Category Archives: Life in the United States

Anasazi Cliff Dwellings

A few weeks ago (in late May), I got a chance to visit a place I’ve wanted to go to for a long time: the Anasazi cliff dwellings. The Anasazi were a Native American tribe (group; people) that lived in the … Continue reading

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Which Dog Will You Feed?

I heard an echo (something you hear again) from the past a few days ago. From my childhood, actually. When I was young, I remember hearing a story – first told, I believe, by a religious leader named Billy Graham … Continue reading

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“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”

June is here and weddings are in the air (all around us). June is the most popular month for Americans to get married. The second most popular month is October. December is the most common month to get engaged (promised to … Continue reading

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Look for the Helpers

What should you do when the news is scary (makes you afraid)? Fred Rogers’ mom told him that whenever there is a catastrophe (terrible event), he should “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Many … Continue reading

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Remembering POWs and MIAs

Yesterday was Memorial Day in the United States, a federal (national) holiday to remember those soldiers (members of the military) who have died in active military service (died while fighting as a soldier). During the Vietnam War (fought during the … Continue reading

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Share Your Spare

Have you ever thought about giving one of your kidneys – the part of your body that cleans your blood – to a stranger, to someone you don’t know? Scientific progress has made it easier and safer to transplant organs – … Continue reading

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Crime Bills

Let’s talk about money, lots and lots of money. Currently, the United States prints its bills (paper money) in seven denominations (amounts):  $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. There was a time, however, when higher denominations were printed for … Continue reading

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Charging Bull, Fearless Girl

Monday, October 19, 1987, was not a good day. On that day, called Black Monday, the value (amount of money something is worth) of stock markets around the world dropped very quickly. A stock market is a place for people … Continue reading

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Tax Time, Jail Time?

Today is Tax Day in the United States. It’s the last day Americans can file (submit) their personal income tax forms to the U.S. government. (Tax Day is normally April 15th, but since the 15th falls on a Saturday this … Continue reading

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See Less, See More

Seventeen (17) seconds. That’s all. That’s about how much time people spend in front of a piece of art as they walk through an art museum. An organization, called Slow Art Day, is trying to change that. Every year in April, … Continue reading

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