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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!
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July 20, 2016

  • To Become A Teacher: Offers would be educators an easy way to navigate an online platform that will help them learn more about specific teaching careers, along with arming them with the proper tools and tips to achieve their goal of becoming an educator.

July 8, 2016

  • Mind & Spirit: Integrating Psychology and Faith. An online magazine about psychology and faith, delivering insights and inspiration about God, mental health and authentic happiness.
  • OnlineEducation.com: Guide to Online Degree Programs. Building the definitive guide for students and academics researching online education.
  • Native Plant Information Network: goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America.
  • Holyart: first religious art shop in Italy, which sells exclusively on-line!
    • Holyart – Christmas: entirely dedicated to Christmas: Jerusalem Olive wood nativities, Val Gardena nativities, home decorations, tree decorations, and much more.

July 1, 2016

June 28, 2016

  • Microsoft Excel Tutorials: Looking to get better at Excel? For free? SpreedSheet0 released a 7-part free Excel course. The training gives you a strong foundation and understanding of Excel – in just about a week. "No hidden fees."
  • The Beachbody Blog: inspires readers to live healthy, fulfilling lives through trusted fitness and nutrition content, hundreds of healthy recipes, motivational posts, fun workouts, and so much more!
  • How to Start a Blog in 5 Steps: This guide was created to provide a simple, step-by-step way for beginners to quickly learn how to start a blog with no experience or HTML required.

June 27, 2016

  • Laudato Si’: on the Care of Our Common Home (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace). Marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’s eco-encyclical on the environment…dedicated to Laudato Si' and efforts around the world to put its teaching into practice.

June 21, 2016

June 9, 2016

  • National Park Maps: currently has 1,053 free high-resolution national park maps to view, save, and download. Download PDF and image files of any U.S. national park map. Use the menu to navigate to the park of your choice. You can view all parks alphabetically or sort by state.
  • Solar Physics – NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Includes information on the Sun, Solar Structure & Features, Sun in Action, and Research Projects.

June 7, 2016

  • Frequently Asked Questions: The California Catholic Conference is promoting an updated set of  FAQs in tandem with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which advises Catholics on how to participate faithfully in civic life, from forming their consciences to choosing pragmatically between political candidates.
  • Social Security Disability Application Process – Marks & Harrison. If you suffer from a physical or mental condition that prevents you from working, you may be eligible to receive monthly Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, what it takes to obtain these benefits may be a mystery to you.…Below, we outline the basic steps of applying for SSD benefits and explain issues you may face while seeking approval of your claim.
  • RX Dangers: To educate the American public on current pharmaceutical drugs and devices commonly being used within the United States. While prescription painkillers and other drugs are being abused by addicts, other life-saving drugs, and devices that the general public has presumed safe are causing just as much harm to people’s health and even death in some cases.

June 6, 2016

June 2, 2016

June 1, 2016

  • The Bullying Business: Bullying has always been about singling people out and excluding them for their differences. – bullying is more pervasive (and invasive) than ever. To counter this, a number of community groups, national organizations, and entrepreneurs are working to not only give counseling to kids who are suffering from bullying, but to prevent bullying from occurring in the first place.
  • How to Start a Blog?: A Step wise Guide for the Beginners to Make a Blog
  • WordPress Security: an Introduction to Hardening WordPress

May 31, 2016

  • "From the Diakonia of Christ to the Diakonia of the Apostles" International Theological Commission (2002). "Among these riches of the Church are found the diaconate ministry, to which the texts of the New Testament bear witness, and which has rendered important services in the life of Christian communities, above all in the time of the ancient Church.…

May 27, 2016

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 Republic.

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 resource materials.
  • 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 memory."
  • 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

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.
  • Intellectual 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 Code.
  • 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 initiatives.

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 desktop theme.
  • 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.
    • FormSwift: 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 resources.
  • 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 source texts.
  • 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 Style.

January 15, 2016

  • Accounting Terminology Glossary (UK)
  • Tips for Becoming a Better Writer – Australian College of Journalism.
  • 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 level.
  • 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 more.
  • 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.
  • Teacher.org: a 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 Resources 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 the Get the Facts tab for articles on how porn harms the Brain, the Heart and the World.
    • The 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. 2015)
    • 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.
  • iCivics: 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 About tab.
  • 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 blueberry recipes.

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