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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!
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November 23, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Planning Guide: Everything you will need to plan, prepare, cook, roast and carve for your thanksgiving dinner. Includes recipes for turkey, stuffing, pies, desserts, prayers and Butterball’s 1-800 number, just in case.
  • Advent & Christmas Resources: Advent Calendars, poems, quotations, readings, meditations & sermon illustrations
  • Advent 2020 — Franciscan University: A Collection of Resources and Inspiration for Advent
  • Liturgical Year (Loyola Press): Resources for celebrating during the liturgical year.
    • Liturgical Cycle Resources for Years A – B – C (Loyola Press): Includes books about each Gospel and activities for each Liturgical Cycle.
    • Sunday Connection (Loyola Press): Useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday's Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.
    • Advent (Loyola Press): History of Advent, inspirational emails, Advent traditions, blessings, scripture, prayers, Advent calendars, and activities.
    • Christmas Season (Loyola Press): Celebrate Jesus' birth and his becoming known to the world - his Epiphany.
    • Lent (Loyola Press): Resources for you Lenten journey — Living Lent Daily, e-mail series; Perspectives on Lent; prayers, Stations of the Cross; Seven Last Words; Holy Week.
    • Holy Week (Loyola Press): information and activities for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday — Devotions and 3-minute retreats, Good Friday reflections.
    • Easter (Loyola Press): Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus, the central feast of Christianity.

November 17, 2020

November 12, 2020

  • History of Veterans DayOffice of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (US Dept. of Veterans Affairs): In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
  • Grade 12 student creates curated database of 300+ learning sites to accelerate online learning.
  • STEAM Learning: Explore integrated learning resources covering Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math for parents, students, & teachers to support effective & inspiring STEAM Learning @ Home.

November 9, 2020

  • Understanding Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse Treatment: While alcohol abuse and alcoholism cannot be cured, they can be treated, and people struggling with these issues can achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
  • Retirement Messages: Includes quotes, prayers, Bile verses and best wishes sentiments for teachers, friends, boss, military, and more.
  • 10,000 Rare Vintage Cookbooks Now Available for Free Online. "Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Aspiring chefs or weary home cooks can find inspiration in recipes of the American past. Over 10,000 historic cookbooks are now available in the Cookbooks and Home Economics collection of the Internet Archive

November 3, 2020

  • How to Start a Business (Chamber of Commerce): All the important information you will ever need on starting your new business.
  • Pigly: free math and finance guide offering over 100 interactive calculators to help teach students about math and money.
  • Substance Abuse in Healthcare (EDUmed): Addiction resources and expert advice for healthcare professionals and students. Rebecca Newman, 1/23/2020.
  • Health Literacy Tool Shed: A database of health literacy measures. Provides information on various “health literacy measurement tools,” and helps users find appropriate resources to meet their needs. Before diving into the database, readers may want to look over the Glossary page, which explains the terminology used throughout the site.
  • Teaching Children Philosophy — Prindle Institute for Ethics, housed within DePauw University, exists to “inspire everyone to discuss the critical issues of our time in a deliberate way.” “Discussing philosophy with children is a great way to improve their verbal skills,” and their active listening. However, engaging young people in philosophical discussions requires a unique approach.
  • MasterBuilt Smoker Recipes | Best Recipes

November 2, 2020

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October 14, 2020

  • Financial Preparedness and Recovery From a Natural Disaster: After a natural disaster, there are resources to help you get back on your feet and recover financially. Learn what to do after a natural disaster to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.
  • The Ultimate Guide To Sleeping Better On A College Campus: For many students, sleep goes on the back burner. According to the University of Georgia Health Center, college students sleep an average of 6 to 6.9 hours each night. Another study found that around 70 percent of college students aren’t sleeping enough. Research suggests that a lack of adequate sleep can affect grades, mood, and even safety while driving.

