Curious George

In Japan, he’s known as George the Monkey (おさるのジョージ). Easy to understand, but not as descriptive.

Did you know that he escaped the Nazis during WW2? Here’s the story:

I was looking around for something else related to Curious George and found a couple of easy-to-read articles:

“Curious George celebrates 76th birthday”

“85-year-old cycles from home to library every day”

The second one isn’t really about the character; it’s about this elderly man’s energy, inquisitiveness, and love of reading. Towards the end of the article, it says that people who know him were asked to liken him to a character in a book. One person said he was like Curious George.

That leads to a writing prompt for people who like to read fiction: Which character in fiction do you most resemble? How about a parent or grandparent or a teacher or coach? Or an eccentric neighbor?

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“A cure for the day”

Halloween decorations are already up in some places and the supermarket in my neighborhood started selling Halloween themed sweets in the first week of September. Too soon?

But it may not be too soon to start planning your Halloween costume, if you’re doing that this year. Here’s a short video about people who are making amazing costumes for kids with disabilities, so people see the costume and the kid, and not the disability.

Did you notice that the word “cosplay” is now part of the English language? Add that to your list of loan words from Japanese.

Here’s the website for the non-profit introduced in the video, if you want to find out more: Magic Wheelchair

Caught in the crossfire

There was another missile launch today. There’s not much we can do about that, but we can continue to try to learn as much as we can about the country and its people and the current situation and its history. All three videos below contain plenty of Korean language, so those of you majoring in Korean will get some listening practice.

This is part 3 of a series on North Korea. This one is about an artist who used to do propaganda for the regime. Now as a defector, he uses his art for other purposes.

Part 2 is about the US military presence in South Korea, and also a pretty tense scene of the reporter and her guides trying to get to a remote village, but are prevented by the SK military. There’s also an old grandma with a real potty mouth at the end. Can hardly blame her. The title of today’s post is from the last lines of this video.

Part 1 is about the DMZ (the border between SK and NK).