Category Archives: Life in the United States

A Visit to the Nixon Library

Presidential libraries are places where many of the documents and possessions of American presidents are kept after they leave office (stop being president). These libraries usually have museums that tell you the story of that president and what he did. … Continue reading

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Are You Woke?

Over the past year, one of the most popular buzzwords, or fashionable words, used in the media (news, TV shows, etc.) is “woke.” You probably know the word woke as the past tense of the verb “to wake” (to stop … Continue reading

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Is Teddy Roosevelt Still Right about America?

One of our most famous presidents was Theodore or “Teddy” (a short name for Theodore) Roosevelt, who was president of the U.S. between 1901 and 1909. Roosevelt was first famous for being a leader during the Spanish-American War in 1898, … Continue reading

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Hot for Teacher’s Grade*

School begins in a few weeks, to the great joy and happiness of parents everywhere. What does it take (what do you need) to be successful in American schools? Being successful in an American school requires, as in other schools … Continue reading

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Dear LA: I love you. I hate you.

A few blocks from my house, the owner of a very large house recently painted a message to everyone who drives or walks past (see photo). It reads: “Dear LA, I love you. I hate you. I love you. I … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation is Here. Who Wants to Go Camping?

July and August are traditionally (usually) the most popular months for people to take a vacation. Some stay in hotels. Some stay with friends. Some rent an apartment or small house. But many Americans like to take vacation by going … Continue reading

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Test Your Creative Potential

  Why are some people more creative (able to think of new and original ideas) than others? Psychologists have sought (looked for) an answer to this question for many years, with some interesting hypotheses (guesses; theories). Dean Keith Simonton at … Continue reading

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Who Wants to Wash My Car?

My car is really dirty. I mean, it has a lot of dirt and dust on the outside. Why so dirty? Two reasons: 1. I live in Los Angeles, where it rains only rarely in the summer, so there is … Continue reading

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Congrats to the Grads!

June is the month for graduations, the completion of studies, both for high school and college/university students. So what does a typical American graduation look like? Most graduation ceremonies have two parts: (1) an awarding of degrees, where students come … Continue reading

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Los Angeles is #1, Baby!

So this happened:* Los Angeles has recently been found to have the MOST “aggressive” drivers in the United States. I always knew my city was #1 in something. We’re number one in idiot drivers! To be aggressive means to act … Continue reading

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