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Great American Cities – Austin Posted by on Feb 27, 2017

After visiting New Orleans, our journey to the many great American cities heads even further south. This time, we’re going to a place famous for BBQ, music, and being weird – Austin. Name – The city is named after Stephen F. Austin, who is known as the “Father of Texas.” He was an empresario (someone granted…

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The 3 Best “Best Picture” Winners Posted by on Feb 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood honors itself with the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences awards for excellence, otherwise known as the Oscars. Most years, the awards show is more memorable for the gowns and the teary speeches than for who won and who lost. But, not always. Sometimes, the award…

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New Orleans Video Tour Posted by on Feb 22, 2017

New Orleans Video Tour

Our exploration of the great American city of New Orleans continues. No visit to the Big Easy would be complete without a po’ boy sandwich and some beignets. Walk them off with a stroll in City Park, and wind down your trip with drinks at one of the country’s oldest bars. You don’t even have…

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What is a Collocation? Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

Back in the 1950s and ‘60s there was a group of performers who seemed to always be together. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford – They called themselves The Rat Pack. They performed together, made movies together, partied together, and each made the other better. In many ways, they were the physical…

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Expressions of Love for Valentine’s Day Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. We’ll get to that and other common expressions of love in just a minute, but first let’s talk about the holiday. Celebrated on February 14th in many countries around the world, this day originated as a Christian holiday celebrating one or more early saints named…

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Does Time Have a Point? Posted by on Feb 10, 2017

One of the most common phrases you’ll hear in English is, “At this point in time.” What does it actually mean? Is it grammatically correct, or is there a better way of saying it? I’m not here to discuss the physics of time, or theories (real and fanciful) related to spacetime continuums and all that…

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Streets, Beats & Eats – New Orleans Posted by on Feb 9, 2017

Join us on a tour of the Big Easy in our first ever 2-part “Streets, Beats & Eats” episode. There’s just that much delicious food and awesome live music in New Orleans – it couldn’t be contained in one! In Part One, explore the French Quarter. Visit Jackson Square, stroll along the Mississippi River, dine…

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