Author Archives: Dr. Lucy Tse

The Stephen King Book You Will (Probably) Never Read

If you went to the movies this past weekend, you may have seen a movie called It. It is a remake (newer version of a film) based on a 1986 novel (book-length story) by Stephen King.  The film is already a big … Continue reading

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Thick as Thieves

When I was growing up, my best friend was Marlene. We became friends in the third grade when we were about 10 years old. We hung around (spent free time) with each other all the time. In fact, we were practically … Continue reading

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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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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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