Today is our first blogday! Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of a blogday – I just made it up! It’s the birthday of the English with Rae blog. One year ago, I wrote my very first blog post, titled Memorial Day.
It has been a great year for me, and I am so grateful to all of you, my readers! I think you’ll like the new things I have planned for the blog in the upcoming year. I’m going to add a “Word of the Week” feature that will explore a key word in-depth. Also, I am writing a series of lessons for conversation practice that will be available as an e-book. I’ll give you more details about that later.
Today, to celebrate our blogday together, let’s look back at some of the stories from the past year and see what’s happened since then.
In June, I wrote about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Many of the fishermen and shrimpers who were affected by the spill were immigrants. Their limited understanding of English made it difficult for them to receive the help that was available to them.
Carl-Henrik Svanberg, the Chairman of British Petroleum, made a lot of people angry when he said, “We care about the small people.” One year later, Svanberg is still in charge at BP, and the “small people” are still struggling.
Before the World Cup games in South Africa, most Americans had never heard of vuvuzelas. Now the loud, annoying horns are in the news again. Apparently, vuvuzelas spread disease, so now we have another reason to dislike them!
No one needs another reason to dislike bedbugs, but here’s one anyway: they may be carriers of the deadly MRSA bacteria.
Do you remember the Wilhelm Scream? Now it’s an iphone app! If you just can’t get enough of that famous sound effect, download the free app and listen to it over and over again!
What did you think the plural of Prius should be? Did you vote? And the winner is…
Back in September, I was inspired by
Ben Davis, who started running, lost 120 pounds, and turned his life around. What’s Ben doing these days? He’s still running, and he’s doing great. This summer, he’s travelling all over the United States, encouraging others to “Do Life!”
I’m ready to “Do Life!” here at English with Rae for another year. I hope you’ll join me!
Thank you for joining me on this blogging adventure!
[cupcake photo: Claire Cresswell]