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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Aren’t you cold?

By mattyd | October 5, 2020

I played golf this weekend in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. Temperatures were in the low to mid 50’s at tee time each day. While my friends were wearing sweatshirts and pants, I was not…

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Men ruin golf

By mattyd | October 4, 2020

My friend, Andrew, and I were paired with two women yesterday on the golf course. They turned out to be excellent playing partners. They love the game of golf, don’t take it too seriously, and…

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Moments of Note: Summer 2020

By mattyd | October 3, 2020

October has arrived. It seems like forever ago when Elysha, the kids, and I were sitting on the beach on a hot, summer day, swimming, kayaking, and eating ice cream. Over the course of every…

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Early Christmas present beyond compare

By mattyd | October 2, 2020

First the children played in the snow. Next, Christmas came early. Unable to wait more than three months, Elysha gave me my Christmas present early, which was more than a little surprising. But when I…

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Resolution update: September 2020

By mattyd | October 1, 2020

At the end of each month, I report on the progress of my New Year’s resolutions (or lack thereof). Here are the result through the end of September. PERSONAL FITNESS 1. Don’t die. Still alive!…

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Matt and Elysha on television!

By mattyd | September 30, 2020

Elysha and I were interviewed last night by John Lyons and Ronni Newton of for their television show from the comfort of our own kitchen. The show was also streamed on Facebook, Youtube, and…

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Snowballs in September

By mattyd | September 29, 2020

On Sunday, I told Clara and Charlie that I would take them to a magical place. Then I did. We drove up Alumni Road in our hometown of Newington, parked beside a gate that blocks…

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Who should we admire?

By mattyd | September 28, 2020

I have a friend who shall remain nameless for reasons you will see in a moment. I introduced my friend to golf seven years ago after securing permission from his wife. Golf can be a…

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Matty. At least to some.

By mattyd | September 27, 2020

I was walking up the fairway yesterday with my friend, Dan, when he turned to me and said, “So I didn’t know people call you Matty?” It’s true. Not everyone, of course. Dan has known…

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Text and emails say a lot

By mattyd | September 26, 2020

Over the past week: A friend texted me about his opinions of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” (not good) A friend sent me a poem that he had written, then he sent me a revision of…

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