October 13, 2020

October 7, 2020

October 6, 2020

  • “Concupiscence: Our Inclination To Sin” by Msgr. William J. King ( The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “certain temporal consequences of sin remain in the baptized, such as suffering, illness, death…as well as an inclination to sin that Tradition calls concupiscence” (No. 1264, emphasis in original).

October 5, 2020

September 29, 2020

  • Pittsburgh's Bishop Zubic Issues Letter on Voting (Diocese of Pittsburgh): Editor's Note: Bishop David Zubik spoke of the hierarchy of life issues and added, "While I urge all the faithful of our diocese, both the laity and the clergy, to help build a better society by exercising their right to vote, it is not my role nor can it ever be for me to tell anyone for whom to vote."

September 26, 2020

September 21, 2020

September 15, 2020

  • Fitness Guide for Seniors and Older Adults: Experts strongly recommend exercise for seniors to prevent heart ailments, diabetes, and a few types of cancer. By following an exercise program for seniors, they can effectively manage the pain caused by arthritis. Exercising regularly can improve flexibility, balance, strength, and endurance of older adults.
  • Navigating Mental Health Issues in College: Between taking advanced courses, making new friends, and juggling finances, the transition to college can take a toll on mental health. In fact, we’re just starting to understand how difficult it is for many students to prioritize their well-being in the face of the unique challenges they experience.

September 14, 2020

  • Hurricane Shutters ( This guide helps compare the optimal shutter options for your budget and exterior to protect your homes and families from danger during this time of year. Includes: Pros and cons of different types of hurricane shutters; Reviews of different options based on budgetary vs. exterior design needs; Expert answers to multiple FAQs.

September 8, 2020

  • "An Open Letter to the College Athlete in 2020" Kailyn Stone
  • How to Practice Mindfulness for Better Sleep: Even skeptics of the buzzy mindfulness trend can’t argue with the science behind it. According to the National Sleep Foundation, mindfulness techniques create physiological changes that are similar to those that occur when your body is in the early stages of sleep.
  • eMediHealth: expert-reviewed health information drawn from the knowledge and experience of several practicing and certified health experts.…a wellspring of information pertaining to a broad range of categories — Nutrition, Wellness, Oral Care, Eye Care, Heart Health, Skin & Beauty, Women’s Health, Ear, Nose & Throat, Respiratory Health.

September 8, 2020

  • St. Francis’ Prayer of Discernment: An Introduction. One of St. Francis of Assisi’s most well-known prayers is his "Prayer to Discern God’s Will Said Before the Crucifix." Father Jonathan St. André, TOR, Vice President of Franciscan Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville, explains how this prayer can help us discern God’s will in our lives. Exploring this prayer with him is Father Brian Cavanaugh, TOR, a member of Holy Spirit Friary at Franciscan University, a motivational speaker on "the power of story," and author of the "Sower’s Seed" series from Paulist Press for preachers, teachers, and public speakers. Download MP3.
  • "Sport: a School of Moral Values": Homily by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR - Franciscan University Athletic Department Retreat - August 11, 2020.

September 4, 2020

  • Help Me Understand Genetics (Genetics Home Reference/MedlinePlus – U.S. National Library of Medicine): An introduction to fundamental topics related to human genetics, including illustrations and basic explanations of genetics concepts.

August 25, 2020

  • How to Deal with Stress in College During COVID-19: College can be a stressful period in your life, and especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide will help you identify and manage with resources for dealing with stress that are common in college students.

August 24, 2020

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August 5, 2020

July 29, 2020

  • Addiction Treatment During The COVID-19 Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered one of the hardest blows ever to people who need addiction treatment. During the times when world health organizations demand isolation to stop the spread of coronavirus, those with substance use disorder (SUD) are at a high risk of staying alone with their dependence.

July 28, 2020

July 24, 2020

  • 2020 Mental Health Resources: Multiple stressors born in times of crisis can reveal how important it is to prioritize one’s own well-being. Here is a comprehensive list of resources and tools — culled from colleges and other organizations — for anyone hoping to improve their mental health.

