Diary 11
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September 1, 2004

Diary 11 / 23-years-old / NYC
The last Antonio story brought up Donald Trump… this one brings up my father, and a certain Nazi dictator. Eh. What is it with this guy?? It’s the story of how we met. Be sure to watch January 20, 2005 to get the story of why we Never See One Another Again. This is a fun one.

September 1, 2004 pg1
September 1, 2004 pg1

September 1, 2004 pg2
September 1, 2004 pg2

TBDiary + The Moth

Last week I told a story at a Moth Storyslam here in NYC. The topic was “Lost and Found” and I talked about how reading my diaries has found the Truth behind the stories I’ve told so often. And I won! 🙂 If you don’t already listen to The Moth Podcast, check them out. The host: CJ Hunt, was pretty rad, too.

The Moth
Nope, not excited at_all.

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Diary 20
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August 17, 2015

Diary 20 / 34-years-old / New York City
It’s strange how an entry only one year ago can feel so distant…
The summer after a pretty big life change, I go back to my therapist for the first time in a long while to check in. She teaches me about “Jackness,” and the ability to carry confidence. And I manage to *not* continuously text someone who’d been my first Ghost-er. #thisishowadultsdate? You can see me reminding myself “don’t write!” at the bottom of the previous day’s entry (albeit in Italian.) I had used the same method once for Alton–photographing the phrase and making it my phone’s wallpaper. It worked. 🙂

August 17, 2015 pg1
August 17, 2015 pg1 and you can see the “non scrivere!” (“Don’t write!”) at the bottom of the previous page. Ghosting sucks.
August 17, 2015 pg2
August 17, 2015 pg2
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Diary 17
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August 11, 2010

Diary 17 / 29-years-old / NYC
I return to my gyno-oncologist for my first post-surgery appointment, alone. She ends up cutting out scar tissue right there during the check. The terrific pain and vulnerability of going through that alone, and the idea that the health threat isn’t even over, brings back all the anger over Giovanni’s affair (see July 9, 2008.)

August 11, 2010 pg1
August 11, 2010 pg1
August 11, 2010 pg2
August 11, 2010 pg2

I say I get better love from the kittens… look at that fluff!

kittens
My little guys, approximately 3 months old.

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Diary 3
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August 2, 1996

Diary 3 / 15-years-old / Reading, Ohio
Strange how the larger questions of our lives just kinda stick around… By the end of this entry I’m asking some pretty big questions for 15-yr-old me, and I can’t say they’ve changed much in the ensuing two decades! Also: my mom’s trying to hook me up with some waiter she had at a restaurant. Oh mom.
Click the links inside the video to watch the episodes about Eric and Tom, whom I mention through the first half of the entry.

August 2, 1996
August 2, 1996
Look how cheap the movie was!
Becky and me
Becky and me, right about the age when my mom was trying to set me up with her waiter, Mike. Never happened…


Give it up for the sincerity of 1996!

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