Category Archives: Life in the United States

(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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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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