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2012 Archives

December 28, 2012

December 21, 2012

December 20, 2012

December 19, 2012

December 18, 2012

December 17, 2012

December 14, 2012

  • ArcaMax Comics: Check out the latest comic strips for Andy Capp, BC, Beetle Bailey, Dilbert, Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, Mallard Fillmore, Non Sequitur, Wizard of Id, and many more.
  • "The Seal of the Confessional" Fr. William Saunders (CERC). "The standard of secrecy protecting a confession outweighs any form of professional confidentiality or secrecy."

December 11, 2012

  • The Student Leadership Challenge®. From student-centered books and the 360-degree Student Leadership Practices Inventory to professional development workshops for student leadership educators like you, you’ll find tools and resources designed specifically to help you inspire, encourage, and develop the next generation of leaders.

December 10, 2012

  • "Chanukah" Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski (PDF)
  • Berkeley Hat Company: your source for a wide variety of hats and caps for men and women. We have Panama Hats, Kentucky Derby Hats, Berets, Berets, Straw Fedoras, Felt Fedoras, Straw Boater Hats, Stetsons, Greek Fisherman's Caps, Kangol Hats & Caps, Irish Tweed Caps & Hats, Harris Tweed Caps, Straw Boaters, Tilley Hats, Top Hats, and much more.

December 06, 2012

November 30, 2012

  • Advent & Christmas Inspiration: poems, quotations, readings & sermon illustrations
  • Advent Calendar – A journey towards hope (Holy Family Hospital Foundation). The interactive calendar below offers a special entry for each day of Advent meant to prepare us for the coming of the Christ-child and to share in the good works of the hospital, which happen every day of the year – truly making it the Birthplace of Hope.
    • Advent Calendar: December 2–24 (USCCB). "Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us." ~Pope Benedict VXI, Homily – First Vespers of Advent, November 28, 2009.
    • Christmas Calendar: December 25–January 13 (USCCB). "Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not expensive presents that demand time and money. We can transmit this joy simply: with a smile, with a kind gesture, with some small help, with forgiveness. Let us give this joy and the joy given will be returned to us." ~Pope Benedict VXI, Homily – Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2005.
    • Advent Calendar 2012 – EWTN. Origins of Advent/Christmas devotions, prayers and meditations.
  • Liturgical Resources (USCCB): Materials for liturgical use from the intimacy of the "domestic church" of the home and family to the rich tradition of the Liturgy of the Hours. NB: "Items of Interest" in right margin.
  • University College Writing Centre (University of Toronto): Excellent resources designed to get undergraduates and others up to speed with the world of writing college-level papers. Visitors will find resources like Organizing an Essay, Using Quotations, Introductions and Conclusions, The Comparative Essay, Writing in the Sciences, Dangling Modifiers, and more.

November 26, 2012

  • The Real Warriors Campaign – 1.800.273.8255: multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds.  The campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.

November 20, 2012

November 19, 2012

  • NIH Senior Health: Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Probability Resources - MAA Mathematical Sciences Digital Library. Browse through topics such as basic probability, games of chance, various discrete and continuous distributions, and a series of Famous Problems.

November 14, 2012

November 13, 2012

  • U.S. Bishops General Assembly – November 12-15: Speeches and documents; live streaming of the public sessions; latest news releases.
  • First American Freedom (USCCB): "Religious freedom is our first American freedom. It is a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. It’s a fundamental human right, rooted in the dignity of every human person – people of any faith or no faith at all."

November 12, 2012

  • State of New Jersey: Hurricane Sandy Information Center
  • Charity Navigator: America's Largest Charity Evaluator. An independent, non-profit organization that evaluates American charities. Its stated goal is "to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities."
  • Image Resizer for Windows: a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking. Regain the joy they left behind with Microsoft's Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP.
  • NASA Instructional Units and Lesson Plans (TeacherLink initiative at Utah State University College of Education): Provides direct access to NASA instructional units and lesson plans. Visitors will note that there are over 40 different resources here, listed alphabetically.

November 8, 2012

  • Plagiarism checking tool – the most accurate and absolutely FREE!

November 7, 2012

  • Spell Checker: online spelling checker. Simply type in the word you want to check. You will see prompts with spelling suggestions or one stating you have no errors.
  • Provides an advanced price comparison search tool that instantly checks textbook prices at 45+ online merchants. Presents the prices plus shipping costs for new, used, ebook, international, and rental textbooks at each of these merchants.

