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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Eat a small fry

By mattyd | December 31, 2021

McDonald’s in Japan is experiencing a serious crisis: A French fry shortage. The company is unable to source enough potatoes, likely a result of recent flooding issues in Canada, a common point of transit. The problem…

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I tested positive.

By mattyd | December 30, 2021

It finally happened. I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m feeling fine. I was actually about to climb aboard the bike for a ride when I decided to check my temperature. I had started experiencing chills…

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A missing cat and a little hope

By mattyd | December 29, 2021

Pluto, our beloved cat and friend, disappeared. We had someone spend the day in our home on Monday, rewiring and reconfiguring our internet for increased speed, and that sent Pluto and his brother, Tobi, into…

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Say it to them, too.

By mattyd | December 28, 2021

During one of my recent post surgical follow up appointments, the doctor and I got to talking about someone we both know who also works in the school where I teach.  The doctor and I said…

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Three words change a life. Not in a good way.

By mattyd | December 27, 2021

In case you missed it:   On Christmas Eve, President Biden and Dr. Biden were fielding calls from the NORAD Santa tracking service, speaking to children about Santa and the upcoming holiday.   Something Presidents…

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Need an employee? Go to McDonald’s.

By mattyd | December 26, 2021

Own a company or run a business and having a hard time finding good employees in this tight job market? Go to McDonald’s. Some of the finest, most competent, most hard working people who I…

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My 2021 Christmas haul

By mattyd | December 25, 2021

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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Green bean casserole is awful

By mattyd | December 24, 2021

I know that many people claim to enjoy green bean casserole, but I can’t imagine why this might be true. I suspect that they are probably the same people who enjoy lobster, even though it…

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Shop Blind

By mattyd | December 23, 2021

Until the end of today – December 23 –  you can partake in the Shop Blind Challenge.   Two Blind Brothers, a clothing company, was founded by brothers Bradford and Bryan Manning. At an early…

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Support an artist, including Jeni Bonaldo

By mattyd | December 22, 2021

Film director and prolific podcaster Kevin Smith says a lot of smart things. Here’s one that I like a lot: “Remember: It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A…

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