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especially when they form a collection or comprehensive whole.
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May 27, 2016
Holidays and Observances around the World: sort by month, year and
What Happened On This Day in History
Memorial Day (USA.gov): a federal holiday observed the last Monday
in May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military
service. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local
Memorial Day (History Channel): Officially observed on
the last Monday of May,
honors men and women who died while serving in the American
military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years
following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Memorial Day (InfoPlease.com).
Barbecue'n on The Internet: The Best Source of Barbecue Information
on the Web, offers complete and accurate information on barbecuing,
grilling and general outdoor cooking worldwide. From free newsletters to
cookbook giveaways, your complete source for outdoor cooking
Grilling Recipes (Allrecipes): more than 1,620 trusted BBQ and
grilling recipes from appetizers, to the standard meats and burgers,
sauces and marinades, side dishes and even desserts and vegetarian
Backyard BBQ Recipes: Food Network
Barbecue, Grilling, & Smoking Recipes (Yahoo)
Classic Beef Brisket
- Yankee Magazine
Grilling Recipes: (Ask) - BBQ, Grilled Ribs, Chicken,
Grilling Recipes and Tips
(The Old Farmers’ Almanac): Outdoor
cooking may be the best way to prepare food. Here are some great
grilling tips and recipes.
Recipes for Barbecue Sauce.
May 9, 2016
May 6, 2016
May 2, 2016
Biodigital Human: interactive, medically accurate…designed to
educate the average person about human anatomy and their own health
through the use of dynamic 3D graphics and simulations. Available as a
web-based or mobile app, readers must first sign up for an account to
begin. From there, the system opens up to an image of the human
skeleton. Readers may then select from over a dozen options to show and
hide the skeletal, ligament, digestive, urinary, reproductive,
respiratory, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic,
viscera/fascia, and muscular systems.
April 22, 2016
The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877 – Open Yale Courses.
This course, taught by Professor of American History and Director of the
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and
Abolition at Yale University, traces the American Civil War from its
antecedents in the 1840s to its effects in the late 1870s. Taking into
account national, sectional, racial, constitutional, individual, social,
intellectual, and moral meanings that the war has held for American
politics and civic life…
James Madison Foundation: Constitutional Lesson Plans and Reports.
"Powerful" lesson plans on topics related to constitutional history and
government. The lessons are divided into sections that cover Articles
I-VII of the constitution, Lessons About Constitutional Connections,
Lessons on the Federalist Papers, and Freedom and Slavery in the Early
April 21, 2016
Baseball Chapel: an international ministry recognized by Major and
Minor League Baseball and is responsible for the appointment and
oversight of all team chapel leaders. Includes Daily Devotions and
HHMI BioInteractive: an innovative educational resource from the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Includes multimedia resources,
videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of
scientific discovery into your classroom.
Patterns and Processes in Ecology (HHMI BioInteractive): features a
plethora of award-winning multimedia resources related to science
education, from short films to virtual labs to holiday lectures. This
collection of lectures by Princeton University professors Dr. Pringle
and Dr. Tarnita focuses its attention on the sometimes surprising
patterns and processes in ecological systems.
April 18, 2016
April 6, 2016
Fracture: Print your pictures directly on pure glass in vivid color.
Fracture will change the way you think about photo printing. Watch our
introduction video to learn more. Editor's comment: "I had a photo
printed and the quality is impressive, photo has a 3-D depth to it. This
is definitely something to consider for a special gift or treasured
Who Owns Photos and Videos Posted on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?
Law Offices of Craig Delsack, LLC | New York, NYC. You may be shocked to
find out that once you post pictures on the Internet – perhaps on
Facebook or Twitter (using Twitpic), or some other social network or
photo-sharing site, that although you still "own" the photograph, you
grant the social media sites a license to use your photograph anyway
they see fit for free AND you grant them the right to let others use you
picture as well! This means that not only can Twitter, Twitpic and
Facebook make money from the photograph or video (otherwise, a copyright
violation), but these sites are making commercial gain by licensing
these images, which contains the likeness of the person in the photo or
video (otherwise, a violation of their "rights of publicity").
Garden Design Magazine: Landscape Design, Small Gardens, Shade
Gardens, Container Gardening, Plan Your Garden, How-To Info, Backyard
Landscapes, Front Yard Landscaping. Also, Perennials, Vegetable Gardens,
Flowers, Succulents, Grasses, and Trees.