November 5, 2012

October 31, 2012

  • Hurricane Sandy Relief: Donate to Catholic Charities, USA. Other international relief agencies.
  • Catholic Link: videos and multimedia resources useful for ministry and evangelization, aspiring to proclaim the gospel with "creativity and ingenuity."
  • American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms ( Not only defines each entry but provides an example of how the phrase is actually used. Perhaps the ultimate challenge for a language learner, idioms require special explanation.
  • Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms ( Explains over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English, helping learners to understand them and use them with confidence.…Full-sentence examples show how idioms are really used.
  • Idiom Dictionary: Unique to each culture, idioms are a group of words that have a different meaning than the literal definition of each word individually.…here are 65 of the most used idioms in American English.
    • Online English Resources: Common misspelled words, authors biographies, English study guides, Intro to English Grammar, and more.
  • America’s Mesothelioma Resource.

October 24, 2012

  • Internet Archive’s TV News: Search the closed captioning text of over 350,000 TV news broadcasts since 2009. CNN, Fox New’s and MSNBC’s broadcast schedule in its entirety is backed up here, as is every major network’s nightly news programs and news magazines. Even The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are completely searchable on this single site – just type a term and if it shows up in the closed captioning records, you’ll see a video, instantly.

October 23, 2012

October 22, 2012

October 18, 2012

October 17, 2012

October 16, 2012

October 15, 2012

October 11, 2012

October 9, 2012

  • Sacramental Catechesis: An Online Resource for Dioceses and Eparchies.  In preparation for the Year of Faith, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis has published a 38-page document on Catechesis on the Sacraments.
  • Rediscovering the Faith (USCCB). Resources to help you rediscover the faith and answer questions about the Church and Church teachings. Includes Prayer in the Life of the Church, The Sacraments, Church Teaching.
  • Synod of Bishops Bulletins – Index issues and language editions. The Bulletin of the Commission for information of the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, entitled Synodus Episcoporum and published by the Holy See Press Office, will be issued in 6 language editions (plurilingual, Italian, English, French, Spanish and German), with 2 issues each day (morning and afternoon), or according to necessity.

October 5, 2012

October 2, 2012

October 1, 2012

  • Pontifical Council for Social Communications: Vatican web site for "all those who work in journalism, radio, television, films and the whole system of informatics, who listen honestly to the voice of their conscience and sincerely aspire to further the progress of their art."

September 28, 2012

September 27, 2012

September 26, 2012

September 24, 2012

  • Direct from Lourdes: Rosary Beads, Lourdes Holy Water Bottles, Miraculous Medals, Statues and other Catholic Gifts. Provides a great selection of quality and unique religious gift ideas, sent worldwide, direct from our shop here in Lourdes.
  • 100 Best Sites for Pregnancy and Parenting: Top 100 sites for parents to utilize for keeping their kids healthy, their immune system strong, and overall parenting tips from pregnancy to teenagers.
  • The Coach's Clipboard: Basketball Coaching and Basketball Play book. Designed as a resource for youth and high school basketball coaches and players, including plays, drills, strategies, offenses, defenses, player tips, animated play diagrams, and video clips of player fundamentals. Use the menu or Playbook Index to view plays, drills, articles, etc and for tips on how to use this playbook.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – National Digital Library. An impressive collection of images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video available at no charge. 12 thematic sections contain a wide mix of items, all of which can be searched by format, date, creator, and so on. The site also contains a keyword search area that allows visitors to look for specific images, videos, or audio clips.
  • A Rocha: Christian nature conservation organization. A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education.
  • Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies: the integration of knowledge of the Creation with biblical principles to bring the Christian community and the general public into a better understanding of the Creator and the stewardship of His creation.

September 21, 2012

  • Beer, Wine and Liquor: An Alcohol Resource Guide. By the time teens and young adults head to high school or college, it is quite common to see plenty of alcohol consumption at parties or other social occasions. This guide will help to introduce some of the key facts about alcohol use among young adults and its effects.

September 20, 2012

  • Chemistry Laboratory Techniques (MIT's Open Course Ware): Learning to navigate the treacherous shoals of the chemistry laboratory is tricky business. The course consists of "intensive practical training in basic chemistry lab techniques" and the site includes a host of instructional videos.

September 19, 2012

September 18, 2012

September 14, 2012

  • Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing (University of Chicago): The guide was created with first and second year students…in mind, but it can be used effectively with a wide range of students who wish to write clearly and concisely.…It is an indispensable resource for any and all persons who wish to succeed in becoming better writers in college.
  • Information for Ohio voters about your options to participate, as well as your responsibilities as a voter to make sure your voting experience goes smoothly. Includes information on voting Q/A, Absentee Ballots, ID Requirements, Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters, Voters with Disabilities or Hospitalized, and the 2012 Ohio Voter Information Guide.