July 22, 2020

July 20, 2020

July 16, 2020

July 12, 2020

  • Ohio's COVID-19 County Dashboard: Displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence. Data is reported to ODH via the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS).

July 10, 2020

  • Live at FUS – Archive of Daily Masses and Holy Hours from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Franciscan University YouTube Channel).

July 7, 2020

  • A Christian’s Guide to Decisions about Death in Times of COVID-19 (Aleteia): by E. Christian Brugger. In times of crisis, such as the period we are living through, Christians and their families may find themselves faced with difficult end-of-life decisions. This article is meant to provide practical guidance for those who are dying or are caring for someone who is dying, guidance derived from and consistent with Catholic moral teaching.

July 4, 2020

July 2, 2020

  • COVID Risk Levels Dashboard: How severe is the pandemic where you live? To help cut through the noise and sometimes conflicting advice, a network of research, policy and public health experts convened by Harvard’s Global Health Institute and Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics today launches a Key Metrics For COVID Suppression framework that provides clear, accessible guidance to policy makers and the public on how to target and suppress COVID-19 more effectively across the nation.
  • The Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness: From developing a crisis plan to ensuring the continuity of patient care, learn how hospitals and healthcare professionals can prepare for different types of emergencies, develop crisis plans, and recover from surges safely.
  • Adapting to a Public Health Crisis: From patient outcomes to personal health and safety, learn how healthcare professionals can prepare for a public health crisis, what they can do to adapt, and where they can find support.

June 30, 2020

June 29, 2020

  • Mental Health Issues Affecting Students in College and High School: While many students are prone to mental health issues due to genetic family history, many cases of mental health struggles in high school and college students develop from environmental factors at home, among friends, through extracurricular activities, jobs, academic pressures, and more.

June 26, 2020

June 23, 2020

June 21, 2020

June 18, 2020

  • Catholic Social Teaching (Caritas Internationalis): the great wealth of Church teaching on how to live out our faith in the world. Formed by the wisdom of Church leaders and shaped by the daily experience of Catholics everywhere, it gives us a moral compass to find our way. At Caritas our mission is based on core principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Here are nine principles, illustrated by some of the Church’s most resonant texts and stories from our work.

June 16, 2020

June 12, 2020

June 10, 2020

June 8, 2020

  • Red Bird Ministries: a Catholic grief support non-profit ministry serving individuals and couples who have lost someone they love, with special attention for those who have experienced the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood, and those who have lost a spouse or parent.

June 3, 2020

May 26, 2020

  • CDC: Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning – Plan, Prepare, and Respond. Considerations for operating institutes of higher education | Cleaning and disinfection guidance | Covers Health Considerations and Tools | Information to Plan, Prepare, and Respond | Communication Resources | Guidance for student travel | FAQs for administrators.
  • A Student’s Introduction to Data: This guide will give you an introduction to data and show you just how accessible data-based careers can be for every student.
  • How to Prepare Your Finances for a Natural Disaster (May 18, 2020): Having your finances, insurance and important papers in order before a natural disaster strikes can ease the stress of dealing with the damage and disruption caused by a hurricane, earthquake or other catastrophic event.

May 21, 2020

May 20, 2020

  • Addiction Group: An informational web guide that was founded in 2019. Our website was created to help those struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD), substance use disorders (SUD), and/or co-occurring mental health disorders find treatment for their addiction.

May 8, 2020

May 6, 2020

May 1, 2020

  • 33 Google Search Tricks to Find Exactly What You're Looking For (Zapier): Since Google knows everything, it provides built-in tools to narrow down your search and give you the answers you want without even having to click through to another website. You just need to familiarize yourself with a few — or 33 — Google Search tricks.
  • Healthy Recipes – MedlinePlus: These recipes show you how to prepare tasty, healthy meals that help you develop a healthy eating pattern. Recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, salads, soups, side dishes, snack, dips & sauces, breads & desserts.
  • The History of Gold in America: From Mesoamericans to colonial Europeans, to the modern American economy, gold has always been a profound part of the American story.

