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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Unexpected uncertainty

By mattyd | January 10, 2022

Elysha and I were listening to Ear Hustle, a podcast about the daily realities of life inside prison, shared by those living it, as well as stories from the outside prison, post-incarceration. It’s a favorite…

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Free Prize Inside!

By mattyd | January 9, 2022

A surprising number of people were curious about the free prize inside my box of Jesus-themed bandages, which Elysha gave me for Christmas. I was curious, too, but I like to prolong a surprise, knowing…

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Lyric Problems: “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”

By mattyd | January 8, 2022

Paul Simon wrote a song entitled “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” then he didn’t come close to offering the 50 ways. In fact, as far as I can tell, he only offers six alternatives…

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Through glass and wood

By mattyd | January 7, 2022

When I was quarantined and isolated from the family (prior to discovering that they were positive for COVID-19 as well), I had two places to go: The bedroom, which I quickly grew to hate, and…

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Moments of Note 2021

By mattyd | January 6, 2022

At the start of every year, I begin a list called “Moments of Note.” Unlike my trademarked “Homework for Life” strategy, I’m not looking for storyworthy moments for my “Moments of Note” list. I’m not…

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Looking up

By mattyd | January 5, 2022

In this current, seemingly overwhelming wave of the pandemic, as we approach the anniversary of the January 6 attack and attempted insurrection at the US Capitol, it’s easy to feel pessimistic about our future and…

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COVID-19 and Yankee Candles

By mattyd | January 4, 2022

Fascinating chart. Blue line: Daily COVID-19 cases in the United States from April through November 2021 Red line: Reviews of Yankee Candles on Amazon saying “they don’t have any scent” from that same time period.…

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First best thing of 2020

By mattyd | January 3, 2022

New Year’s Day.   I’m locked away in quarantine, missing Charlie (and Elysha Dicks and Clara, too), so I decide to text him.   Charlie’s just 9 years-old, so he doesn’t own a phone, but…

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New Year’s Resolutions 2022

By mattyd | January 2, 2022

At the beginning of every year I establish a list of goals (or New Year’s resolutions) for the coming calendar year. I post this list on my blog and social media as a means of…

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Resolution update: 2021 in review

By mattyd | January 1, 2022

At the end of each month, and now at the end of the year, I report on the progress of my New Year’s resolutions (or lack thereof). This has been a difficult year in terms…

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