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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Paul Gosar is a coward.

By mattyd | November 28, 2021

Here’s the thing about Congressman Paul Gosar’s recent tweeting of his head on an anime character, killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and preparing to attack Joe Biden with swords: It’s the act of a coward. A…

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Boy in a Box

By mattyd | November 27, 2021

Charlie found a box. He loved the box. I broke down the box and threw it on Thanksgiving morning before our guests arrived. Charlie was angry. Elysha told me he nearly cried. I get it.…

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Cruelty with a dimpled sphere

By mattyd | November 26, 2021

My retired friend, Rob, texted me this photo and message last week in an attempt to hurt me. Before it was photos of golf, Rob used to send me photos from his many hikes during…

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Happy and healthy

By mattyd | November 25, 2021

I asked my students to make lists of things for which they were thankful this year, then we spent some time talking about and sharing their lists on Wednesday. Some were quite creative. One student…

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A different kind of wedding ceremony

By mattyd | November 24, 2021

On August 19, 2000, I was the DJ at the wedding of Matt Shepard and Kelly Shepard.   Two years and 38 days later, Matt and Kelly attended the wedding of their friends, John and…

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Our great American shame

By mattyd | November 23, 2021

Government spending on child care each year according to the United Nations: Norway: $29,000 Iceland: $24,000 Finland/Denmark: $23,000 Germany: $18,000 Average spending on childcare in developed nations: $14,400 United States: $500 Thankfully, when it comes…

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Every thing doesn’t need to be a thing

By mattyd | November 22, 2021

This sign hangs in my classroom. My colleague, Steve, showed it to me two years ago. Over the summer, I commissioned an artist on Etsy to make a larger one. We refer to it often.…

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Birthday prank gone wrong

By mattyd | November 21, 2021

When one of my students celebrates a birthday, I give them a packet of special birthday passes that allow them special privileges. Homework passes allow them to skip homework assignments of their choice. “No teasing”…

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The third Nolan brother

By mattyd | November 20, 2021

You’ve probably heard of Christopher Nolan. Acclaimed writer and director of films like Memento, Interstellar, Inception, and the three Dark Knight films. You may know that Christopher Nolan has a brother named Jonathan who is…

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Blah blah blah

By mattyd | November 19, 2021

After writing about the impact my assistant basketball coach had on me last week, I heard from many, many people with similar stories. A teacher told a student that she had excellent handwriting. Suddenly, she…

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