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On Living in Wartime

By Jeannine Pitas The simple truth isThat WW III started9-11-01.—Elfie S. Raymond It was a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, and I was still lazing around in bed, taking in the late-summer warmth. I was eighteen years old and had just started my freshman year at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, just a forty-minute …

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My American Life

By Miwa WatersOne of my many dreams while growing up was to live in a foreign country. Japan has a beautiful, attractive culture and tradition. It is safe, prosperous, convenient and efficient. But most cities are very busy, noisy and crowded. When I was young, I liked efficiency and enjoyed life in Japan. However, I …

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Mr. Distance

By Michelle WangIn Hindsight: “This was the way it was and it has made all the difference.” I’d like to introduce you to a man named Mr. Distance. He is close friends with Mrs. I Miss You as well as distantly related to a boy named Presents From Foreign-Lands. You could say Mr. Distance is …

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Oh No! It’s Bike Week

By Thomas ScopelThe rumble started. It wasn’t the ocean. It wasn’t a thunderstorm. “OH NO IT’S BIKE WEEK!” The time of the year when thousands of bikers invade our quiet little town of Daytona Beach, Florida, to party, ride everywhere, and basically, force we residents to deviate from our otherwise, calm and peaceful little lives. …

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The Mermaid Parade

By Celeste LeibowitzFrom a modest beginning in 1983, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade has grown to become the largest art parade in America and one of New York City’s most popular summer events. This wild and wacky parade draws thousands of spectators each year on the first Saturday of summer. It’s modeled after the long-ago …

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Four Years Under Obama

By Andrew FormanEvery generation of Americans chooses one man as the focal point to pull them from misery to prosperity. During the Second World War people had Franklin Roosevelt. President Roosevelt was not without flaws, but he became the leader of a fully focused war effort. The attitude that was cultivated during that time led …

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A Not-So-Stupid Crook Story

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson In the USA we relish stupid crook stories. We always are reading about them in the newspapers. You know, stories about cat burglars who rob jewels from their own grandmother’s house and leave behind a thank you note that says, “You always told me these diamonds belonged to my mom.” That makes …

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American Stories

American Stories is a special section of Life In The USA showcasing various stories, opinion pieces, and other material that are designed to lead to an enriched understanding of American life. — On Living in Wartime — Barbie on My Mind — Quirky and Eccentric: The American Character — My American Life — Mr. Distance — Oh No! It’s Bike Week …

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