~ potpourri of Web resources and
Gleanings - Objects or ideas that have been
gathered or amassed over a period of time,
especially when they form a collection or comprehensive whole.
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May 16, 2013
"Take Back Your Kids: How to Teach and Get Respect" by William J.
Doherty, Excellence & Ethics (Winter/Spring, 2013): 1-4 (CERC). "We are
facing an epidemic of insecure parenting. We may now have the most
child-sensitive generation of parents the world has ever known and – the
most confused and insecure.…"
The Learning Brain - Neuroscience. Topics covered include brain
structure, neurons and the nervous system, human senses and movement,
learning and memory, diseases of the nervous system, and the effects of
drugs on the brain and body.
May 15, 2013
2nd Fortnight for Freedom (USCCB)
– June 21 - July 4:
Consists of national and local efforts to educate Americans on
challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. It will take
place from June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St.
Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day. Includes Prayer for the
Protection of Religious Liberty.
May 10, 2013
U.S. Army Center of Military History: First-time visitors may wish
to start at the Medal of Honor area, which provides some detailed
information about this most celebrated award, along with its recipients.
Visitors shouldn't leave without looking over The Green Books series.
This series covers all aspects of the Army's involvement in World War
II; titles include "The War in the Pacific," "The Middle East Theater,"
and "The Technical Services."
May 8, 2013
Places to Visit in Assisi: Here’s a check list of favorite
attractions when visiting Assisi, Italy – Basilica di San Francesco, San
Damiano, St. Mary of the Angels, The Porziuncula, the Carceri, Santa
Chiara, Sanctuary of RivoTorto, San Rufino, Chiesa Nuova, Santa Maria
sopra Minerva (aka Roman Temple of Minerva), and more.
DrugDangers.com: a single resource for everything related to
defective medical devices and drugs in order to promote education and
awareness for victims, their families, and the general public…, and to
advocate for a greater awareness of the dangers of multiple drugs and
devices that are still in use today.
May 7, 2013
Consumer.Data.gov – Smart Disclosure Data: These federal datasets
contain a wealth of information to help consumers make important choices
and drive innovative consumer products and services - either from
information in a single dataset or by combining data from more than one
place. Local data on environmental quality, for example, could be
combined with data on housing and rental prices to help consumers decide
where to live.
May 6, 2013
May 3, 2013
May 2, 2013
May 1, 2013
April 30, 2013
"Common Errors in English Usage" by Paul Brians (Emeritus Professor
of English Washington State University): This is not a site dealing with
grammar in general. Here we’re concerned only with deviations from the
standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as
professional writers, editors, teachers, and literate executives and
April 29, 2013
April 25, 2013
April 22, 2013
Earth Day – April 22, 2013 (Earth Day Network): The first
Earth Day began on April 22, 1970. All of EDN’s activities, whether
greening schools or promoting green economic policies at home and
abroad, inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a
healthy future for themselves and their children.
Dry-All for Smartphones: Dries all phones to 0% humidity - Recovers
wet Smartphones in as little as 6 hours - Guaranteed to dry all wet
Math Worksheets Land: Over 6,000 Printable Math Worksheets for all
grade levels. The largest and most comprehensive K-12 math worksheets
site aligned directly to the core curriculum.
Wit and Wisdom of Nasreddin Hodja (variously Nasrudin, Nasrettin,
etc.): a legendary folk character in the Middle East and Central Asia,
portrayed as a wise fool, clever simpleton, or instructive prankster.
About 400 handwritten manuscripts that narrate anecdotes demonstrating
his quick wit and wisdom have survived.
April 19, 2013
April 17, 2013
Disability.gov: U.S. federal government website for comprehensive
information on disability programs and services in communities
nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal,
state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and
The Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms
April 16, 2013
April 10, 2013
Varsity Tutors Practice Tests: a comprehensive suite of completely
free practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day for
standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels – ACT, AP, CLEP,
GED, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, SAT and other levels.
