Category Archives: Life in the United States

Dancing With Ghosts: The Mysterious Visions of Wovoka

You may know that the word “ghost” means the image of a dead person who can be seen by the living. When I was a kid, people would sometimes tell “ghost stories” about scary (frightening) places, such as haunted houses, … Continue reading

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English at Home: Some Ideas for You and Your Children

If you’re looking for new ways to improve your and your children’s English as you stay at home during this coronavirus crisis, here are two ideas. Simple English Stories: For Beginners and Children For those who are beginners or children, … Continue reading

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How Do You Deal With Stress? Here’s What I Do

Many of us are feeling stress right now because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Stress is feeling worried, nervous, and anxious about something. Aside from the obvious threat of the coronavirus itself, perhaps you’re feeling stressed because your spouse (husband or … Continue reading

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Working (and Zooming) From Home

Many of you are probably stuck in (unable to leave) your house, and you may have to do your work from home. Now, many people think that working from home sounds like a great idea. But the reality (what actually … Continue reading

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Turning Over a New Leaf

It’s New Year’s Eve and time to ring in the new year (welcome and celebrate the new year)! For many people, the start of a new year means starting with a clean slate. Slate is type of dark gray stone. … Continue reading

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The Best Gift of All for the Holidays

Tired of going to the mall (shopping center) to buy presents (gifts)? Tired of searching online for the “perfect” gift? Search no more! I have the best gift you can give yourself or your loved ones (people you love) this … Continue reading

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Edison, You Light Up My Life

Thomas Edison was very smart guy. We know him as the inventor of the first practical (able to be used in everyday ways) light bulb. But that’s not the only thing Edison did in his lifetime. He also created the … Continue reading

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Brrr . . . Give me a Hot Toddy!

It’s not snowing here in Los Angeles, but it’s pretty chilly (cold). It’s dipped down to (reached the low temperature of) 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius)! I need to keep warm, and since it’s winter, I’m putting aside my coffee … Continue reading

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Where We Get Our Thanksgiving Turkeys

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, a group of mostly English citizens who were among the first to settle (move to and live) in what is now the northeastern U.S., held a three day celebration for a bountiful harvest. … Continue reading

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American Cities Named After Americans

Because America is a relatively new country compared to many nations, many of the names we have for our cities and towns come from famous Americans in the past 200 years. For example, Houston, Texas, is named after Sam Houston, … Continue reading

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