Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hindsight is 20/20 [Past Unreal Conditional]

Hindsight Hindsight is the understanding that comes after an event. It’s easy to look back at a past event and understand clearly what happened, why it was important, and what we might have done differently. Everyone has good hindsight! If … Continue reading

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I Wanna Be a Rock Star

“I wanna be a rock star, but I *ain’t got what it takes. Need the drive and the determination and lucky breaks. I wanna be a rockstar, yeah, but I ain’t got the face. Oh, still I wanna be a … Continue reading

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Not Alone

Ten days ago, Japan was hit with a trio of disasters – a 9.0 earthquake, a giant tsunami, and a partial nuclear meltdown. The worst is over, but even now, the danger continues as aftershocks rock the country and workers … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Irish Today

In the United States, the percentage of people who identify themselves as Irish-American is around 12%, a fairly large minority. That percentage swells to nearly 100% on March 17th every year! March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, the day that … Continue reading

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Speechless

I felt like it was time for a new post yesterday, but I couldn’t write. Throughout the day, I spent every free moment checking the news, following the situation in Japan. Friends in Japan were posting messages, photos, and videos … Continue reading

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Levitation Secrets [Present Unreal Conditional]

A couple days ago, I woke up thinking about levitation. (Levitation is the ability to float above the ground, unaffected by gravity.) That morning, for whatever reason, I woke up feeling certain that I could levitate. I believed that I … Continue reading

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The Storm

Storms are awesome! By awesome, I mean awe-inspiring: so impressive that I feel a kind of fear that is almost like worship. I don’t worship thunderstorms, but they make me feel small, and that is where all worship begins. When … Continue reading

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In the Boondocks

Have you ever been in the boondocks? The word “boondocks” is a fairly recent addition to the English language.  It comes from the Tagalog word bundok, which means “mountain”. When GIs in the Philippines brought the word back to America … Continue reading

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Back in the Day [past real conditional]

Back in the day, when we changed channels, we turned a dial on the television set. Back in the day, if we didn’t know a telephone number, we looked it up in the phonebook. “Back in the day” is an … Continue reading

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