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An EASY Way to Make Someone’s Day

To make someone’s day means to provide an experience to a person to uplevel an ordinary or dull day to a very memorable and exciting one!  What is a simple way to make someone’s day? Listen on… (transcript below video)… Saying:  How are you? How are you today? How’s your day going so far? Hope you’re having […]

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Pioneer Day: A Holiday Unique to Utah

We moved to Utah on July 4, America’s Independence Day. We moved into our new apartment on Pioneer Day, July 24.  “Pioneer Day?” I wondered, “What’s that? I have never heard of it before!”  I heard there would be fireworks and a parade. We loved the 4th of July fireworks show we saw from Ensign […]

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What or Who is a New American?

While there are many government and private, non-profit 501(c)3 organizations supporting newcomers to the US, I was hard-pressed to find a proper definition for the term ‘New American’ or ‘New Americans.’ More interestingly, these two terms can bring up wildly different search results on Google. Additionally, articles or videos about ‘New Americans’ like I am […]

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Things to Do When Visiting Las Vegas on Work

I know all too well that when one travels for work, it sometimes feels too hectic to do local travel in addition to the client meetings, conferences, and tradeshows. However, coming to Las Vegas may be a different ballgame altogether, especially if you can add a few extra leisure day- categorizing your travel as bleisure! […]

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US Coins: Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter

What are the common coins in the USA?  A dime, which is ten cents is a smaller coin than a nickel (5 cents) and a penny (1 cent). A quarter is 25 cents when we talk about money, but 15 minutes when we use the term ‘quarter’ as an idiom to tell time (“It’s a […]

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Am I Ready to Go Onsite to the USA?

Do you see a business trip to the U.S. in your future?  Take the 20 question quiz in this post to test your cross-cultural business acumen.  If you score 18 out of 20 – you are ready. If you score 16  to 18 – you need to brush up. Anything under 16, we recommend you […]

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U.S. State Birthdays- Sorted by Year and Date Formed, State Name, Time Zone

While July 4, 1776 was the birthday of the nation we know as the United States of America, did you know that not even one state was officially a U.S. state until 1787?  Sixteen (16) states were formed between 1787 and 1796 (before 1800).  Twenty-nine (29) states were formed in the 1800s. The remaining five […]

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How to Walk on Ice Without Falling

One thing I enjoyed quite a bit about living in Kerala was the absence of snow, ice, frost, or bone chilling weather. While Kerala may have frost in the mountains, I am sure snow and ice are absent. I doubt if there would even be words in Malayalam for these weather phenomena?  Spikes are not […]

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Things to do on Presidents Day

Maybe as Presidents Day approaches, people at work ask each other, “Doing anything fun for Presidents Day?”  Actually, that question sounds a little funny to me, as when growing up in Central New York, I doubt anyone used to say that. I never heard it anyhow. But, it seems to be a growing trend now […]

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How to Clean Your Bathroom – Specifically Bathtubs in the U.S.

It’s funny what living abroad does to you. It can make you forget very ordinary things you used to do without even thinking about it before you lived outside your own country. For me, one of the things living in India made me forget was how to clean the bathtub. Hence, I heard myself asking […]

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