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December 5, 2019
What is a Leap Second? (Time and Date.com): Konstantin Bikos and
Anne Buckle. Every now and then a leap second is added to Coordinated
Universal Time (UTC) in order to synchronize clocks worldwide with the
Earth's ever slowing rotation.
December 4, 2019
November 27, 2019
November 22, 2019
November 20, 2019
October 30, 2019
October 25, 2019
American Flag Flying Days: "The American Flag is an idolized symbol
of the United States and should be properly displayed on all days when
weather permits, especially on designated flag flying days."
Kitchen Composting 101: the point of this kitchen composting system
isn’t to create super nutrient rich fertilizer – it’s to make plant food
that you can give to your plants on a weekly basis.
A customizable, digital workspace for scholarly analysis of Dante
Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Contains "edited and digitized entire texts
of more than 75 commentaries to the Divine Comedy," written between the
14th century and the 21st century…New users should begin by visiting the
Help section, where they will find tutorials on using, customizing, and
citing the Reader. This section also offers several suggestions of
Teaching Scenarios for students and scholars at various levels which may
be helpful to educators interested in using Dante Lab with their
Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide. Comprehensive information about how long
you can keep thousands of foods and beverages.
October 24, 2019
October 23, 2019
October 21, 2019
October 15, 2019
Disasters and Emergencies – Stay Informed (Ready.gov). Know what
disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency
alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.
Make sure your family has a plan and practices it often.
Small Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Guide: A business
continuity strategy is an emergency plan designed to help you safeguard
normal operations following a disaster such as a malware attack or a
"Anxiety and High Blood Pressure" by Christina Aungst, PharmD, Rph.
Guide is meant to help individuals with an anxiety mental health
disorder understand the potential direct and in-direct links between
anxiety, high blood pressure, the potential development of hypertension
disorder, as well as other serious health conditions due to increased
October 10, 2019
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Engineering in the Classroom. NASA's
JPL has created this series of K-12 curriculum materials that align with
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These materials are designed
to help young scientists understand the Engineering Design Process used
at the Jet Laboratory and to use this process to participate in
Picking up the Pieces after a Disaster (FTC): developing a recovery
plan can give you a sense of hope and purpose. Here are a few tips and
links to resources to help make the task less burdensome.
October 8, 2019
How Much Privacy Do You Have Online? (January 17, 2019) – University
of Dayton School of Law. "We’ve been using the internet for decades, but
the concept of privacy still lacks a modern application to the online
world. Digital privacy, therefore, remains a legal frontier."
Senior Citizens Travelers’ Health (CDC): "With a little planning and
some caution, seniors can safely visit almost any destination."
Seniors Traveling Solo: Some Great Solutions (Senior Planet)
Seniors Travel Insurance (Senior Living): "It’s important to note
that Medicare does not typically provide medical coverage outside of the
United States. The cases where it does are extremely limited. So, if you
are traveling abroad, you will want to seriously consider getting travel
October 2, 2019
September 20, 2019
"The Real Presence": the 19th Festival Letter of Bishop Daniel R.
Jenky, CSC of Peoria. "…that it may at least in some ways assist a
renewed witness regarding the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most
September 19, 2019
Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Writings of Francis & Clare. The
foundational documents of the Franciscan Tradition, including
biographies, letters and other important sources. Free registration.
September 18, 2019
September 9, 2019
Respect Life Month – October 6, 2019 (USCCB): Each October
the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month; the first
Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. A number of
resources, homily helps, announcements, and more are provided to help
you get started.
Respect Life (USCCB): Building a culture that cherishes and protects
every human life. Includes Action Guides, Articles, and Prayers for
FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge: to help students
navigate the web securely.…show that educators and caregivers also
recognize the importance of teaching young people web literacy and
- The 12
Best How-To Sites That Everyone Should Bookmark: If you need some
help with life’s little chores, the internet is full of guidance. But
which sites should you head to when you need some advice?
10 Tips To Help You Start to Declutter: Many people are recognizing
that the more things they accumulate, the more difficult it is to stay
Children’s Sleep Guide: For healthy development and happiness,
parents should support healthy sleep habits in children of every age.
Rhyme Desk: a
rhyming dictionary and other English language tools.
September 4, 2019
St. John Paul II sings the "Ave Maria" - recorded prior to be
elected Pope, circa 1979.
Aquinas 101: Free online video lessons allowing anyone to study one
of the greatest minds in the Church. Receive by email two lessons each
week, walking you through the basics of Aquinas' masterwork, the
Summa Theologiae. For those who want to go deeper in any given week,
each lesson with also provide further reading, including the complete
text of the Summa, and an "Ask the Friar" feature for those who
have specific questions they need help with.
