Category Archives: Life in the United States

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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Thomas Edison’s Talking Doll

We can thank the inventor (person who creates new things) Thomas Edison for many inventions, including movie cameras, phonographs (early record players), light bulbs, and so many others. In his lifetime, he had near 1,100 patents (government licenses for an … Continue reading

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Things That Stick Out

“Stick out” is an interesting little expression. It describes something that is easy to see, or is noticeable, because it comes out farther than the rest. For example, “He’s so tall that he sticks out in a crowd (large group … Continue reading

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The Hello Project

Few of my students had trouble with the first part of the assignment (work given to students): Identify a kind of person you don’t like or makes you uncomfortable and describe what it is that you don’t like or makes … Continue reading

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It’s Spring – Let’s Party!

Spring is here, and in the next few weeks U.S. students will be getting one week of vacation from elementary (kindergarten to 5th grade) and secondary schools (middle school/junior high school and high school), and from colleges and universities. For … Continue reading

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The Railroad That Wasn’t

Imagine, if you can, a railroad that had most of the things that railroads have . . . passengers or freight (packages), stations (where trains stop so people can get on and off), conductors (people who check tickets and help … Continue reading

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(Extra) Ordinary People

Sunday began gray in Huntington Beach, a popular southern California beach city. And cool, almost cold. Surfers were out early, trying the larger waves brought by recent storms. Seagulls circled above, as they do, looking for something to eat – … Continue reading

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Presidents By Any Other Name

This month, we’ll be celebrating President’s Day on the 20th of February. Actually, the holiday is officially called “Washington’s Birthday” because, well, we’re celebrating the first president of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. However, most … Continue reading

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Rescued By The Pineapple Express

It’s either feast or famine. Feast refers to a large meal, especially one that celebrates something, like a wedding. Famine refers a shortage (too little) of food, often so much so that people suffer or die because they do not … Continue reading

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