Late August Materials
How is your summer going? Many of my students are enjoying holiday, traveling on vacation or relaxing at home, in the sun, in the shade or at the beach. My wife Jessica & I miss the Mediterranean more than we miss the UK — there are days where we miss Edinburgh but the weather of Michigan summertime is making us happy to be back home in America.
I will keep my post brief this week — I have several appointments (medical & dental check ups since I just got back to my home country) plus I am going up north for a long weekend or two in the next few months so I will keep in touch about certain dates I will be unavailable — if you have any questions or need to reschedule, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com anytime.
Here are the materials I have selected to share for this week, hopefully you find some of these interesting and helpful to your expanding English knowledge and skills!
Sad stories coming from South America right now about these fires in the Amazon, truly heart-breaking to a nature-lover like myself
Brazilian Amazon burning at record rate, space agency warns
Brazil's Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, according to new data from the country's space…
This is a meme I recently saw that’s related to this same topic. I wanted to share this becuase of its relevancy —
Another article connected to this developing story- this focuses on the indigenous (native) peoples of the area —
'We fight for the right to exist'
Thousands of indigenous people have protested in the Brazilian capital, Brasília, to defend hard-won land and cultural…
Here is a more uplifting & inspiring article about mental health being improved by exercise
Exercise is the new primary prescription for those with mental health problems - Neuroscience News
Adding exercise as a treatment for patients in psychiatric care facilities has positive benefits and is proving to be…
Meanwhile — Crazy new developments in Mexico !
Mexico court approves recreational cocaine use
A Mexican judge has granted two people the right to recreational cocaine use, in the first ruling of its kind, the…
This is an interesting story from US news outlet NPR (National Public Radio — a publicly funded media source in America) about a recent incident in China
China Confirms British Consulate Employee Held On 'Administrative Detention'
China's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that an employee of Britain's Hong Kong consulate was detained nearly two weeks…
Here is a UK perspective on a recent controversial remark made by Trump
Trump says Jews who support Democrats are 'disloyal'
Donald Trump has said Jewish voters who vote for Democratic Party politicians show "great disloyalty". The president…
Another insane connection to the Epstein trial / suicide… the plot thickens
Two Researchers Resign in Protest Over MIT Media Lab's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein
Two researchers have cut ties with MIT Media Lab over its connections to Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire sex…
An interesting story about a killer, the FBI & technology
How A Tip - And Facial Recognition Technology - Helped The FBI Catch A Killer
Walter Yovany-Gomez evaded authorities for years before the FBI put him on its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Gomez, a…
Here is a story that offers proof of America’s conflicts of interest across the world — the US can act like the heroes, but the truth is coming out
Bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen was supplied by US
The bomb used in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned…
Another insane Trump remark leading to conflict between countries :(
Denmark defiant on Greenland after Trump snub
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she is "annoyed" at Donald Trump's decision to cancel his visit after…
Here’s a screenshot from a recent development on Twitter between the people & the president of the USA — which one is “fake news” ??? Who knows what to believe? It’s hard to understand what to trust — that’s why it’s important to read multiple resources (especially when reality seems to be turning into a deranged cartoon show)
An alarming story about technology, privacy invasion & video games
Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes
Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the…
A story with an interesting take on recycling
More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier
When curbside recycling caught on in the 1970s, it was mostly about cans, glass, cardboard and paper. That's how Donald…
This is a “long read” article about searching for dinosaurs
Mission Jurassic: Searching for dinosaur bones
By Jonathan Amos The stench was unbearable. The hulking mass of dead dinosaur had lain on the sandbar now for over a…
Here is another (much shorter) fascinating article about a recent dinosaur discovery —
Canada Unveils 'Dinosaur Mummy' Found With Skin And Gut Contents Intact
Scientists hail it as perhaps the best-preserved dinosaur specimen ever uncovered. You can't even see its bones. That's…
Here is a slide show with more photos of the “Dinosaur Mummy”
This Dinosaur Is the 'Most Impressive Fossil' We've Ever Seen
It takes a lot to wow photographer Robert Clark. Over his illustrious career, Clark has photographed more than 40…
Here is a more uplifting story about the guitarist of Pink Floyd donating to charities to help fight climate change
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour sold his guitar collection for $21.5 million- and donated everything to…
Inspired by climate activist Greta Thunberg, musician David Gilmour sells renowned guitar collection and raises $21.5…
For grammar this week I wanted to share resources on quantifiers. When learning English, it can be difficult to know when to say “how much” versus “too many” — here are some links to help with that
Grammar Lessons - Quantifiers
A quantifier is a word or phrase which is used before a noun to indicate the amount or quantity: 'Some', 'many', 'a lot…
Much, many, a lot of, lots of : quantifiers - English Grammar Today - Cambridge Dictionary
Much, many, a lot of, lots of : quantifiers - English Grammar Today - a reference to written and spoken English grammar…
We use quantifiers when we want to give someone information about the number of something: how much or how many.
