Category Archives: Life in the United States

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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Welcome, 2017!

It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of 2016 and time to ring in the new year (celebrate the arrival of the new year)! Here are a few words we associate (connect) with the anticipation (waiting to happen) and … Continue reading

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The Greatest For The Least

A Christmas tradition was born in Dublin, Ireland, almost 275 years ago. On April 13, 1742, 700 people packed (sat very close to each other) into Fishamble Hall for a concert to raise (collect) money to help sick and poor … Continue reading

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2-Wheeled Therapy

People who have tried it say it’s therapeutic. What they mean is that doing it makes them feel calm and relaxed. It helps them feel better about themselves and their lives. Forty years ago, a little-known organization called Adventure Cycling … 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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Among the Noise, Silence

Among all the recent political noise, a piece of silence has been noticed by many. The silence is the missing voice of Gwen Ifill, one of the PBS (Public Broadcasting System) Newshour’s co-hosts (two main reporters), who died on Monday, … 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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Seattle’s Bike Batman

Superheroes have been around for many years. Superman is 78 years old. Spider-Man is 56. Captain Marvel, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America are somewhere in between. Most heroes, though, are not super. They don’t appear in comic books, on … Continue reading

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