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A blog by Matthew Dicks

27 years since the Patriots have been in this position

By mattyd | January 3, 2021

Today the Patriots will play their final game of the 2020 NFL season. It’s the first time since 2008 that the Patriots will not appear in the playoffs. Even in 2008 – the season when…

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New Year’s Resolutions: 2021

By mattyd | January 2, 2021

At the beginning of every year I establish a list of goals (or New Year’s resolutions) for the coming calendar year. I post this list on my blog and social media as a means of…

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Resolution update: 2020 in review

By mattyd | January 1, 2021

At the end of each month, and now at the end of the year, I report on the progress of my New Year’s resolutions (or lack thereof). This has been a difficult year in terms…

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Some advice for someone who might not deserve it

By mattyd | December 31, 2020

I received an email from a person who was upset with me last week. Years ago, at one of my author talks, this person asked if I might read his book and offer some advice.…

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Do you really want to know the ending?

By mattyd | December 30, 2020

In a recent survey, 45 percent of respondents said that before watching a movie, television show, or sporting event, they specifically look for details related to the ending of that program. These are people who…

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Charles Kushner is a scumbag. Not a surprise, I know. But did you know the details?

By mattyd | December 29, 2020

As you probably know, Donald Trump has begun to pardon his cast of villains as he prepares to exit the White House at last. So far he has pardoned criminals who lied to the FBI…

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Three unexpected, unbelievable Christmas presents

By mattyd | December 28, 2020

I received some unexpected Christmas gifts this year. The kind you can only receive if you’re a teacher. I suspect that my fellow teachers receive gifts like this all the time (probably more often than…

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A Die Hard Christmas miracle

By mattyd | December 27, 2020

I’d like to brag a little. Christmas day was unlike any other for us. Typically we host an open house for people far and wide. Folks who pop in for ten minutes or ten hours.…

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My 2020 Christmas haul

By mattyd | December 26, 2020

Every Christmas, I take inventory of the holiday gifts that my wife, Elysha, gives me. Some people wish for cashmere sweaters, the latest gadget, stylish watches, and jewelry. My hope is often for the least…

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The just before

By mattyd | December 25, 2020

I love every bit of Christmas, but my favorite part – ever since I was a kid – is the just before. The moment of anticipation. That stillness of the early morning, when excited children…

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