April 6, 2016
Fr. Brian's Photo Galleries now on Facebook
April 5, 2016
April 4, 2016
March 30, 2016
12 Native Milkweeds for Monarchs
(National Wildlife Foundation). The monarch butterfly population in
North America has plummeted by over 90% in just the last 20 years.
Destruction of America’s grasslands ecosystems, commercial agricultural
practices and even conventional gardening have all contributed to the
precipitous decline of this iconic species. National Wildlife Federation
has launched a comprehensive campaign to
help save the monarch, and there are many ways you can get involved.
March 24, 2016
Easter Links and Resources
Resources For Easter - USCCB
Easter Workshop: Catholic.Culture.org. Easter overview, customs,
prayers & hymns, and Mercy Sunday.
Easter in CyberSpace – A Christian Perspective:
Includes 'Easter History,' 'Lent & Holy Week,'
'Drama & Poetry,' 'Images & Graphics'
Easter Short Stories and Articles: Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries
Divine Mercy Sunday:
National Shrine of
The Divine Mercy.
- Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum
Eighteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum: USCCB Committee on Divine Worship
- 2001 to current (The Vatican): Includes
homilies, audiences, meditations from Palm Sunday to Easter’s "Urbi
et Orbi" Message
Way of the Cross (Vatican Office for the Liturgical
Celebrations): a devotion which recalls with mindful
affection the last stage of the journey that Jesus walked in his
earthly life. Includes multi-language translations of the annual
Meditations going back to 2000. Also, has videos, booklets and
Way of the Cross 2015 by H.E. Msgr. Renato Corti. Available in
Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.
Divine Mercy Sunday
(EWTN): Background on St. Faustina, the Image, Indulgence, Chaplet of Divine
March 23, 2016
United States Copyright Office: information about the multifarious
intricacies and real world practicalities of copyright law. Readers may
engage in various Tutorials that are designed to help users navigate the
site, such as an excellent Copyright Search Tutorial, which may be
viewed in PowerPoint, Webpage, PDF, and OpenDocument formats. Beginners
to the wide world of Copyright may benefit from the answers found in the
Frequently Asked Questions.
Property Law: Why Should I Care? (UCLA Library): Helps readers
understand the elaborate case law of intellectual property through
illustrations, quizzes, and colorful text boxes. Explore the various
sections of the site – Intellectual Property, includes 15 subsections
that explain the basics of copyright, fair use, patents, trademarks, and
other related topics before offering a quiz to help readers maximize
their learning. Need a File, Share a File delves into copyright as
related to the ever more common practice of file sharing, while Citing
and Documenting Sources provides an excellent primer on how to avoid
plagiarism and how to properly cite various types of media. For readers
working in a college context, this sterling resource from UCLA libraries
can provide students and professors with everything they need to know
about intellectual property in academia.
Creative Commons: a nonprofit that offers free legal tools to
creative people who would like to share their work under specified
conditions. On the site, readers may like to start by searching the
commons, which they can do using the convenient search feature. The site
also features a number of compelling features for users who would like
to license their own content.
Creative Commons: a Shared Culture (YouTube). This snappy and
succinct 3-minute video offers readers a concise explanation of what
Creative Commons is, what it does, and how artists, corporations,
musicians, bloggers, and anyone else might make use of it.
Copyright and Fair Use Animation: Common Sense Media. This
three-minute video about copyright and fair use, which was produced by
Common Sense Media and intended for use by secondary teachers, provides
an excellent overview of basic concepts related to copyright law.
Fair Use Evaluator: In the United States, use of copyrighted
material is considered fair when it is done for a limited and
transformative purpose. Knowing what is determined fair use and what
isn't, however, is not always as easy as it sounds. The Fair Use
Evaluator, which was created by the American Library Association's
Office for Information Technology Policy, helps readers through the
process of deciding what is and isn't fair use under the U.S. Copyright
Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Media: The Harvard Law
School Library has compiled over 130 Research Guides to assist students
and other library patrons with their research initiatives. One
particular guide of note is the Public Domain and Creative Commons Media
Finder. This handy reference will help interested readers locate and
correctly attribute public domain and Creative Commons media for
personal and academic use.
