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YOUR TUTOR: DENNIS HICKEY

I’m Dennis and I have been a tutor for 10 years. I tutor adults from other countries, in person here in the city. I enjoy one-on-one tutoring because of the personal touch I can provide once getting to know my student. I have been blogging for 5 years primarily to educate anyone who will take the time and effort to learn English.

I have broadened my blog to include more topics that I think will encourage people like you to read more articles in my blog. Tutoring is my passion. I can’t tutor unless people read my blog and get ready to learn.

So, are you ready to learn? I’m telling you that learning doesn’t have to hurt!

OK, sometimes, life hurts. So, stick with me and maybe I can smooth out some of those life wrinkles. Or maybe you learn something new. Who knows? Stay here, follow me down the path of knowledge. I promise, no hurts allowed!

Just so you know, I’m not all about grammar and pronunciation. No way. I enjoy reading about what happens in life, and I want to pass this information along to you, so you are wiser too!

Follow along with me on the road of life.

January 29-31 Celebrations

Did you know that there is a special interest, hobby or person to honor and celebrate on every day of the month? Check them out!

January 30

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (last Monday in January)
  • National Croissant Day
  • National Escape Day
  • National Inane Answering Message Day
  • School Day of Non-Violence and Peace
  • Yodel for Your Neighbors Day

January 30

  • Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day
  • Backward Day
  • Brandy Alexander Day
  • Eat Brussels Sprouts Day
  • Hell is Freezing Over Day
  • Hug an Economist Day
  • Inspire Your Heart with the Arts Day
  • National Hot Chocolate Day
  • National Plan for Vacation Day (last Tuesday in January)
  • Scotch Tape Day
  • Catholic Schools Week (January 29-February 4)
  • National Meat Week (January 29-February 4)

 Holidays and Observances to Celebrate in February 1-4, 2023!

February is the shortest month of the year, but there are a ton of things to celebrate and acknowledge during these 28 days—which is why we’re happy to share these February holidays and observances for 2023!

February 1

  • Candy-Making Day
  • Car Insurance Day
  • Change Your Password Day
  • Dark Chocolate Day
  • Decorating With Candy Day
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Global School Play Day (first Wednesday in February)
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • International Day of Black Women in the Arts
  • International Face & Body Art Day
  • National Baked Alaska Day
  • National Freedom Day
  • National Get Up Day
  • National Girls & Women in Sports Day (first Wednesday in February)
  • Robinson Crusoe Day
  • Serpent Day
  • Spunky Old Broads Day
  • World Hijab Day
  • World Read Aloud Day (first Wednesday in February)

February 2

  • Ayn Rand Day
  • Bonza Bottler Day
  • California Kiwi Fruit Day
  • Candlemas
  • Crepe Day
  • Groundhog Day
  • Groundhog Job Shadow Day
  • Heavenly Hash Day
  • Marmot Day (in Alaska)
  • Rheumatoid Awareness Day
  • Self-Renewal Day
  • Sled Dog Day
  • Tater Tot Day
  • World Play Your Ukulele Day
  • World Wetlands Day

February 3

  • American Painters Day
  • Bubble Gum Day (first Friday in February)
  • Doggy Date Night
  • Elmo’s Birthday
  • Feed the Birds Day
  • Give Kids a Smile Day (first Friday in February)
  • Golden Retriever Day
  • National Carrot Cake Day
  • National Carrot Day
  • National Cordova Ice Worm Day
  • National Missing Persons Day
  • National Patient Recognition Day
  • National Wear Red Day (first Friday in February)
  • National Wedding Ring Day
  • National Women Physicians Day
  • Take a Cruise Day
  • The Day the Music Died
  • Working Naked Day

February 4

  • Barber Day (first Saturday in February)
  • Facebook’s Birthday
  • Homemade Soup Day
  • Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (first Saturday in February)
  • International Pisco Sour Day (first Saturday in February)
  • Liberace Day
  • National Hemp Day
  • National Play Outside Day (first Saturday of every month)
  • National Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • National Thank a Mailman Day
  • Quacker Day
  • Rosa Parks Day (in California and Missouri)
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day (first Saturday in February)
  • Torture Abolition Day
  • USO Day
  • World Cancer Day

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Daily Language Practice Week 11

Hello and welcome to DLP for week 11. I hope you are “getting it”, that English is a difficult language to learn, but you can do it. Don’t give up!! So here is week 11’s practice for you, answers on the following sheet. Good luck!

Answer Sheet:

“Inventing Anna”–Anna Delvey’s birthday afterparty

Scammer Anna Delvey required attendees of her birthday afterparty to sign non-disclosure agreements and provide their social security numbers, Page Six has exclusively learned.

While the NDA, obtained by Page Six, required to attend the “Club House Arrest” soiree appeared standard in its legalese, what stuck out was that underneath the signature it asked for everyone’s SSNs.

We hear attendees at the “Inventing Anna” subject’s fête either left it blank or went so far as to provide fake numbers.

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One source shared that house-arrested Delvey, who can have people over as long as she doesn’t leave, was “good at choosing a crowd” and served as an “amazing hostess.”

“It was a classic New York house party somehow, even if it was in a one-bedroom it wasn’t stifling,” the source said, “and the ankle monitor over her tights was chic.

Source: https://pagesix.com

Beware the Top 5 most popular scams Last Year

Scammers have been notorious for taking advantage of current events and news. Unfortunately, the pandemic has been followed by a troubled economy, supply chain issues, and now a feared recession. This environment has allowed fraudsters to prey on people’s emotions and find victims more easily.

So, what were the most popular scams around the area in 2022?

At the number one position for the third year in a row is the menacing problem of online purchase scams. The pandemic is a huge factor in the escalation of these scams to the top, where it has remained, as shopping on websites is still a convenient and common way to purchase.