September 6, 2012

  • Center for Cultural & Pastoral Research (John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family). In light of the anthropology of love – an understanding of the human person as the image of God, created in and for communion – the Center is dedicated to the engagement of cultural issues especially as they affect the most vulnerable.
  • Pontifical Academy for Life: Instituted by Pope John Paul II by the Motu Proprio Vitae mysterium (11 February 1994). The aim of the Pontifical Academy for Life is the defense and promotion of the value of human life and the dignity of the person.
  • Pontifical Academy of Science: Comprises six major areas: Fundamental science; Science and technology of global problems; Science for the problems of the developing world; Scientific policy; Bioethics; Epistemology.

September 5, 2012

September 3, 2012

  • Labor Day (Dept. of Labor): Celebrated on the first Monday in September. A creation of the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
    • Labor Day ( Pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.
  • Labor Day Statement 2012 (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - USCCB): Placing Work and Workers at the Center of Economic Life.
  • Laborem Exercens: to All Men and Women of Good Will on Human Work by Pope John Paul II, September 14, 1981.

August 31, 2012

August 29, 2012

August 23, 2012

  • Vets 4 Warriors: 1.855.838.8244 24-Hour Peer Support Line - Toll-free & Confidential. Our team of Veteran peers have all served in uniform for the United States Military. We share similar experiences and understand what it means to serve our country in peacetime and in times of increased conflict. The daily stresses of a Service member are unique and we are here to offer an ear to listen and resources in your local community to help alleviate any stressors you may be facing.
  • Josephson Institute Center for Sports Ethics: Sportsmanship - Pursuing Victory With Honor. Training and resources for coaches, directors, and parents who want to promote sportsmanship and character through athletics.
  • "Make a Commitment to Excellence" Coach Frank DiCocco. My work is to use the sphere of athletics to help impart valuable life lessons to the young men who will shape the future of the world in which we live.
  • Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (JIIA): Critically examining ethical, social, economic, and political issues surrounding college sport in the United States and providing readers with thought-provoking editorials, research articles, and reviews.

August 22, 2012

  • Teaching with Primary Sources Program – Library of Congress (LOC): Works with educational institutions to deliver professional development programs that help teachers use the LOC's rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.
    • Teaching with Primary Sources (Stanford): The Stanford University project focuses on using primary sources in the middle and high school history classroom.
    • Reading Like a Historian (Stanford): The curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on issues…and make historical claims backed by documentary evidence.
  • Healthline: Trusted health information, free tools, news and doctor-reviewed resources to encourage a healthy living for you and your loved ones. Health Topics A to Z and Health Treatments A to Z.
  • a community based public-benefit website devoted to helping individuals and families find help for addiction and dual diagnosis. Contains the largest and most comprehensive publicly rated and reviewed directory of addiction treatment centers in existence.

August 21, 2012

  • Understanding Science - How Science Really Works (UC-Berkeley): Understanding Science 101 area includes quick reviews of topics like How Science Works, What is Science?, and Why Science Matters. The Resource Library contains classroom activities, teaching tools, and strategies for keeping students thinking and engaged.
  • Chemistry Now: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has joined forces with NBC Learn and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry by creating "Chemistry Now" - a weekly, online video series that uncovers and explains the science of common, physical objects in our world and the changes they undergo every day.
  • "Promoting the Spiritual Growth and Character Development of Student Athletes" by Ed Hastings and Lee DelleMonache, Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, Neumann College, February 9, 2007.
  • John Paul II Foundation for Sport – Peace Through Sport. "A sports foundation inspired by John Paul II’s vision for sport, which has as its primary focus the building of character through sport skills and fitness."

August 20, 2012

  • CDC: College Health and Safety. College is full of exciting new things, from meeting people to living away from home. But, college can also be stressful as you try to develop new routines, live on a limited budget, and manage responsibilities on your own. Keep the tips and information below in mind to stay safe and healthy in college.
  • BoatTech – Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS): From fixing fiberglass to fitting fishfinders, guides cover the knowledge you need to take care of your boat. Check out the topics below for advice on maintenance, equipment and safety.

August 14, 2012

August 13, 2012

August 6, 2012

  • Pastoral Aid for the Year of Faith - 2012-13: Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization (Vatican). Includes Catechism of the Catholic Church, Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Documents of Vatican II Council, Pope Benedict's Apostolic Letters, and more.
  • Review for Religious Digital Archive hosted by the Pius XII Library at Saint Louis University. The materials in this archive can be downloaded without charge. Permission is hereby granted to copy and distribute individual articles for personal, classroom, or workshop use. Copyright for the articles published in Review for Religious is held by the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus. Please credit Review for Religious, reference the volume, issue, and page number, and cite Saint Louis University Libraries as the host of the digital collection.
  • Center for Christian Ethics - Sports Library (Baylor University)
  • Random Thoughts of Louis Schmier - Professor of History at Valdosta State University.
  • Treasured Cross: Christian Jewelry, Christian Gifts, Inspirational Jewelry and Christian Apparel | Christian wall art and Christian home decor.

