Author Archives: Warren Ediger

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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Thank You Always Fits*

Several years ago, saying “thank you” got Chantel Jennings a job. Jennings, a student at an American university, was studying in Spain when she received an award that included $500 to use any way she wanted. She used it to … 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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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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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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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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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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The Word Of The Year Is . . .

. . . is surreal. In the early 1800s, Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary to show how American English is different than British English. His dictionary, now called Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is probably the most-used American English dictionary. Most … Continue reading

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