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A blog by Matthew Dicks

“Major Tom” is a hit

By mattyd | December 10, 2023

The kids and I are driving to a restaurant for dinner. I’m playing “The 100 Best One-Hit Wonder Songs” playlist on Spotify. It’s a favorite amongst the family, at least until we get to the…

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Minimalist movie posters

By mattyd | December 9, 2023


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Living forever

By mattyd | December 8, 2023

Want to live up to an additional 24 years? I’m trying to live forever, but 24 additional years would be a good start. Just add eight healthy lifestyle choices to your life at age 40,…

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No shame

By mattyd | December 7, 2023

In the United Kingdom, when a person dies without a will or no next of kin, their assets are claimed by the Treasury. Contributed to the common good. However, certain areas of the UK –…

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Handerpants for this holiday season

By mattyd | December 6, 2023

For the person on your holiday list who has everything, I give you handerpants: Underwear for your hands! Completely real. Completely available online Right now. A cashmere sweater or a bottle of wine make for…

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A lovely idea, but not exactly a book club

By mattyd | December 5, 2023

The hottest new trend in book clubs is the Silent Book Club, where people can all show up in the same place and read whatever they want. No talking. Just reading. There are currently 525…

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Unexpected police encounter

By mattyd | December 4, 2023

It’s 6:30 AM on Sunday morning, and I’m heading to the Patriots game. I’ve just purchased my Egg McMuffin and Diet Coke, and I’m driving north on the Berlin Turnpike. It’s cold, windy, and raining.…

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Short, effective meetings wanted

By mattyd | December 3, 2023

This is probably not the best way to run a short, effective meeting, but it might be worth a shot, because here is what I know: Every meeting is too long. Every meeting wastes time.…

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Hurkle-durkle is a monster

By mattyd | December 2, 2023

It’s important to give name to our modern-day villains: Climate change. Election deniers. MAGA politicians. Anti-vaxxers. Elon Musk. The New York Jets. And now… Hurkle-durkle (v.) to lay around in bed long after you should…

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Resolution Update: November 2023

By mattyd | December 1, 2023

Every month, I report the progress of my yearly goals to monitor progress (or the lack thereof) and hold myself accountable.   The following are the results from November 2023. I’ve also begun planning my…

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