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New as of  May 30, 2010

History of Memorial Day from History.com: while you may have observed Memorial Day for all of your lifetime, there are still things about this important national holiday you may not know. The link is here only. Make sure that in the other activities you have planned for this weekend, observance of its true meaning is among them.

New as of  May 23, 2010

Great Search Help: "3 Google Tricks When You Don't Know What to Search For." Well, I assume you know generally what to search for, but might need some direction. This short and helpful tutorial from MakeUseOf.com includes 1) Wildcard Search Operator; 2) Synonym Search Operator; and 3) Related URL Search Operator. Google is a really powerful ally if you really know how to use it! Check it out in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

See Climate Change for yourself with "Climate Change: NASA's Eyes on the Earth." See photos NASA has and other data that will help you define the reality of climate change for yourself. Among the statistics presented: 1) arctic sea ice minimum, down 11.2% per decade; 2) carbon dioxide, 389 parts per million and increasing; 3) sea level has risen 57mm since 1993. Check the new link for yourself in TO DO: REFERENCE.

New as of  May 16, 2010

Helpful Resource for inventors! The US PTO has created an Inventors Resource site, which contains valuable information on patent, trademark and copyright information. You know it's reliable because the information comes from the government's own patent and trademarks office. The new link is in LAW LIBRARY: US GOVERNMENT.

Quick Learn! 10 Free iPhone Apps to Learn a New Skill in 10 Minutes - from Mashable. Learn how to perform CPR, mix drinks, do magic tricks, and more!  The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of  May 9, 2010

Hone in on what you want to find: MakeUseOf.com's article "6 Ways to Reduce Irrelevant Results on Google Searches" will help you find exactly what you want, while eliminating lots of results you just don't need to sort through. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. But before you click through read on....

Pesky Computer Viruses can be lurking in that e-mail sent to you by your very best friend. How do you know? Read this helpful article from MakeUseOf.com: "How to Remove Computer Viruses at Home for Free." It's ever so much nicer to get rid of them before they open up and devour your files, and send nasty things to everyone in your contacts! The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of  May 2, 2010

Frequent Readers of the News Section of this site have for years quickly scanned the Richmond Times-Dispatch Obits (the older we get, the more frequently we do this). In recent months, the format has changed to include memorial notices as well as death notices. So in an effort to get you to what you want to read faster, there's a separate link now to Death Notices in the R-TD. We do, after all, have less time to keep up with those who have departed before us! It's in NEWS.

The Federal Register, published daily contains rules, proposed rules and notices of US federal government agencies/organizations, and executive orders and presidential documents. The Code of Federal Regulations contains general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments/agencies of the federal government. These links have been added to LAW LIBRARY: CODES.

Tech Tutorials:in these times when tech support can cost an arm and a leg, you may be best served by seeing if you can do it yourself regarding computers and tech gadgets. Two good resources for tutorials are Wired How To Wiki, and PC World How-To Tutorials, both of which are now linked to through TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of  April 26, 2010

Forvo is an online dictionary of pronunciation which contains 583,137 words, 499, 547 pronunciations, in 240 languages. Chances are you will find what you are looking for here. Listen to pronunciations by speakers from different countries. A neat resource. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE:LANGUAGE.

Household Products Database from the US Dept of Health & Human Services provides info on products, manufacturers, ingredients and health effects of many items used regularly in homes, in yards, in hobbies, in pet care, and in home offices. You may be surprised at what's all around you. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: HOME.

New as of  April 18, 2010

A Recipe Journal called "101 Cookbooks" contains what Heidi Swanson says is an intersection of her life, travels and everyday interests. Sometimes the recipes are from her cookbook collection, sometimes they're her own, or a friend's. Focusing on natural, whole foods and ingredients, she shares vegetarian recipes which are good for you. The new link to 101 Cookbooks has been added to TO DO: RECIPES TOO GOOD NOT TO BE SOUTHERN.

20 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed is a great guide from Mashable - the link is here only. Are you a participant? How much do you know about this important phenomenon? Check and see....

New as of  April 11, 2010

Girl Scout Cookies to enjoy all year long, not just in the springtime! Who says you can't make versions of these popular favorites at home that rival (or exceed) the real thing? Chow.com has recipes for "Slim Mints" which are as good as (or better than) Thin Mints; "Fijis" which will make you think twice about Samoas; and "Left Behinds" which will make you likely not miss Tagalongs. Not only are there recipes, but photos as well. Go ahead, give them a try! The links to these recipes are in TO DO: RECIPES TOO GOOD NOT TO BE SOUTHERN.

New as of  April 4, 2010

"5 Free Ways to Identify that Sony Stuck in Your Head" from Mashable/The Social Media Guide! Midomi, Musipedia, Tunatic, Shazam and Name My Tune are five different sites which provide solutions - learn the differences - see what works best for you. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. Check it out!

New as of  March 28, 2010

Photography Tips/Classes: Two links for photographers which will prove helpful - (1) Photography CheatSheets from ThePhotoArgus, and (2) Photo Master Classes from BBC Wildlife Magazine (online). Check them out in TO DO: REFERENCE: MISCELLANEOUS.

Top 10 Tips & Tricks For Making Your Stuff Last Longer is a blog post from Lifehacker that has something for everyone: (1) Keep cell phone batteries working longer; (2) Extend life of razor blades; (3) Revive dead batteries and hard drives in the freezer; (4) Extend usefulness of your old mp3 player; (5) run Windows 7 longer without activation; (6) stretch life of laptop batteries; (7) keep food better longer; (8) make clothes last longer; (9) help fresh flowers last longer; and (10) get more life from your appliances. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: HOW-TO.

10 Money Saving IPhone Apps: (1) Quicken, (2) BillMinder, (3)Coupon Sherpa, (4)Grocery Gadget Shopping List, (5)AllRecipes Dinner Spinner, (6) Mixology, (7) Maps, (8)Gas Buddy, (9)TextFreeUnlimited, and (10)Skype. Read the article, learn more at TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFED.

