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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Resolution update: January 2023

By mattyd | February 1, 2023

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 January 2023. PERSONAL FITNESS 1.…

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I should be better than this.

By mattyd | January 31, 2023

I was on the floor, doing push-ups, watching the NFL’s AFC championship game on Sunday night when Elysha asked, “How are your football games going ?” My answer: “I really don’t care.” It was true.…

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Kind words from a complete stranger

By mattyd | January 30, 2023

In the spirit of complimenting someone in the moment: Clara, Charlie, and I were eating dinner at a local restaurant on Friday night. I spent way too much money on grilled cheese and macaroni and…

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Apologies can come at any time

By mattyd | January 29, 2023

A reminder about apologies: They can come at any time. If you did something rotten or thoughtless or irresponsible a week or a month or a year or three years ago, you can still apologize.…

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Lost and never found

By mattyd | January 28, 2023

I was thinking about all the things that I had lost over the years, wondering how many of them actually meant something to me. What do I really lament having lost? Four items came to…

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Throwing food at art is stupid.

By mattyd | January 27, 2023

The climate protesters who opt to use famous works of art to publicize their protest – mashed potatoes on Monet, soup on Van Gogh, and gluing their heads and hands to a Vermeer – are…

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Clara is 14!

By mattyd | January 26, 2023

My little girl turned 14 years old yesterday. Fourteen years ago, she was born into this world. Thankfully, I wrote everything down that day and posted it to Greetings Little One, a blog (and now…

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A little advice on compliments

By mattyd | January 25, 2023

Yesterday was National Compliment Day. In that spirit, here are a few suggestions when it comes to compliments: If you think of something kind to say, tell that person right then. Otherwise, you risk forgetting.…

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Not busy. Complex.

By mattyd | January 24, 2023

People are fond of talking about how busy they are these days. More specifically, they enjoy lamenting about how busy the modern world has become. I’m not a fan of this complaint. I suspect that…

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Four important things to say

By mattyd | January 23, 2023

Years ago, Elysha and I were waiting in the green room prior to a Moth GrandSLAM in Brooklyn. One of our friends was telling a story, and in the midst of it, Elysha asked him…

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