Happy February! A celebration in easy English

By Robyn What can make us happy? February. The snow is wonderful for children. My neighbors built an entire family made of snow, father, mother, boy, girl, and dog. Everyone smiles. We celebrate many days in February to make our hearts warm. February 2nd is Groundhog...

Poet Amanda Gorman

By Shirley During the presidential inauguration, on January 21st, we were gifted with the sight of the refreshingly beautiful and talented young poet Amanda Gorman. Amid lingering fears from the Capitol attack, Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb”, grasped the...

How to Celebrate Presidents’ Day

By Martha B When I was a young child, February was the month in which we had two days off from school: February 12 in celebration of Lincoln’s birthday, and February 22, for Washington’s birthday. Since then, someone must have figured out that two days off...

The Underground Railroad in Detroit

By Marcy The Underground Railroad, pathway to freedom for enslaved African-Americans in the early 1800’s, figured prominently in Detroit’s history. Black people in southern states seeking to escape bondage made their way north, often with Detroit as their goal with...

Meet Janine and Lunches 4 Learners

By Shirley It might surprise you to know that some people in the US are going hungry and are unsure when or how they will get their next meal. According to statistics by Feeding America, 35 million people in the US struggled with hunger in 2019, before the pandemic...

The Accomplished Life of Percy Julian

By Marcy Chances are you’ve never heard of him, but this African-American was a groundbreaking chemist who received many awards and accolades over his distinguished career. Born in 1899 in Montgomery, Alabama, to parents deeply committed to providing a good education...

Africans in the Americas

By Renata Current estimates put the number of Africans transported as slaves to the New World at between twelve and thirteen million. Of this total—around four million–were taken to Brazil (the Portuguese were the biggest slave traders); the British took around...

The Pandemic is Just Another Excuse to Read a Good Book

By Martha B Dear International Neighbor: This letter is “Everything I never told you”* about my life and all the reading I have done over the past twelve months. I started the year off with “Intimations”* that all signs showed that 2020 was going to be another great...

Bucket List 2021: Kick-Off For A Transformation

By Marja My interpretation of a bucket list differs from its common understanding as presented in typical internet sites even though their basic premises originate from the same motivational source. An article defines the term in the apt way I can also subscribe:...

Help, I’ve been bamboozled!

By Marcy Bamboozled? With a silly sounding word like that, it couldn’t be too serious. English has a lot of silly words so let’s have some fun and look at a few of them. If you’ve been bamboozled, you’ve been snookered, hoodwinked, led by the nose, or had the wool...