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A blog by Matthew Dicks

A small, gigantic hero

By mattyd | January 13, 2021

In the midst of an incredibly challenging week, I thought I’d offer you this bit of good news if you haven’t already heard: When police officer Matt Lima responded to a shoplifting incident at a…

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“The Other Mother” – A book birthday!

By mattyd | January 12, 2021

My book’s birthday is today! My sixth novel and seventh book. Those are crazy words. I still can’t believe it. Not that long ago, I was hoping that someday, maybe, I might find a way…

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Shut up, Kara. Also, thanks so much.

By mattyd | January 11, 2021

Kara Alaimo on writes: “Dads, I have a New Year’s resolution for you. It’s no secret that the pandemic has left many moms feeling stressed, besieged and utterly on their own. In surveys, moms say this…

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6 lessons learned from tweeting at Trump

By mattyd | January 10, 2021

Yesterday I was asked what lessons I have learned from my four years of tweeting about Donald Trump, replying to his tweets, suing him for blocking me on the platform, and using Twitter almost solely…

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Blocked, unblocked, then banned.

By mattyd | January 9, 2021

Things have come fully circle in my relationship with Donald Trump on Twitter. On July 11, 2017, Trump blocked me on Twitter after I suggested that if he was going to end Obamacare and deny…

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No power switch?

By mattyd | January 8, 2021

Back in November, Elysha and I purchased a Nordictrack stationary bike, similar to a Peleton but with several additional features that made it a much more appealing option. The bike, for example, can rise and…

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January 6, 2016 was a day to remember

By mattyd | January 7, 2021

Yesterday, I pointed out that January 5, 2021 was an especially excellent day for me. My friend’s open heart surgery was successful. My upcoming novel received an outstanding review from the Associated Press. It was…

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January 5, 2021 is a day to remember

By mattyd | January 6, 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 was a very good day. Best of all, a friend of mine survived open heart surgery. His survival was not certain, so for the last two months, as we waited for…

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The micromort: Science gone awry

By mattyd | January 5, 2021

Some terrible, stupid scientist has quantified your chances of dying at any given moment and given it a name: Micromort A micromort is equal to a one-in-a-million chance of death. Just being alive is equal…

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Not all family strife is equal

By mattyd | January 4, 2021

If you spent any portion of the holidays in discomfort because of a visit (or missed visit) with your parents, perhaps this will make you feel better: A judge in Michigan has ruled that a 42-year-old…

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