The Harvard Library Research Guides: Over 130 Research Guides to
assist students and other library patrons with their research
March 19, 2016
Mesothelioma Veterans Center: provides information and assistance to
veterans regarding treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits for
veterans suffering from asbestos illnesses.…they are not only eligible,
but most likely qualify, as long as they can explain to the VA how they
were exposed during military service.
How to Make a Screencast Tutorial for YouTube (MakeUseof): One of
the most popular types of YouTube video is the screencast – the desktop
tutorial that shows you how to do almost anything, from making better
use of the Windows 10 shell, to something simple like switching your
Create Rental Application (FormSwift): takes less than 5 minutes;
legally binding in all 50 states; print and export to word or PDF in
seconds. A rental application is something used by landlords to screen
potential tenants. Someone wishing to rent the property must fill out a
rental application to be considered.
March 18, 2016
"Timeless Lessons From John Wooden, the Greatest Coach of All Time"
– SUCCESS March 13, 2016. Four essays from those influenced by the
leadership icon and legendary basketball coach
Common Core Lesson Plans (FormSwift): Math, Science & English Lesson
Plans. All three lesson plan templates are free to customize and
download - no account sign-up is necessary. The enactment of The Common
Core State Standards in forty-four states and Washington D.C. has
changed the educational landscape of primary and secondary education in
the United States. Our Common Core-aligned lesson plans are designed to
help teachers and educational professionals adapt quickly to The Common
Core State Standards.
Includes, Personal Legal Forms may used to secure a transaction
involving products or services, to set up a contract to protect a party
from dispute, or to make a formal legal request. Small Business Legal
Forms, including confidentiality agreements, bills of sales, service
contracts, and loan agreements. Real Estate Legal Forms include property
purchase agreements, deed contracts, leasing options, and mortgage
transfers. Tax Forms offers a complete suite of tax forms for
businesses, including w2, 1099-misc, 1099-int, w9, and pay stubs.
March 16, 2016
March 15, 2016
The Journal of Probiotics & Health: an open access, online,
peer-reviewed, scholarly health journal that is designed to be read by
anyone with an interest in this important field, regardless of whether
they belong to a major library system. Articles focus on probiotics,
gastrointestinal infections, gut-microbiota, and the impact of
microflora on digestive and overall health.
March 10, 2016
March 8, 2016
Consource: the Constitutional Sources Project. The Constitutional
Sources Project seeks to revolutionize how people experience history by
"democratizing access" to the source materials of the U.S. Constitution,
such as related letters, journals, newspapers, articles, and speeches.
Car Care Kiosk: Prepare for the repair - watch free how-to videos
and learn how to fix most cars, makes or models.
March 7, 2016
March 4, 2016
Dei verbum and the Practice of ‘Lectio Divina’. Fr. Raniero
Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., Second Lenten Sermon 2016 to the Vatican Curia
(26/02/2016) – A Reflection on the Dogmatic Constitution Dei verbum.
A Pastoral Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation – "24 Hours for the
Lord" (The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization):
Includes the teaching of the Compendium of the Catechism of the
Catholic Church on the sacrament, suggestions for preparing for the
sacrament, texts from saints and popes, and reflections by G. K.
Chesterton and Leah Darrow, a former model.
Government Imposter Scams – FTC Consumer Information: Scammers
sometimes pretend to be government officials to get you to send them
money. They might promise lottery winnings if you pay "taxes" or other
fees, or they might threaten you with arrest or a lawsuit if you don’t
pay a supposed debt. Regardless of their tactics, their goal is the
same: to get you to send them money. Don’t do it.
March 2, 2016
March 1, 2016
February 29, 2016
The Bug Chicks:
entomologists who teach about the incredible world of insects, spiders
and other arthropods.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project: a long term documentary
editing effort headed by faculty and staff of the history department at
George Washington University. Includes transcriptions of Roosevelt's
speeches, newspaper columns, and other written works.
February 23, 2016
February 22, 2016
NY Times: the Learning Network Blog – Lesson Plans. Readers will
find a compilation of blog entries and articles specifically created to
assist instructors as they facilitate student discussion. Instructional
items include lessons plans, syllabi, short videos, discussion
questions, and other powerful teaching resources.
