Author: Estrella

Light up your Seattle rainy days

Light up your Seattle rainy days !   I actually know friends who love the rain.¬† Some of them are from California. ūüôā¬† I also know many who don’t know how they can get through Seattle’s rainy season. If you

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International Gathering Meets December 8, 2017

Our next International Gathering meets on December 8, 2017.   Our intent is to provide a community of friendship and support to immigrants. Some of our members have known each other for a number of years now, and they all met

Recommended Books for English Learning

My ESL clients often ask for recommendations on how to improve their grammar and vocabulary.  Here are a couple of books.  They are both available on  The grammar book is available in most public libraries. Basic Grammar In Use,

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A 25-minute vacation?

Is it possible to feel like you’ve been on a vacation in 25 minutes or less? My answer to that is YES.¬† I experienced it today.¬† Twice. I finished my last afternoon appointment and took a detour home.¬† Just because

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August 7th International Gathering Promotes Friendship Among Cultures

Dear Friends of International Gathering, As usual, our gathering last month felt warm and supportive.  And we welcome back Maria from Denmark!  One of our friends is launching an adventure in her new career, and invited our input.  So we

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Jimmy Carter new book A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

President Jimmy Carter’s new book just came out.¬† It is A Full Life:¬† Reflections at Ninety. This man and his wife, Rosalyn, have been working tiredlessly through the Carter Center to help people in less prosperous countries so they can

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How to Practice Grammar Learning in Daily Life

2 days ago, I wrote a blog recommending some books to learn grammar on your own.¬† If you wish to read that blog first, please¬† click here.   Today, I want to give examples of how to use what you

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Fun movies to warm up winter days

In case you want some light-hearted movies for the cold winter days, here are some that warm your heart… The holiday,¬† Dave,¬† The American President,¬† My Big Fat Greek Wedding,¬† Ratatouille,¬†

What to do in Washington

What to do in Washington   Leavenworth (German town) If you are planning to go to Leavenworth for Octoberfest, here is a link. If you are planning to visit Leavenworth for Christmas, make reservations early! It is listed as

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Turn Holiday Photos Into Income

Some international friends are considering different careers now that they are in the U.S.¬†¬† Perhaps part-time careers so they can take care of their family and still have a flexible schedule. 2 ideas came to mind.   I attended a

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