New as of  March 21, 2010

Seven Foods Which Prevent Overeating: What are they? 1) Bananas, 2) Eggs, 3) Almonds, 4) Avocados, 5) Peanut Butter, 6) Oatmeal, 7) Apples. How do they work? Go read the article by Divine Caroline and learn why they do the job. Who knew it was this simple? The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: DIET.

New as of  March 14, 2010

Music! Puniz is a new site which indexes publicly available music. There are over 500 million audio tracks you can find. It says it's 100% free and legal. It works. Check it out on the NET SEARCH PAGE on this site!

Health/Fitness Info: ACE Fitness' site includes videos, articles, workouts (for every muscle group) and tips. Incidentally, this site provided your webmaster with info on the Vibram Five Fingers Classic exercise shoe which she has just ordered from Amazon. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING RESOURCES but before you click through, check out the next 2 items, also added to the same section of the site....

Green and Good for You: Need to know what's safe in food (including baby food), personal care, household chemicals and toys? The Good Guide will provide the info. The link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING RESOURCES, but check out one more new item added to the same section before clicking through....

100 Best Blogs for Those Who Want to Change the World: "The world is full of ... people who want to make a difference . . . and many share their knowledge online through blogs." Here's a listing of the 100 best. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING RESOURCES. Now, click through and enjoy!

New as of  March 7, 2010

Want the Big Picture? BigPicture.tv provides video clips from experts to help you understand complex issues in the news and in the world. Just when you're beginning to understand what an expert is saying, for instance, on a political news show, they switch off to another topic. Here's a way to do your own research. The link has been added to the NEWS Section of this site, a favorite reading room with links to many news sources.

New as of  February 28, 2010

3 New Postcards Added for a Total of 1056: New selections include a postcard of the Morris House in Reedville (submitted by Steve Jett), and two photos of recent snowy scenes at Coles Point. Check them out on the POSTCARDS PAGE!

Let's Play a Game: Mike Dooley, author of "Notes from the Universe" book series, challenges you "to pretend, just for today, all day long, throughout our every thought and decision, that life is easy, that everyone means well, and that time is on our side. Ok?" And the challenge continues, "And if we like this game, we'll play again tomorrow as well, and the next day, and the next, and pretty soon, it won't be a game at all, because life for us, will become those things." The YouTube video is embedded in this page, so you can see it by clicking on the Play symbol. It's just here because I thought you needed this this week (and so do I)!

New as of  February 21, 2010

10 Ways to Open .Docx Word Files: More than 3 years ago Microsoft rolled out the .docx format which replaced their long-standing .doc format in Word. The problem which is encountered now is that many who have earlier word processing software can't open .docx documents which they may need to access. Here are 10 Ways to do that, brought to you by Technically Personal. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLFIED. But before you click through, read on.....

10 Free Online PDF Creators: Adobe's PDF is widely recognized as the best. And even if you have the software at home to create them directly from other documents, you may not have that capability on the road. Check out Top 10 Free Online PDF Creators from Technically Personal. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLFIED. But there's one more addition to read about before you click through....

10 Things to Avoid in Social Media: So are you an early aadopter? A late adopter? Don't know the difference? Well, here's a great article to "break you in" on social media. What's social media? Things like Facebook. Check it out in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLFIED - and now you can click through to the Section!

10 Uncluttering Things to Do Every Day from Unclutterer.com: who couldn't use some hints in this category? Simple steps, daily steps to conquering the mountain of unorganized stuff in front of you. The link is now in TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING.

New as of  February 14, 2010

MakeUseOf.com: "12 Sites to Watch Videos That Are Better Than YouTube." See if you think so, too. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

A new weather map from Weather Underground shows Coles Point and the surrounding area with current temps displayed, as well as other weather conditions. The new link has been added to TO DO: WEATHER.

New as of  February 7, 2010

Find a new way to get done those things you just don't like to do, but need to get out of the way. The new link from "How To Get A Grip"has been added to TO DO:REFERENCE: HOW-TO.

Business Advice in Three Words from "Mind of an Entrepreneur" includes advice such as time is money, learn from others, stop thinking big, etc. Some you know, some you might not! Check it out. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: BUSINESS.

On-the-Job Training: Your Guide to Fighting Workplace Bullies - an interesting site which helps you identify problem people in your workplace, and gives tips on how to manage the situation. From Kickbully.com. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: EMPLOYMENT

New as of  January 31, 2010

Virtual Piano is something for fun - check it out! The new link has been added to TO DO: RADIO/MIDI/MUSIC. Enjoy!

New as of  January 24, 2010

50 Banned Books That Everyone Should Read, from OnlineCollegeDegree.org, provides brief descriptions to entice you to read them. It's an interesting experiment in learning what limits others would place on your universe of knowledge. See if you agree! The link is in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS.

ChoralWiki is home of the Choral Public Domain Library, which bills itself as one of the world's largest free sheet music sites. You'll find scores, texts, translations and more here. The link has been added to the TO DO PAGE.

New as of  January 17, 2010

New Law Resources Online: The following have been added to the site this week. (1) Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia; (2)Amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia; (3) Rules re Unauthorized Practice of Law; (4) UPL Opinions Online, Alpha Topic Index; (5) 2008-2009 Professional Guidelines; (6) Supplement to 2008-2009 Professional Guidelines. You'll find the new links in LAW LIBRARY: CODES/REGS.

Important Info: "How to Survive in the Wilderness Using Your Mobile Phone" from MakeUseOf.com addresses when you're out in the wild, but the wild may be a natural disaster as well. Learn important ways to survive. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE.

