Author Archives: Dr. Lucy Tse

Mail by Mule

Americans love to complain about the United States Postal Service (USPS), which we more commonly call the “post office.” They are blamed for lost or late mail, even for the amount of junk mail (unwanted mail, including advertisements) we receive. But … Continue reading

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What am I, Chopped Liver?

Hello, everybody! Today, I’m going to talk about a phrase you might hear in conversation, one that sounds just a little bit strange. Jeff:  “I heard that you need a singer for the show.” Lucy:  “Yes, I’m thinking of asking … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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“Welcome to the Fourth Grade”

The kids are back in school! Hooray! (Great!) Most schools in the U.S. begin their school year either in last two weeks of August or right after Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September (yesterday). To get you … Continue reading

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An Actual Phone Call to My Internet Provider

A few months ago, the company that provides me with home Internet and phone service sold that portion (part) of their company to another business. Since then, there have been many news reports about service problems. I’m one of the customers who … Continue reading

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