Early Childhood Education – Teacher Resources: Find Some Great
Teacher Resources at Your Fingertips – School Supplies, Teaching Tools,
Lesson Plans & Cool Ideas to Help Engage Your Students
Survival Kit Supplies: What Do You Need In A Survival Kit? (Red
August 22, 2019
August 5, 2019
Daily Homilies: Daily reflections on Scriptures passages as found in
the Roman Catholic Lectionary.
97 Sizzlin’ Summer BBQ Ideas: A summer blockbuster with your fave
grilled meats and veggies, picnic sides, sunshine-y desserts and
August 1, 2019
The Great American Rail-Trail promises an all-new American
experience. Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the trail
will directly serve nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the
The Ultimate Guide to Hiking and Walking in the UK: The essential
hiking kit list featuring hiking clothes, navigation tools, backpack and
essentials, and food and drinks. Also, covers over 150,000 miles of
footpaths crisscrossing the four corners of the country, 15 National
Trails and the same number of National Parks…
July 31, 2019
July 12, 2019
Writer: Making Preaching More of a Joy. Includes All Resources by
Scripture, Biblical Commentary, Español Comentario, Sermons for Special
Occasions: Books of the Bible, Funerals, Weddings, Disasters & Troubled
Top Ten Things to Promote Vocations (USCCB).
July 9, 2019
Team Chaplain Resources: Neumann University Institute for Sport,
Spirituality and Character Development. Team chaplains offer a special
ministry to student-athletes and make them aware of God’s presence on
the field, court, and rink. Here, we offer resources aimed at guiding
you through the formation of team chaplains in your own athletic
July 3, 2019
Recipes: Barbecuing, Grilling, Hot Dog Sauces and general outdoor
History of The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or
July 4th – commemorates the Continental
Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 – History.com.
15 Tips for Successful Fireworks Photography (Digital Photography
School): Please remember that if
you’ve never tried fireworks before it’s all trial and error…Each time I photograph fireworks there’s always some
element that’s unpredictable so you have to learn to adapt and learn
from your own mistakes, correct for next time and do it again. So take
these tips to help you get started.
July 2, 2019
Catholic Climate Covenant: Addresses the growing ecological
awareness and the need to implement Catholic social teaching on ecology
within the US Church…helps US Catholics respond to the Church's call to
care for creation and care for the poor. We are grounded in the Church's
deep history of teaching on creation, ecology, and the poor.
Readings for the Funeral Liturgy (USCCB): pre-selected Biblical passages
which are appropriate for the occasion of a Catholic funeral Mass.
June 21, 2019
Young Adult Ministry (USCCB): Young adults are persons in their late
teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural, racial,
ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual
backgrounds.…they are newcomers in search of a better life.
June 19, 2019
Basic English Speaking Lessons– your free go-to resource to improve
English speaking skills: Includes Basic English Grammar, Common English
Expressions, Common Sentence Patterns, Daily English Conversation by
June 18, 2019
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs: If you're just getting started
with Google Docs, its extensive features and add-ons can be a little
overwhelming. Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor offered by
Google as part of its complete office suite – Google Drive – to compete
with Microsoft Office. The other main services included in the
cloud-based suite are Sheets (Excel) and Slides (Powerpoint).
June 13, 2019
Grants for Veterans: provides comprehensive details on grants for
veterans. These grants are given away for free, and they could help low
income veterans with bills, mortgage, rent, housing, college, and
medications. Please note that grants are only given for veterans who can
prove financial difficulties.
June 5, 2019
Scrupulous Anonymous (Liguori Publications): Ministering to those
afflicted with scrupulosity – a religious form of Obsessive Compulsive
May 30, 2019
Preventing Teen Dating Violence (CDC): Teen dating violence (TDV) is
a type of intimate partner violence. Includes physical violence, sexual
violence, psychological aggression and stalking.
The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction: one of the world’s
preeminent resources for neurobiological and psychological research into
Internet and technology addiction, dependency, and abuse. Founded by
pioneering cyber psychologist Dr. David Greenfield, Assistant Clinical
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
A Nurse’s Guide to CPR: In cardiac or breathing emergencies, knowing
how to safely and correctly perform CPR can help save a life.…CPR
knowledge is not just for those with doctor or nursing degrees.
Resuscitation is a vital piece of information that everyone should be
Microsoft Digital Literacy Online Course: The goal of Digital
Literacy is to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills so
that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new
social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and
HEADS UP: Concussion in School Sports initiative and materials by
CDC. Includes Specific Concussion Information for…Coaches,
Redefining Aging Through Strength. The impact strength training has on
health and well-being.
Digestive Diseases (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Diseases): Diseases that affect the digestive system made up of
the gastrointestinal tract (GI), liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
UPMC Health Library: a great resource to help you manage your
health. View the Featured Learning Centers for frequently requested
health education information.
