Posts by Matthew Dicks
Americans need and deserve answers to these questions.
Critical, reasonable, and yet still unanswered questions asked of a President who last week joked about having sex with models and bragged about his popularity on Facebook while discussing the number of Americans who may die as a result of COVID-19. It is time for all Americans to put aside any partisan support of this…Read More
Speak Up Storytelling #92: Monica Malaver
On episode #92 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we debut our first bot of content on our Patreon page , announce online workshops and shows, and a weekly free storytelling workshop for families on Facebook Live and YouTube. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020 April 18:…Read More
Elysha on social media
My wife, Elysha, is clever and funny. Legitimately so. It might be her most attractive quality. Actually, her most attractive quality is probably the way she dances. She and I danced in the kitchen two nights ago while she was cooking dinner, and it might’ve been my favorite moment so far in 2020. Sorry you…Read More
Your meeting or workshop begins with a list of goals? Examine them carefully.
It’s become quite popular for meeting facilitators, presenters, professional development administrators, and the like to begin their meetings, workshops, and sessions with these two elements: Norms Goals Neither one of these elements inspire me with confidence. Yesterday I wrote about my problems with norms. Today I’ll address my issues with goals, sometimes expressed as objective,…Read More
Your meeting or workshop begins with a set of norms? Be afraid.
It’s become quite popular for meeting facilitators, presenters, professional development administrators, and the like to begin their meetings, workshops, and sessions with these two elements: Norms Goals Neither one of these elements inspire me with confidence. I’ll address the establishment of goals tomorrow, but today, allow me to deal with the insidious rise of norms,…Read More
Eyes wide open
These are long, hard days for so many of us. May I suggest that you pay close attention to the moments of beauty and joy in your life right now and hold onto them with everything you’ve got? Admittedly, I’m blessed with two hilarious and delightful children and a wife who I want to spend…Read More
Resolution update: March 2020
PERSONAL FITNESS 1. Don’t die. This goal is more precarious now than ever before. But in response, we are now living in near-quarantine. On the rare occasion when I purchase food from the store, we place it in the garage for 3-5 days before washing and moving into the house, and I am nearly robotic…Read More
This is what a book should look like
In case you weren’t sure, authors actually love it when you deface their books like this reader has done to mine. Unless you’ve borrowed the book from a library or a friend, the book is yours. Do with as you please! Maybe not burn it, but even then, if an author has enraged you to…Read More
The world looks very different atop a bike
About a month ago, I stopped going to the gym. Even before the gym was closed because of the pandemic, Elysha asked me to stop going, and I knew she was right. I thought this would mean that I’d need to begin running again, which is not something I enjoy doing. My knee eventually starts…Read More
How “The Goonies” altered my view on life forever
If you’re old enough, you remember the video stories of more than a decade ago. Many of us spent hours inside those stores, staring first at VHS boxes and then the DVD cases that lined the walls, looking for a film to brighten our television screens for a couple hours, and perhaps our lives, too.…Read More