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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Too many dead Americans

By mattyd | August 6, 2020

Trump, as you probably know, embarrassed himself last week while trying to explain how the United States is handling the pandemic well during an interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan. He fumbled with charts designed…

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Lucky you.

By mattyd | August 5, 2020

Here’s a rule I try to follow at all times: Never begrudge the good fortune of another if their good fortune does not harm you or the world in any way. It sounds obvious, I…

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Single square

By mattyd | August 4, 2020

I was sitting on the toilet. Don’t imagine it. Just know it happened for the purposes of the story. I called out. “Clara! Can you bring me a roll of toilet paper?” “Sure,” she said. …

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Too much TV

By mattyd | August 3, 2020

The average American who works in an office watches 25 hours, 56 minutes of television per week. Meanwhile, the average American who works remotely watches 27 hours, two minutes of television per week. It’s true.…

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Bench and fountain

By mattyd | August 2, 2020

As I paid for our round of golf, Charlie sat down on a bench a little ways away. When I returned a couple minutes later, he was examining a plaque affixed to the bench. “What’s…

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Resolution update: July 2020

By mattyd | August 1, 2020

At the end of each month, I report on the progress of my New Year’s resolutions (or lack thereof). Here are the result through the end of July. PERSONAL FITNESS 1. Don’t die. Still alive!…

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Repetitive Negative Thinking Linked With Alzheimer’s Pathology

By mattyd | July 31, 2020

Repetitive negative thinking is tied to cognitive and neuropathological markers of Alzheimer’s disease, a longitudinal study showed. Patterns of repeated rumination or worry were associated with subsequent declines in global cognition, immediate memory, and delayed…

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Speak Up Storytelling: Ann Guo

By mattyd | July 30, 2020

On episode #101 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss upcoming shows and workshops, all online! STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020 August 22: Speak Up at…

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People just walked away from an entire city?

By mattyd | July 29, 2020

Fascinating news: Archeologists have used ground-penetrating radar to map a vanished Roman city, according to a new paper published in Antiquity. Falerii Novi was one of the 2,000 cities in the Roman Empire, appearing about 31…

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Biscuits in 2020

By mattyd | July 28, 2020

I bought a tube of Pillsbury biscuits. It wasn’t easy. I had never purchased this product before. Elysha added it to our shopping list, which meant I needed to make a reasonable guess as to…

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