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Author Archives: Matthew Arnold Stern

You won’t get over it

For you, next week will be six months. For me, next month will be 42 years. Here is something I learned in that time. It isn’t what you want to hear, and it might not comfort you, but it’s the truth you need. You won’t get over it.

What’s special about education

Later this month, my granddaughter will start kindergarten. Over the next dozen or more years, she will be expected to learn her multiplication tables, read A Wrinkle In Time, and learn about the three branches of government like anyone who doesn’t have cerebral palsy. I’m happy that she will get a public school education at a …

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To sell yourself, be yourself

“Can we get back to writing now, please?” Sure. You might consider my posts about Stoneman Douglas and my displeasure with the President to be distractions from what I should be doing, building a platform. I have books to sell, and a book I want a publisher to pick up. I should be busy building …

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Tommy’s button

When the March For Our Lives tour came to our area, I had to go. I wanted to hear their stories, learn more about the issues, and find ways I can help. But there was one thing I wanted to do if I were to meet one of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High …

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Is it time to bring back irreverent humor?

Have you ever heard of shuttle jokes? Shortly after the Challenger disaster in January 1986, a bunch of jokes started circulating about it. Here is the least offensive of them: “Why does NASA drink Pepsi? Because they can’t get 7-Up.” Why would people joke about something as horrible as the death of seven astronauts? Or the …

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