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At the end of every year, I take stock in all that the previous 365 days have brought. It’s an exercise I recommend to everyone as a means of bringing some meaning and clarity to all that has come before. Days, weeks, months, and even years have a way of flashing by in an instant…

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On episode #30 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we talk about upcoming dates (including a workshop in Seattle this summer) and my weekly storytelling newsletter.  Next, we talk about finding and collecting stories in your everyday life using “Homework for Life.” We talk about fusing…

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I was sitting in section 331 at Gillette Stadium last week. The Patriots were at midfield and driving to the end zone. Instead of the typically crisp passes from Tom Brady to his cast of suspect wide receivers, New England was running the ball, opening up large holes for the running backs to exploit. With…

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Every Christmas, I take inventory of the holiday gifts that my wife gives me. Some people wish for cashmere sweaters, the latest gadget, stylish watches, and jewelry. My hope is often for the least pretentious, most unexpected, quirkiest little gift possible, and she never fails to deliver.  When it comes to gift giving, Elysha is…

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I’m writing this at 6:45 AM on Christmas morning. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. It’s been one of my favorite times of the year for all of my life. The moment just before. The time between preparation and delivery. The interlude of anticipation. I have always loved this moment. The proximity…

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On episode #29 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we talk about an error in a previous podcast, upcoming show and workshop dates (including a workshop in Seattle this summer), a Pulp Fiction secret revealed, and more.   Next, we talk about finding and collecting stories in…

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