July 27, 2012

July 26, 2012

  • Facebook Beginners Guide 101 - StateStats. This guide will help you get started with setting up an account, finding friends, uploading photos, changing, privacy settings, and more.
  • TotalNetGuard by American Family Online. Multiple filtering options to protect your family from the dark side of the Internet. This technology is especially designed to provide maximum protection and performance, even for high-speed connections. Reasonable pricing options.

July 25, 2012

July 24, 2012

  • HubbleSite – Space Telescope Science Institute. As the name suggests it’s built around news of, and discoveries made by, the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been providing images from deep space since its mission began in 1990.
  • NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day: Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
  • Opus Bono Sacerdotii: a Catholic charity that in partnership with our benefactors, assist bishops, religious superiors, and Vatican officials in finding solutions for the proper care and treatment of priests who are experiencing difficulties.

July 23, 2012

  • Inside Life Science (National Institute of General Medical Sciences): Each story shows how basic biomedical research – from the history of a field to the people doing cutting-edge work today – lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Through explorations of how the body works and highlights from recent studies, you’ll discover even more on what scientists have found and are finding about fundamental life processes.
  • Biology Instructional Multimedia: University of Alberta Department of Biology's instructional multimedia page. Includes Biology Intro, Botany, Cell Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Genetics, Microbiology, Lab Procedures and more.
  • 6 Secrets to Great Sports Photography (Lexar - Digital Photography)
  • Summer Recipes: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

July 9, 2012

  • Faith and Reason – Franciscan University: Church and Culture - Politics and Philosophy - Morality and the Marketplace. At, you can explore it all, deepening your knowledge of the Catholic faith and your understanding of the world in which we live. With numerous videos from the world’s top Catholic scholars, thinkers, and leaders, plus articles, blog posts, and more…
  • Religious Liberty: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty (USSCB). Resources concerning the foundational teachings "on the right of the person and of communities to social and civil freedom in matters religious."
    • Conscience Protection Resources (USCCB): Want to know why the bishops are fighting the HHS insurance mandate? Need more material to help teach others - or prayers to join in solidarity with our bishops? The following resources are available for use in a wide variety of settings, including universities & schools, associations, parishes, RCIA programs, and families.
  • Religious Liberty - Our Most Cherished Freedom (EWTN): The United States was founded, in large part, by people seeking freedom of religion. Yet today, religious freedom is under attack as never before. To stay informed about what's happening in the U.S. and around the world…

July 6, 2012

  • Human Body & Mind – BBC Science: Provide the curious visitor with a plethora of insights into the relationship between the human body and mind. In the Body section, learn more about the organs, muscles, skeleton, and the nervous system. The Mind area explores human emotion, memory retention, emotions and instincts, and a number of other subjects.

July 5, 2012

  • "Talking to Your Teen about Drinking" (Medline Plus): The best time to begin talking with your teen about drugs and alcohol is now. Children as young as 9 years old may become curious about drinking, and they may even try it alcohol.
  • Grammar Check - Free Online Grammar Checker: Even in these days of text-speak, thoughts dashed off in 120 characters and casual blogging, grammar and spelling still count. Many times it is the ideas expressed in articles and blog posts that are important, but poor grammar can mean poor communication.
  • Express Birthday Party Planning: Find birthday party entertainers and birthday locations across the USA, plus view great party planning tips and birthday party suggestions.
  • Exquisite Catholic gifts, Saint medals, Rosaries, Religious jewelry. All of our pieces are handmade in the old traditional ways, made in the USA and guaranteed for life! Free shipping on all orders.

July 3, 2012

July 2, 2012

June 29, 2012

June 25, 2012

June 18, 2012

  • Fr. Francis Martin Ministries: Serves the clergy to become more deeply immersed in Scripture, as authentically taught by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, so that the Word of God can be preached in the Power of the Holy Spirit…The four-part series each week includes a general reflection and commentary on the readings, the psalm and the gospel.
  • "The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized" (International Theological Commission – 2007).
  • The Art of War: New archive of propaganda and war art. "The archive includes famous propaganda campaigns such as an airman being vamped by a sexy blonde over the slogan "Keep mum - she's not so dumb", part of the "Careless Talk Costs Lives" campaign. The 360 works launched this week are the start of a project that will place several thousand images online."
  • Birthday Party Supplies. Party themes and decorations for children's and adults birthday parties. Also view party supplies for many other themes.

June 15, 2012

June 14, 2012

  • National Flag Day (U.S.A.) - June 14. "On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777" (The National Flag Day Foundation).
  • Battery University: free educational website that offers hands-on battery information to engineers, educators, media, students and battery users alike. The tutorials evaluate the advantages and limitations of battery chemistries, advise on best battery choice and suggest ways to extend battery life.
  • 2012 Flowers, Vol. 3 and 2012 Flowers, Vol. 4:  Brian Cavanaugh, TOR, © June 2012.