PowerPoint Search:"5 PowerPoint Search Engines to Seek Out Publicly Available PowerPoint Presentations" from MakeUseOf.com lets you find resources in unexpected places. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Genealogy Resources:"Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites to Find Ancestors" from MakeUseOf.com lets you explore many ways to learn from whom you're descended. The new link is in LAW LIBRARY: GENEALOGY.

New as of  January 10, 2010

Popurls - what's that? Pop URLs, the most popular locations on the 'net for each day. If you're tired of trying to keep up, Popurls does it for you in one massive page. Check it out in LAW LIBRARY: NEWS SECTION.

Top 10 Winter Survival Tips from Lifehacker include 1) lowering your heating bill; 2) Keep exercising; 3) Have emergency kits for home and car; 4) Really "use" your freezer; 5) Winter-proof your body; 6) Keep your hands warm (and useful); 7)Make your fireplace more efficient; 8) Make homemade cold and chill remedies; 9) Make shoveling a bit easier; and 10) Make your own lip balm. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE.

Its URL is Spock: Intelius People Search will zero in on who you're looking for. The new link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: SEARCH.

New as of  January 3, 2010

Food52.com is a site that provides not only recipes, but visuals on how to prepare them. On a recent visit, your webmaster found recipes such as Lavender Lace Cookies, Black-eyed Peas with Spinach and Dill, Breakfast Pita Pockets, Creamy Italian Wedding Soup with Ricotta and Honey. The new link has been added to TO DO: RECIPES TOO GOOD NOT TO BE SOUTHERN.

5 Online Tools To Help You Keep Your New Year Resolutions, from MakeUseOf.com. 1) 43 Things for the iPhone, tracks percentage completion of your goals, marks completed goals, and more; 2) Habitforge - based on premise that it takes 21 days to form a habit; 3) Joe's Goals- a plain interface with a great online habit tracker; 4) OneNote - dedicate an entire notebook to your resolutions, making separate sections for each; and 5) Google Calendar. The link to this blog post has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED, but read the other new addition to the same section below before clicking through.....

iFixIt: Fix it yourself: Mac, iPod, iPhone. There are sections on the iFixIt site for free manuals, parts store, teardown, and answers section. Not for the squeamish, or for the faint of heart - but for those who think they can do it, this may provide the knowledge to tackle repairs! The link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLFIED. Now, you can click through!

New as of December 27 & 31, 2009

Juilliard Manuscript Collection presents works as old as Purcell, including multiple works by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and others. This link added in honor of my piano teacher of many years ago, Anna Dodson Duling Burke, a Juilliard graduate. The link is in LAW LIBRARY: HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS.

5 Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension, is a great resource from PickTheBrain. The five ways' titles are: 1) Pre-reading predictions; 2) Chunk summaries; 3) 3-step post-reading review; 4) Describe the reading to someone else; and 5) Make a mind-map. This interesting strategy is designed to help you digest even complex readings. The link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: LANGUAGE.

Funny Look at how when you're trying to help out with something simple, you suddenly become the "go to" person for everything. If you've been computing awhile and are usually good at figuring out your own problems, this will look familiar. It's been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of December 20, 23 & 24, 2009

7 New Christmas Cards added! Check them out now on the POSTCARDS PAGE!  They join the 110 other free Christmas cards on this site, for a total of 117! Free to send - no data kept by this site, delivery prompt and reliable. Enjoy!The Annual Christmas Poem is now on the site! You can get there directly from the Home Page or from the top of this page by clicking on the little Christmas tree icon - or just click here!

Special Christmas Wallpaper just added - (NOTE: no loner available as it's been replaced with new wallpaper, however it is available as one of the new Christmas e-cards) -it's a grapevine wreath with cranberries and real snow!! Add this festive look to your desktop from WALLPAPER OF THE WEEK.

10 iPhone Apps that bring holiday cheer: this helpful blog post covers both Christmas and Hanukkah, and lists the following apps -- (1) iCaroler; (2) Festive Holiday Baking; (3) Festive Holiday Cocktails; (4) Christmas Radio; (5) Christmas Sounds Free; (6) Santa Tracker 2009; (7) Hanukkah Envi; (8) Parents Calling Santa; (9) JingleToe; (10) Menorah - Chanukah. The link is here only - enjoy!

Criminal defense attorneys will appreciate the link to this comprehensive resource: "Developments in Federal Search and Seizure Law," by Stephen R. Sady, Chief Deputy Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon (October 2009). Main sections address the topics of search, seizure, standing, probable cause, searches/seizures pursuant to warrant, warrantless searches/seizures, and fruit of the poisonous tree. The  new link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

New as of December 6, 2009

How To: 5StarSupport.com's Free Computer Help Tutorials provides 89 tutorials that will help you with specific problems. Categories include Computer Maintenance, Software, Hardware, Networking, Security and more. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of November 29, 2009

Points for Poinsettias: The Poinsettia Pages from the University of Illinois Extension provide helpful information on selection and care, plus history of the plant. There are instructions on how to get the plant to re-flower. If you're giving poinsettias to others this holiday, you might want to print out some of the material from this site and include it with your gift. The link has been added to TO DO: GARDENING & LANDSCAPING.

