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A blog by Matthew Dicks

She’s rather be dating a Muppet

By mattyd | January 23, 2021

The Daily Mail published a report that claimed Krakowski – the brilliant comedic actor – and Mike Lindell – the scumbag Trump sycophant who hocks his My Pillows on conservative news programs – “had a…

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I’m staying virtual.

By mattyd | January 22, 2021

On Saturday night, we celebrated the launch of my new book, The Other Mother, virtually from our dining room. I told a story about becoming an author and why you should be writing, too. Elysha…

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A bright, new day and a little less weight

By mattyd | January 21, 2021

I watched the inauguration of President Joseph Biden with my students yesterday. It was quite a day. When Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President, my students erupted in cheers. I was actually startled…

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What is wrong with me?

By mattyd | January 20, 2021

It’s 4:30 AM. I’m sitting at my dining room table, working on a book. The house is dark except for the dining room light and a light over the kitchen sink. It’s quiet. Just the…

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Elysha better than the Queen

By mattyd | January 19, 2021

Elysha and I have been watching The Crown over the past two months. Since we average less than an hour of television per day, binging a show can really take a while. Nevertheless, it’s a…

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Moments of Note 2020

By mattyd | January 18, 2021

At the start of every year, I begin a list called “Moments of Note.” Unlike my trademarked “Homework for Life” strategy, I’m not looking for storyworthy moments for my “Moments of Note” list. I’m not…

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Good Morning America

By mattyd | January 17, 2021

Good Morning America found a piece that I wrote in Parents magazine about Homework for Life and decided to interview me for their own piece on it. Enjoy.

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Swimming lessons from an unlikely source

By mattyd | January 16, 2021

True story: When swimming became popular in England in the 19th century, the new municipal swimming pools displayed frogs in tubs, so that would-be swimmers could learn from their movements. A few thoughts about this:…

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Small children watch a giant penis

By mattyd | January 15, 2021

I think this will make you laugh, but it may also frighten you a bit: The Danish equivalent of the BBC has a new, animated series aimed at children ages 4-8 about John Dillermand, the…

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An unseen force is trying to kill you.

By mattyd | January 14, 2021

It makes no sense. I went to get bloodwork yesterday morning for an upcoming physical. Quest Diagnostics has an excellent system in place. When you arrive at their facility, you click a link that was…

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