June 12, 2012

  • Bound for Glory: America in Color from 1939-1943. These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

June 11, 2012

June 7, 2012

  • 9/11 Memorial Guide: National September 11th Memorial and Museum. Includes Search by Name or Company, Memorial Names Layout, Search by Sponsor of Honoree.

June 6, 2012

  • Character Action Media: consists of video-based lessons of inspiring stories of individuals living out the personal and civic virtues in ways that are relevant to youth. Lessons help students understand the virtues, inspire them to live out the virtues, and present individual and group activities relevant to the focused virtues.

June 5, 2012

  • 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 personal information.
  • London 2012: Olympic and Paralympic Games (CDC): Be prepared and practice the smart safety and health habits you normally would at home, so your Olympic and Paralympic memories are about the competitions and sites – not your illnesses or injuries.
  • - Harnessing Technology to Make Education Free. Free and open collection of college level courses.…no registrations or fees required…earn a certificate upon completion of each course.…not accredited for a college degree or diploma. Select areas of study in General Education, Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, History, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science and Psychology.
  • 'Brought to Life' (Science Museum, London) – Exploring the History of Medicine. Offers access to images of thousands of fascinating objects from the Museum’s great medical collections. A valuable resource for teachers and students working on the history of medicine, and related subjects, in schools and universities. It also engages people of all ages and interests in the story of medicine.
  • Liberty and the American Revolution (Princeton University): Features more than 150 recently gifted important books, pamphlets and prints representing…the intellectual origins of the American Revolution; the Revolution itself; the early years of the republic; the resulting spread of democratic ideas in the Atlantic world; and the effort to abolish the slave trade in both Great Britain and the United States. Visitors should not miss the exquisite edition of Thomas Paine's celebrated "The age of reason: being an investigation of true and fabulous theology," printed while Paine was imprisoned in 1794.

June 1, 2012

  • Growing Stronger - Strength Training for Older Adults: developed by experts at Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Exercises that have been shown to increase the strength of your muscles, maintain the integrity of your bones, and improve your balance, coordination, and mobility. In addition, strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic diseases, including arthritis.
  • Thera-Band Academy: Find exercises and research for rehabilitation, fitness, and wellness. The site does require a free sign-up for viewing more than one exercise or article.
  • Exercise & Strength Training: collection of Internet resources with emphasis on exercise programs for senior adults.

May 31, 2012

May 30, 2012

  • Google – Search Education: It is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. Google created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search meaningfully in their academic research and beyond. The site is aimed at both at teachers and at individual users.

May 24, 2012

May 18, 2012

  • "Why Children Matter" by Johann Christoph Arnold. Time-tested wisdom and common-sense advice on what children need most, what holds a family together, and how to rediscover the joy of parenting. Timothy Cardinal Dolan writes a testimonial letter. Request 1 free paperback copy for yourself; request multiple copies for family, church or organization. Download Free Book as Acrobat PDF, Kindle .prc, Nook .epub. Read chapters online.

May 17, 2012

  • Chronological List of Early Christian Writings (Paulist Press): Includes extensive online texts for writings of the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers, and Others.
  • Guitar Chords 365: Learn to play the guitar. All the Guitar Chords are organized by family and in Alphabetic Order so that you can find the Chord you are looking for easily! These are the most popular guitar chords that most beginners start with. Click on the family and then the name of the guitar chord to see to play the chord!

May 15, 2012

  • PhotoSeed: Bringing to light the growth and artistic vision of 19th & 20th century photography.
  • Kewl Bites Recipe Index: Includes Breakfast/Brunch, Salads/Sandwiches, Main Dishes, Beverages, Snacks/Desserts, Sides/Sauces.
  • Brain Facts: features nearly 1,000 accessible, scientifically reviewed resources about the brain and mind. Tabs feature About Neuroscience | Brain Basics | Sensing, Thinking & Behaving | Diseases & Disorders.
    • Brain Facts for Educators: Easy-to-use teaching resources, activities to engage young people’s interest, and educational tools sorted by age and reading level. Most resources in this section are aimed at pre-university students. Multimedia resources include videos and images to augment lesson plans.

May 10, 2012

May 8, 2012

May 7, 2012

May 4, 2012

  • Earth Science Lesson Plans: The earth sciences encompass a range of fields, including geology, meteorology, and other areas of inquiry. This website features a range of lesson plans and activities that cover these fields, designed for both high school and college classrooms. In total, there are over two dozen activities here divided into sections such as Rocks & Minerals and Earthquakes & Volcanoes…

May 3, 2012

  • Interesting Fun Facts: As the name suggest, provides you with some interesting information on various topics. The site has been divided in categories ranging from the animal kingdom all the way up to geography. Listed within these categories, you will find articles that can prove to be a invaluable resource when it comes to gather information about topics like animals, insects, mountains, rivers and lots more.

