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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Francis Drive Daily

By mattyd | March 5, 2021

Charlie is officially a journalist. And publisher. And delivery person. Earlier this week, he wrote the first edition of The Francis Drive Daily, a local newspaper featuring: A story about his sister’s obsession with an…

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Three decade circle

By mattyd | March 4, 2021

Charlie and I watched The Simpsons for the first time together yesterday afternoon. Season 1, episode 1. All 32 seasons are now available on Disney+. Thank you, Mickey Mouse. It took some doing to get…

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Killing it.

By mattyd | March 3, 2021

I was listening to a well known podcaster interview a well known actor this weekend. They were discussing the actor’s most recent performance. Podcaster: You get to panic in a scene pretty quickly. Panic is…

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More praise for “The Other Mother”

By mattyd | March 2, 2021

I don’t write my books for teens and tweens, but a few of them unexpectedly crossed over. It appears to be happening with “The Other Mother.” As a teacher, I’m thrilled.

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Resolution update: February 2021

By mattyd | March 1, 2021

Every month I report the progress of my yearly goals in order to monitor progress (or the lack thereof) and hold myself accountable.   The following are the result from February. PERSONAL FITNESS 1. Don’t…

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Sibling love

By mattyd | February 28, 2021

On Friday, Clara slipped this note of paper into Charlie’s lunchbox. Charlie loved it, but I think Elysha and I loved it a hell of a lot more. It also made me feel like a…

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Knitting sweaters for penguins is a new thing.

By mattyd | February 27, 2021

When I was a boy, I wanted to be a teacher and a writer. By the time I was in high school, I had begun telling people that I wanted to “write for a living…

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Secret Reasons

By mattyd | February 26, 2021

Whenever I take students on overnight trips, or whenever I run an after-school program for students, my school district requires me to complete a time sheet so I can be paid for my additional hours.…

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Radio.Garden is a must listen

By mattyd | February 25, 2021

I strongly recommend you waste an enormous amount of time on, a website and app where you can explore the world via radio. Built atop Google Earth, is populated by tiny, green dots,…

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The pandemic is a year old, depending on when it began for you.

By mattyd | February 24, 2021

The date that this pandemic began for people varies depending upon their location and level of awareness at the time. Many Americans point to March 11, the day the NBA shut down after league officials…

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