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grin and bare it

A blog by Matthew Dicks

15 years of marriage today!

By mattyd | July 15, 2021

Elysha and I celebrate 15 years of marriage today. When I think about our marriage, I often find myself hoping that Clara and Charlie someday experience the same happiness and love that I have enjoyed…

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Back in New York at last

By mattyd | July 14, 2021

Elysha and I returned to New York City on Saturday night to see Springsteen on Broadway. Before the pandemic, I was in the city a couple times per month, but it’s been more than 16…

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The Perfect Comeback of Charlie Dicks

By mattyd | July 13, 2021

I found one of these Uno cards – a reverse – in Charlie’s pocket. “Why are you carrying around an uno card?” I asked him. “In case a bully says something mean to me,” he…

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My ten year storytelling anniversary

By mattyd | July 12, 2021

I’m celebrating an anniversary today: Ten years ago today, I took the stage at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and competed in my first Moth StorySLAM, telling a story about pole vaulting in high school. It…

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Grossest thing ever

By mattyd | July 11, 2021

Charlie saw a bug on the window of the car and said, “That’s the grossest thing I’ve ever seen!” “Grossest ever?” I asked. “Seriously?” “Yes,” he said. “Seriously. What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever seen?”…

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Not nice children

By mattyd | July 10, 2021

They have not stopped. After telling my now-former students about my response to Elysha’s initial declaration of love¬† – “I’m flattered” – my students spent the rest of the year, including our graduation ceremony, throwing…

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Attacked by water fowl

By mattyd | July 9, 2021

I was exiting Winding Trails, the lake club where my family and I spend our summers. I had a meeting with an important client in less than an hour and needed to get home quickly…

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Magic still exists. In the form of death receptacles.

By mattyd | July 8, 2021

I was driving Clara and Charlie to camp yesterday morning. They were bickering a bit as we pulled out of the driveway, so to shift their attention away from discord, I said, “Hey guy, let’s…

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Soccer didn’t suck

By mattyd | July 7, 2021

I don’t like soccer, so when Elysha proposed that we purchase tickets to the US women’s soccer team’s match versus Mexico, I wanted to say, “No, thank you. That sounds awful.” But instead, I said,…

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Unintended Uber

By mattyd | July 5, 2021

I was driving down Main Street in the direction of my next Egg McMuffin. I had exited my driveway about ten minutes earlier and was approaching a traffic light when I heard, “Meow.” I nearly…

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