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grin and bare it

A blog by Matthew Dicks

Big Bird bandits make me smile

By mattyd | July 25, 2021

In case you didn’t hear, a terrible crime has been perpetrated in Australia:   The theft of a Big Bird costume from the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular.   In fairness, the costume is valued at…

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One word changes everything.

By mattyd | July 24, 2021

Elysha and I saw this sign in a shop window while browsing on Martha’s Vineyard last weekend. I know this is going to seem like a tiny thing, but it’s not: The word “Barely” transforms…

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Blood on their hands

By mattyd | July 23, 2021

Dr. Brytney Cobia treats Covid-19 patients at the Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, a state that ranks last in the US in fully vaccinated adults. In a recent Facebook post, she shares how willing people are to…

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Lessons from a big, red dog

By mattyd | July 22, 2021

Norman Bridwell, author of Clifford the Big Red Dog, lived in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard until his death in 2014. Since his death, his wife, Norma, has kept his memory alive with this front-door tribute…

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Reasons to be oppressively optimistic

By mattyd | July 21, 2021

Elysha has claimed that I can be “oppressively optimistic” at times. I’ve also been known to make certain people’s eyes roll when energetically asserting that “Everything’s going to be great!” “I’m fantastic.” “Fear not! All…

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Banned from baseball?

By mattyd | July 20, 2021

On Sunday night, a fan in the stands at Yankee Stadium hit Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo in the back with a baseball. As a Yankees fan, I certainly understand the sentiment, but…

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Own your crazy

By mattyd | July 19, 2021

People are weird. People are crazy. People obsess over things, worry about things, and develop rituals around things that baffle and confuse the people around them. It’s okay. As long as you’re not hurting anyone,…

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We need adults in charge. Not Ron DeSantis.

By mattyd | July 18, 2021

America is experiencing a dearth of adults in positions of leadership. In the place of serious-minded grown ups who know a lot, constantly seek to know more, and place the needs of their constituents ahead…

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Fork vs. butter knife?

By mattyd | July 17, 2021

Sitting at dinner, waiting for our meal to arrive, Charlie raises his fork and knife and says, “In a battle, which one do you choose?” Do you know how many times I’ve wondered this very…

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Still celebrating

By mattyd | July 16, 2021

Yesterday, during our sailing lesson, Elysha and I watched as an empty sailboat passed by. The pilot was in the water behind the boat, cooling off and hidden from us by the hull. “It’s like…

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