May 23, 2019
Memorial Day (USA.gov): a federal holiday observed the last Monday
in May (Officially observed on Monday, May 27, 2019), commemorates the men and women who died while in the military
service. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local
Memorial Day (History
Channel): Officially observed on the last Monday of May, honors men
and women who died while serving in the American military.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years
following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in
Memorial Day (InfoPlease.com).
Recipes: BBQ & Grilling Recipes
May 13, 2019
March 25, 2019
March 15, 2019
March 7, 2019
Online Field Trip for Students Without Leaving Home: "Technological
advancements like the internet and smart devices have proven beneficial
for people in various aspects of life.…One particularly great use for
these new technologies is the use of virtual and online field trips,
which are a cheaper and more convenient alternative to real-life field
Identity Theft Protection Guide: Keep Your Family Safe. Identity
theft is what happens when someone’s personal information has been
stolen for fraudulent purposes. A thief will obtain confidential
information such as Social Security numbers, bank account information,
phone numbers, addresses, and medical policies to open new fraudulent
accounts or to access already existing accounts.
March 6, 2019
March 5, 2019
Lent 2019: Resources for your Lenten spiritual devotions.
March 4, 2019
Adulting 101: Millennial Life Skills Classes (Relationship Skills).
"Millennials are highly proficient with technology, they’re more
deficient in "soft skills," which are those personal attributes that
enable people to effectively and harmoniously communicate with others.
Soft skills include listening, negotiating, reading body language and
February 28, 2019
Catholic Rural Life (CRL): a national, Catholic nonprofit
organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside.
Since 1923, we have been applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the
social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America,
strengthening and sustaining the Church in the countryside by educating
and inspiring leaders and advocating on their behalf.
February 22, 2019
National Geographic Education: Resources for the Classroom.
National Geographic Professional Development: professional
learning opportunities for educators engaging with students from
pre-K to post-secondary. Our programs and resources range from
in-the-field projects to digital resources to online networks to
grant opportunities and courses.
National Geographic Classroom Resources: Resource Library of
high-quality, standards-based, educational resources and activities.
Many of our free maps, lesson plans, imagery, interactives, and
reference materials have been curated into collections grounded in
the bold and transformative approach that National Geographic takes
around science, exploration and storytelling.
KinderCare proudly supports U.S. Military…has partnered with Child
Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for eligible active duty
military families and a solution to address their child care needs when
care at an on-base Child Development Center (CDC) isn’t available.
Guide to Low Cost or Free Rehab Options: "There are low-cost and
no-cost addiction treatment facilities available. In this guide, we
will…start with those available at the federal level and move down to
care for specific groups. We hope this guide can help you get the care
you need even if money is an issue for your family."
Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Jamie Martin. "While
some people are intimidated at the thought of gardening, growing your
own vegetables is a practical and rewarding activity. Everyone can grow
their own vegetable garden, but it takes time and effort to sustain one.
To ensure that you’ve got a head start, take a look at our comprehensive
guide on vegetable gardening."
Retirement Living Information Center – Buyers Guides: "We help
consumers find the best products and services, especially seniors and
those planning for retirement."
The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet:
"a guide for parents on how to keep children safe online, that covers
how to safely introduce children to technology, and how to make sure
they don't fall victim to cyberbullying or social media/ gaming
February 21, 2019
February 19, 2019
12 Common Fears That Keep Us Stuck: Theo Tsaousides Ph.D. Psychology
Today, January 30, 2019. "Fear plays a huge role in shaping who we
become. It affects the decisions we make, the actions we take, and the
outcomes we achieve."
February 8, 2019
National Marriage Week is February 7-14, 2019 (USCCB): "an
opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins
with supporting and promoting marriage and the family." Includes a
Virtual Marriage Retreat, preaching resources, and a Prayer for Married
For Your Marriage (USCCB): "helps couples at all stages of life
to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages by
providing educational and spiritual resources."
Marriage: Unique for a Reason (USCCB). "Video resources to
assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why
marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as
the union of one man and one woman."
Complete Guide to Using WebP Image Format. WebP, or unofficially
pronounced as weppy, is an image format introduced by Google Developers
around 5 years ago. if you are a web designer, or a developer who
strives to reduce and optimize your image file size, what WebP is
capable of should put a smile on your face.
Bullying in Schools: The Impact on Children and How You Can Help.
Who are the victims of school bullying? According to the CDC, youth with
disabilities, learning differences, sexual/gender identity differences
or cultural differences are often most vulnerable to being bullied.
Unfortunately, only about 20 to 30 percent of students who are bullied
notify adults. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of
bullying so you can intervene while positive outcomes are still
February 6, 2019
What Is Social Engineering? (KnowBe4): Social Engineering is the art
of manipulating, influencing, or deceiving you in order to gain control
over your computer system. The hacker might use the phone, email, snail
mail or direct contact to gain illegal access. Phishing, spear phishing,
and CEO Fraud are all examples.
