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A blog by Matthew Dicks

The need to know

By mattyd | January 12, 2023

It’s the second Thursday of the month. You know what that means, Right? The consumer price index report will be released at 8:30 AM EST. It’s a day I wait for every month, at least…

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Why Hakeem Jeffries’ A to Z speech works so well

By mattyd | January 11, 2023

Minority Leader of the U.S House of Representatives Hakeem Jeffries delivered his first speech as leader of the Democratic conference earlier this week. Near the end of the speech, he offered a series of alphabetic…

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Things I Do #18: Narrating my life

By mattyd | January 10, 2023

I sat down in front of the camera in my studio and said, “When last we left our hero…” My friend, Kaia, heard this and laughed. It hadn’t really occurred to me, but I do…

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People’s baby making plans should be their own

By mattyd | January 9, 2023

Elysha had a miscarriage between the births of our daughter, Clara, and our son, Charlie. It was a difficult time for us. She was only pregnant for a few weeks, but we had already begun…

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Generational philosophy

By mattyd | January 8, 2023

Generational observation: My generation – Gen X – the very last generation to exist in a truly analog world – has spent much of our life, at least when we were younger, aggressively and relentlessly…

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Take a walk

By mattyd | January 7, 2023

Elysha is taking a walk with a friend this morning. This may very well be the best decision of her week. Walking has a long list of scientifically-proven physical and mental benefits. It’s perhaps the…

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Happy birthday, Elysha

By mattyd | January 6, 2023

Happy birthday to my brilliant, beautiful, hilarious, and eminently wise wife, Elysha. The calendar says that she is one year older today, but truly, she seems to grow younger in spirit as each year passes.…

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My hero: Low wage workers who do excellent work

By mattyd | January 5, 2023

I was recently asked about who I admire most. The person asking the question was looking for the name of a specific person, but my response was this: Low-wage workers who do an outstanding job…

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Annoyingly hyper productivity

By mattyd | January 4, 2023

Just when I was feeling productive, I read about the silkworm: Each silkworm produces a single strand of silk that’s 915 meters long. That’s 30,000 times longer than the silkworm itself. And it accomplishes all of…

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Taking care of your future self

By mattyd | January 3, 2023

I refer to the idea expressed in this brilliant graphic as “Taking care of your future self.” I am constantly telling my children, my students, and even some adults to take care of their future…

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