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September 17, 2021
September 11, 2021
Distinction Between a ‘Religious Exemption’ and a ‘Conscientious
Exemption’: Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of Little Rock (August 23,
2021): "A ‘religious exemption’ differs from a ‘conscientious exemption’
in that the former indicates that receiving the vaccine goes against the
sincerely held beliefs of that person’s religion. "So, in the case of
your Catholic parishioners, signing off on such a ‘religious exemption’
would indicate your support for the proposition that the Catholic Church
teaches that receiving the vaccine is fundamentally immoral and
September 7, 2021
Substance Abuse in Healthcare (EDUmed): Addiction resources and expert
advice for healthcare professionals and students.
The Connection Between Alcohol And Depression. If you or someone you
know is battling depression, know that alcohol or partaking in
recreational drugs will not make it any better.
Detail Guide on Online Safety For Seniors: How To Keep Yourself Protected?
The internet has always been a risky place, especially for seniors.
Elderly people or senior citizens represent a demographic that is both
compassionate and trustful. These are the characteristics, online scammers
prey on. They find senior citizens to be easy targets. Thus, they try to
exploit them more often.
Astounding Sleep Statistics and Facts That will Provoke Change for a
Better Future. “Poor sleep quality, wakefulness, and other
sleep-related issues are the cause of changing lifestyle, work patterns,
behavior, and habits.”
Exercise and Physical Activity: National Institute on Aging (NIH).
Exercise and physical activity can help older adults stay healthy and
independent for longer.
Planet (AARP): “Harnesses technology to change the way we age. Our
courses, programs, and activities help seniors learn new skills, save
money, get in shape, and make new friends.”
September 2, 2021
Security and Your Phone: What Are the Risks and How to Stay Safe.
“Most people think cybersecurity doesn't apply to
phones, but this is outdated logic. When phones were first introduced, few
hackers spent time targeting them. There simply weren't enough devices for
it to be profitable, but now that everyone has a phone, hackers have upped
their game. To make sure you're properly protected, we've put together
this guide that outlines all the risks you face and how to keep you and
your phone safe and secure.”
ToxTutor: Self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology
and was adopted from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and
toxicology databases. While a knowledge of anatomy and physiology is not
required for viewing ToxTutor, the Introduction
to the Human Body from the National Cancer Institute provides a good
introduction to the topic.
September 1, 2021
August 30, 2021
Symptomatic COVID Patients Are More Contagious (University of
Georgia): "Individuals with COVID-19 are most likely to spread the virus
to close contacts two days before the onset of symptoms to three days
after symptoms appear, and the risk of transmission is highest when
patients had mild or moderate disease severity, according to a new study
by researchers at the University of Georgia. The study, which was
published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, supports the idea that if
a person with COVID-19 is sicker, they are more contagious compared to
August 29, 2021
August 24, 2021
August 21, 2021
What Should You Do If You Get a Breakthrough Infection? Our Expert
Weighs In. Many people have questions about what to do if they are
vaccinated but test positive. Should they isolate, and for how long?
What about family members — should they all get tested? What kinds of
symptoms should make someone concerned that they might have a
breakthrough infection? And how to address skeptics who question getting
the vaccine if you can still get the coronavirus?
August 17, 2021
August 12, 2021
August 10, 2021
“Citius. Altius. Fortius.” by Michael Pakaluk, August 5, 2021. Latin
for “Faster. Higher. Stronger.” But that is not the Olympic motto, as you
may suppose. It’s the original motto, indeed, proposed by a French
Dominican, Fr. Henri Didon, and adopted by his friend, the reviver of the
Games in modern times, Pierre de Coubertin. But on July 20, 2021 the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) revised it to become, Citius, Altius,
Fortius – Communiter: “Faster, higher, stronger – together.”
August 4, 2021
July 30, 2021
CDC Mask Decision Followed Stunning Findings from Cape Cod Beach
Outbreak. A group of vaccinated beachgoers changed our knowledge of
the delta variant.
Math Counts (The University of Illinois Chicago’s College of
Education): Free online resources designed to help foster the
development of early math skills in children.
Early Science Matters (The University of Illinois Chicago’s College
of Education): Laying the foundation for a lifetime of discovery. Free
online resources designed to help you foster the development of early
science skills in children.
July 27, 2021
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
July 16, 2021
July 10, 2021
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
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
June 10, 2021
June 9, 2021
June 8, 2021
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
Raddish.app: Your Garden Planner. Get the most out of your vegetable
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 (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
Memorial Day (InfoPlease.com).
May 19, 2021
Bible Illustrations: Stories, illustrations, anecdotes to assist in
bible study and preaching.
Pope Francis: On Prayer — Distractions, Time of Barrenness, Sloth.
Catechesis on prayer: 34. Distractions, time of barrenness, sloth.
Mercy and Sin (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed.
(Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000), 452–458).
Includes The Definition of Sin, Different Kinds of Sins, Gravity of Sin:
Mortal and Venial Sin, Proliferation of Sin.
May 14, 2021
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
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.
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.
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
April 20, 2021
April 6, 2021
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
Your Guide To Holy Week (Simply Catholic): Includes 12 ways to make
Holy Week more meaningful and Holy Week customs.
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
Scrupulosity: The Ultimate Guide. Jaimie Eckert, "Scrupulosity is not
a lack of faith, it's a mental health hijacking of your relationship with
Blasphemous Thoughts: The Ultimate Guide,
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
March 20, 2021
"Year of Saint Joseph": In Honor of the 150th Anniversary of St.
Joseph’s Proclamation as Patron of the Universal Church — December 8,
2020, to December 8, 2021.
COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Sorting Out the Statements (NCR). The FDA’s
emergency approval of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine prompts
disputes between Church authorities, scholars and activists, stirring
controversy and confusion.
March 18, 2021
March 12, 2021
March 10, 2021
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
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
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
March 2, 2021
February 22, 2021
“Spiritual Direction & Scrupulosity” by Fr. Thomas M. Santa, CssR,
Scrupulous Anonymous, 02/01/2021
An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. This is an adapted version from the
longer retreat in The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ. The
eight-week schedule makes it perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat,
but the adventure can be started at any time, on your schedule.
February 20, 2021
February 18, 2021
February 15, 2021
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,
February 3, 2021
I’ve Had My Covid-19 Vaccine — Now What Can I Safely Do? Sandee
LaMotte, CNN Health | February 3, 2021. Read on for answers from the
experts on top questions such as when can you stop wearing a mask, eat
inside a restaurant, travel, go to sporting events and concerts, and
freely visit friends and family.
Taste of Home:
Recipes, Dinner, Baking
70 Classic Homemade Soup Recipes: Simmer up one of these homemade
soup recipes on a cool day. Check out our favorite recipes for chicken
noodle, French onion, split pea and more!
January 29, 2021
The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Drugs:
A Dangerous Combination.
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
January 19, 2021
January 18, 2021
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (International Version):
Resources for throughout the year 2021.
prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the
Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
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
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
(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
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
January 8, 2021
- Rules of Spiritual Discernment: a discussion of
how we find our vocation and even choose our lesser missions, purposes,
activities and goals as our lives unfold.
Unsplash: Free stock photos to be used for graphics, backgrounds, etc.
Pexels: free stock photos & videos
Pixaby: Stunning free images & royalty free stock
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.