When You are the Geek Squad: Lifehacker's "How to Fix Your Relatives' Terrible Computer" may be a lifesaver this holiday. If you're visiting someone who depends on you for tech support (or if you need some assistance yourself) you will find this illuminating. It takes you step by step through the process of untangling the problem. The link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of November 22 & 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Page is up, appropriately, on Thanksgiving Day! Celebrate the day with your family and friends in the midst of laughter and conversation, or quietly in reflection on the year past, or a combination of the two! Be thankful for both your challenges and your achievements, for both have made you who you are. While it's always easy to be thankful for the bright bubbly moments which bring everyone smiles, it is harder (but still important) to be thankful for the difficult times which have tested your strength and made you find new definitions of wisdom and perseverance. These have all made you who you are today. Get to the Thanksgiving Page by clicking on the icon below, or the icons at the top of this page, or on the Home Page --

Holiday Recipes: Thanksgiving Recipes from America's Past is a feature of the Pilgrim Hall Museum. Even though we all know that the first Thanksgiving was really here in Virginia on the James River many years before the little Pilgrim ships made their first landing, we'll still be glad to taste their sampling of recipes from past centuries.  Recipes accompanied by illustrations. The link is here only

New Resource Online: "Art and Architecture" from the Courtauld Institute of Art in the UK. Over 40,000 images you can search or browse. Entry to the site provides sections with links to more information on each. Hint: don't click on "Searches" as it's available only to those in the UK; click on "Advanced Search" which apparently is available to all - you can enter as few terms as you choose and it will work. The link is now in TO DO: ART.

New as of November 15, 2009

12 Years! The Northern Neck of Virginia Law Page celebrated its twelfth birthday on November 14, with over 1,305,000 visitors! Updated every week, the site provides a great variety of links to many different resources. The site also features 52 wallpapers every year, many of them photographs of the Northern Neck waterfront and area. Thank you for being a visitor - your repeat visits are important and appreciated!

Engineering Dictionary from Babylon.com provides definitions for various engineering terms, with links to more information on words in the definitions. The new link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: DATABASES/REFERENCE.

Legistalker bills itself as "the latest online activity of Congress members" and lets you roam through various categories: AllStreams, News, Twitter, YouTube, Updated bills, and it's searchable as well. The new link has been added to the NEWS Section so you can check it daily.

New as of November 8, 2009

Medline Plus: H1N1 (Swine) Flu includes overviews, latest news, diagnosis and symptoms, treatment, prevention, screening,and more. This link to info on this timely topic has been added to TO DO: MED INFO ONLINE.

Documents obtained through FOIA requests include "fascinating historical documents, ... oddities and fun stuff and government bloopers." The link to GovernmentAttic.org has been added to LAW LIBRARY: US GOVT.

Windows 7 Driver Downloads and Updates from RadarSync.com - if you're making the switch, you may need these. The link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of November 1, 2009

Official Version: Read it for yourself - don't take anyone else's word for what's in the "Affordable Health Care for America Act." The link to the official version (H.R. 3962) is here on the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives' website, along with a summary, a detailed summary, and a section by section analysis. The link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: US GOV'T.

Helpful PDF files from MakeUseOf.com: (1) Guidebook for the Internet Audiophile; (2) Complete Guide to Twitter; (3)The Big Book of Bit Torrent; (4) Internet Guide for the Movie Addict. Simple, easy to understand. These links have been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Panoramas: If you can't be there in person, panoramas are perhaps the very best substitute. Go ahead, be impressed - here are: (1) Panorama New York Hotel View; (2) Panorama Grand Canyon; (3) Panorama Redwoods in California; (4) Panorama - Lafayette Square, Savannah; (5) Panorama - Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco; (6) New York, from the Queen Mary 2; (7) Panorama - Las Vegas, Eiffel Tower. They've been added to the TO GO section of the site. No passport required!

New as of October 25, 2009

Research Goodies: (1) CiteSeerX-Beta Scientific Literature Digital Library & Search Engine, sponsored by NSF, Microsoft and NASA, contains over 1,424,701 articles and 27,498,385 citations; (2) DOE (Dept. of Energy) "Information Bridge" accesses over 210,000 full text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature, in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy and more; (3) Cornell University Library's arXiv.org has 566,637 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. These new links have been added to TO DO: REFERENCE.

Windows 7! New on the scene, Windows 7 brings promises and pitfalls. Check out Lifehacker's "Complete Guide to Windows 7," and find out everything you need to know about the new operating system, from first install to final settings change. Learn what you need to do first by visiting Lifehacker's "Prep Your PC for Windows 7," designed to let you boot into a clean, speedy system. Links to both of these helpful resources are now in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of October 18, 2009

Facts, not Fiction: H1N1 flu is a serious illness, with the demonstrated potential of killing otherwise healthy individuals. Should you get the vaccine when it becomes available? Check out the new link that's been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE and get answers to commonly asked questions about the flu vaccine and its safety.

Saving Money is always a good thing to do, but did you know Google can help in that regard? This helpful post from CNN details "5 Ways Google Can Save You Money," and includes things like free directory assistance, a tip jar about various kinds of savings, voice and video chat via Gmail, a calendar, and a power meter. Never hurts to learn additional ways to save! The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. Before you click through, check below for another new addition to the same section of the site...

Apps Directory: iPhone devotees will tell you they love to learn about the apps which are available for their favorite phone. Apple has a new iPhone Apps Directory which is easier to navigate than the Apps section on iTunes. Check out the new line to Apple's iPhone Apps Directory which has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. Now, click through, and have a great week!

New as of October 11, 2009

Why Leaves Change Color: We all know that autumn provides a spectacular show as leaves begin to change color. By the time they fall from the trees, they provide a carpet of golds, reds and browns. But do you really know why they change color? Visit this government site ("Why Leaves Change Color") which provides a lot of interesting info on the subject through the link here only.

New as of October 4, 2009

Free Legal Forms automatically created online at WhichDraft.com where you can create forms, share forms, compare legal documents, or build your own legal form question and answer wizard. Caution: use only if you know what you're doing; for non-lawyers, it's not a substitute for legal advice. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE:BUSINESS.   But before you click through, read about the new addition to the same section below .... 

Guide to Doing Business in Virginia from LexMundi.com, compiled by Nancy Little of McGuire Woods LLP, revised November 2008. This 115-page PDF document gives in-depth information for business owners in the Commonwealth. The new link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE:BUSINESS.  Now, click through and see both new additions to this section of the site!

