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A blog by Matthew Dicks


By mattyd | July 14, 2020

Last week, actor Robert Redford wrote an op-ed declaring his position in the upcoming election: “But one thing is clear: Instead of a moral compass in the Oval Office, there’s a moral vacuum. Instead of…

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Ice cream queen

By mattyd | July 13, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, when vacations are cancelled, choices are limited, and traditions are suspended, we must do anything we can to bring joy and spark into the lives of our children. On…

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I thought it was funny.

By mattyd | July 12, 2020

One of the easiest ways to anger a person is to do something that you think is funny that they do not. When it’s your spouse, it can get especially ugly. Last week, after applying…

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Intentional? Accidental?

By mattyd | July 10, 2020

Childish and immature, I know, but c’mon. How is it possible that this sign exists? “Speed bump” is a fine way to describe this feature in the road. It’s the way it’s always been described.…

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My name is apparently Metju Diks

By mattyd | July 9, 2020

Copies of the Serbian edition of Twenty-one Truths About Love arrived today. I’m not a huge fan of this cover, but what I found especially interesting is my name: Metju Diks? My name is spelled…

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Day in the life of an author

By mattyd | July 8, 2020

When I speak about my books and writing, the thing that becomes apparent to me is what people don’t understand about the career of a writer. People often envision me sitting in solitude, devising sentences…

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Americans are much better than we sometimes see

By mattyd | July 7, 2020

In moments when you feel like our country is moving in a frightening direction and you question the motives of your fellow Americans, please keep in mind that the rational, reasonable, decent people tend not…

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Speak Up Storytelling: Katie Field

By mattyd | July 6, 2020

On episode #99 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss firehouse and stripper poles as well as upcoming shows and workshops, all online!…

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Not a lot of player assistance

By mattyd | July 5, 2020

I was standing in tee box on the seventh hole last week, prepared to hit my driver, when a golfer from the adjacent hole emerged from the tree line to hit a ball that had…

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Somebody knew…

By mattyd | July 4, 2020
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