April 9, 2013
The Stem for Life Foundation (SFLF): A non-partisan,
non-denominational, not-for-profit organization devoted to raising
public awareness of adult stem cell therapies and supporting adult stem
cell research, development, and storage.
April 5, 2013
"Studying Earth's Most Diverse Organisms." Aims to help you really see
insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how
intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.
April 3, 2013
March 28, 2013
March 27, 2013
March 25, 2013
Holy Week 2013 (The Vatican):
Includes homilies, audiences, meditations
from Palm Sunday to Easter’s "Urbi et Orbi" Message
Holy Week: Easter Triduum - Mass of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday's
Passion of the Lord, Holy Saturday, & its summit in the Easter Vigil.
Questions on the
Paschal Triduum: USCCB Committee on Divine Worship
Way of the Cross Meditations: Vatican archive of Good Friday Meditations
Resources for Lent (USCCB): The three traditional pillars of Lenten
observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Check out More Resources
for Lent in the right hand column.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE): Every year, SCORE
volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and
achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering
at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with
fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the
next generation of entrepreneurs in your community.
March 19, 2013
Sports Concussion Toolkit: The American Academy of Neurology has the
following resources available on sports concussion for physicians,
coaches, parents, and athletes.
March 15, 2013
March 14, 2013
March 8, 2013
Office of Science: Discovery & Innovation (U.S. Dept. Energy).
Browse through recent stories that address nanoscience's role in
creating "lithium-air" batteries and efforts to recycle waste heat into
electricity. Also includes a fascinating area called Brief Science
Highlights, profiles of work on drug discovery aided by supercomputers
and the quest for new desalination technology. The site is rounded out
by a section called Small Business Innovation Research and Small
Business Technology Transfer Highlights.
Laboratory Safety Videos – UC-San Diego: Designed for use in
academic settings, these short and informative videos provide a wealth
of information. Currently there are twelve videos on the site and they
include "Flash Chromatography 101," "Basic Fume Hood Air Flow and
Operation," and "How to Handle Pyrophoric Reagents." One of the more fun
videos here is "The Periodic Table of Videos," which offers a brief
video on each of the elements.
National Museum of Natural History: Lesson Plans & Classroom Resources.
The National Museum of Natural History has a myriad of exciting
resources for those who wish to help young people learn about natural
history. On the site, visitors can make their way through three
sections: Lesson Plans, Web-based Student Activities, and Resources for
Teachers & Classrooms.
March 6, 2013
Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics (Wellcome Library). An
online research resource for the history of genetics, including
digitised books and archives from the Wellcome Library and partner
goal is to make canceling a subscription, contract, or account easier
by increasing the accessibility of this information. Lists the steps to
delete your online accounts, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter,
cancel contracts with companies, such as Sprint, Comcast, and LA
Fitness, and unsubscribe from emails from sites like Groupon and
March 5, 2013
February 28, 2013
Quotes Mother Teresa Did Not Say or Write…Check out quotes falsely
attributed to Mother Teresa and significantly paraphrased versions or
personal interpretations of statements that are not her authentic words.
February 26, 2013
"A Reason To Win – The Only Disability in Life is a Bad Attitude":
Matthew Jeffers, a senior acting major at Towson University in Maryland
wrote a letter to the Baltimore Ravens, his favorite NFL team. It was a
perspective of his struggles with Skeletal Dysplasia, in relation to the
struggles of winning a Super Bowl, with the ultimate lesson that, "Life
is not fair," it doesn't care about feeling sorry for yourself or
Emotional Health of Athletes and Coaches in Sport - Part 1:
Interview with Assistant Professor Benjamin Houltberg from Indiana
University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW);
Part 2 of interview with Assistant Professor Houltberg.
Science of Innovation (National Science Foundation): This eleven
part series, created by the NSF, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,
and NBC Learn, explores the science of innovation. Narrated by
newscaster Ann Curry, each segment is approximately five minutes.
