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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Pride Month here. Bigotry there.

By mattyd | June 5, 2023

It astounds me that during Pride Month, I live in a region of the country – New England – where flying the pride flag at the elementary school where I teach and the football stadium…

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They love reading, and it’s my fault.

By mattyd | June 4, 2023

Charlie came downstairs early on Saturday morning, picked up a book, sat down on the couch with the cat, and spent nearly an hour reading. His weekend was dawning, and his first choice was to…

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By mattyd | June 3, 2023

Behold. The Russian cover for my novel “The Other Mother.” I like it a lot. My Russian friend says it’s very Soviet in style. My students thought it looked like the work of a toddler.…

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Fragile white people only hurt their children

By mattyd | June 2, 2023

Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb” has been moved from the elementary section to the middle school section of a Miami-Dade County public school after a parent complaint and school review. A parent of…

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Resolution update: May 2023

By mattyd | June 1, 2023

Every month I report the progress of my yearly goals in order to monitor progress (or the lack thereof) and hold myself accountable.   The following are the results from May 2023. PERSONAL FITNESS 1.…

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I was naked onstage after all.

By mattyd | May 31, 2023

Last week I wrote about the unlikelihood of me performing storytelling or standup while naked. Then it occurred to me: I’ve already been naked onstage once before. I had forgotten. Here is the story: I…

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Happy birthday, Charlie

By mattyd | May 30, 2023

Charlie turns 11 years old today. This joyous boy has been in my life for 4,017 days. On his first day, I wrote this on Greetings Little One, a blog I wrote to my children…

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Memorial Day 2023

By mattyd | May 29, 2023

On this Memorial Day, in addition to honoring the fallen servicemen and women who gave their lives for this country, I will also be thinking about the men in my family who came before me…

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Big moment in a big game

By mattyd | May 28, 2023

Charlie’s Little League catapulted into first place on Friday night with a decisive victory against the league’s then-first-place team. Charlie played second and third base. He knocked down – and nearly snared – a line…

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Naked storytelling

By mattyd | May 27, 2023

My friend recently read about a naked standup show in New York City and texted: “Please don’t invite me to come watch if you decide to do this.” I was honored by his thought that…

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