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grin and bare it

A blog by Matthew Dicks

A well placed bench and much more

By mattyd | October 6, 2021

I love a bench with a memorial plaque. I adore any opportunity to imbue story, nostalgia, and history into this world. I can’t stand to see a building without a name or a library or…

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Your chances of dying of COVID-19 is greatly influenced by this one thing.

By mattyd | October 5, 2021

When it comes to the pandemic, where you live matters a whole hell of a lot: The 12 states with the highest case rate for every 100,000 people are all run by Republican governors.   The 13 states with…

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Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood is slipping away

By mattyd | October 4, 2021

I find this hard to believe, but not one single student in my class knows who Fred Rogers was. And Mr. Rogers Neighborhood? Never heard of it. In fact, the adult in my classroom at…

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Three is a lot.

By mattyd | October 3, 2021

As I was leaving Boston Market yesterday, meal in hand, I recalled the moment 20 years ago when I was hit by a car in this very parking lot. It was a rainy, autumn afternoon…

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Lucky me

By mattyd | October 2, 2021

My students asked me when I first met Elysha. I told them that I first saw Elysha in a late August faculty meeting as we were preparing to start a new school year. I’d been…

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Resolution update: September 2021

By mattyd | October 1, 2021

Every month I report the progress of my yearly goals in order to monitor progress (or the lack thereof) and hold myself accountable.   The following are the result from September 2021. PERSONAL FITNESS 1.…

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The Colbert Questionert

By mattyd | September 30, 2021

Fans of Stephen Colbert may be aware of the Colbert Questionert: “15 questions to cover the full spectrum of human experience” After listening to Jon Stewart answer some of them last night, I decided to…

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Bad open mic nights already exist, people.

By mattyd | September 29, 2021

It’s weird how Board of Education meetings have turned into bad open mic nights. Right? Just a month into the new school year, I’ve seen a video of woman in Florida claiming that the Moderna…

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The movie is just the beginning…

By mattyd | September 28, 2021

We watched the movie Holes last week. Good movie. Much better book. I highly recommend it. Charlie and Clara both loved the film. The next morning, Charlie hopped onto his laptop and began researching yellow…

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Why my marching band was bizarre and amazing

By Matthew Dicks | September 27, 2021

A piece in Alpha Mom extolls the virtues of marching band. I couldn’t agree more. Just so we’re clear: Competitive marching bands perform elaborate routines on football fields, typically during the halftime of football games,…

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