April 29, 2012

  • "A Fortnight for Freedom", June 21–July 4, 2012 (USCCB). U.S. Bishops issue call to action to defend religious liberty and urged laity to work to protect the First Freedom of the Bill of Rights. They outlined their position in "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty."
  • Hunting the Elements (NOVA): This two-hour program "spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry: the strongest acids, the deadliest poisons, the universe's most abundant elements, and the rarest of the rare." It's a fascinating way to learn about the history of the periodic table, and the discovery and properties of the elements.
  • Inside the Cell: Explores the interior design of cells and vividly describes the processes that take place within its organelles and structures. Chapter 1: An Owner's Guide to the Cell, Chapter 2: Cells 101: Business Basics, Chapter 3: On the Job: Cellular Specialties, Chapter 4: Cellular Reproduction: Multiplication By Division, Chapter 5: The Last Chapter: Cell Aging and Death.
  • Cell Biology Education Resources – American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB): Provides educators and the generally curious with links that are divided into 17 different areas, including Systems Biology, Cytoskeleton & Cell Dynamics, and Microscopy.
  • Great Inspirational Quotes from a diversity of minds.

April 18, 2012

  • "Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. "The New Evangelization calls all Catholics first to be evangelized and then in turn to evangelize. While it is directed to all people, the New Evangelization focuses specifically on those Christian communities that have Catholic roots but have lost a living sense of the faith, or even no longer consider themselves members of the Church." Download 31 page PDF.
  • Your source for comprehensive medical information on 830,000 doctors nationwide.
  • Marcus Autism Center: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Surveillance, Research and Resources.

April 11, 2012

  • Center for Christian Ethics – Baylor University: Helping to think with a Christian mind about the ethical issues in our society is the primary objective of The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University.
    • "Schooling the Young into Goodness" (Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University), © 2009, Darin H. Davis and Paul J. Wadell. Moral education should provide the young with an understanding of life worthy of themselves–a compelling account of goodness and how to achieve it. If we ask the young only to pursue their desires, should we be surprised if, instead of being uplifted by the freedom we hold out to them, they become bored and disenchanted?
    • Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics. Quarterly published by The Center of Christian Ethics. Thoughtful Christian reflection and reliable guidance in engaging the ethical dimensions of today's world.
    • Pornographic Culture Library (Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University).

April 3, 2012

  • The Theodore Roosevelt Association: Chartered by Act of Congress in 1920, provides authoritative information on the life and ideals of Theodore Roosevelt. Includes TR’s speeches, cartoons and curriculum-based lesson plans 5th-12th.
  • GED resource to locate GED classes and testing centers, listed by State and City.

March 23, 2012

  • MIT OpenCourseWare: free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

March 19, 2012

  • IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check. The IRS has launched a new tool to find more information about tax-exempt organizations. "In addition, organizations that have automatically lost their tax exemptions may now be searched by EIN, name, city, state, ZIP Code, country, exemption type, and revocation posting date, rather than only by state."
  • Ice Wraps: Get your gel packs, cold therapy ice packs and heating pads to treat your leg pain, elbow joint pain, hip pain, knee pain, foot pain, or arthritis pain!

March 16, 2012

March 13, 2012

  • TED-Ed: harnesses the talent of the world's best teachers and visualizers, extending great lessons beyond a single classroom to anyone with internet access."
    • TED-Ed (YouTube): Offers up original video content that marries the talent of great teachers with top animators to bring concepts like neuroscience to life in short videos, typically 5 minutes long.

March 12, 2012

  • The Higher Education Compliance Alliance: designed to be a continuously updated resource for administrators and others on campus seeking to understand their compliance obligations. The website will aggregate compliance news and resources from participating associations. It will include advice from college and university attorneys and risk managers.
  • Wall Street Journal Channel on YouTube
    • WSJ Live - Digits: Real-time technology news, including top stories of the day, breaking news, the latest gadgets, technology stock updates and hot topics being discussed online.
  • The OldMapsOnline Portal: an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. Search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.

March 7, 2012

  • The Anscombe Bioethics Centre: a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice.
  • WatchKnowLearn: Index of over 33,000+ educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness.

