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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Intentional? Accidental?

By mattyd | July 10, 2020

Childish and immature, I know, but c’mon. How is it possible that this sign exists? “Speed bump” is a fine way to describe this feature in the road. It’s the way it’s always been described.…

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My name is apparently Metju Diks

By mattyd | July 9, 2020

Copies of the Serbian edition of Twenty-one Truths About Love arrived today. I’m not a huge fan of this cover, but what I found especially interesting is my name: Metju Diks? My name is spelled…

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Day in the life of an author

By mattyd | July 8, 2020

When I speak about my books and writing, the thing that becomes apparent to me is what people don’t understand about the career of a writer. People often envision me sitting in solitude, devising sentences…

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Americans are much better than we sometimes see

By mattyd | July 7, 2020

In moments when you feel like our country is moving in a frightening direction and you question the motives of your fellow Americans, please keep in mind that the rational, reasonable, decent people tend not…

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Speak Up Storytelling: Katie Field

By mattyd | July 6, 2020

On episode #99 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss firehouse and stripper poles as well as upcoming shows and workshops, all online!…

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Not a lot of player assistance

By mattyd | July 5, 2020

I was standing in tee box on the seventh hole last week, prepared to hit my driver, when a golfer from the adjacent hole emerged from the tree line to hit a ball that had…

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Somebody knew…

By mattyd | July 4, 2020
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Peanut butter and tuna fish

By mattyd | July 3, 2020

Yesterday I mentioned that I am the inventor of the peanut butter and tuna fish sandwich. This bit of culinary brilliance was born of necessity. When I was a kid, my mother occasionally served us…

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She likes the story. Not the artifact from the story.

By mattyd | July 2, 2020

When I was 19 years-old, I spent an evening as the stripper for a bachelorette party in the crew room at a McDonald’s restaurant in Milford, MA. I know. It’s ridiculous. The saddest part of…

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Resolution update: June 2020

By mattyd | July 1, 2020

At the end of each month, I report on the progress of my New Year’s resolutions (or lack thereof). Now that I’ve reached the half-year point, I also do an assessment of the likelihood that…

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