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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Three lessons from LBJ’s holiday offering

By mattyd | June 4, 2022

In December of 1967, Lyndon Johnson made an unscheduled, unannounced visit to the Vatican. The visit was so unannounced that even the Pope Paul VI – recovering from a recent, undisclosed surgery – didn’t know…

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A lesson ruined by a murder

By mattyd | June 3, 2022

I’m lying on my back beneath a pine tree alongside one of my students. It’s Field Day at my school, and we’re enjoying a break together. We’re staring into the branches and at the sky…

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Best barbecue guest

By mattyd | June 2, 2022

Elysha and I hosted a barbecue on Sunday. Our backyard and deck were filled with neighbors and friends. I had a joyous time for many reasons, but the one that will stand out for me…

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Resolution update: May 2022

By mattyd | June 1, 2022

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 May 2022. PERSONAL FITNESS 1.…

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Know-nothings doing nothing

By mattyd | May 31, 2022

The next time a know-nothing lawmaker like Ted Cruz argues that the solution to school shootings – which only happen in the United States with this level of frequency and lethality – is to harden…

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Clara and The Hobbit

By mattyd | May 30, 2022

Clara was not pleased. We had finished reading the Harry Potter series and had decided to move onto “The Hobbit” and eventually The Lord of the Rings trilogy. She was having none of it. She…

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Take your child on a trip via Google Maps

By mattyd | May 29, 2022

Brilliant idea from Elysha: Last week she used Google Earth to take Charlie on a tour of all of the places where she has lived throughout her life, complete with descriptions of each locale and…

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I’m rich!

By mattyd | May 28, 2022

Exciting news! I’m rich! The website allfamousbirthday.com has a page dedicated to me, and the information listed is quite surprising. The website accurately lists my educational background, birthday, place of birth, and all eight books…

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My Eagle Scout extension explained

By mattyd | May 27, 2022

On the heels of realizing that my mother never sent my letter offering film critique to Steven Spielberg (because how could she in 1981?) came this other realization: My parents probably never requested my Eagle…

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What is an author’s filmography or discography called?

By mattyd | May 26, 2022

If you’re a filmmaker, the list of movies that you’ve made is called your filmography. If you’re a musician, the list of albums that you’ve made is called your discography. But if you’re an author?…

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