Category Archives: Life in the United States

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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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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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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When Good People Do Good Things

When I see them, I often save articles that describe good people doing good things. Here are two of my favorites from 2016. At rest with honor. Andrew Moore died last year the way he had lived most of his … Continue reading

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