Virginia State Police Forms and Publications are available online, including some you may know about and some you may not. They are downloadable from the new link added to LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

Flu Activity is widespread in Virginia, and many other states. You need to know not only where it is, but how to prevent catching it, and what to do if you do come down with it. The government's own site on the Flu is Flu.gov, where you'll find helpful (and accurate) information about the seasonal flu and H1N1 Swine flu. The link is here and has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE.

New as of September 27, 2009

Free Books, Online: (1) Readprint offers free online books for students, teachers and the classic enthusiast: over 8000 online books by 3500 authors. (2) Book Glutton currently lists 1473 books from public domain and independent authors. (3) Book-bot has over 14000 copyright-free items. These great resources have been linked to in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS ONLINE, where you'll find lots of other interesting links to a great variety of reading resources.

Assisting Your Parents or Elderly Friends with their computers? If so, you'll want to read MakeUseOf's "7 Steps to Make Computers Accessible for the Elderly," which addresses (1) screen resolution adjustments; (2) contrast; (3) sizes; (4) start menu buttons; (5) magnifier; (6) keystrokes; and (7) mouse adjustments. Anything which makes computing more user friendly to seniors means they are more likely to be enthusiastic about computer use. The link to this handy posting has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of September 19, 2009

A Treasure Trove of Tutorials and Techniques on Traditional Drawing from Smashing Magazine, some intermediate and some advanced.

Tutorials include: (1) Marilyn Portrait Tutorial; (2) How to Draw Lips; (3) How to Draw a Car; (4) How to Draw Optimus Prime from Transformers; (5) Pet Portraits; (6) How to Draw a Ninja; (7) Portrait Tutorial; (8) Hair Drawing Tutorial; (9) Eye Drawing Tutorial; (10) How to Draw a Realistic Eye; (11) How to Draw a Mouth and Teeth; and (12) Traditional Sketch Rendering.

Also there are (13) Drawing Hands and Feet; (14) Drawing a Rose; (15) A Pseudo-Sugar Skull from Start t Finish; (16) Hair: Amanda Tapping; (17) From Sketch to Vector Illustration; (18) Manga Making Tutorial; (19) How to Draw a Fashion Figure; (20) The Dragon Tutorial; (21) Leather Wings; (22) Pencil Sketching by Max Bertuzzi; (23) Drawing Hair in Pencil; (24) Drawing Hands, (25) Clothing Tutorial; (26) Comic Story Step by Step; (27) How to Draw Marlon Brando Step by Step; (28)Face Drawing: The Heroic Male; (29) Evil Skull Drawing; (30) How to Draw a Female Anime Dark Angel; (31) Lone Wolf Pencil Drawing; (32) Making Manga 2; (33) Graphite Portrait; and (34) Dance of Spring Tutorial.

 There's a whole section called Traditional Tips and Techniques, where you'll find (35) 9 Steps to Creating Better Compositions; (36) Drawing Clothes Techniques; (37) Editing Drawings; (38) Sketching Tips & Techniques; (39) Detailed Hair; (40) Hair Perspective and Lighting Tutorial, (41) Portraiture Lesson; (42) Proportions; (43) How to Draw Caricatures: the 5 Shapes; (44) How to Draw Caricatures: Head Shapes, and more.

This amazing resource has been added to TO DO: ART.

Over 150 Heart-Health Topics from the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital's Heart Information Center will answer many questions in this highly-specialized area. Topics include Heart Conditions, Anatomy: Heart & Circulatory System, Glossary of Cardiovascular Terms; FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions; Medicines for Cardiovascular Disease; Diagnostic Tests & Procedures; Heart Surgery Overview, and more. The new link has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE.

Prepared by the House's Experts: You've heard lots about Health Care Reform. You're concerned about what it means to you. Here is the best resource to date on what EXACTLY it will mean to your individual district. The Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives has prepared this website, called "H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009, District by District Impact." Look at the same information your legislator is reviewing.

Certainly, there are other pieces of legislation out there, but this is the one that passed the house. This website examines the district-level impact of the legislation, including the impact on small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured. It also includes an estimate of the impacts of the surtax used to pay for the legislation. So, don't get wrapped up in myth, rumor, and e-mail forwards that never were true. Go to the source, check it out. This link is here, as well as in LAW LIBRARY: US GOV'T.

News and Views on the latest innovations for the iPhone are yours with links to two different websites: (1) iPhone App Index, where iPhone app(lication) developers show off their works. While there, do look at the one called "OuttaMyWay" - there are days when we all could use this one; and (2) iPhones Talk - where you will find news and reviews on iPhones and accessories. These links have been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. But, before you click through, see the other new reference added below....

Almost Everything You Need to Know about Microsoft Access, Excel, FrontPage, Internet Explorer, InfoPath, Power Point, OneNote, Outlook, Project, Publisher, SharePoint, Visio, Windows, Word, all in free Quick Reference Sheets from CustomGuide. And there are sheets for Acrobat for Windows, Dreamweaver for Windows, Dreamweaver for Mac, Fireworks for Windows, Fireworks for Mac, Flash for Windows, Flash for Mac, Photoshop for Windows, Photoshop for Mac, Photoshop Elements for Windows, and more.  Knowledge you need easily available in reference sheet format will save you time and exasperation. Check it out in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. NOW you can click through and see all the new additions!

Where's the flu now? Here's a link (here only) to the Flu View from the Centers for Disease Control, for the week ending September 12. As you can see, the beginning of school has had a dramatic impact on Virginia's H1N1 status - the illness is considered widespread at this point. Use your hand sanitizer, cover your mouth/nose when you cough/sneeze, and hope others do the same. Stay healthy! Get your regular flu shot, and when the H1N1 flu shot is available (around October 15th is the estimate), get that one, too!

Also, just added is the Pandemic Primer from the current print edition of Time Magazine. It offers a quick overview of what to expect, and what to do during the coming flu season. This new addition is here only.

