Category Archives: Life in the United States

Hot for Teacher’s Grade*

School begins in a few weeks, to the great joy and happiness of parents everywhere. What does it take (what do you need) to be successful in American schools? Being successful in an American school requires, as in other schools … Continue reading

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Dear LA: I love you. I hate you.

A few blocks from my house, the owner of a very large house recently painted a message to everyone who drives or walks past (see photo). It reads: “Dear LA, I love you. I hate you. I love you. I … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation is Here. Who Wants to Go Camping?

July and August are traditionally (usually) the most popular months for people to take a vacation. Some stay in hotels. Some stay with friends. Some rent an apartment or small house. But many Americans like to take vacation by going … Continue reading

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Test Your Creative Potential

  Why are some people more creative (able to think of new and original ideas) than others? Psychologists have sought (looked for) an answer to this question for many years, with some interesting hypotheses (guesses; theories). Dean Keith Simonton at … Continue reading

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Who Wants to Wash My Car?

My car is really dirty. I mean, it has a lot of dirt and dust on the outside. Why so dirty? Two reasons: 1. I live in Los Angeles, where it rains only rarely in the summer, so there is … Continue reading

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Congrats to the Grads!

June is the month for graduations, the completion of studies, both for high school and college/university students. So what does a typical American graduation look like? Most graduation ceremonies have two parts: (1) an awarding of degrees, where students come … Continue reading

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Los Angeles is #1, Baby!

So this happened:* Los Angeles has recently been found to have the MOST “aggressive” drivers in the United States. I always knew my city was #1 in something. We’re number one in idiot drivers! To be aggressive means to act … Continue reading

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Saying “I Do”

George Carlin (1937-2008) was an American comedian, a person whose job is to tell jokes or funny stories. He was a stand-up comic, someone who told jokes in front of an audience, and he was very successful. Carlin was often … Continue reading

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As the Crow Files

If you ask an Angeleno (a person living in Los Angeles) the distance between two places, you’re more likely to get an answer in minutes, not miles. That’s because there’s one thing all Angelenos have to contend with (deal with; … Continue reading

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Call Me JFF

A.E.I.O.U. You know these are the vowels in the English language, but you may not know that they are under assault (being attacked). OK, it’s not quite that dramatic (serious), but if you look at popular culture today, vowels are … Continue reading

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