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July 21, 2017
Guide to Senior Safety at Home: This resource guide will review the
steps that can be taken to create a safe living area for seniors,
discuss how technology can assist, and how to gauge the warning signs
that indicate an entirely different approach may be necessary. It
concludes with a list of resources for additional information on senior
The Best MOOC Platforms of 2017 by Review.com: Massive Open Online
Courses (MOOCs) are providing access to world-class education to anyone
with an internet connection, which opens up a world of
possibilities.…Additionally, those who can’t afford to quit their job to
go back to school to further or change their career path can take MOOCs
in their free time.
"Perfectionism Doesn’t Look Like We Think it Does": Most of us
associate perfectionism with achievement, but they are not the same.
Aleteia | Calah Alexander | Jul 20, 2017.
Bioed Online: Courses. Baylor College of Medicine offers a wealth of
resources for biology teaches in Texas and around the world. These
series of online courses are designed to help teachers (and lifelong
learners) expand their expertise on a number of scientific subjects.
July 20, 2017
Catholic Straight Answers: Everything you want to know about the
Catholic Church…but are afraid to ask. Scroll down for Answers by
Category: Christmas & Advent, Confession, Easter & Lent, Holy Eucharist,
Liturgical Calendar, Mary, Mass, Other Religions, Prayer & Devotions,
RCIA – Catholic Straight Answers: free RCIA video series to gain
a comprehensive overview of the Catholic Faith! Each year Fr.
Saunders teaches an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
class, which is attended by Catholics and non-Catholics, the young
and old, individuals preparing to join the Catholic Church, and
individuals simply wanting to grow in their love for God.
Extreme Heat Information. Provided by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).
Disaster Preparedness and Self-Storage. What You Need to Know.
Disaster preparedness involves storing items you can use in the event of
a disaster, but it also involves planning for the storage of the items
you use every day.
Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets (Humane Society): How to keep
pets safe in natural disasters and everyday emergencies.
July 19, 2017
How Do You Support a Grieving Spouse? – Mind & Spirit: "…deep grief
is messy and disorienting and affects every single part of us in ways we
can’t prepare for, articulate, or even understand. How can we best
support a spouse when he is lost in grief, no longer the person he once
was, someone neither of us recognizes?"
Vatican – Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life: Includes
information, updates & videos on World Youth Day, Vocation of Women,
Popes and Sports, Patristic texts on Family, Pro-Life resources…
Online-Convert: Free online file converter. Convert media free, fast
and online. No software installation needed.
July 3, 2017
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.
Removing Stains – Cleaning & Laundry Tips by Clorox.
June 30, 2017
Exercise and Physical Fitness (Medline Plus): It is important to be active and get regular
physical activity. In fact, exercise is one of the most important things
you can do for your health.
Exercise for Seniors (Medline Plus): Exercise and physical activity
are good for just about everyone, including older adults. There are four
main types and each type is different – endurance, or aerobic,
activities; strength exercises; balance exercises; flexibility exercises
June 26, 2017
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June 16, 2017
The Civil Engineer: a useful one-stop shop for news, scholarly
publications, educational resources, and job information related to
civil engineering. Two especially helpful sections of this website are
the Publications and Education sections. Another great feature of the
Education section are the Calculation Examples and Educational websites.
How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone: If you really want
to be on top of protecting your kid from the potential dangers of smart
phone use, then the infographic below is exactly what you’ve been
looking for. Don’t know your Snapchat from your Kik? You can bet that
your kid does, so maybe it’s time that you got with the programme and
found out precisely how to protect a modern kid from the dangers of the
June 15, 2017
June 8, 2017
A Beginner’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours: The Second Vatican
Council highly encouraged the laity to "recite the divine office, either
with the priests, or among themselves, or even individually" (Sacrosanctum
June 7, 2017
to Work blog: Includes essays on resume writing, cover letter,
resume examples, job search, job interviews.
Colorado Trail Explorer: developed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife,
includes 17,099 trails and 1,431 trailheads. The mapped trails include
5,683 miles of hiking trails, 6,821 miles of mountain biking trails,
24,906 miles of motorized trails and unpaved roads, and 1,746 miles of
paved bike trails.
June 6, 2017
Learn: Offers a diverse selection of free, and paid for, online
courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around
the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on
mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.
- Catholic Door: premier Catholic store online for art, statues,
spiritual books, religious medals, rosaries, crosses, gifts, stationary,
What Is VPN For?
VPN Benefits Explained: As the VPNs are
increasingly becoming the talk of the town among the web community, you
need to know: What is a VPN for? And why should you have one?
