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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Just fix it now.

By mattyd | October 28, 2020

The Pope, and therefore the Catholic Church, has endorsed civil unions between same-sex couples. Maybe. There is some controversy over the intent of his endorsement, but it seems like it might be a move in…

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Smartest girl on the planet!

By mattyd | October 27, 2020

My daughter, Clara, was on fire last night. After Elysha mentioned that one of her students is having trouble accepting that one person might get something while another might not, Clara said, with all sincerity,…

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Winter is coming.

By mattyd | October 26, 2020

I don’t mind the change of seasons in New England. In fact, I kind of love it. I enjoy the variation of landscape and temperature. I appreciate the anticipation of one season beyond the next.…

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Charlie explains how to do something new via paddle boarding

By mattyd | October 25, 2020

Charlie and I learned to paddle board this past summer. It was one of the many highlights of this past summer. Paddling around the lake with Charlie perched at the front of the board was…

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Beaty and the Beast is a film about mental illness

By mattyd | October 24, 2020

I watched the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast with the family for the first time last night. Interesting film. Young girl suffering from Stockholm Syndrome falls in love with her captor despite never…

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Better than golf

By mattyd | October 23, 2020

My friend asked me to play golf after school this week. Though nothing sounded better, I had schedule a parent-teacher conference for that same afternoon, so I had to pass. It killed me. The meeting…

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Don’t worry, Tig. I learned most things after high school

By mattyd | October 22, 2020

Listening to comedian Tig Notaro on a recent podcast, she expressed insecurity over failing to complete high school. She worries that there are large gaps in her knowledge base because she left high school early…

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Not excited about this.

By mattyd | October 21, 2020

My son is somehow becoming cooler and better dressed than me. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

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McDonald’s mystery solved.

By mattyd | October 20, 2020

Here’s how McDonald’s did it: Even though I eat an Egg McMuffin almost every day, and even though I managed McDonald’s restaurants for more than a decade, I did not have the McDonald’s app on…

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Shorts. Shakespeare. Pee all over the seat.

By mattyd | October 19, 2020

After more than two decades in the classroom, I can say with confidence that this particular school year has been more challenging than most. There are lots of little things that make it challenging. Things…

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