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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Look! It’s my My great grandparents!

By mattyd | May 15, 2021

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again: Put stuff into the world. You never know what will come back to you. Case in point: Yesterday I wrote about an essay – recently discovered by…

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My grandmother was a writer. Thank goodness.

By mattyd | May 14, 2021

My aunt found my grandmother’s high school yearbook, which contained an essay written by my grandmother back in 1939. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to receive this essay in the mail. This…

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Titles be gone!

By mattyd | May 13, 2021

During Michelle Obama’s appearance on The Late Show this week, she asked that Stephen Colbert refrain from calling her Madame First Lady and simply call her Michelle. I was so happy to hear her say…

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“The Sound of Silence” revisited

By mattyd | May 12, 2021

The school day was finished. I sat down at my desk to correct a few remaining assignments when I looked up and saw this: The original note, found last week after losing a series of…

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Make a Wish founder had a very interesting, storyworthy life

By mattyd | May 11, 2021

In the spirit of celebrating people who make things, I give you, Frank Shankwitz, former motorcycle cop, near-death survivor, veteran of the United States Air Force, kidnapping victim, and Founder of Make-a-Wish. Shankwitz died back…

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A $10 gift changed my life

By mattyd | May 10, 2021

There are a lot of wonderful things about playing golf: The relentless challenge. The unknown that every swing can bring. The friendships forged and fostered while walking the course. The bounty of memories that you…

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Hello darkness my old friend

By mattyd | May 9, 2021

My students defeated me in a competition last week. It was a victory in a long series of victories that they have recently been enjoying. It’s quite annoying. I grumbled and growled as we re-entered…

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Let’s not talk about body ailments and other things. Okay?

By mattyd | May 8, 2021

This comedian’s prediction of “every conversation for the next three months” is unfortunately accurate. Perfectly accurate, I dare say. Terribly accurate. I’ve already experienced a little bit of this, so please, let’s not. “What vaccine…

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Yes, it’s bad

By mattyd | May 7, 2021

There are people in the United States who believe that the pandemic isn’t real. Others argue that the pandemic hasn’t been as dangerous and devastating as the media, public health officials, and some politicians have…

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I met the devil. So, too, did Harrison Ford.

By mattyd | May 6, 2021

Back in the spring of 2015, I performed in my first Moth Ball, The Moth’s annual charity event to fund their education programs throughout the year. As a GrandSLAM champion that year, I took the…

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