June 5, 2017
How To Download Facebook Videos in HD Quality: This video tutorial
will show you how to download Facebook videos in HD quality without the
need of installing any third party software or any tool. Simple steps to
download a Facebook video to an mp4 file – quick and easy. I did it in
under 5 minutes!
June 1, 2017
Grammar Cheatsheet for Bloggers (Art of Blog): A quick reference for
the everyday mistakes a blogger or someone writing for the web might
make, as opposed to trying to cover every single grammar rule.
What Is REM Sleep? There two main types of sleep, or ways of
sleeping. The first is Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and the other is
non-REM. It’s during REM sleep that we dream, although only about 25% of
our time sleeping is spent in this state.\
113 Most Useful Links for Photographers (Light Stalking). Ranges
from an amazing array of free blogs and tutorial sites to really useful
photography tools and portfolio sites for you to display your creativity
as well as photography books and magazines.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books,
movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Burgers and Hot Dogs (Food Network): Find your perfect burger and
May 25, 2017
May 23, 2017
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May 8, 2017
A Fair Use Primer for Graduate Students (InsideHigherEd). "I prefer
to see the fair use doctrine as a safeguard against accidental
plagiarism, recognition for the rights of the original author, and
protection against copyright infringement."
Tuck – Advancing Better Sleep. Aims to improve sleep hygiene,
health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of
comprehensive, unbiased, free resources.…Includes information covering
Sleep Disorders, Sleep Resources, Mattresses, Circadian System,
Demographic Guides Sleep Health Sleep Medicine.
Microsoft Office 2013 Tutorials: YouTube
What is Web Proxy? It provides a level of privacy for the user by
masking their information from the websites they are visiting.
May 3, 2017
Virtues for Life: Designed to inspire and coach you in the daily
practice of virtues so that you can achieve your personal best and,
consequently, lead a more extraordinary life.
Virtues List: Virtues are the essence of our character and
character does indeed determine destiny. The more we recognize the
potential impact that practicing virtues can have on our lives, the
more our lives open up to new possibilities and to greater joy and
The Pollinator Partnership: to promote the health of pollinators,
critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and
April 24, 2017
Cybersecurity Knowledge Quiz: The Pew Research Center offers this
ten question cybersecurity quiz that allows visitors to test their own
knowledge of cybersecurity issues and see how their knowledge compares
to 1,055 Pew research survey participants. After completing this
multiple choice quiz, users can check the accuracy of their answers and
learn more about a variety of cyber security issues.
Mathematics Teacher Resources: The University of Michigan Library
offers this helpful list of web resources for teaching mathematics. This
list includes items that will appeal to K-12 mathematics instructors,
adult educators, and college level mathematics instructors alike.
Resources are divided into three categories: resources for teachers
(most resources fall into this category), resources for algebra, and
resources for statistics.
Spiders & Other Arachnids (Australian Museum of Sydney): Dedicated
to facts and artistic depictions of spiders and other arachnids found in
Australia and around the world. Those new to the world of arachnids may
want to start by checking out Spider Diversity or A Spider's Life. These
sections provide overviews of the lifespan, origin, and variety of
spiders. Interested in identifying a particular arachnid or just
learning what different kinds of spiders look like? Check out
Australia's Spider Fauna for close up photographs and detailed
descriptions of select species.
Kid's Guide to Saving Energy: SaveOnEnergy provides a downloadable
workbook and Teacher Instructions.
April 13, 2017
Practical tips from the federal government (FTC,
Justice Dept., Homeland Security, IRS, US Postal Inspection Service,
Commerce Dept., SEC, FDIC, NCIS) and the technology industry to help you
be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your
Parents Guide to Protecting Kids Online: (20 ways to protect
How to Start a Blog Resources and Guides: Includes In-Depth How
To Guide, Fundamentals of Blogging Online Course, Condensed How To
H&R Block – Get Answers: Need tax help? Got tax questions? Here
you’ll find tax tips, helpful tax information, Tax Calculators and
incredibly useful tools.
April 11, 2017
2017 Way of the Cross Led by His Holiness Pope Francis – Good Friday
Passion of the Lord, Colosseum | Rome, 14 April 2017, Meditations by
Anne-Marie Pelletier. Translations available in Arabic, English, French,
German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.
Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum and Easter Links and Resources (scroll
April 6, 2017
Easter Recipes & Menus (Food Network): Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert
Ward off Plagiarism: How to Paraphrase Writing (Inforgraphic)
Beginner's Guide to Internet Safety: 14 Tips for Being Safe Online
Celiac-Friendly Gluten-Free Recipes: These recipes don't contain any
of the gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye, so you can enjoy them
without triggering uncomfortable Celiac symptoms.
