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A blog by Matthew Dicks

You don’t get to have nice things.

By mattyd | September 23, 2021

Last week Howard Stern blasted unvaccinated Americans on his radio show, equating a vaccine mandate as “freedom to live.” “We have no time for idiots in this country anymore, we don’t want you,” Howard Stern…

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“Whistleblower” is probably unrealisitic

By mattyd | September 22, 2021

Two whistleblowers recently scored $114 million from the Securities and Exchange Commission, bringing the total amount paid out by the SEC whistleblower program over the past decade to over $1 billion. Since the program was…

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Ferris Bueller holds up. Except for the phones.

By mattyd | September 21, 2021

Here’s something no one tells you when you become a parent: The day will come when you can show your children classic movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for the first time, and you’ll spend…

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Shortcomings and Flaws 2021

By mattyd | September 19, 2021

Years ago a reader accused me of being materialistic after I wrote about my lack of a single favorite number, specifically criticizing me for saying that when it comes to my salary, my favorite number is…

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Bench

By mattyd | September 19, 2021

Surprise is a beautiful thing.   In storytelling, it is the most precious gift that a storyteller can offer an audience. A perfect jewel that should be protected at all costs.   This short film…

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Rhythm is hard

By mattyd | September 18, 2021

You know that you’ve failed when you misspell a word so poorly that the recommended spelling is not only a word entirely different from the one you intended but also a word you’ve never seen…

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Bowling ball

By mattyd | September 17, 2021

Stop what you’re doing and spend 150 seconds watching this. Spark a little joy in your day. My favorites are tennis and archery. What are yours? After watching, consider how relatively simple this video was…

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Sinisterity

By mattyd | September 16, 2021

My friend, Shep, found a new word and sent it to me via email under the subject line, “Thinking of you.” The word: Sinisterity PRONUNCIATION: (sin-uh-STER-uh-tee) MEANING: noun: 1. Left-handedness. 2. Skillfulness in the use…

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Have you seen Jogger John’s missing bike?

By mattyd | September 15, 2021

There’s nothing better than turning your bad news into something amusing, clever, and memorable for others. This, in many ways, is the essence of a lot of great storytelling. “Bad for you, good for the…

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They are always listening

By mattyd | September 14, 2021

The children are listening and learning all the time. They are listening when you are absolutely sure that they are not. They hear you when you say that someone is too fat or too skinny.…

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