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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!
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December 5, 2019

  • What is a Leap Second? (Time and 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.
  • DanteLab: 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 students.
  • StillTasty: 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 ( 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 natural disaster.
  • "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 blood pressure.

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 engineering themselves.
  • 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 insurance."

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 Blessed Sacrament."

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

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 Cross).

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 thirst-quenching drinks.

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 route.
  • 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

  • Sermon 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 Times.
  • 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 program.

July 3, 2019

  • Recipes: Barbecuing, Grilling, Hot Dog Sauces and general outdoor cooking worldwide.
  • 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 –
  • 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 Topic.

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 Disorder (OCD).

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 familiar with.
  • 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 their communities.
  • HEADS UP: Concussion in School Sports initiative and materials by CDC. Includes Specific Concussion Information for…Coaches, Parents, Sports Officials, Teen Athletes.
  • StrongPath: 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 ( 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 time.
    • 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 1971.
    • Memorial Day (
  • 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 trips."
  • 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

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 feeling empathy.

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 addiction."

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 Couples.
    • 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." Spanish version.
    • 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 possible.

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

  • Church 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



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