Category Archives: News and Current Events

It Isn’t Over Until . . . Later

Today is election day in the U.S. By the end of the day, we’ll probably know who the next president will be. I say “probably” because today is not the end of the process. Voting on election day is the … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra: Trapped in Australia

The well-known singer Frank Sinatra had a long and successful career, but things didn’t always go smoothly (not always without problems) for him, according to the National Archives. The 58-year-old singer arrived in Melbourne, Australia on July 9, 1974 to give … Continue reading

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A Gold Medal in English

This week much of the world is, like I am, watching the Olympic games in Rio. It seems like every Olympics has its own problems and scandals (doing something wrong that causes the public to have strong negative reaction). But … Continue reading

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Danger! Dumpster Fire!

In the U.S., our national elections are less than 100 days away. For the next three months we’ll read and hear a lot of what some call “politalk” – political talk – in news stories, TV ads, speeches, and interviews. … Continue reading

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Today is National (Something) Day!

Today is National Pecan Pie Day. Personally, I hate pecan pie (see photo), so I’m not going to celebrate it. You may be wondering, as I am, why there is a National Pecan Pie Day and why it is on … Continue reading

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Your Guide to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections: Part 4

Here’s another post in our continuing series on the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. If you missed the first three, go here. Buzzwords Every presidential election campaign brings with it (creates or makes popular) certain buzzwords, terms or phrases that are … Continue reading

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Your Guide to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Part 3

To help you understand the presidential elections in the United States this year, I’m going to attempt to explain some of the events of the election in an ongoing (continuing; series) “guide.” I am not an expert on politics, but … Continue reading

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Super (Crazy) Tuesday

This year’s election of the next president of the United States has been one of the strangest – perhaps “craziest” is a better word – in the past 100 years. Today is called Super Tuesday, a day when several state … Continue reading

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Why Jeff is So Funny

Humor (being funny or amusing) is sometimes difficult to define and to understand. What you may find funny, I may not and vice versa (the reverse is true). A group of Canadian researchers, however, may have an explanation for why … Continue reading

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When They Moved Veterans Day (Then Moved It Back Again)

Today is a public holiday in the United States called Veterans Day. A veteran is someone who was once in his or her country’s military (army, navy, etc.). Today is also a day of remembrance in many countries, since it … Continue reading

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