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grin and bare it

A blog by Matthew Dicks

A joyous, tragic high-five

By mattyd | May 9, 2020

I was teaching a fraction lesson to a small group of kids this week over Google Meet. Dividing fractions. Something you probably can’t do anymore but is required of fifth graders. One of my students…

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I said nothing.

By mattyd | May 8, 2020

I’d like to point out that while waiting in line for a cashier at Stop & Shop yesterday, the man in front of me acted like a jerk and attempted to draw me into the…

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The Inspiring Show

By mattyd | May 8, 2020

I’ve been interviewed by quite a few podcasts over the last two months, including podcasts based in Scotland, Canada, Australia, and throughout the United States. Everyone has time on their hands, and I find myself…

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Moth Radio Hour!

By mattyd | May 8, 2020

Exciting news! One of my stories will be featured on The Moth Radio Hour this week! If you’re living in Connecticut, you can listen to The Moth Radio Hour on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:00…

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My Cleaning Trolley ruined a wonderfully charitable attempt to feed families

By mattyd | May 7, 2020

I’m not upset that My Cleaning Trolley – a toy which is nothing more than a small, pink custodian’s trolley – exists. I’m not even upset that it comes in pink, which all but assures…

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Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs

By mattyd | May 6, 2020

As I ride through the streets of  my town on my bike, looking for new streets and trails to explore, I’ve noticed lots of interesting things. Many of them existed long before the pandemic but…

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One space, people.

By mattyd | May 5, 2020

Microsoft has put its typographical foot down: Two spaces between sentences is too many. For the first time, Microsoft Word will mark two spaces after a punctuation mark as an error, underlining the extra space…

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Great moments in 2020

By mattyd | May 4, 2020

Both of my children left their training wheels behind yesterday and rode on two wheels for the first time. It took years of encouragement and a bit of courage on the part of both kids,…

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Ban one of my books. Please?

By mattyd | May 3, 2020

An Alaska school board recently voted to remove five books from their high school curriculum. The books are: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” Tim O’Brien’s “The Things…

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Those cats

By mattyd | May 2, 2020

He leapt from the step-stool to a high counter by the microwave, and from there, onto the refrigerator. Then he opened a cabinet and squeezed inside. Once inside the cabinet, he found the container, three…

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