The Ultimate Stain Removal Guide (Maids.com): House Cleaning &
Tackling Life’s Toughest Stains, i.e., blood, candle wax, cat/dog urine,
coffee, grass, grease, gum, ink, lipstick, marker, and more.
Life (Sears): Unique combination of tools and services for helping
you manage your life – online product manuals, timely email reminders,
free advice from experts, step-by-step projects, material calculators,
troubleshooting guides, home service scheduling and more.
Bankers' Almanac Banking Dictionary: a glossary of key banking
words/phrases and terms.
Retirement Planning Resources (Annuity FYI): Includes Retirement
Planning, Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Individual Retirement
Accounts (IRAs), Rollovers, Early Withdrawals, IRS Guidance, State
Taxation, Pensions, Annuities & Life Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid,
Long Term Care, and more.
Pilot Weather & Standard Briefing Resources: Useful sites for
aviation weather and flight planning.
Center for Copyright Information: Online copyright infringement
(also called online piracy) has become a serious and growing problem.
The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) was formed to educate
consumers about the importance of copyright protection and to offer
information about online copyright infringement. Our goal is to
alleviate confusion and help Internet users find legal ways to enjoy the
digital content they love.
February 21, 2013
Resources On The Papacy: Catechesis on the papacy is an integral
part of understanding Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign as Bishop
of Rome, Successor to Peter. To assist with this, the Archdiocese of
Washington has created catechetical materials and resources for use in
parishes, schools and religious education programs. These resources have
been created to support the work of pastors, teachers, catechists, youth
ministers, RCIA leaders and homeschool families. Materials are in
English and Spanish.
February 20, 2013
Examination of Conscience – for Teenagers by Deacon Douglas
Battery University™: 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
February 18, 2013
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Excellent resources for
health care professionals. The materials are divided into a dozen
sections, including Clinical Practice Guidelines, Heart, Vascular & Lung
Diseases, Sleep Disorders, Blood Diseases and Resources.
February 13, 2013
February 12, 2013
February 11, 2013
(CatholicCulture): includes the rules for fasting and abstinence.
Lenten Season (USCCB):
Ash Wednesday, February
Includes Lenten resources for families and parishes.
Lent 2013 - Pope Benedict XVI:
compilation of Holy Father's teachings & resources for celebrating the
Lenten Calendar -
daily devotional meditations for each day of the Lent.
Lent – Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics (Baylor
University/The Center for Christian Ethics). Includes Study Guides and
February 8, 2013
Online: powered by National Cyber Security Alliance to educate and
empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at
home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the
networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets.
Direct Textbook – Find Books Fast, Find Books for Less. Helping
students search the best online bookstores for price and availability
February 6, 2013
Doctrinal Homily Outlines for the Year of Faith: A free service for
homilists and others who would like to review the liturgical readings
for each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation during the Year of Faith.
They are offered in outline form and follow a three-part template:
central idea, doctrine, and practical application.
Web2.0calc: a fantastic scientific-based calculator that is
available only on the web. It's simple to use, easy to understand, and
functions like nobody's business.
Valentine's Day Recipes: Desserts, Dinner, Cookies, Breakfast. More
Valentine's Day recipes.
February 5, 2013
Synagoga Judaica (Juden-schül) by Johannes Buxtorf. A
Christian’s observations scrupulously documenting the customs and
society of German Jewry in the early 1600s. Newly translated and
annotated in English by Alan D. Corré.
How Does the Government Work? "When the founding fathers designed
the United States government they considered how they would make sure
that it would work well. The first goal was to design a government that
would not be unfair."
February 4, 2013
January 24, 2013
January 23, 2013
Skills and Strategies for Web Researching: Before the Internet was
invented, academic research was largely restricted to library books,
journals, or personal accounts.…We are fortunate today to have such
tremendous resources at our fingertips, but it is important to know how
to use it correctly.…The key is in knowing where to look for reliable
resources, and weeding out good content from bad.
