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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Weather imperfect, but the rest was ideal.

By mattyd | May 3, 2024

Spring has sprung. The weather has turned in Connecticut, which means that when I’m not meeting with my business partner or consulting with European clients in the early morning hours, I can finally leave my…

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You are morally, ethically, and professionally obligated to say something

By mattyd | May 2, 2024

Earlier this year, I offered a suggestion about something pertaining to my school district. It wasn’t a big deal, but it was something that I thought might improve the way we educate children. The response…

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Resolution update: April 2024

By mattyd | May 1, 2024

Every month, I report the progress of my yearly goals to monitor progress (or the lack thereof) and hold myself accountable.   The following are the results from April 2024. PERSONAL FITNESS 1. Don’t die.…

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But seriously…

By mattyd | April 30, 2024

You’ve made a joke. Or you think you’ve made a joke. Then, in an effort to pivot to something more serious, you say: “But seriously…” For example: “I’m worried that I might be married to…

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The Moon speech never delivered

By mattyd | April 29, 2024

The great William Safire drafted a speech in 1969 for President Nixon to read in case the Apollo 11 astronauts became stranded on the moon. It’s a fantastic speech. ——————————————————————————- IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:…

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Swapping entire families?

By mattyd | April 28, 2024

Did you know that in March of 1973, New York Yankees pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson swapped families? That really happened. The two pitchers swapped their wives, Marilyn and Susanne, and their children. The…

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Couch potato

By mattyd | April 27, 2024

In the United States, we use the phrase “couch potato” to describe someone who spends a significant amount of time sitting around, consuming content via a screen, and otherwise doing little else. In other countries,…

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You are not for everyone

By mattyd | April 26, 2024

You are not for everyone. Nor should you be. The common adage goes: “When you try to please everyone, you please none.” While this may be true, I prefer this own twist on this well-worn…

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Golfers are tough

By mattyd | April 25, 2024

Professional golfer Akshay Bhatia won the Valero Texas Open last month by beating Denny McCarthy on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. And he did it playing hurt. Despite entering the back nine with…

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Navigating the world

By mattyd | April 24, 2024

A recent study examined why some people seem to have an innate sense of direction while others do not. The study found that people tend to fall into three groups: Those who make good mental…

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