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grin and bare it

A blog by Matthew Dicks

Don’t let a little rain stop you.

By mattyd | July 4, 2021

My friend, Rob, texted me yesterday, asking if I wanted to try to squeeze in a round of golf before the rain.    I wanted to point out to Rob that it was kind of…

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By mattyd | July 3, 2021

I discovered something delightful today. The word “jiffy,” which is normally used to indicate an unspecified short period, as in “I will be back in a jiffy” has also acquired a number of more precise…

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Resolution update: June 2021

By mattyd | July 1, 2021

Every month I report the progress of my yearly goals in order to monitor progress (or the lack thereof) and hold myself accountable.   The following are the result from June 2021. Halfway through the…

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Smarter than dumb adults

By mattyd | June 30, 2021

Yesterday Charlie and I found ourselves driving behind a car with a message in the rear window that read, “Unmask our kids.” Before I could say a word, Charlie – who is still unvaccinated because…

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Am I just a Massachusetts guy living in Connecticut?

By mattyd | June 29, 2021

It’s been mentioned on a couple podcasts recently that folks from Massachusetts – and specifically the Boston area – possess a certain degree of edginess and readiness to fight. Perhaps an undercurrent of impatience and…

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Old school punishment

By mattyd | June 28, 2021

A few years ago, students, along with the help of a handy parent, built a set of foot stocks for our production of King Lear, complete with latch and padlock. In the play, the Earl…

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Michigan morons go home and do what?

By mattyd | June 27, 2021

Remember when these morons and many more like them entered the Michigan state house last May, carrying guns in an attempt to intimidate legislators into lifting lockdown restrictions? They look so proud of themselves. Don’t…

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Autographed photos. Three oranges. Rotten kids.

By mattyd | June 26, 2021

Back in March, I had 50 photos of myself printed. I brought them to school. My plan was to offer autographed photos of myself to my students, saying things like, “Given how much you adore…

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Celebrating progress

By mattyd | June 25, 2021

Great news. Support for same-sex marriage in the United States has reached an all-time high of 70%, according to a poll released by Gallup last week. The percentage — the highest since the organization began…

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A rebuke of my own

By mattyd | June 23, 2021

United States bishops have approved a “teaching document” that may rebuke President Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights. The rebuke may deny Biden communion. For the record: President Biden is personally opposed…

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