March 5, 2012

  • Adobe® Photoshop® Touch app: Quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more - all from the convenience of your iPad or Android tablet. Photoshop Touch is available from the App Store for $9.99.
  • Homiletic & Pastoral Review becomes an online publication. HPR will continue to provide essays and homilies on the truths and the beauty of Jesus Christ and his one, true Church.
  • Catholic World Report: an online news magazine that tells the story from an orthodox Catholic perspective.
  • Microorganisms - BioEd Online Lessons: A veritable cornucopia of material for science educators. The offerings here include "Comparing Sizes of Microorganisms," "Observing Different Microbes," and "Microbes and Disease."
  • Human Embryology Animations: To help students "better understand the complex processes that must occur in embryologic development." The animations are divided into five thematic sections, including General Embryology, Development of the Limbs, and Urinary and Reproductive Embryology. Each animation lasts anywhere from 20 seconds to 8 minutes, and they cover heart tube folding, septum development, postnatal circulation, and 30 or so other processes.
  • Converge Magazine: Technology in Education. Converge is a great name for this fantastic online magazine about the convergence of education and technology. As the media arm of the Center for Digital Education, Converge is composed of "quarterly themed Converge Special Reports [and] Converge online. [It] provides strategy and leadership for technology use in the K-12 and higher education market."
  • 9 Websites To Help You Start Brewing Your Very Own Beer (

February 28, 2012

  • Franciscans, Third Order Regular of Saint Francis of Assisi (International Headquarters, Rome Italy). Origins of the Third Order, Documents of the Order, Basilica of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, The Order on YouTube.
  • Religious Freedom Homily: On February 5, 2012 Father Sammie Maletta delivered a Homily at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana. This homily addressed how President Obama is threatening our Religious Freedom and declaring war with the Catholic Church.
  • GenerateFavicon: It seems like every website has one of those little icons when you bookmark it. If you have a website and you don't have an icon, then Generate Favicon is exactly what you are looking for. They make it quick and easy to generate an icon for your website.
  • Magoosh GRE Blog: hundreds of GRE video lessons and practice questions covering math, verbal, vocabulary.
    • Magoosh GMAT Blog: hundreds of GMAT video lessons and practice questions covering math, and verbal.
    • Magoosh SAT Blog: hundreds of SAT practice questions and video explanations covering writing, grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary words, and more.

February 24, 2012

February 23, 2012

  • In Defense of Religious Liberty – Franciscan University of Steubenville. Interviews with and articles by Franciscan University faculty and administration concerning the assault on religious liberty represented by the HHS Mandate. More to come on this front, but please continue to pray for the restoration of religious liberty.
  • Healthline: Medical Information for Healthy Living. Provides a comprehensive overview of over 1000 health conditions for individuals and/or their loved ones. All information has been reviewed for medical accuracy by an MD.
  • Hazing - Education Law ( Published: January 5, 2011.
    • Ohio Hazing Law: The State of Ohio's Hazing Law is set forth in Section 2307.44 of the Ohio Revised Code.
    • Bowling Green University Hazing Education. The Hazing Education Program is a University-wide initiative created for students to assist members of organizations, athletics, and clubs in learning about hazing. This online training program is designed to provide you with information about hazing, including examples of hazing, what to do if you are hazed, and more.
    • The Prevention of Hazing in Intercollegiate Sports at the University of Vermont. It is the policy of the University of Vermont that no member of the University community may participate or be involved in hazing activities.

February 22, 2012

February 20, 2012

  • The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide On-line: the latest information to keep you and your family healthy. Click on Search by Chapter to view sections.
  • Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition (Annenberg Learner). This primer on micro- and macroeconomics includes 28 30-minute programs. These materials cover topics such as Supply and Demand, Economic Efficiency, and Profits and Interest. Educators will be glad to learn that the complete program website includes discussion questions, worksheets, and additional activities for the classroom.
  • Geriatric Nursing Teaching Resources (University of Minnesota's Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence). Resources designed to assist nursing students in their quest to become effective health care providers to older adults. After reading a brief introduction to the site, visitors can use the table of contents to find the materials that will be most useful to them. Here they will find a listing of over 40 topic areas, including Biology of Aging, Depression, and Oral Health.

February 16, 2012

  • Bake bread like a master! Walk through one of the FREE bread recipe classes online. The detailed step-by-step instructions, include photos to help guide you through each bread recipe – from start to finish. Also, many different kinds of recipes from bread machine to family classics such as cheese bread and banana bread…

February 13, 2012

  • Contain, Current Time, World Clock, Time Zones, Calendar, Calculators and Timers, Weather, Sun and Moon Phases. A handy site to bookmark.
  • Digital Image Information (Interactive Media Center at the State University of New York, University of Albany). Over two dozen mini-tutorials here, including "Photoshop CS4: Basic Tips & Tricks," "Create Text Filled with a Photograph in Photoshop," and "Ten Tips for Using Images on the Web." There are also a number of "See It In Action" interactive demonstrations that show interested parties how to use the Photoshop crop tool and how to reset photo resolutions on Photoshop for printing.

