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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!
No compensation received for these listing, except an occasional link exchange.

July 23, 2021

July 21, 2021

  • “5 Things To Know About the Delta Variant”: Kathy Katella | July 15, 2021 | Yale Medicine. “A major concern right now is Delta, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, which was first identified in India in December. It then swept rapidly through that country and Great Britain as well. The first Delta case in the United States was diagnosed in March and it is now the dominant strain in the U.S.”

July 17, 2021

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July 9, 2021

  • National Ocean Service (NOAA): Education. Offers informative materials from lesson plans to interactive activities “for educators, students, and anyone who wants to learn more about our ocean and coasts!”…The mission of the NOS is to “provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean and coasts.”
    • For Educators: Programs, content, and resources to increase ocean and climate literacy and stewardship.
    • For Students: Take a deep dive into ocean and Earth science topics like corals, tides, and global positioning.
    • For Kids: Explore a wide variety of resources and activities for kids…of all ages!

July 6, 2021

July 4, 2021

June 25, 2021

  • Accessibility Guidelines by Vox Media: Content creators want everyone to be able to access their work, and businesses want their products available to as many people as possible. This useful web accessibility checklist…outlines specific criteria for designers, engineers, project managers, quality assurance, and editorial teams to build accessible content.

  • Signs of Addiction: Addiction doesn’t happen overnight. What starts as occasional use can turn into addiction without anyone noticing. But there are signs of developing alcohol or drug dependence that you can look out for.

June 18, 2021

  • Mind Matters (TODAY): Carson Daly shares powerful mental health stories of everyday men and women and how they cope.

June 16, 2021

June 14, 2021

  • Initiatives for the Formation of the Lay Faithful: The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life presents initiatives and “best practices” of evangelization, formation and promotion of the lay faithful already taking place in various parts of the world, which have proved fruitful…

June 11, 2021

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June 7, 2021

  • “Wrestling With God”: Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI (July 29, 2007).“‘I wrestle with God.’ Among other things, it suggests that the struggles in later life can be very different than what we struggle with earlier on.…” We “spend the last half of our lives struggling with anger and forgiveness — and that anger is often, however unconsciously, focused on God. In the end, our real struggle is with God.”

June 6, 2021

June 3, 2021

June 1, 2021

  • Your Garden Planner. Get the most out of your vegetable garden, year-round.
  • OpenSciEd: Developed with and for classroom educators with a variety of units covering chemistry, physics, health, and more. Though the current focus is on middle school curriculum, the project plans to expand to provide resources for K-12 educators over time.…Users must create a free account to access many of the materials throughout the site.

May 27, 2021

  • Trust the Vatican’s Ethicists on Vaccines: "There is no ethical concern for a Catholic" who wants to be vaccinated, Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops…. The Frenchwoman invites those who are reluctant to get the Coronavirus vaccine to "open their eyes" and to trust the specialists, theologians or experts, who have contributed to the Pope’s reflection.
  • Memorial Day ( 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 time.
    • 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 (

May 19, 2021

May 14, 2021

  • 5/11 - Peace Officers Memorial Day falls on May 15 each year to pay tribute to the brave local, state, and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
  • 32 BBQ Pitmaster Recipes (Taste of Home)
  • 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 information.
  • Old English Online: Old English is the ancestor of modern English and was spoken in early medieval England. This website is designed to help you read Old English, whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced learner. It will introduce you, topic by topic, to the structure and pronunciation of the Old English language in easy to digest chunks with plenty of opportunity to practice along the way.

May 13, 2021

  • CDC Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (updates as of 5/13/2021): Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • 60 Best Brunch Recipes: Plenty of sweet and savory options, we've got something for everyone.

May 12, 2021

  • Seasons and Feast Days: EWTN has created online resources that answer questions about the feasts and seasons of the Church, each including a special eBook that you can download for free.

May 7, 2021

  • Heroin in the United States: Including Its Effects on the Tech Industry and Higher Education.
  • Math Teacher & Student Resources: The Actuarial Foundation is dedicated to math education and financial literacy. The organization creates and collects various free educational materials. Readers will find a wealth of lesson plans designed for grades 4-12.…Also available via the Free Resources tab, these materials are designed to educate high school students on financial decision making. The four-part series includes handouts for students and educators.

  • Fighting the Infodemic: Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, the #CoronaVirusFacts / #DatosCoronaVirus Alliance unites more than 100 fact-checkers around the world in publishing, sharing and translating facts surrounding the new coronavirus.

May 4, 2021

  • "There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing": NY Times | Adam Grant | April 19, 2021, updated May 4, 2021. "Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021."…"Languishing is the neglected middle child of mental health. It’s the void between depression and flourishing — the absence of well-being. You don’t have symptoms of mental illness, but you’re not the picture of mental health either. You’re not functioning at full capacity. Languishing dulls your motivation, disrupts your ability to focus, and triples the odds that you’ll cut back on work. It appears to be more common than major depression — and in some ways it may be a bigger risk factor for mental illness."
  • “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You”: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life by the Most Reverend Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco.

May 1, 2021

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March 30, 2021

  • “The Subtle Deterioration of True Professionalism” by Jason Deuterman. “Ministry does demand professionalism in both approach and exercise. What does this mean? This talk invites the viewer to assess their own ministry behavior and re-examine the high standards set by the history of professional ministry throughout time.”
    • OSV Talks: Our Sunday Visitor presents a series of topics from prominent Catholic leaders to spark discussion, explore new, or re-explore old approaches, and inspire creative thinking, all from the heart of the church.