Phishing scams continued to be the number two scam reported locally for the second year in a row. These scams not only flood consumers’ e-mail inboxes, they also are a dangerous weapon that Cyber Criminals use to infiltrate businesses.

At number three is counterfeit products, which moved up from the number four position last year. Many fake websites are popping up, especially on social media, and consumers report paying for items they never receive, or cheap knock-off merchandise is delivered.

Employment scams remain high on the list at number four. Experts are predicting, with remote working and more layoffs in the news, this scam could be even more significant in 2023.

A new entry to this year’s top 10 list landing at number five is advance fee loan scams. The scam has been on the list in the past and is most likely returning due to inflation and a tough economy. More people are looking for loans and find solicitations in their email, text, and pop-up ads with enticing offers, which often lead to scams.

It should be noted that there is catch-all category called “other,” which contains a garden variety of scams. Many hot topics in this category include a wide range of issues, from romance and pet/puppy scams to airline issues, concert tickets, legal services, maintenance issues, and social media marketplace issues.

Source: http://www.msn.com Photo credit: cyberintro.net

17 Phrases for Asking for Information

I know some are embarrassed to ask for any information, but just take a deep breath and go for it!

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I wonder if someone could tell me…?

Do you happen to know…?

Have you got an idea of…?

I don’t suppose you know…?

Could anyone tell me…?

I’m interested in…

I was wondering…

Can I have … please?

Is this right way for …?





Would you mind…?

I’m looking for…

I’d like to know…

Do you know…?

Could you tell me…?

Can you tell me…?

Do you have any idea…?

Don’t suppose you (would) know…?

I wonder if you could tell me…?

Source: englishstudyhere.com

Garden Planters That’ll Look Good in Your Home and Yard

Plants can instantly make a backyard or bedroom more inviting. That being said, planters are crucial in keeping your favorite greenery alive and well. Whether you just bought a new plant or want to re-pot one you already own, we’ve picked out some of the best garden planters on the market. From a budget-friendly pick to a self-watering option, we scoured reviews and focused on essential factors like the material, style, and price to determine which recs—at the very least—are worth your consideration. Dive into our suggestions, ahead.

Bergs Pink Terra Cotta Pot

$19.95

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A terracotta planter is always the way to go. Our Afloral find for a cool $32 has a drainage hole and saucer—a simple, elegant combo. Display it in your outdoor garden over the summer and then, bring it inside to liven up your interiors during the colder months.

Garden Planters (2-Pack)

$39.99

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The next, under $50 two-pack is an excellent affordable choice. Each planer is just over 11 inches at its widest and works for indoor and outdoor use. Oh, and it has more than 2,600 five-star reviews.

Cubico Cottage Self-Watering Planter

$89.99

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Forgetful plant parents should consider a self-watering planter. Featuring a wicker design, reviewers praise it for its sturdiness and versatility as it can be used anywhere. If you ask us, it’s a no-brainer buy that’ll make life a breeze.

View 12 more selections below!

Source: 15 Pretty Garden Planters That’ll Look Good in Your Home and Yard (msn.com)

AQUARIUS ZODIAC SIGN

According to 2023 astorlogy calendar, aquarius sign dates in 2023 start from January 20, 2023, 08:29 (UT/GMT) to February 18, 2023, 22:34 (UT/GMT)

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People born on between January 20 and February 18 are under the Aquarius sign. Aquarians are basically forward-thinking, rational and self-respecting. Similar with the Sagittarians, they are philanthropic and unrestrained, but they are different with the Sagittarians. Ruled by the Uranus, Aquarians often give people the intelligent, humorous and unique feeling but they are seemingly a contradictory combination: sometimes low-key, sometimes high key; sometimes tender, sometimes indifferent; sometimes realistic, sometimes free from vulgarity. In short, people under Aquarius sign are complex and changeful.

Source: https://www.yourzodiacsign.com/aquarius/

10 Best Hobbies for People with Anxiety 

The following 10 hobbies are fun activities that Sandra Glavan, Life Coach adopted to manage her anxiety. You don’t need to introduce all of these 10 activities, to relieve your anxiety.

One hobby is perfect enough.

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1. Writing Expressively

I have intentionally listed writing at the top because I highly recommend to every person with anxiety to try expressive writing as a way of releasing their thoughts and emotions. 

Expressive writing is a highly effective anxiety management technique, and in my experience once you start to notice the benefits you are likely to get pleasure from engaging in this activity.

2. Listening to Calming Music 

Regularly listening to calming music can be a highly effective way to calm down quickly and ease your anxiety symptoms.

One study in 2017 concluded that

Music listening is associated with a decreased level of anxiety and distress.

This is one of my favorite hobbies for relieving anxiety, because I realized very early on that each time I would put on my headphones and listen to relaxing sounds on YouTube my anxiety would start to ease instantly.

I found this to be incredible, and putting on calming music became one of my emergency anti-anxiety measures.

3. Reading Empowering Books

A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%, so this is a highly effective hobby for people suffering from stress and anxiety.

Reading powerful books by beautiful authors such as Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Jen Sincero, Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Shakti Gawain, and Wayne Dyer, helped me to get out a very dark anxiety hole.

I can’t thank these people enough for spreading such powerful messages and I have come to love their work so much.

Without exaggeration, I have read some of their books over and over again and I still pick them up now and read a few random pages when I need to be inspired.

If you don’t have the time to read, you can listen to all of these books instead by signing up to a platform such as Audible.

View all 10 hobbies for stress relief below:

Hint: Could you enjoy walking, yoga or eating? Click below and find out!

Source: 10 Best Hobbies for People with Anxiety to Calm You Down Instantly (amosuir.com)

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