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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Happy Charlie

By mattyd | September 18, 2022

Sometimes I stare at these photos of Charlie, cracking up during a game of cards, and remind myself that I should constantly, relentlessly, incessantly be seeking this level of joy in my life whenever possible.…

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Make some enemies

By mattyd | September 17, 2022

Clara started reading a new book today. The first page contained an epigraph. She read it aloud: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill…

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Incrementalism is real

By mattyd | September 16, 2022

I agree wholeheartedly with Truth Potato. A little bit of progress, made each day, amounts to something enormous over time. This is known as incrementalism. I wrote about it in my new book, Someday Is…

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Dominos Pizza vs. The Catholic Church

By mattyd | September 15, 2022

Back in 2009, Domino’s Pizza’s new president, Patrick Doyle, publicly announced in a commercial that his pizza sucked. He acknowledged that the Domino’s pizza of old simply was not very good — it didn’t use…

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Housework Hero

By mattyd | September 14, 2022

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average women spend 47 more minutes on housework than men do every day, which accumulates to about five and a half hours a week. The gender gap in housework…

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To be known is good.

By mattyd | September 13, 2022

My former student from 24 years ago – who later became my children’s first babysitter and whose wedding I officiated a few years ago – sent this image to me, saying: “Hey, I’m not sure…

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Wordle Bot is my master

By mattyd | September 12, 2022

If you’re someone who is still doing Wordle – and why wouldn’t you be? – you may also be aware of Wordle Bot, also operated by the New York Times. Wordle Bot analyzes your performance…

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How the kids think of Elysha and me

By mattyd | September 11, 2022

My kids have informed me that I am the soft parent and Elysha is the hard one. I’m so upset about this. Also excited. And so upset. And so excited. I honestly don’t know what…

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How to transform your child into a writer

By mattyd | September 10, 2022

As a teacher and a writer, I often give parents advice on helping their children to become effective writers who (more importantly) love to write. My advice is simple: Be the best audience possible for…

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Change happens

By mattyd | September 9, 2022

Less than 11 percent of Americans smoke tobacco. Also, for the first time ever, more Americans reported smoking marijuana (16 percent) than tobacco. When I turned 21 years old, nearly half of all adults smoked…

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