50 Core Documents: The Ashbrook Center at Ohio's Ashland University.
Seeks to educate students, teachers, and citizens about the intricacies
of American history and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
using conversation and primary source documents. Consider this list of
50 Core Documents of historical importance. Beginning with the
Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
and George Washington's Farewell Address are also featured here, as well
as more modern texts, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1944 State of the
Union Address and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
Created for Love, Created for Chastity: A Pastoral Response to the Grave
Evil of Pornography. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the
Philippines on the occasion of the opening of the Lenten Season 2016
emphasize that man is created for love and for chastity and that "we are
all called to rely on God's grace and power to resist and to overcome
sexual temptation so that we may imitate Jesus Christ who was perfectly
chaste and perfectly pure."
February 18, 2016
How to Season and Maintain a Cast-iron Skillet: a properly seasoned
and maintained cast-iron pan can last for generations. "Seasoning" is a
chemical reaction that happens when oil gets baked and bonded to the
iron at a high temperature. This creates a natural, nonstick surface on
the pan. The more you cook with it, the better it gets…
February 17, 2016
TED-Ed and Periodic Videos (University of Nottingham): 103 lessons –
one for every single element on the periodic table. Readers may begin
with the approximately five-minute video, then proceed to the Think
section, where multiple choices test what students have learned from the
video. Selecting Dig Deeper links readers to YouTube videos,…
Harvard College Writing Center: Strategies for Essay Writing.
Detailed collection on the basic elements of the scholarly essay.…which
cover a comprehensive outline of how to research, write, and edit an
essay, starting with How to Read an Assignment and progressing through
an Overview of the Academic Essay, Developing a Thesis, Outlining,
Transitioning, and other topics, before culminating in tips on multiple
sections on the revision process.
Annenberg Learner: Mathematics. Bursting with lessons, news,
interactives, and other helpful resources. Readers may like to begin by
searching out their particular field of study from the list, which
includes Numbers, Geometry, Math History, Statistics, and a giant
section called Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus.
February 10, 2016
Lent: A Time of Mercy and Grace (Franciscan Media). Special focus on
the Year of Mercy through brief daily Lenten reflections you can fit
into even the busiest of schedules.
Salesian Studies: A complete bibliography of works by and about St.
Francis de Sales and the tradition of Salesian Spirituality. Our online
collection offers access to many of the important and/or contemporary
studies in this area.
February 8, 2016
February 5, 2016
February 1, 2016
January 20, 2016
January 18, 2016
Debt Payoff Calculator: "one of our missions is to help people break
free from debt and get on the road to financial independence." Create a
Payoff Plan: See how making a few extra payments will get you debt-free
faster than you think.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF): non-profit, non-partisan
organization seeks to educate young people about the United States
Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the benefits of civic
participation. On the site, educators will find many Common Core ready
High School Biology Resources: The Concord Consortium is a
non-profit educational technology group that has been designing
teacher-ready tools, from lesson plans to activities, for over two
decades. It is no surprise, then, that this site offers such compelling
visual simulations for biology educators and their students.
Italian Renaissance Learning Resources: Visually stunning and freely
available, this resource from the National Gallery of Art offers readers
eight unique units that elucidate the textures, themes, and context of
Italian Renaissance artists. Here readers will find thematic essays,
more than 300 breathtaking images, 300+ glossary terms, and 42 primary
SEO Tools & Recommended Resources: "our commitment to ensuring free
yet high-quality tools to optimize websites efficiently."
Basics of APA Style Tutorial: learn how to apply basic rules of APA
January 15, 2016
Accounting Terminology Glossary (UK)
Tips for Becoming a Better Writer – Australian College of
EF Standard English Test (EFSET): An online free English proficiency
test to the same standards as the TOEFL and IELTS exams. An excellent
practice resource for students looking to pass their language
proficiency exams, or find an accurate measure of their current English
Moms Meatloaf Recipe: Designed by mothers for the mothers who are
looking for great meatloaf recipes that kids will surely love. Takes the
traditional meatloaf to a higher level as moms from various corners of
the globe share their very own special meatloaf recipes to give an idea
to other mothers on how they can give a twist to the good old meatloaf.