Criminal Search: While it's true that only law enforcement agencies have access to the actual criminal histories, CriminalSearches.com does a fair job at it, and it's free. It is for all states. You can also enter addresses with the advanced search, and find out who with a criminal history might be living near you. It's a handy resource, and the new link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

New as of September 13, 2009

19 Free Web Services: Really! From PC World: "19 Free Web Services That Keep Saving You Money" is an article you literally can't afford not to read!  Money savers include  Free Long Distance Calls, Send and Receive Faxes (Free), Videoconference (Free), Free Conference Calls, Free Directory Assistance, Automatic Transcription of Voice Notes (Free), Scanned Documents into Text (Free), Beat the Text Messaging Swindle, and more. This very helpful new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

A Heap of Help from "Heapr" - a new search engine that simultaneously searches Google, Twitter, Flickr, Wolfram Alpha and other sites in a clean and fast interface all at once. You'll find it helpful to have Twitter results included for current topics in your searches. I think this is one of the more outstanding search engines to come along in some time, so it's been added to the NET SEARCH PAGE on this site where you'll find lots of other helpful search resources.

Get the Facts and Read the Speech: Think it through with the help of interactive resources on the Center for American Progress site. See how the reform legislation will affect your health care coverage and your taves. If you're a small business owner, calculate how it would work for your business. Forget the misinformation and the outright lies - get some straight talk about this all-important current issue!  And if you'd really like to see what President Obama said when he addressed the joint session of Congress, you can click here to read the full text of his speech.  If you're ready to learn more about the reform legislation and how it will affect you, check out the new link in LAW LIBRARY: NEWS -- where,  on second thought, I've decided to add a link to the text of the Speech after all. Better to be informed than misinformed. There are many hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by the insurance industry and others who will profit if things stay the same. If you don't own stock in them, and you're not one of their highly paid CEOs, it would probably be to your financial health and to your physical health to read about what's really being proposed. The insurance folks would like to keep you quaking in your shoes. It's time to say, enough!

New as of September 6, 2009

Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History presents "The Dynamic Earth" in multimedia or printable versions. Visit all 4 sections: Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes, The Solar System, Gems and Minerals, Rocks and Mining. "Nearly 4.6 billion years ago, within a vast cloud of interstellar space, a small pocket of gas and dust collapsed down under its own gravity, and our Solar System was born. In this interactive experience, explore the dynamic forces that formed and are continually reforming the Earth and our Solar System." The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: SCIENCE RESOURCES.

School's just started and it's time to look at good learning resources! (1) EPA Student Center presents information on ecology; (2) NASA Kids' Science News Network Grades K-2 Newsbreaks (Math & Science); (3) NASA Kids' Science News Network Grades 3-5 Newsbreaks (2 main categories include aeronautics, space operations, science, technology, math, more); (4) Uncle Al's Star Wheels for Northern & Southern Hemispheres (make your own star maps). These fun and interesting resources now have links added to TO DO: JUST FOR KIDS. BEFORE you click through, however, read on for more new links to the same section....

Reading begins when we are read to, of course. Then we begin to read for ourselves.

Here are some great resources to add to your home library, and the good news is there are no overdue fines on these, and you never have to wait for someone else to return them to the library before you can check them out:

 (1) World of Tales: Stories for Children from Around the World: Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales (including The Little Match Girl, The Emperor's Clothes, The Red Shoes, and more);

(2) World of Tales: Stories for Children from Around the World: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (including Rapunzel, Little Red Cap (Little Red Riding Hood), Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and more);

(3) World of Tales: Stories for Children from Around the World: Fairy Tales from Charles Perrault (including Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper), the Master Cat (Puss in Boots), The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods).

And when you tire of reading out loud yourself, you can listen to (4) Audio Books for Kids, which has over 300 MP3 downloads of such classics as Babar and Gerald McBoingBoing, folk tales such as Hansel & Gretel and Paul Bunyan, and even Mel Blanc readings of Warner Brothers cartoon stories. You can never read enough, and you can never start your kids early enough. Enjoy these resources! They are in TO DO: JUST FOR KIDS.

And whether you're a brand new student, a returning student, an older student, or a lifelong student, here's to a great year of learning ahead!

New as of August 30, 2009

DailyLit lets you read books by e-mail or RSS - minutes a day of great reading in your inbox. Browse categories, look at featured books, recent titles, or browse all titles. You'll find the new link added to LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS ONLINE.

New as of August 22 & 25, 2009

Update for Lawyers (added 8/25/09): The emergency legislation passed in response to Melendez-Diaz is "HB 5007: Evidence, testimonial; procedure notifying defendant of introduction of certificate of analysis."  The Supreme Court website has posted PDF forms for "Objection to Admission of Affidavit," and "Objection to Admission of Certificate of Analysis" to relieve lawyers of the need to individually draft those motions. The links to HB5007 and to the two forms have been added to LAW LIBRARY: VIRGINIA COURTS and to LAW LIBRARY: VIRGINIA CODE  and to LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

Ship movements anywhere can be searched by ship name or just by zooming in on the map to a particular area. Shows cruise boats, cargo tankers, yachts, etc., some with photos, all with details. This new link has been added to TO DO: MARINE WEATHER where you'll find other sea-worthy links.

Earmarks: Those things that when it's in your district, it's a wise move, and when it's in other people's, it's a waste. Learn more about who's throwing around money, and where. Two new links will help: (1) Earmarks from Washington Watch, and (2) Earmarks: Office of Management & Budget, US Government. These new links have been added to LAW LIBRARY: US GOV'T.

A Rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way, it's been said. Usually, that's through e-mail, but sometimes through hapless people who don't know what they're saying on radio/TV/blogs. "Setting the Record Straight" is the Administration's answer to various rumors making their rounds about health care reform. If you care to know the truth, really, it's here. Go see through the link added to Hot Topics on the News page. Without the lies propagated by special interest groups, it might not be news. But it certainly is now.