April 16, 2020

April 15, 2020

April 13, 2020

  • Here’s How to Celebrate Easter Tuesday at Home (Aleteia):Here you have the prayers, readings, and everything else you need to celebrate with God’s Word. The celebration of Easter takes place over the next seven weeks, and will be crowned by Pentecost. Until the end of social distancing, Aleteia will offer you a daily celebration of the Word of God at home to sanctify every day of the Easter season. In collaboration with Magnificat magazine.

April 10, 2020

  • A Complete Guide to Celebrate Easter Sunday at Home (Aleteia): Here you have the prayers, readings, and everything else you need to celebrate with God’s Word. In order to worthily sanctify the Easter festivities, Aleteia, in collaboration with Magnificat magazine, proposes this celebration of the Word of God at home.
  • Here’s How to Celebrate the Easter Vigil at Home on Holy Saturday Evening (Aleteia): Here you have the prayers, readings, and everything else you need to celebrate with God’s Word. Aleteia, with the help of Magnificat magazine, proposes that you sanctify these Easter celebrations with a celebration of the Word of God at home.

April 9, 2020

  • Here’s How to Celebrate Good Friday at Home: Aleteia | Apr 08, 2020. Here you have the prayers, readings, and everything else you need to celebrate with God’s Word. In order to worthily celebrate Good Friday, Aleteia, with the help of Magnificat magazine, offers you this celebration of the Word of God you can use at home.

April 8, 2020

April 7, 2020

  • The Easter Triduum with Dan Schutte (National Catholic Reporter): Composer and NCR board member Dan Schutte created a virtual liturgical celebration of the Triduum for this exceptional year. Visit this page for liturgies for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.
  • USCCB Prayer Resources for the Coronavirus Crisis: Prayers, download prayer card, Rosaries, Stations of the Cross, Oregon Catholic Press free playlists of Spiritual Music, and more.
  • COVID-19 – Ohio Department of Health: Everything you need to know to prepare for, and protect yourself from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Information for Families and Individuals |Healthcare Providers and Local Health Districts | Employers and Employees.
  • Raphael Revisited: Vatican Offers Virtual Tour 500 Years after Artist's Death. April 6 marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael, the Renaissance painter responsible for "The School of Athens" and "The Transfiguration." Click on the 360 Virtual Tour icon at the bottom of the page.

April 4, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 30, 2020

March 29, 2020

  • Seed Savers Exchange: Expand your gardening and seed saving know-how with helpful garden tips, how-to guides, and more resources.

March 27, 2020

March 25, 2020

March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

  • Pope Francis: Calls for Christians to Unite in Prayer for an End to the COVID-19 Pandemic. On Wednesday, 25 March, the feast of the Annunciation, he has invited "all Christians of the various confessions, to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us" – the Our Father. Also, on the following Friday, 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time.

March 10, 2020

  • PATRIOTlink: a free online resource database that includes thousands of programs tailored to the military and Veteran community. Users can search vetted, direct, cost-free services specific to their needs.
  • Clinical definition of Sarcopenia: a condition characterized by loss of skeletal muscle mass and function. Although it is primarily a disease of the elderly, its development may be associated with conditions that are not exclusively seen in older persons.…characterized by progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength and it is strictly correlated with physical disability, poor quality of life and death.

March 6, 2020

  • Public Health Emergency: The mission of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is to save lives and protect Americans from 21st century health security threats.

