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USA State Birthdays

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 […]

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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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Back to School – Small Talk in the USA

“There’s 104 days of summer vacation, and school comes along just to end it…” The title song lyrics to the Disney cartoon Phineas and Ferb sums up the feeling that most American kids have between early August and early September.  To clarify, no, kids do not have 104 days of summer vacation! School kids (grades 1-12) […]

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Presidents Day – A February Holiday

This “floating Monday” holiday, which falls on the third Monday of February, is officially known as Washington’s Birthday. However, as Washington’s Birthday (February 22) and Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12) fall close to each other, these two days were combined into one holiday colloquially known as ‘Presidents Day.’ Presidents Day is both a federal holiday, and […]

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What’s Up with so Many 3-day Weekends?

“Why are there so many 3-day weekends in the US?” This was a question asked as we wrapped up an expat preparation program for assignees readying to move to the USA. The 3-day weekend is typically known as “the long weekend” in conversational English. Some new to the US may think the 3-day weekends is […]

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Veterans Day: A Patriotic Day in the US

Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor US veterans and victims of all wars. It replaced Armistice Day in 1954. How does Veterans Day impact global teams? Let’s see.    What is Veterans Day?  This short video made by the History […]

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What do Americans Eat for Breakfast?

Many say a good breakfast gets your day off on the right foot. There are many common breakfast foods Americans eat before going to work, on their way to work, or at work, depending on their schedule. I will share some common foods I have seen people eat for breakfast at home, in hotels, and […]

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Dads and Grads – What & When Is It?

Many may say the term “dads and grads” is a marketing gimmick. And, maybe it is, but let’s look at why you may hear this term in relation to special occasions and observances in U.S. What is Dads & Grads? What does Dads & Grads mean?  Dads refers to Father’s Day. Grads refers to graduates […]

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How Can I Adjust to Life in the USA Before Moving?

Culture shock may be unavoidable. Homesickness may also be a reality. Getting used to your work or college environment, family life, socializing with new people, getting around and eating new foods will all be a part of this. Some of those things and more you will surely face after getting to the U.S., but some […]

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Groundhog Day – A Fun Observance in the US & Canada

What is Groundhog Day?  Groundhog Day is a observed every February 2nd in the morning around sunrise, when the groundhog wakes up. Once he wakes up, if he sees his shadow, there is six weeks of winter left, if he doesn’t then spring comes early.  While this is not an official holiday or a day […]

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