Book Seer lets you enter the name and author of a book you liked, and you'll get recommendations for like titles from Amazon and Library Thing. Not foolproof, as it doesn't always find a match, but interesting. Try it out. It's in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS.

Genealogy Forms help you organize all your family history research: (1) Six Genealogy Research Forms in PDF format to download and use, free; and (2) Documentation Essentials Form (how do you know what you think you know). Both from Genealogy Tutorial.com. These have been added to LAW LIBRARY: GENEALOGY.

New as of August 16, 2009

Unmarked Cemeteries of Westmoreland County is a new web page researching and identifying mostly African-American cemeteries. Family historians, historians and genealogists always welcome information on unmarked graveyards, which are often in out of the way places. The link has been added to the GENEALOGY PAGE on this site, where you'll find lots of helpful links to resources in Virginia, Maryland and the District.

What are they saying? If you'd like to know more about the special language of texting, which shows up in teens' and pre-teens' texts and some of which you may be interested in learning for yourself, visit DTxtr.com where you can translate these phrases. There's also a glossary available at DTxtr. You may be surpised at some of the meanings. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Sometimes thought of as a vanishing art, the drawing of beautiful lettering is formally known as calligraphy. If you've ever wanted to learn, you'll likely be able to give it your best try through the helpful procedures outlined on "Learn How to Draw Beautiful Lettering: Calligraphy," a link to which has been added in the TO DO: ART Section of this site. Whether you're interested in addressing special invitations, or filling out a certificate, if you can master this, you will be able to add one more important skill to your resume.

Because it's summer and a great time to be silly, enjoy three ways to get back to the simple fun of just doing things for pure enjoyment.  (1) Jiggling jello has been around awhile, but for those of us who can't have sugar, and for whom the lure of sugar-free jello has failed to materialize, JelloTime.com's "Virtual Jello" fills the bill. Just move your mouse over the jello and see! (2) "Make Music with your Keyboard" lets you have a fun romp through the keys, creating various band/instrument/drum sounds as you go; and (3) "Easy Magic Tricks" likely won't put you on stage but will amaze (or at least surprise) your family and friends. See these 3 summer fun additions in TO DO: GAMES where you'll find dozens of ways to waste the lazy hazy days of summer.

New as of August 9, 2009

Pants on Fire: All this stuff floating around on e-mail about the health care bill - is it true? Check it out, and know for sure BEFORE passing on myths that may harm us all. PolitiFact.com has a page which rates the truthfulness of these circulating e-mails. Read it and know. Knowledge never hurt anyone, but the lies being passed around can be damaging to you now or in the future when you may really need better health care. Check it out in LAW LIBRARY:NEWS.

Big Huge Thesaurus: for when one way to say something just isn't enough. Big Huge Thesaurus' tag line is "Synonyms, Antonyms, and Rhymes (Oh My!). Also there are links to blog post ideas and story plot/logline resources for writers. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: LANGUAGE, and also in LAW LIBRARY: DICTIONARIES.

Fodor's Travel Tip of the Day brings you helpful info from professionals whose business it is to make your travels as painless as possible. The new link has been added to TO DO:TRAVEL INFO.

Your biorhythm chart for the day may tell you a lot about what's going on and why. Enter your birthdate and receive your chart for today or up to 7 days in the past or 7 days in the future. What've you got to lose? The new link is in TO DO: PREDICTIONS: PERSONAL. Before you click through, however, read on......

Palmistry for free: If you're reading your horoscope, checking your biorhythms, why not add in palmistry so you can say you've done it all? The Free Hand Analysis and Psychic Center offers you lots of ways to see what those hands of yours mean in deciphering what you're all about. Also added is the Layman's Guide to Cheirology: How to Read Hands and Palms, which has a lot of detail about the various features of the hands. The new links have been added to TO DO: PREDICTIONS: PERSONAL - go see!

New as of August 2, 2009

Java Junkies will find CoffeeSeeker to be a handy thing. Of course, you've got to remember to do it before you're mobile, in order to use this link. Plug in a zip code and see where the nearest Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and others are located. Handy when you are planning your vacation, for example. Or traveling on business to a new location. The new link is in TO DO: TRAVEL INFO.

Computer Hardware Chart shows you exactly what those whatzamagizmos are called, so you know what to talk to Bryan, the perpetual Pakistani tech support, about when you call. Or, if you're farther up the food chain computer-wise, it will show you what part to order online. A little knowledge goes a long way. This hardware poster has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. (Tip: click on the poster to see a size that's big enough for you to really read)...

Lawyers preparing personal injury/medical malpractice cases, medical personnel and patients themselves can benefit by looking through the PubMed Bookshelf. It bills itself as "a growing collection of biomedical books that can be searched directly by typing a concept into the textbox." Or you can peruse the list of titles, and concentrate on one or more. The new link has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE.

New as of  May 30, 2010

History of Memorial Day from History.com: while you may have observed Memorial Day for all of your lifetime, there are still things about this important national holiday you may not know. The link is here only. Make sure that in the other activities you have planned for this weekend, observance of its true meaning is among them.

New as of  May 23, 2010

Great Search Help: "3 Google Tricks When You Don't Know What to Search For." Well, I assume you know generally what to search for, but might need some direction. This short and helpful tutorial from MakeUseOf.com includes 1) Wildcard Search Operator; 2) Synonym Search Operator; and 3) Related URL Search Operator. Google is a really powerful ally if you really know how to use it! Check it out in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

See Climate Change for yourself with "Climate Change: NASA's Eyes on the Earth." See photos NASA has and other data that will help you define the reality of climate change for yourself. Among the statistics presented: 1) arctic sea ice minimum, down 11.2% per decade; 2) carbon dioxide, 389 parts per million and increasing; 3) sea level has risen 57mm since 1993. Check the new link for yourself in TO DO: REFERENCE.