March 2, 2020

February 22, 2020

February 21, 2020

February 17, 2020

  • Free Traditional Catholic Books: a treasure trove of good, traditional Catholic books available for free or near-free. Below are links to valuable and timeless Catholic texts (including those written by great saints and Fathers and Doctors of the Church) that you can read and download for free.
  • The Official U.S. Time (NIST). The National Institute of Standards and Technology – Time and Frequency Division maintains the standard for frequency and time interval for the United States…An official website of the United States government – U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

February 6, 2020

  • Herb Substitution Ideas: Everything You Need to Know about Herb Substitutes. A list of herb substitution ideas available so that you know what you can use in place of the one you’re lacking at that last minute.
  • Organic Chemistry Video Lessons: Concept, example, and practice videos to guide you through the topics in your specific textbook.
  • The Traveler's Guide to Cybersecurity: Although you should always pay attention to your cybersecurity, when you travel for business, it is imperative to be even more vigilant about protecting your digital assets. When you are on the road, you are also responsible for safeguarding your organization’s property and information — and you’re slightly more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
  • Life-Changing Ways to Keep Kids Safe from the Dangers of the Digital World: This article is a great starting point to help you understand how to keep your kids safe online.
  • Ultimate Guide to Recycling in Your Home: Learn more about the dos and don’ts of recycling, how to decode recycling symbols, the process your used products go through and how to set up a home recycling system including printable labels to separate your glass, plastic, paper and metals.
    • Your Best Digs: Our goal is to provide detailed information about home products, along with our recommendations for the products that stand out as the best of the best.

February 5, 2020

February 4, 2020

January 27, 2020

January 20, 2020

  • A Homeowner's Guide to Composting: How Composting Works, Benefits of Composting, Do's and Don'ts for Backyard Composting, Build and Maintain a Compost Pile, Worm Composting, Other Gardening Resources.

January 17, 2020

  • Sunday of the Word of God, Motu Proprio Aperuit illis, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 30, 2019): "This Sunday, Pope Francis wants to stimulate all Christians not just to place the Bible on the shelf as one of many books, perhaps filled with dust, but as an instrument that awakens our faith."
    • Sunday of the Word of God: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) resources. Includes Catechetical Material, Ecumenical & Interreligious Material, Liturgical Material, Prayer Material, Spanish Resources.

January 16, 2020

  • The Ultimate Grilling Bible: A Comprehensive Guide To All Things "Grate" And Small. "When you’ve finished reading, you’ll be able to turn out impressive full-course meals using only your grill, your knowledge, prime ingredients, and a few handy tools."
  • How To Barbecue (Ultimate Guide): "When the BBQ technique is used on meat, the insides should remain tender and juicy while the exterior offers a charred, crispy texture. This contrast — and the resulting flavor — is what sets barbecue apart."

January 14, 2020

January 7, 2020

  • Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft & Fraud: A Guide For Millennials (Totally Money). This resource will provide you with advice on how to safeguard against potential invasions of your personal information. From understanding how you could be targeted, to strengthening your security measures, let’s find out everything you should be doing to protect yourself against attack.

January 6, 2020

January 3, 2020

  • Chegg Prep Flashcards: Students can easily find, create, share and study flashcards for any subject — without a monthly subscription. Plus, a massive repository of 20M+ already-created-flashcards for students to study or use in their own flashcard decks.
  • Smart Answers to the Most Difficult Job Interview Questions. 12 of the most challenging and common interview questions and provided you with the answers you need to rock your next interview.
  • Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia: What You Need To Know, And What New Research Says?
  • Mazwai: Resource for free stock footage and moving images. All footage is hand-picked to ensure the highest level of quality, and because we source content through direct relationships with artists, you can be sure that all of our content is safe to use with simple licensing.
  • Videvo: Free Stock Video Footage: Thousands of free stock videos, motion graphics, music tracks and sound effects, all in one place. Most content is licensed under as Royalty-Free and our own Videvo Attribution License.
  • 17 Rules to Protect My Child Online – Internet Safety For Kids: More children than ever have access to the internet and online safety is incredibly important. We’ve compiled this useful guide with easy to follow advice for anyone concerned about internet safety for kids.
  • Outdoor Learning Center – The BBQ Depot: BBQ comparisons, repair guides, tips and reviews from our 60+ years of experience helping grillers have the Ultimate Grilling Experience!



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