Thousands of Kosher Recipes! Search by ingredients, category,
Global Biodiversity Information Facility: an international open data
infrastructure, funded by governments providing access to data about all
types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the
Bob Ross – ‘The Joy of Painting’: unofficial database for 'The Joy
of Painting'. You can find a list of paintings Bob Ross has done on the
show. There are currently 403 of the 403 episodes added to this website.
All linked episodes are available on the official
Bob Ross YouTube channel.
- Mesothelioma.net: over 4k pages of information about mesothelioma,
including associated cancers where it can commonly metastasize or be
affected by asbestos. This includes brain, breast, heart, liver,
prostate and ovarian cancer. "We also have a section dedicated
veterans and the military.
The Authority on VPNs and Web Anonymity. Get reliable advice, useful
tips and VPN reviews on the best VPNs. An authentic review site that
lets actual users review and rank the services themselves.
Consortium of Midwest Herbaria: Extensive index of midwestern plant
specimens, the region includes the six states that border the western
Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and
Wisconsin. visitors may also browse the Consortium's extensive
collection of photographs via the Images tab.
Hall of Human Origins for Educators: The American Museum of Natural
History offers a variety of helpful resources to aid K-12 educators
teach human origins and evolution. Educators may want to start by
downloading the Educator's Guide and one of three activity guides,
divided by grade level (K-4, 5-8, and 9-12). Here, instructors will find
a variety of "pre-visit" activities designed to help students prepare
for a museum visit; however, many of these activities can also be
adapted for use in any science classroom around the globe. Meanwhile,
the More Resources for Educators section of this website offers
materials that can be used to enhance classroom instruction or as study
resources for use outside of the classroom.
March 27, 2017
Plagiarism (Vancouver Community College): What it is and how to
avoid it. Free tools to detect plagiarism.
March 10, 2017
March 3, 2017
"Have a Happy Lent" by Sean Fitzpatrick (Catholic Exchange)
Scrupulosity: The Occupational Hazard of the Catholic Moral Life.
Scrupulosity is a corruption of freedom. The scrupulous person is
anxious that he has committed a sin when in fact he has not or is
convinced that his venial sins are mortal when they are not.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide – Univ of Maryland
Medical Center. Comprehensive reference on herbs and supplements written
in consumer-friendly language.
Generator School Network: online community who discovered they can
change the world through service-learning. The GSN is the leading
resource for fast and easy sharing, service-learning professional
development, and networking.
Introduction to Storytelling (Khan Academy): Khan Academy teamed up
with Pixar to create this interactive lesson about the Art of
Storytelling. Videos are accompanied by four activities designed to get
youth to reflect on and discuss different aspects of storytelling,
including memory.…As of this write up, this series includes one complete
tutorial; additional tutorials on storytelling are coming soon.
February 27, 2017
February 22, 2017
2017 Lenten Daily Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron. Would you
like to receive these daily Gospel reflections in your inbox every
Internet Browsing: Guide to Keeping Your Browsing Experience Safe &
English Grammar Handbook: Learn the proper rules and use of
punctuation and complexities of English grammar.
Report: "to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous
drugs and products.…the up-to-date information we provide on recalls,
alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe."
Retirement Message Ideas: "If you’re having a difficult time finding
the words for a meaningful, heartfelt or funny retirement message to go
in your retirement card then you’ve come to the right place!"
Math Resources: Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Matrices, Complex,
Functional and Harmonic Analysis, and much more.
February 20, 2017
The ARDA Dictionary: look up a religious word or term in The ARDA
(Association of Religion Data Archives).
Biology Online Dictionary: free and open dictionary with over 60,000
Business Dictionary: Resource for all types of business terms and
- Law.com: Search for legal
words, terms, and phrases
Online Etymology Dictionary: Provides details on the meanings and
sounds of words dating back many, many years.
OnMusic Dictionary: Search for musical term or composer
- Rhyme Zone:
Enter the word that you want to rhyme with, click Search, and see your
Sign Language Dictionary: Provides a short video with each word
definition showing how to create it with sign language. You can search
by term, topic, or letter.
More than 2,000 Gifs to Teach You American Sign Language (ASL). Giphy
cut videos from the popular educational series Sign With Robert, adding
text descriptions to make the GIFs look like looping flash cards.
