Category Archives: News and Current Events

My Father, Gertrude Stein, and a Mysterious Meeting in World War II

Sunday was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in which so many men and women lost their lives. In the United States, we honor (remember with respect) this day as “Veteran’s Day.” A veteran is a … Continue reading

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Columbus Day Controversies

Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! The United States celebrates (recognizes and honors) Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, … Continue reading

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English With Your Coffee: Technology Edition

Learn some vocabulary about technology in this short video. Want to comment on this blog post? You can now do that on our Facebook page – click here to comment on this post! WAIT! Before You Go . . . … Continue reading

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3 Rules for Email (and Why You Should Follow Them)

The Wall Street Journal recently ran (published) an article on how you can use your email better. They cite (talk about; mention) a lot of recent scientific studies on using email. Let’s talk about three of them, and learn some … Continue reading

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Headline English: December 31, 2016

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It Isn’t Over Until . . . Later

Today is election day in the U.S. By the end of the day, we’ll probably know who the next president will be. I say “probably” because today is not the end of the process. Voting on election day is the … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra: Trapped in Australia

The well-known singer Frank Sinatra had a long and successful career, but things didn’t always go smoothly (not always without problems) for him, according to the National Archives. The 58-year-old singer arrived in Melbourne, Australia on July 9, 1974 to give … Continue reading

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A Gold Medal in English

This week much of the world is, like I am, watching the Olympic games in Rio. It seems like every Olympics has its own problems and scandals (doing something wrong that causes the public to have strong negative reaction). But … Continue reading

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Danger! Dumpster Fire!

In the U.S., our national elections are less than 100 days away. For the next three months we’ll read and hear a lot of what some call “politalk” – political talk – in news stories, TV ads, speeches, and interviews. … Continue reading

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Today is National (Something) Day!

Today is National Pecan Pie Day. Personally, I hate pecan pie (see photo), so I’m not going to celebrate it. You may be wondering, as I am, why there is a National Pecan Pie Day and why it is on … Continue reading

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