Hopefully you’ve all been enjoying summer. My wife, our two cats & I successfully moved from Edinburgh, Scotland in the UK back to Detroit, Michigan in the USA where we are from.
It was a crazy trip. Our flight was delayed 12 hours, then the flight was cancelled altogether due to a “maintenance issue” and mechanical failures. We were supposed to arrive back in America on Friday at 2 pm, but we didn’t end up getting back until the following day, Saturday at 10 pm.
It took a long time, it was a hassle, but it was fine. It wouldn’t have been that bad if it was justmy wife & I — we were just worried about cats. Some drinks on the long flight from Edinburgh to Toronto helped ease our nerves, then we felt dead by the time we got from Toronto to Detroit.
Our cats were not happy, but we survived. Now we are just waiting on reimbursement for our hotel room and flights from Air Canada “Rouge”
But — we made it home, alive. We’re back in Michigan — now ex — expats.
We are happy to be reuniting with family & friends after a long year in near isolation in cold, rainy, dark Edinburgh. It’s amazing to return to America during the peak of Michigan summer — it’s truly beautiful weather with warm sunshine & cool breezes. The Great Lake State of Michigan is truly a wonder to behold in the summer, so we are happy to be home — for now.
Next we are either moving to Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Official Logo The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. Near the time of…
Or (more likely) Charleston in South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Flag Seal Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston…
Here are some new materials — feel free to select whatever interests you the most or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
I’ve always loved Bruce Lee and his “be water” concept — this article details the Hong Kong protesters adopting the advice from the famous martial artist
Hong Kong protesters adopt 'be water' Bruce Lee tactic to evade police crackdown
Clad in black T-shirts and face masks, a small group of protesters emerge from a subway station at the North Point…
An article about the state of our world —
“The WRI (World Resources Institute) estimates that if people in the U.S. and other heavy meat-eating countries reduced their consumption of beef (and other meat from ruminants) to about 1.5 burgers per person, per week, it would ‘nearly eliminate the need for additional agricultural expansion (and associated deforestation), even in a world with 10 billion people.’ “
^this is why I’m vegan :)
To Slow Global Warming, U.N. Warns Agriculture Must Change
Humans must drastically alter food production in order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming…
Here is a fascinating article about a recent breakthrough in science that they say is going to change how we understand space & existence
Scientists find huge world of hidden galaxies, changing our understanding of the universe
Scientists have found a vast array of hidden galaxies, which together could change our understanding of how the…
An article about the wild information age we live in —
A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp…
He can hack your WhatsApp, find out where you are in 15 minutes and monitor your iPhone. But Tal Dilian says he's one…
An article about fast food in America (if you’re wondering about health or why so many Americans are so fat / overweight / obese)
'Drive-Thru Dreams' Explores America's Love-Hate Relationship With Fast Food
Do you want fries with that? It's complicated. Americans have a torturous relationship with fast food. We often vilify…
This is a Scientific article about the history of fairy tales & myths
Some fairy tales may be 6000 years old
When it comes to the origin of Western fairy tales, the 19th century Brothers Grimm get a lot of the credit. Few…
Legendary African-American author Toni Morrison recently passed away — she was an amazing writer and brave voice
'How Toni Morrison changed my life'
Americans at a bookshop near Toni Morrison's old university in Washington DC reflect on what she meant to them.
Here’s an article one of my students shared with me that is very relevant
Markets don’t work like they used to — and people are starting to notice
Big data is changing how markets work
This is an article about the PTSD settling over America in the wake of all the mass shootings that seem to never end because no law makers will make any positive changes to help the masses — America has a lot of problems but guns, drugs and education seem to be worse than immigration or trade in my mind.
False Reports Of Gunmen In N.Y. And Virginia Cause Jitters Following Mass Shootings
The headquarters of USA Today in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., was evacuated on Wednesday after authorities received…
In relation to these recent shootings — this is a very dark piece that is strangely illumnating and confusing all at once
Here's the El Paso Shooter's Full Manifesto: Read it Before You Believe the News
Authorities believe that the El Paso shooter [name withheld as an editorial policy of this publication] posted a…
Here’s another slightly depressing yet fascinating article about our current “end times” style world. Are we entering dystopia?
The end times are here, and I am at Target
It's a theory of mine that life in most societies involves being keenly aware that the end is coming. Your own…
Here is a TED Talk on my favorite topic — education
If her accent is difficult for you to understand, there are English captions / subtitles
Here is a funny TED Talk by a native English speaker (if you prefer)
A crazy, sad, interesting story
Millionaire fugitive arrested over wife's murder
A British-born millionaire suspected of murdering his wife at their California home has been arrested after spending…
I wanted to share this resource again so everyone can book mark this page for the Education First resources — that way if you ever have a question about grammar, vocabulary, idioms, quotes, etc. you can refer to this link -
English usage | Learn English | EF
If you're trying to improve your conversational English, you're in the right place. The sections below include a…
I also wanted to share some useful English slang words
22 Awesomely Useful Slang Words for ESL Learners
Hey there, star student.You've aced (done well on) your English exams. Your grammar is flawless.So why does your spoken…
This might be my favorite “simple” list of English slang words I found-
Here’s another list-
20 Essential American Slang Words for English Learners
American slang can make things so tricky for English learners.Has this ever happened to you?Your friend asks: "Hey…
For music this week I am sharing my friend Ben Collins’ band “Minihorse” — I’ve known Ben for a long time & we’ve played lots of different shows together in various bands around Detroit, Ann Arbor & elsewhere in Michigan. His latest project Minihorse recalls sounds of the early 90s with distorted guitars yet soft vulnerable vocals and intense dynamics — similar to artists like Elliott Smith, My Bloody Valentine, Grandaddy or even Nirvana.
They just released their new album “Living Room Art” recently, so my wife & I were able to go see them play live in Detroit at a club called “UFO Factory” near where my friend now lives right downtown in the city.
They have many good songs in my opinion
This is one of their first songs that really impressed me, very catchy
Ben was actually on the cover of a widespread Detroit publication known as “Metro Times” (distributed around the entire Metro Detroit area of 4 million + people)
Here is the article — he’s a very interesting guy — he works in robotics, is developing a meditation and breathing app and also travels the world with a very popular robot in addition to recording his own music and other things — this is a pretty well-written article and I’m happy for the success of my friend.
For Minihorse's Ben Collins, logic and science are one with creativity
click to enlarge Doug Coombe (Assistant: Katie Neumann) What is Ben Collins so afraid of? The 32-year-old…
This is probably their most popular song
For quotes this week I selected a few by Seneca, the famous Roman philosopher and scholar who tutored Emperor Nero —
“If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according what others think, you will never be rich.”
“Nothing is burdensome if taken lightly, and nothing need arouse one’s irritation so long as one doesn’t make it bigger than it is by getting irritated.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Withdraw into yourself, as far as you can. Associate with those who will make a better man of you. Welcome those whom you yourself can improve. The process is mutual; for men learn while they teach.”
If you are interested in more quotes from Seneca —
Letters from a Stoic Quotes
"What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he…
Here’s some more wisdom I found in meme form that I feel compelled to share —
If you’re wondering more about George Washington Carver here’s a link —
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver (1860s - January 5, 1943), was an American agricultural scientist and inventor. He actively…
I look forward to catching up with you soon.
Have a great week & a great weekend. Email me if you have any questions comments or concerns, or if you need to cancel or reschedule a lesson.