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I was speaking at an event a few months ago. A fairly prestigious event. I wasn’t wearing a tie, and I was still wearing jeans and sneakers, but I’d put a jacket on over my tee shirt, so you know it was a big deal. Just prior to taking the stage, the speaker before me…

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On episode #47 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we pass on some advice about computer screens from a listener and an unexpected benefit of Homework for Life from another. Then we solicit some suggestions and advice on publicizing my next novel, Twenty-one Truths About…

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I’m driving somewhere when my phone rings. It’s Elysha. She’s calling to tell me that TLC’s “No Scrubs” is playing on the radio. She and the kids are listening to it. She tells me that she hasn’t heard the song in a long time. Then she says, “You’re the exact opposite of a scrub.” That’s…

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I’m reaching out today, readers, listeners, and friends, because I have always believed that the wisdom of the crowd is better than the wisdom of the one, and also because when I’ve asked for help in the past, you have been amazing. When I wrote about my desire to find the title of the first…

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Elysha and I were meeting with an attorney to discuss wills, trusts, end-of-life decision-making and the like in the event that a plane falls on both of our heads but blessedly misses the children’s heads. At one point, the attorney said, “Think of this like owning an umbrella. You hope to never need to use…

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Behold! If you’re using Gmail and also have the Gmail app on your phone, this is what you see when your inbox is empty of email. Yes, I’m bragging. In truth, I’m almost always on the verge of Inbox Zero, that fabled land where no email awaits your attention. And lest you think I’m simply…

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There are a lot of problems with Donald Trump. His racism, sexism, incompetence, venality, and open admission that he sexually assaults women are all more than enough to keep him from office. Add to this Trump University, which robbed Americans of millions of hard earned dollars, and family separation on the border, which resulted in…

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On episode #46 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we offer a further correction on a previous episode and read a couple emails from listeners about a new baby boy and a recent 100 day Homework for Life champion.  In our Homework for Life segment,…

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