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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Speak Up Storytelling #96: Kathy Binder

By mattyd | May 19, 2020

On episode #96 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss our absence for the last couple weeks, share emails from listeners around the…

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The woods from now on.

By mattyd | May 18, 2020

I came riding down a path behind Charlie’s elementary school last week, approaching the school. Standing on the edge of the soccer field, adjacent to the playground, is a porta-potty. I know this because after…

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This world has quickly become so strange

By mattyd | May 17, 2020

I like to imagine that just a few years from now, we’ll look at photos from this time, like these of our recent trip for ice cream, and think it so odd that our spots…

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“You suck” can be a powerful motivator

By mattyd | May 16, 2020

Here’s a new strategy that I’ve been using to great effect: Yesterday I did not want to go for a bike ride. This has happened before. Rain, frigid temperatures, and relentless wind have caused me…

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Axl and Steve

By mattyd | May 15, 2020

Nothing to see here. Just the Secretary of the Treasury in the midst of economic collapse engaging in a Twitter feud with Guns n’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose. This shouldn’t be surprising because we…

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She misses her school.

By mattyd | May 14, 2020

On Sunday we took a ride over to Clara’s middle school. Empty parking lots, barren basketball courts, and wide-open driveways made for safe riding. Clara was also pretty excited about seeing her school after almost…

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I don’t need to find myself

By mattyd | May 13, 2020

Time and time again, I find myself working with young people – folks in their twenties and early thirties – on stories about their journey to find themselves. Discover or rediscover who they are. I’ve…

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The rainbow was good. The rest was better.

By mattyd | May 12, 2020

When I left the house for my bike ride yesterday, the sun was bright. Puffy clouds dotted the sky. As I rode, I noticed darker clouds gathering in the west, but so far off that…

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Trump’s words. Nothing more.

By mattyd | May 11, 2020

I understand that a hardcore Trump supporter is not about to abandon ship anytime soon. If you can embrace a man who brags about sexual assault (with 24 credible sexual harassment and assault claims pending…

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Cats. Bird feeder. Bagels. Lots more.

By mattyd | May 10, 2020

This is admittedly not the best time to celebrate Mother’s Day. Sheltering-in-place and social distancing are not exactly conducive to celebration. Restaurants and other businesses are closed, and the forecast calls for mild temperatures but…

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