February 1, 2017
Around the World in 7 Chicken Wings (Food Network Kitchen): We took
a spin around the globe (think Morocco, India, Greece and more) to
reinvent this classic party food seven ways.
January 31, 2017
"Life Before Birth - In the Womb" (Naked Science): Documentary
explores the development of the growing fetus from conception to
delivery. Using cutting edge technology, go inside the womb and follow
the incredible nine month journey from conception to birth, showing how
the struggle for life turns into the miracle of birth.
Ditch That Textbook: all about teaching with less reliance on the
textbook with an emphasis on using technology and creative teaching
Important Legal Documents for Emergency Preparedness: One of the
things that many people forget about is the important documents they
need in the event of an evacuation. If your family suddenly has to
vacate your home, and you only have time to grab your disaster kit and
run, you will want to make sure it has the right documents to keep you
on track. This list will help you prepare for the next disaster with the
Copyright Information: Is this fair use? John Paul II Library,
Franciscan University of Steubenville, guide for understanding Copyright
Laws, Fair Use Exceptions for Instructors, and Public Domain issues.
Open Textbooks Library: Open textbooks are textbooks that have been
funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and
distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of
colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be
downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost.
Blender Salsa 6 Ways (and Beyond!) Food Network: Sweet, spicy or
smoky, these salsas are fantastic as written. But you can also mix and
match ingredients until you find a combo you love.
January 25, 2017
Soup Recipes – AllRecipes: Find delicious soup recipes, including
steamy potato soup, slow cooker taco soup, chicken noodle soup, and
- Word Counter:
free tool initially created as a simple word count tool. Today, Word
Counter measures not only the number of words in a text, but also
measures sentence length, keyword density, estimated reading level, and
estimated reading time. Users can find out this information by simply
pasting any amount of text into a text box.
Biology Corner: Resource site for biology and science teachers and
students. It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests,
and information on science topics for all levels, including introductory
life science and advanced placement biology.
Loaded Landscapes: active blog with a lot of tips and articles
related to landscape and nature photography.
January 24, 2017
January 19, 2017
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 – January 18-25. Theme:
"Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us" (cf. 2 Corinthians
5:14-20). Jointly prepared and published by The Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity The Commission on Faith and Order of the World
Council of Churches.
January 18, 2017
January 17, 2017
Guide to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration: We’ve compiled all the
dos and don’ts for the U.S. Presidential Inauguration to make it easy
for you to enjoy the celebration.
Printable U.S. Constitution and Founding Documents: "This site
offers free, printable versions of the founding documents of our
Republic, including the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration
of Independence, and other rights laid out by America’s founders."
Martha Stewart Season's Eatings: Celebrate from Thanksgiving to New
Year's with our menus, strategies.
The Champions of Character "Five Core Values": help young people –
and those associated with their development – make good choices in all
aspects of their life and reflect the true spirit of competition. 5 Core
Values: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Servant
January 16, 2017
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): brings together the
riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them
freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of
human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to
records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
The Practical Guide to Mac Security: Gary Rosenzweig's "FREE course
with 24 lessons that will enable the typical home and office Mac user to
secure their Mac from dangers like malware, online account break-ins,
data loss, and online scams."
January 12, 2017
The Ultimate Legal Guide for Photographers: The following guide
provides professional and amateur photographers with a thorough
description of the most important legal regulations concerning
photography in the US and UK.
Saint's Name Generator: Use this simple tool to choose a saint at
random for a cause or time period, or simply to get to know new saints.
January 9, 2017
Marriage: Unique for a Reason. An initiative of the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops. 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. Each of
the videos in this initiative, with its companion written material, is
intended to be used by a priest, deacon, catechist, or teacher.
Catholic Recipes for the Liturgical Year (Catholic Culture): Browse
recipes by meal type, liturgical season, and food category.
Online Safety (USA.gov): Be aware of these scams when you’re online.
What’s on This Page: Internet Fraud Online Security and Safety Phishing
Advanced Password Tips and Tricks (Federal Trade Commission): A
little extra attention when you create a strong password can prevent an
attacker from getting access to your account. Your password should be
long, complex, and unique. Here are additional steps you can take to
help create strong passwords and secure your accounts:
How to Protect Your Kids from Cyber Bullying (Kids.gov): Although it
takes place in cyberspace, there are several things you can do at home
to protect your children from being harassed online. These tips will
help you get started.
January 6, 2017
"Asking Effective Questions": Chicago Center for Teaching (The
University of Chicago) by Brandon Cline, Divinity School and Teaching
Consultant at the Chicago Center for Teaching (scroll down until "The
Power of Questions" section).