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I make a lot of arguments in writing, both on my blog, via social media, in the magazine columns I write, and in the occasional newspaper pieces that I publish. I say a lot. And I admittedly have a lot to say. My intention is always to express myself. Make my positions clear. Argue forcefully…

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The following is a true thing. Also, it seems absolutely impossible. Impossible to me and perhaps to you. When I first read about it, I assumed it was false. A hoax. But no. It’s true. I checked and rechecked. This really happened. Here goes: 30 years ago, Spy magazine sent “refund” checks for $1.11 to…

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Elysha and I took Charlie to see Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch last weekend. It’s a great film, not unlike the cartoon that we grew up watching on television. And I’ve always thought it was a pretty brilliant story: Christmas is stolen from the Whos, but still they gather and sing on Christmas day, just as…

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Here’s the thing that everyone misses about Die Hard absolutely being a Christmas movie: So is Die Hard 2. Maybe even more so.

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On episode #26 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we talk about upcoming Speak Up events, respond to listener comments, and offer a shout-out to our fans down under.  Next, we talk about finding and collecting stories in your everyday life using “Homework for Life.” We…

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The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey summarized Trump’s Thanksgiving Day antics so well that I thought I’d share my favorite couple of paragraphs from the piece. If Trump ever manages to construct a Presidential library when he is finally out of office (unlikely given his inability to construct his stupid wall) , I feel like the…

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I’ll be appearing at the main branch of the New York City Library on Wednesday, December 26 alongside the great Erin Barker to talk about my book Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling. About the event: We are always telling stories. In communicating with family and friends, we are…

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Five important notes about the phrase “scantily clad” that are worthy of your attention: 1. “Scantily clad” has been done. It’s been overdone. It’s absolutely, positively finished. Beaten like a dead horse. It’s moved past cliche and into the realm of tragically unoriginal. It’s a phrase that you should never, ever use again. 2. It’s…

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I know this sign is a joke, but it’s a joke based upon a threat. An amusing and innocuous threat, of course, and nothing to be taken seriously, except for this: Isn’t this also what the church does to babies? Churches baptize babies into their religion without first checking to see if the baby believes…

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