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Listening and Reading in English

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Listening and Reading in English

Our stories are like little audiobooks, and feature everything from romance, to sci-fi thrillers, to drama, and even detective/crime fiction. We sometimes even welcome special guests to our story, like Sherlock Holmes, everyone's favorite sleuth (or at least ours). Other popular genres are fantasy, comedy, satire, and tragedy. You can get Biographics. We even read some  narrative poetry sometimes!

We don't offer writing tips, but we feature a wide variety of legendary authors from around the world. Reading good literature is one of the best ways to improve your own writing skill.

We're not an English-language course, but our stories are helpful for grasping idioms and English writing styles.

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A Patch Of Old Snow
By Robert Frost

There's a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten -
If I ever read it.

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Summary of A Patch of Snow by Robert Frost

Summary and Analysis of A Patch of Old Snow by Robert Frost
November 8, 2017 by Website Contributors

Robert Frost was born on 26th March 1874, in San Francisco After the death of his father from tuberculosis when Frost was eleven years old, he moved with his mother and sister to Lawrence, Massachusetts. He became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years there, and eventually enrolled at Dartmouth College and later at Harvard University in Boston, though he never earned a formal college degree. The poem “A Patch of Old Snow” is one of the shortest yet sweet poems by Robert Frost.

In the first stanza, contemplating a prior thought, the poet notices, what is, a patch of old snow but unintelligently reduces it to a mere patch of a worn out newspaper weighed down by a heavy downpour.
But upon pondering further, putting two and two together, he says that he should have guessed this beauty as an indication of a prevailing winter.
The poet guilty of not appreciating the serenity and bliss of a “white” tranquil winter goes on to say, in the second stanza, that the patch should have been a peaceful white and not laden with grime, thus, resembling the fine print of a newspaper. Frost says that the winter snow is a flawless white and not dirty old snow.
Hence, his misidentification is solely unintentional. In the last two lines, Frost justifies his behavior by admitting that he rarely reads the newspaper only to forget yesterday’s headlines. Therefore, even the patch of old snow is a sign of a forgotten winter.
Thus, both, the allure of winter and the newspaper headlines are callously abandoned and forgotten about.

A Patch of Old Snow seems to capture the essence of regret and forgetfulness upon missing out on an important grasp.
In the poem, the poet weaves a connection between his youth and snow. He feels he has missed out on his childhood and now it’s too late since the snow is now old and dirty. He feels that something, when not grasped at the right time, can be weighed down heavily upon, in his case, a heavy downpour akin to time.
Robert Frost does not want to give away a certain instant about is lost childhood and thus, reminisces about it. The old snow brings to light how he should’ve stepped on snow and played on it when it was a serene white but now nothing can be done for it has acquired grit and dirt. Just like how he forgets the headlines of the day before, he has forgotten about his childhood ages ago.

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What Is the American Dream?

The American dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society in which upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American dream is believed to be achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking, and hard work, rather than by chance.

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The Cog has been climbing Pikes Peak since 1891. We are proud to be one of the most unique experiences in the country. Recognized as the world’s highest cog railroad, The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway is an important part of the heritage of the Western United States. Taking this journey is like walking the footsteps of history, and now the adventure is even more iconic and inspiring.

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Pikes Peak, known as America’s Mountain, is the star attraction, but the journey along the way is full of show-stopping moments. You will never forget this 3.5 hour round trip journey and your first glimpse of the Summit. Get your advance tickets now to secure your seat on one of our many regular daily departures.

The new Summit Visitor Center is open

The new state-of-the-art visitor center is now open, providing people of all ages and abilities an immersive visitor experience.

The new building is opening in phases, so early visitors can expect to see final construction work taking place and finishing touches being made to the interpretive exhibits and signs throughout the site.

Ongoing construction will be most noticeable outside the visitor center. Crews are still constructing the walkways, parking lots, and outdoor interpretive displays, which will include interpretive rails around the summit describing the environment and the views, identifying key landscape features, and educating visitors with related side stories.

This exterior site work is expected to last through September 2021.