January 14, 2016
Edudemic – connecting education & technology: Focused on connecting
educators, administrators, parents, and even students to technology
resources and ideas. However, the site truly shines as a resource for
Educators & scout the categories of Teacher's Guides and For Teachers.
C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching & Learning: Case Method in
Practice. The Center endeavors to make classes at the Harvard Business
School dynamic and engaging. However, educators everywhere can benefit
from the teaching and learning resources the center provide.
Master Organic Chemistry: Mastering organic chemistry is no easy
task; this comprehensive list of resources from the Master Organic
Chemistry website can help. Here readers will find online courses,
teaching websites, online textbooks, online quizzes, online exams, and
Finding FREE images for your blog posts (Guide & Links): Three main
parts to this question: free, high-quality, no legal copyright issues
when using. I’m going to answer them all, starting with that last part –
copyright – as it’s always the most troublesome aspect of using other
people’s images on your blog.
Simple Camping Recipes & Tips for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Guide To Grammar and Punctuation – With 20 Resources To Help You
Hone Your Skill. Here is a compilation of some of the most common
mistakes people make every day when it comes to English mechanics, along
with some tips for getting it right.
website for teachers by teachers. Since great educators are always
needed, we aim to continuously inform and encourage aspiring and current
teachers. Check out the
tab for FAQs and lesson plans.
January 13, 2016
"The New Celibacy: How Porn May Be Destroying the Impetus for Sex"
by Mary Rezac, Jan. 3, 2016 - EWTN News/CNA. "For many individuals, the
more porn they consume, the more likely it is that they can end up
preferring the fantasy to reality, they can end up preferring the pixels
to a person, and that's really messing up relationships, as you can
imagine," said Clay Olsen, co-founder of the internet movement "Fight
the New Drug".
Fight the New Drug: Our mission is to raise awareness on the
harmful effects of pornography through creative mediums. Check out
Get the Facts tab for articles on how porn harms the Brain, the
Heart and the World.
Porn Effect: founded by Matt Fradd is dedicated to helping men
and women break free from the vice of pornography.
Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship - USCCB (updated Nov.
Campuses & Young Adults: In this section, you'll find activities and
resources for college students and young adults to learn and reflect on
Church teaching about Catholic participation in public life.
Founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics aims to
provide "students with the tools they need for active participation and
democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to
achieve this." All the resources on this site are free with a one-step
sign up that only requires an email address. Readers may like to begin
with the 3-minute introductory video that can be located under the
- The Why Files:
Each week the site publishes a new story that digs into "the science
behind the news," providing readers with an erudite overview of the
scientific issues that shape our world. Educators searching for ways to
enrich their lesson plans will want to scout the Archives, which go all
the way back to 1999. the Teaching tab is loaded with helpful material,
including suggested Why Files that meet the National Science Education
Standards and Classroom Activities (discussion questions, quizzes, etc.)
on popular topics.
January 11, 2016
January 8, 2016
Year of Mercy Calendar: Encounter and Extend Mercy during the Year of
Jubilee. Live the Year of Mercy day by day with the Year of Mercy
Calendar. Each day of the week provides helpful suggestions to live a
more merciful life. The Year of Mercy Calendar is a collaborative effort
of the Diocese of Steubenville and the Diocese of Syracuse.
Jubilee Year of Mercy resources (USCCB): Explore the different ways
that you can live out that mercy every day!
ConsumerDangers: "Dedicated to keeping the public informed about
consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products
that can cause the public harm. Our website is continually updated with
breaking news from Government agencies, Watchdog Groups, and concerned
citizens about Recalls & Safety affecting consumers."
January 7, 2016
Fifteen Baptismal Homilies by Pope Benedict XVI: Collected here for
the first time are the fifteen baptismal homilies delivered by Benedict
XVI at the Easter Vigil and on the first Sunday after Epiphany, when he
baptized adults and children. They are "mystagogical" homilies, of
initiation into the mystery of baptism. Like those of Saint Cyril of
Jerusalem, of Saint Ambrose of Milan, of other Fathers of the Church.
CourtSystem.org: Legal & law enforcement office locations, hours, &
phone numbers. Find US courts, jails, prisons, police departments,
sheriffs, and district attorneys, including addresses, hours, phone
numbers, and services.
Blueberry Recipes – U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council: Get inspired
with the unique flavor pairings and serving suggestions in these