January 18, 2013
ScholarAdvisor.com: educational portal developed for students by
students. Contains thorough guides on how to write essays; assistance
for formatting and structuring essays in addition to providing
essay-writing tips, describing essay types, giving essay topics, and
providing essay samples; information about essays, plagiarism, grammar,
and spell checkers. Also caters to fresh graduates who are looking for
their first job by providing resume-writing tips and tools as well as
job interview advice.
GetBodySmart: This remarkable online textbook was created by McGraw
Hill Higher Education. The site contains eleven subject areas: Overview
of Human Body Systems | Skeletal System | Muscle Tissue Physiology |
Muscular System | Nervous System | Circulatory (Cardiovascular) System |
Respiratory System | Urinary System | Histology | Anatomy and Physiology
The Earth Science World Image Bank: a service provided by the
American Geosciences Institute (AGI). This Image Bank is designed to
provide quality geoscience images to the public, educators, and the
Resources for Educators.
January 17, 2013
CollageMaker: A free online service which allows you to create
wonderful collages online in a few steps and you can download the
collage to your desktop. There are various templates available for you
CDBurnerXP – A Great Burning Tool For CDs DVDs, Blu-Rays & ISOs
[Windows]. A free application to burn CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and HD-DVDs
on essentially all relevant versions of Windows, including Windows 8.
It’s one of the best tools for the job.
January 16, 2013
Resources for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Jan.
18-25, 2013. Jointly prepared and published by The Pontifical
Council for Promoting Christian Unity The Commission on Faith and Order
of the World Council of Churches.
Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage (USCCB) –
19-27, 2013. On January 22nd and January 25th our nation will
remember the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Includes Blessings of
pro-life pilgrims, and Closing Eucharistic Holy Hour.
Liturgical Resources for Prayer During a Crisis (USCCB): Resources
useful for anyone charged with organizing prayer services or the liturgy
during a time of crisis. Excerpts from the Book of Blessings.
Lesson Planning Articles (LessonPlanet): Timely and inspiring
curriculum planning and teaching ideas and strategies that you can apply
in your own classroom. These articles are written by experienced
Pre-K-12 teachers and provide you with useful links to lesson plans that
have been reviewed by our teacher team.
January 15, 2013
Checker: provides a comprehensive overview of the symptoms of
thousands of health conditions for individuals and/or their loved ones.
Healthline is HON certified and all information has been reviewed for
medical accuracy by an MD.
Learn Chemistry: Chemistry Resources for Teachers. The Royal Society
of Chemistry has created this most useful website to help teachers and
students of chemistry learn about the field via interactive experiments,
diagrams, animations, and so on. The site includes over 3,300 resources.
German Learning Resources: comprehensive list of German
resources to augment your language studies. Includes indispensable
vocabulary lists, German Grammar Guides, German articles, and much
Learning Math: Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability (Annenberg
Media group). Provides teachers with materials to teach data analysis,
statistics, and probability. The materials here are organized around the
content standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
The focus is on introducing these concepts as an integrated
Depression Health Center - WebMD:
Recovering from depression takes time and effort. It's important to
keep working closely with your doctor and therapist. You need to
keep taking your medicine as prescribed, finding ways to manage
stress, and avoiding triggers that may have contributed to your
Your Paintings – BBC: aims to show the entire UK national collection
of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see
them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and
other public institutions around the country.
"How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect
Presentations" (MakeUseof.com). Public speaking and presentations is
an art. So what makes the perfect presentation? Well, there isn't just
one thing that you must do, but a collaboration of things.
Steubenville Facts blog: Sponsored by the City of Steubenville and
the Steubenville Police Department. The goal of this site is to
disseminate the most accurate information about a recent case involving
sexual assault charges pending against two juveniles in Steubenville
(Jefferson County Juvenile Court Case Numbers 2012-DL138 and 2012-139).
City officials will update the site as new information becomes
Prepare For Emergencies Now - Dept. of Homeland Security (Ready.gov)
January 3, 2013
Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures: Demonstration-packed,
fun-filled science events for young people. Started by Michael Faraday
in 1825, they are now broadcast on UK television every Christmas and
have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations.