. The gist of the episode was this: Barney and the crew had just made some kites out of construction paper, and they went outside to the playground to sing a song about flying them. This YouTube clip from the show might even be the exact song I’m referring to — just look at those high-waisted pants! This is definitely mid-1990s territory.