February 7, 2012

  • Asian Food Recipe: More than 30,000 recipes offering a full range of meal options, including breakfast, brunch, lunch, high tea, dinner and supper. Asian food recipes are drawn from all over Asia, including Japanese cooking recipes, Taiwanese recipes, Korean recipes and Singaporean recipes.

  • Medical Malpractice Help: provides information on all aspects of malpractice and medical neglect for both patients and caregivers. Most people only have a basic understanding of what medical malpractice actually is and we would like to clear up the confusion.

February 6, 2012

  • Science Friday: With a deep archive of past programs and video clips, the website for NPR's Science Friday program is quite a find. The program is hosted by Ira Flatow, and each week he and his colleagues "focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand." Check out the "Latest Videos" section.
  • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries – The Association of Research Libraries: "The Code provides librarians with powerful tools to work through copyright challenges in a way that is within the law and that gives due weight to their own values and the considered opinions of their peers in the library community."

February 1, 2012

  • Chegg: Students have the option to rent textbooks, as well as buy both new and used textbooks. Chegg also lets you sell textbooks directly to us, and we'll pay top dollar for your books.

January 31, 2012

  • Arthritis-health: an expanding library of information created to help patients and caregivers become better informed about arthritis, especially the options for treating and managing arthritis pain and symptoms. The site features current content written and peer-reviewed by medical professionals with arthritis expertise.
  • The Arthritis Foundation: information and tools to help people live a better life with arthritis, whether it’s advice from medical experts to specialized arthritis self-management or exercise classes.
  • Arthritis Health Center (WebMD): Provides health information on over 100 types of arthritis. Sections on Living With Arthritis, exercise programs, and latest arthritis health information.
  • Neuroscience & the Classroom: Neuroscience continues to attract a range of scientists and researchers, and more and more schools are incorporating at least a basic discussion of this area of science into their curriculum. This educational series produced by the Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics along with several other organizations offers 42 video segments for classroom use.
  • Life Sciences - FREE Teaching and Learning Resources. With more than 1500 teaching and learning resources, FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) is one of the most popular Department of Education websites. Visitors interested in topics ranging from "Animals/Zoology" to the "Human Body" to "Medicine" will find that there is something for every level of learner and educator.
  • Political Science Career: a useful on-line resource to guide students interested in pursuing the field of politics or other related careers. Political Science Resources includes: Career Resources, How to Become a Politician, Political Science Major, and more.
  • Berry Fruit Guide: information on, and uses for, a wide variety of berries, many you might not have previously known.

January 18, 2012

January 17, 2012

  • a collection of lessons, calculators, and worksheets created to assist students and teachers of algebra.
  • new meta-search engine for photos and pictures that combines search results from Google, Bing (Shutterstock in some cases) and Picasa to get a variety of different images and photos. Try unique themes, categories or concepts.

January 9, 2012

  • Free Online Spell Checker: Powerful spell checking solution not only includes an advanced spell checker, but also innovative spell check technology, which not only detects spelling mistakes, but also grammar and punctuation faults with one simple mouse click.

January 5, 2012

  • "Restoring the Fullness of Fatherhood" by Donald Demarco. The following 10 paradoxes illustrate the dynamic quality of fatherhood, a quality that invests it with both vitality and depth.
  • Good50 Search Engine: Ergonomically designed for people who are 50+. Also an ideal choice for young school-aged children and high screen-resolution laptop users. The default search results are preset to be at a slightly larger font size than normal for easy reading.
  • Hang-in-There: articles on self improvement, relationship building, leadership skills, and wellness.
  • San Francisco Flowers Delivery: In Water Flowers, offers flower delivery from two locations on Fillmore Street and Chestnut Street in San Francisco. Florist delivery service is available throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
  • 2012 US Election Coverage from Google.
  • How to Improve English - Free Resources ( Contains tips on improving English, help with English grammar, punctuation rules, common mistakes non-native English speakers usually make, English exercises to test your language skills.
  • Ambient-Mixer: A World Made of Ambient Sounds. Listen to relaxing music, ambient atmospheres and astonishing sound effects. All atmospheres are royalty free audio files and you can use them even in your commercial projects, thanks to the Creative Commons Sampling Plus license.
  • Saints’ Books: Writings selected are from recognized saints from the Catholic Church, and from Blessed, Venerable and respected men and women recognized for their holiness and by the spiritual benefits of their writings and speech. In all cases these books have been selected with great care and respect to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, granted in perpetuity by Christ at its foundation. Also contains Saint’s Quotes and Saints’ Prayers.
  • Free Catholic Books: A Treasure Trove of Free Catholic Books.
  • Back Truths: Debunking Common Myths about Back Pain (American Pain Foundation).



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