Category Archives: Life in the United States

A Very L.A. Thanksgiving

Welcome! We’re so glad you could join us for Thanksgiving. Come in out of the cold. It’s dipped below (fallen under) 70° F (20° C) outside. Brrrrrrrrr! Jeff has been slaving away (working very hard) in the kitchen all day baking … Continue reading

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Among the Noise, Silence

Among all the recent political noise, a piece of silence has been noticed by many. The silence is the missing voice of Gwen Ifill, one of the PBS (Public Broadcasting System) Newshour’s co-hosts (two main reporters), who died on Monday, … Continue reading

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If You Like Short Skirts, Thank World War II

War has many unintended consequences (things that happen that no one intended). World War II shrunk (made smaller) the skirt. During World War II, the United States experienced a major change in gender roles (views and responsibilities of men and women). According to the … Continue reading

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Canadians: We’re Coming For You

The United States and Canada are usually friendly neighbors. We share the longest demilitarized border (without an army or military protection) in the world, and our citizens can travel back and forth without any special visas. But things haven’t always … Continue reading

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Seattle’s Bike Batman

Superheroes have been around for many years. Superman is 78 years old. Spider-Man is 56. Captain Marvel, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America are somewhere in between. Most heroes, though, are not super. They don’t appear in comic books, on … Continue reading

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Meet Siri

I was talking to a student recently – on Skype – when I was interrupted by a woman’s voice: “I’m sorry, Warren, I didn’t get that.” The voice came from my iPad, which was sitting on my desk. I had … Continue reading

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Tips on Printing Your Own Money

What do you do if you’re the U.S. government and you’re short on (don’t have enough) money? You just print it, of course. During the U.S. Civil War (1861 to 1865), the federal (national) government was nearly broke (without any money). … Continue reading

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When Losers Are Winners

Mara Abbott could see it. The finish line. Her life dream. An Olympic victory. A gold medal. Two hundred meters more and her dream would come true. Two hundred meters more and the Olympic gold medal would be hers. Unlike … Continue reading

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Clearing Your Conscience

Are you unable to sleep at night because your conscience is bothering you? Your conscience is the feeling you get or the voice in your mind that tells you you’re doing wrong. If your conscience is bothering you, you’re feeling guilty (with … Continue reading

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Our Best Idea

Here’s a question for you: In the U.S., what is as large as the United Kingdom (the countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and was visited by more than 300 million people last year? The answer: our 59 national … Continue reading

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