March 26, 2021

March 25, 2021

  • Managing Scrupulosity: Father Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R., "The management of scrupulosity is a life-long commitment to healing and integration. Unfortunately, there are no short cuts. There is no such thing as "one size fits all." That is the bad news, the difficult truth. The good news, the hopeful truth is that all is not lost. There is a path that can be navigated that will bring some relief and provide some sense of progress."
  • Scrupulosity: The Ultimate Guide. Jaimie Eckert, "Scrupulosity is not a lack of faith, it's a mental health hijacking of your relationship with God." Includes: Blasphemous Thoughts: The Ultimate Guide, Scrupulosity Articles, Scrupulosity Videos.
  • Exaudi: the new international news agency, whose objective is to strengthen the union of Catholics with the Pope, and to evangelize. You will find news, analysis and reflection on key issues that, as Catholics, we need to understand and transmit in our professional, family and friendship environments.

March 20, 2021

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March 9, 2021

March 8, 2021

  • Just the Facts: Explores the environment for the embryo and foetus in the womb, its relationship with its mother, and how it develops from conception right through to birth. It discusses advancements in foetal surgery, multiple births and leaves the students with a more in-depth understanding of how they began.…It consists of materials primarily for schools but also used by medical students.
  • CDC: Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (Updated Mar. 8, 2021). For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to: 1)Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing; 2) Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease; 3) Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households. Read the CDC link for the full list of guidelines.

March 7, 2021

March 5, 2021

March 4, 2021

  • ALLESL: A team of ESL teachers from Japan, South Korea and China who built this website to provide students and teachers the basics for English language learning and teaching. This includes: Geography, Grammar, Pronunciation, Speaking, Teaching, Vocabulary, Writing, Worksheets.
  • MS Excel Tutorial (Compute Expert): A collection of tutorials which should help you use MS Excel more optimally! Covers topics like Excel Calculations, Excel Formulas, Excel Tips & Tricks.
  • Sunday to Sunday, the Preaching Journey. Our Emmy winning television series profiles great preachers is hosted by Father Mike Russo. Explore how to listen to the gospel and to hear the deeply felt reflections of its witnesses. Ours is a commitment to the preaching ministry and to those who inspire us.
  • Ultimate Guide to Mental Health in the Workplace (Mental Health Services in Southern California). “The workplace is a great place to host activities that improve adult wellbeing…Wellness programs can identify employees at risk for mental health disorders and help connect them to proper treatment and support. Employers can benefit from addressing mental health issues, reducing healthcare costs for the business and employees.”

March 3, 2021

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February 11, 2021

  • “A Personal Ecological Conversion” by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR. The time is now for each of us to develop a personal ecological conversion; to develop a profound respect for and deep sense of personal responsibility for the whole created order.

February 10, 2021

  • CDC Updates Coronavirus Face Mask Guidance, Endorses 'Double Masking': The CDC updated its mask guidance on Wednesday to include data from a lab experiment using simulated respiratory breaths that found placing a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask or using a medical procedure mask with knotted ear loops and tucked in sides decreased exposure to potentially infectious aerosols by about 95%.
  • StoryArts by Heather Forest: Storytelling in the Classroom, Lesson Plans & Activities, Articles and more.
  • Grammica: Our grammar checker provides you free spelling and sentence check service. It provides free online grammar check, paraphrasing, proofreading services.

February 3, 2021

January 29, 2021

  • The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Drugs: A Dangerous Combination.
  • SeniorCare: A Senior Living and Senior Care Resource. A nationwide directory and a team of experts to do what they can to aid seniors and their families in their quest for a better life.
  • Cost of Living Calculator (Money Geek): Compare City Costs and Salaries. Free cost of living calculator lets you compare costs and salaries between two cities. Determine what you need to make in a new city to maintain your current standard of living.

January 20, 2021

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January 16, 2021

  • 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Rome 18-25 January but with restrictions due to the pandemic (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity). The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Abide in my love…You shall bear much fruit" (John 15:1-17).
    • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25 (USCCB): The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Abide in my love…You shall bear much fruit" (John 15:1-17). Link contains resources for celebrating the Week for Christian Unity.

January 15, 2021

  • Must Catholics Refuse a Covid-19 Vaccine Made with a Cell Line from an Abortion? The Catholic Spirit | Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | December 10, 2020. In the wake of announcements from multiple pharmaceutical companies about safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, many are expressing ethical doubts about whether it is OK to take these vaccines. Do Catholics have a moral duty to decline an inoculation if it was unethically produced using a cell line that came from an abortion? The short answer is "no."
  • What You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccines (Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI)): David Prentice, Ph.D., Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D. | December 8, 2020. Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has published a new chart detailing whether the eight leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates supported by Operation Warp Speed are produced or tested using cells derived from abortions. The vaccine candidates evaluated are those produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Sanofi/GSK, Inovio, and Merck.

January 10, 2021

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January 7, 2021

January 6, 2021

  • CDC: When Vaccine is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First? (1/5/2021): CDC recommends that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be allocated in Phase 1A to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents. Phase 1B: Frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers). And, people aged 75 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 75 years and older who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1A. Phase 1C: People aged 65—74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 65—74 years who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a. People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19. Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.

January 5, 2021

  • Helping College Students Kick Substance Abuse: Starting college is thrilling, especially for students who are new to living independently away from home. College is also a time for some students to experiment with drugs and alcohol, and some of them end up abusing these substances. With professional help, support from family and friends, and essential resources, college students can kick substance abuse.
  • How COVID-19 Affects the Mental Health of Seniors: If you are in the 65 and up age group it has probably limited your social interaction even more than others. These extra precautions the elderly have to take has affected their mental health and feelings of loneliness more than usual.



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