Experience new heights
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain is one of the most visited mountains in the world and a top tourist attraction for the State of Colorado. Annually, nearly 1 million people reach the summit via the Pikes Peak Highway, The Broadmoor, the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, or, for the more adventurous, the Barr or Crags hiking trails. Pikes Peak is an American icon, and the summit is a National Historic Landmark that holds a special place in America's heart.
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Pikes Peak can be seen as the manifestation of the American spirit and desire to explore and experience our vast frontier. From the time Zebulon Pike spotted the Peak in 1806, through the late 20th century, development on the Peak has exemplified man’s desire to conquer nature. In many ways this is what makes Pikes Peak such an extraordinary place to visit—almost the only place in the world where all people, young and old, in good health and even those with disabilities can experience the summit of a 14,000 peak.

The deteriorating and difficult to maintain 1960s-era Summit House spurred the need to establish a new facility. Beginning in 2018, the City of Colorado Springs, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and Colorado Springs Utilities, began construction on the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex, which includes the Visitor Center, a Utilities facility and a High-Altitude Research Laboratory.

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Paint Mines Interpretive Park

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Paint Mines Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Calhan, Colorado that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels.

The Paint Mines are open from dawn till dusk, but with a permit from the El Paso County Parks Office, you can explore at night! Thanks to the paint mines being so far away from Colorado Springs, light pollution is fairly low over the park.

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The paint mines are named for their clay deposits, which contain iron oxides that color the clay red, yellow, and purple and were probably used as pigments by prehistoric peoples. In addition to their colors, the paint mines contain many striking formations.
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The rocks at the Paint Mines are interlayered shale and clay with embedded selenite (gypsum) and jasper, heavily stained by iron oxide and topped by a more resistant layer of cross-bedded sandstone, which forms the white caprocks on some of the hoodoos.
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Robert Frost Design
 
  I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
  On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
  Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth -
  Assorted characters of death and blight
  Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
  Like the ingredients of a witches' broth -
  A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
  And dead wings carried like a paper kite.
 
  What had that flower to do with being white,
  The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
  What brought the kindred spider to that height,
  Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
  What but design of darkness to appall? -
  If design govern in a thing so small.

  1936 "A Further Range".

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Science Explains Why Humans Love the Ocean so Much
WEDNESDAY JULY 13, 2016

Cassandra Mitchell
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Standing at the shore’s edge in my hometown of Newport Beach, California, I am once again overtaken by the sensations of peace and happiness. My breath is heavy, my hair is dripping, and my skin is soaked in salt. I feel at one with the world and at peace with myself and all that is happening in my life—chaos included. I, like many ocean lovers, feel refreshed, renewed, and awakened by the presence of the ocean. And while many of us can go on and on about why we love the ocean, there’s a perfectly good scientific explanation as to why that is.

The ocean has always been my remedy for relieving tension, stress, and anxiety. As soon as I jump in my worries are lost. Since moving away from my family home in California, it has been imperative that I live no further than a bike ride away from the beach. I need easy access to the water at all times.

When I truly began comprehending the healing power of the ocean, I couldn’t help but notice how many others felt the same way I did. Surfers, swimmers, kids with a grin from ear to ear… it became apparent that the ocean serves as medicine for many. All of this inspired me to discover just how science plays a part in our love for the sea.

Scientists have been able to delve into the depths of the human brain to help understand why we do what we do. Advancements made in recent years have allowed us to study and expand what we know about human perception, emotions, empathy, creativity, health, healing, and, in this case, our relationship with the water.

Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols believes that we all have a “blue mind that is a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment.” According to Wallace, this is triggered when we’re in or near water.

“We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken,” Nichols continued. “We have a blue mind, and it’s perfectly tailored to make us happy in all sorts of ways that go way beyond relaxing in the surf, listening to the murmur of a stream, or floating quietly in a pool.”

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Exercises on prepositions
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Thanksgiving

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On the eve of Thanksgiving, you can watch giant inflatable characters from popular comics and cartoons blowing up. A special site has been allocated near the American Museum of Natural History in the northwest of Manhattan. It takes a lot of patience to get there. There will be special fences around the area. The process of preparing the parade is attracting a huge number of spectators, so it will be crowded. Queues starting at 79th and Columbus Ave at 1:00pm. The territory is open to the public until 20:00.

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If you didn’t make it to prepare for the parade, you’ll have a chance to see how all the air decorations are blown away after the celebration at the corner of 34th Street and Sixth Avenue.

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'Nothing Else To Be Proud Of?': Russian Rapper Slammed For Questioning State Celebrations Of WWII Victory

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