Tuesday, April 30, 2013


gagliajn: ROSE-MANIA

The roses are blooming like crazy in the backyards of Berryessa District, San Jose, CA

Monday, April 29, 2013

Thanks to Volunteers, Elderly Can Age in Place

VOAVideo: Thanks to Volunteers, Elderly Can Age in Place

In many countries around the world, families stay close. It's routine for several generations to live together, with adult children caring for their aging parents. But in the United States, with children moving far from parents and grandparents for college or career, many senior citizens find themselves living alone. Moving to an assisted living facility is an option, but many seniors would rather stay independent, in their own home. Local governments and non-profit groups offer services to help them do that. Faiza Elmasry tells us about one of those volunteer organizations, which started as a neighborhood project in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April Roses

April Roses

Roses from my parents' backyard in San Jose, CA--the bushes are about 40 years old.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

VOA News for 16 April 2013 - 20130416

ListenAndReadAlong: VOA News for 16 April 2013 - 20130416
Published on Apr 16, 2013

Thanks to http://gandalf.ddo.jp/ for audio and text
VOA NEWS  April 16th, 2013

From Washington, this is VOA news. Boston Marathon explosions leave a deadly trail. More calls for a recount in the Venezuelan presidential election. I'm Ray Kugel reporting from Washington.

At least two people are dead and more than 50 wounded after two bomb explosions struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Security officials say a third explosion happened at Boston's John F. Kennedy Library located in another area of the city. No injuries were reported from that and it is not certain whether it is related to the other two.

Boston police are not saying whether the explosions were part of a terrorist attack.
Bomb disposal teams are examining discarded bangs and parcels at the scene of the initial blasts.

There were scenes of confusion; streets littered with debris and blood, paramedics carrying stretchers and damaged to area buildings.

The blasts occurred not long after the first of the race's almost 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line. The race was halted after the explosions.

New York, Washington, and Los Angeles are on a heightened state of alert. (more)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Teacher Jennifer Goes to Washington DC!

USCIS 100:94. What is the capital of the United States?*

Hi, I am spending Spring Break in Washington DC.  
Follow my trip on Twitter @USCitizenPod

USCIS 100:94. What is the capital of the United States?*

▪ Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

High Blood Pressure Threatens One Third of World's Adults

VOAVideo: High Blood Pressure Threatens One Third of World's Adults

The United Nations' World Health Day is April 7, and the World Health Organization this year is calling on the international medical community to step up efforts to prevent and control high blood pressure, a major cause of heart disease, stroke, and death. The UN health agency says one third of people over the age of 25 have high blood pressure. VOA's Carol Pearson reports that many of them don't even know they have it.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Researchers Hunt for Clues about Parkinson’s Disease

VOA Learning English: Researchers Hunt for Clues about Parkinson’s Disease

Studies have shown a link between the disease and some chemical products (listen)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

People Get Happier With Age

VOALearningEnglish: People Get Happier With Age

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.Do people get happier with age? If you said "Yes," then you were right. A recent study found that people generally become happier and worry less after the age of 50. A team at Stony Brook University in New York asked people between the ages of 18 and 85 about their happiness.