Here’s a more in depth look if you want to learn more about the different quantifiers of English —
Quantifiers | English Grammar | EF
Quantifiers are adjectives and adjectival phrases that give approximate or specific answers to the questions "How…
Here is a very interesting & recent TED Talk presentation about habits
For music this week I wanted to share one of my favorite “newer” or “younger” bands called “Whitney” from Chicago — the band is mainly comprised of two songwriters — drummer and singer Julien (who used to play drums for a great band called Unknown Mortal Orchestra a.k.a. UMO) & guitarist Max (who used to play for a great band called The Smith Westerns)
They have been putting out new songs ahead of their upcoming second album
These are the songs that first got me hooked on Whitney —
& “Golden Days”
Here’s the lyrics for “No Woman” if you’re interested in reading them
Whitney - No Woman
Verse 1] / I left drinking on the city train / To spend some time on the road / Then one morning I woke up in LA /…
Some of you may know & some of you may infer from the photo at the top of this blog post, but I am also a musician. I make music by myself as Quells and also with my friends as our band Shady Groves -
For anyone interested in listening or following the music I make with my band Shady Groves in Detroit, you can follow us at these links:
Shady Groves Online:
https://shadygrovesbandblog.tumblr.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5H7FQned2YIxpYqPtqJ1Mg https://twitter.com/shadygrovesband
& on Spotify here:
Here is our “Facebook” page -
A while back we got an "appreciation message from the Phillipines" & we have to share this because it's so beautiful…
As many of you know, my wife & I are aspiring authors — she is working on a fantasy book series (3 books) & I am writing my own science fiction (sci-fi) series (9 books) — we have both been working on our respective book series since we were children, creating characters & worlds, plotting & scheming for years & years — now we are finally writing & finishing books & preparing to submit them out to the world in hopes of getting published.
For quotes & wisdom from those wiser than I this week, I wanted to share these memes that elegantly share a quote with a photo.
Here are some quotes from two of our idols —
Two very famous, very amazing writers
One of the most famous science-fiction (sci-fi) writers ever — Isaac Asimov
& one of the most famous fantasy writers ever, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia — C.S. Lewis
Here is a quote from Gandhi to keep in mind in relation to our world today
Here is another quote from one of the most legendary sci-fi authors of all time — the author of many classics like War of the Worlds, Invisible Man, The Time Machine & many more
“Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.”
― H. G. Wells
If you’re interested in more quotes from H.G. Wells, here’s a link
H.G. Wells Quotes (Author of The Time Machine)
928 quotes from H.G. Wells: 'We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those…
Here is an article I wrote a few years ago on this very important topic — EDUCATION — speaking from my experiences an educator.
My View Point | The County Press
Anyone who reads The County Press or Lapeer Area View might know I am an advocate for education. Sadly, most people…
Have a great week & a great weekend!
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