January 23, 2019
Best Youtube Science channels, as voted by the GeekWrapped science
staff: Includes general, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, math –
a very useful for students and teachers.
Fishkeeping World: "Our aim is to help educate anyone who wants to
keep fish. Here, you can find out everything you need to know about
keeping fish and aquarium maintenance."
Medical News Today (MNT): "a market leader for medical news,
providing concise and accurate information that stands out in the ocean
of health content that is on the internet."
Veterans/Ex-Servicemen News: The latest veterans and
ex-servicemen research from prestigious universities and journals
throughout the world.
Watch Out for Charity Scams During Natural Disasters: When natural
disasters strike, it’s natural to feel concern for those caught in the
midst of the disaster.…What you may not realize is that there are others
in the world who see natural disasters as an opportunity take advantage
of our heartfelt concerns by setting up charity scams.
January 9, 2019
Fathers: "Our goal was to offer a one-stop shop for people wondering
what the earliest Christians believed…the bare quotes themselves, along
with citations of where they came from, so that the Fathers could speak
for themselves." Click on Read Topics for a drop down list.
Drug Rehab Connections: "not a specific treatment facility, instead
we are an informational website that connects addicts and their families
with the help they need to put their lives together."
College Drug Abuse: Binge drinking and drug use are common
problems that students face on college campuses. Many times it is
the first time that these youths are being exposed to drugs and the
ease of access to them.
Drug Guide (Recovery Centers of America): Information about a
variety of commonly used and abused substances including a brief history
of each, how each drug is often abused, common warning signs of abuse as
well as our treatment approach for each.
How to Set Parental Controls On All Your Devices: helps reduce the
risk of your child viewing inappropriate content on the web. In addition
to setting parental controls, it’s important to monitor your child’s
internet activity and use age-appropriate settings on devices.
Guide to Financial Aid Programs for Military and Veterans: The
Post-9/11 GI Bill offers federally funded education assistance to
veterans and service members who served after Sept. 10, 2001.
January 8, 2019
- Botany Depot:
"a global website for creative ideas and materials for teaching botany
in the 21st century for all ages and levels."
Plants of the World Online: a well-designed, searchable database
containing over 1.1 million plant names from around the world, more than
65,000 detailed descriptions, and nearly 200,000 images. Readers can
search POWO by a plant's common, species, genus, or family name, and
they can also search by descriptive words, such as colors.
World History Study Guides (HistorySimulation): Interactive and
engaging history lesson plans.
Elder Fraud: Safeguarding Seniors Against Cybercrime. Cybercriminals
stole $342.5M from America’s elderly last year. This comprehensive guide
shows carers, relatives, and seniors everything they need to know to
avoid and report the most dangerous elder fraud scams of 2018.
January 4, 2019
"33% College Students Show Early Signs of Depression?: Are You One of
Them?" by Savi Chakraborty. "Depression in college students is a
rising epidemic. Research shows that 1 in 5 college students suffer from
anxiety and depression."
- Speed Check:
Ad-free internet speed test with the most extensive guide on how to
troubleshoot speed and connection issues.
EasyTeacherWorksheets: a super helpful free resource website for
teachers, parents, tutors, students, and homeschoolers. Worksheets By
Topics: Math, Science, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Foreign
Language, Holidays, Teacher Printable.
StudyBlue (a Chegg Service): FREE Online flashcards for everyone.
Make and study your flashcards for free, or copy and edit from the
millions of flashcards in the StudyBlue library.
A Guide To Understanding And Helping Seniors Overcome Substance Use
Disorders: The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence,
Inc. reports that trouble coping with changes, children moving out, and
no longer having a job are significant factors that can result in
addictive behavior in seniors. Memory loss, confusion, depression and
mood changes can all be signs that an addiction is active.
E-Safety Guide: For Parents & Kids | To Keep Kids Safe Online.
According to the Merton Safeguarding Children Board, e-safety refers to
the protection of young individuals when they use gadgets and the
Internet. Thus, it’s concerned not only with online activities but also
with how children use their smartphones, tablets, and other devices.
January 3, 2019
Course Hero: Master Your Classes™. Find study guides, class notes,
practice problems, and more.
College Algebra: offers interactive material for topics such as
solving linear equations and inequalities, functions and graphs,
logarithmic functions, and matrices.
Academic Research Guide and Link Portal: explains "the most
efficient way to conduct online research, how to assess the legitimacy
of sources, how to cite them the correct way, and conclude with a broad
list of resources spanning a multitude of fields."
Kids Research and Education Links Database: "database of links to
trusted sources dedicated to helping kids find assistance with their
homework, research their papers…"
January 2, 2019