Category Archives: Life in the United States

10 Things On My Music Player

In no particular (special) order, here are 10 songs on the Music app of my phone: On a Sunday Afternoon by Lighter Shade of Brown – A student of mine introduced this rap song to me way back (all the … Continue reading

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My Thanksgiving Dinner, 2017

1. Here’s the turkey I cooked for Thanksgiving – ready to go into the oven! 2. Now you see the turkey 2.5 hours later – ready to go into my mouth! 3. After the turkey, there is of course pumpkin … Continue reading

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…No, It’s a Giant Hello Kitty?!

This Thursday is Thanksgiving, and an American tradition on Thanksgiving is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (see Cultural English 60). Macy’s is a chain (business with many locations) of department stores in the U.S., selling anything from clothing and cosmetics to … Continue reading

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The World Series is Here – Play Ball!

Today is the first game of this year’s Major League Baseball World Series. The best two baseball teams of 2017 play to determine the champion (winner) this year. My favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is in the series for … Continue reading

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No Room for a Park? Build a Parklet.

Here I am on Saturday afternoon enjoying my coffee. I’m not sitting outside of a cafe. I’m sitting at a parklet in Santa Monica. You know what a park is: it’s a green space with trees where people can go … Continue reading

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Cocaine for Babies

I feel bad for parents dealing with teething babies (babies with growing teeth). It seems nothing can soothe (calm and quiet) them when they have a toothache (pain in the tooth). But if you were a parent in the U.S. … Continue reading

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The Legendary Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip is a mile and a half stretch (length) of road located on Sunset Boulevard in the middle of Los Angeles, not too far from Beverly Hills. It is legendary (very famous) for its restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, but also … Continue reading

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Anasazi Cliff Dwellings

A few weeks ago (in late May), I got a chance to visit a place I’ve wanted to go to for a long time: the Anasazi cliff dwellings. The Anasazi were a Native American tribe (group; people) that lived in the … Continue reading

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Which Dog Will You Feed?

I heard an echo (something you hear again) from the past a few days ago. From my childhood, actually. When I was young, I remember hearing a story – first told, I believe, by a religious leader named Billy Graham … Continue reading

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“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”

June is here and weddings are in the air (all around us). June is the most popular month for Americans to get married. The second most popular month is October. December is the most common month to get engaged (promised to … Continue reading

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