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A blog by Matthew Dicks

“Genuinely” makes this message genuinely special

By mattyd | January 22, 2023

My children don’t yet own phones. They are 13 (14 in three days!) and 10 years old. Too young in our estimation for unfettered access to the sometimes beautiful, oftentimes dangerous, disastrously distracting, and all-too-often…

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How To Grow Old

By mattyd | January 21, 2023

Stop whatever you are doing and read Bertrand Russell’s essay “How to Grow Old.” I adore this essay. In speaking about his maternal grandmother, he wrote: “I do not believe that she ever had time…

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“Trust destroying and demeaning practices”

By mattyd | January 20, 2023

Barry-Wehmiller, a company that promotes psychological safety for its employees, has made its mission to “remove the trust-destroying and demeaning practices for responsible adults.” I like this phrase a hell of a lot. I think…

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Friendship Application 4.0

By mattyd | January 19, 2023

According to the New York Times, American men appear to be stuck in a “friendship recession” — a trend that predates the pandemic but that seems to have accelerated over the past several years as…

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Your nervous “because you care” is nonsense.

By mattyd | January 18, 2023

There are many reasons to be nervous onstage. One of the more popular reasons offered – and possibly the only reason I’ve ever heard someone offer – is that people are nervous about public speaking…

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To speak or remain silent?

By mattyd | January 17, 2023

I don’t follow the British royal family and their machinations in any way – nor do I think anyone really should – but I’ve been unable to avoid the news of Prince Harry’s new tell-all…

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I need a drink

By mattyd | January 16, 2023

Here’s a stupid thing: When we arrived at Bradley International Airport on Friday night at 9:00 PM, every single restaurant and retail outlet was closed. Not a single thing was open. I’m still battling a…

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Delays are expected. A complete lack of information is not.

By mattyd | January 15, 2023

I understand that problems with air travel are common these days. Delayed and canceled flights are to be expected. But sometimes, the problems you run into are so stupid that they rise above the level…

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Maria Grace Wolk at TEDxUNLV

By mattyd | January 14, 2023

Congratulations to my client and friend, Maria Grace Wolk, on her recent TEDx Talk at UNLV. I had the great honor of helping her find the conference, pitch her idea, and craft and prepare her…

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Ugliest color?

By mattyd | January 13, 2023

Is Pantone 448C the world’s ugliest color? According to an advisory team that came up with the design for the Australian government’s plain cigarette packets, it might just be. Over three months, a team of…

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