New as of  May 16, 2010

Helpful Resource for inventors! The US PTO has created an Inventors Resource site, which contains valuable information on patent, trademark and copyright information. You know it's reliable because the information comes from the government's own patent and trademarks office. The new link is in LAW LIBRARY: US GOVERNMENT.

Quick Learn! 10 Free iPhone Apps to Learn a New Skill in 10 Minutes - from Mashable. Learn how to perform CPR, mix drinks, do magic tricks, and more!  The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of  May 9, 2010

Hone in on what you want to find: MakeUseOf.com's article "6 Ways to Reduce Irrelevant Results on Google Searches" will help you find exactly what you want, while eliminating lots of results you just don't need to sort through. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. But before you click through read on....

Pesky Computer Viruses can be lurking in that e-mail sent to you by your very best friend. How do you know? Read this helpful article from MakeUseOf.com: "How to Remove Computer Viruses at Home for Free." It's ever so much nicer to get rid of them before they open up and devour your files, and send nasty things to everyone in your contacts! The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of  May 2, 2010

Frequent Readers of the News Section of this site have for years quickly scanned the Richmond Times-Dispatch Obits (the older we get, the more frequently we do this). In recent months, the format has changed to include memorial notices as well as death notices. So in an effort to get you to what you want to read faster, there's a separate link now to Death Notices in the R-TD. We do, after all, have less time to keep up with those who have departed before us! It's in NEWS.

The Federal Register, published daily contains rules, proposed rules and notices of US federal government agencies/organizations, and executive orders and presidential documents. The Code of Federal Regulations contains general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments/agencies of the federal government. These links have been added to LAW LIBRARY: CODES.

Tech Tutorials:in these times when tech support can cost an arm and a leg, you may be best served by seeing if you can do it yourself regarding computers and tech gadgets. Two good resources for tutorials are Wired How To Wiki, and PC World How-To Tutorials, both of which are now linked to through TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of  April 26, 2010

Forvo is an online dictionary of pronunciation which contains 583,137 words, 499, 547 pronunciations, in 240 languages. Chances are you will find what you are looking for here. Listen to pronunciations by speakers from different countries. A neat resource. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE:LANGUAGE.

Household Products Database from the US Dept of Health & Human Services provides info on products, manufacturers, ingredients and health effects of many items used regularly in homes, in yards, in hobbies, in pet care, and in home offices. You may be surprised at what's all around you. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: HOME.

New as of  April 18, 2010

A Recipe Journal called "101 Cookbooks" contains what Heidi Swanson says is an intersection of her life, travels and everyday interests. Sometimes the recipes are from her cookbook collection, sometimes they're her own, or a friend's. Focusing on natural, whole foods and ingredients, she shares vegetarian recipes which are good for you. The new link to 101 Cookbooks has been added to TO DO: RECIPES TOO GOOD NOT TO BE SOUTHERN.

20 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed is a great guide from Mashable - the link is here only. Are you a participant? How much do you know about this important phenomenon? Check and see....

New as of  April 11, 2010

Girl Scout Cookies to enjoy all year long, not just in the springtime! Who says you can't make versions of these popular favorites at home that rival (or exceed) the real thing? Chow.com has recipes for "Slim Mints" which are as good as (or better than) Thin Mints; "Fijis" which will make you think twice about Samoas; and "Left Behinds" which will make you likely not miss Tagalongs. Not only are there recipes, but photos as well. Go ahead, give them a try! The links to these recipes are in TO DO: RECIPES TOO GOOD NOT TO BE SOUTHERN.

New as of  April 4, 2010

"5 Free Ways to Identify that Sony Stuck in Your Head" from Mashable/The Social Media Guide! Midomi, Musipedia, Tunatic, Shazam and Name My Tune are five different sites which provide solutions - learn the differences - see what works best for you. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. Check it out!

New as of  March 28, 2010

Photography Tips/Classes: Two links for photographers which will prove helpful - (1) Photography CheatSheets from ThePhotoArgus, and (2) Photo Master Classes from BBC Wildlife Magazine (online). Check them out in TO DO: REFERENCE: MISCELLANEOUS.

Top 10 Tips & Tricks For Making Your Stuff Last Longer is a blog post from Lifehacker that has something for everyone: (1) Keep cell phone batteries working longer; (2) Extend life of razor blades; (3) Revive dead batteries and hard drives in the freezer; (4) Extend usefulness of your old mp3 player; (5) run Windows 7 longer without activation; (6) stretch life of laptop batteries; (7) keep food better longer; (8) make clothes last longer; (9) help fresh flowers last longer; and (10) get more life from your appliances. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: HOW-TO.

10 Money Saving IPhone Apps: (1) Quicken, (2) BillMinder, (3)Coupon Sherpa, (4)Grocery Gadget Shopping List, (5)AllRecipes Dinner Spinner, (6) Mixology, (7) Maps, (8)Gas Buddy, (9)TextFreeUnlimited, and (10)Skype. Read the article, learn more at TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFED.

New as of  March 21, 2010

Seven Foods Which Prevent Overeating: What are they? 1) Bananas, 2) Eggs, 3) Almonds, 4) Avocados, 5) Peanut Butter, 6) Oatmeal, 7) Apples. How do they work? Go read the article by Divine Caroline and learn why they do the job. Who knew it was this simple? The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: DIET.

New as of  March 14, 2010

Music! Puniz is a new site which indexes publicly available music. There are over 500 million audio tracks you can find. It says it's 100% free and legal. It works. Check it out on the NET SEARCH PAGE on this site!

Health/Fitness Info: ACE Fitness' site includes videos, articles, workouts (for every muscle group) and tips. Incidentally, this site provided your webmaster with info on the Vibram Five Fingers Classic exercise shoe which she has just ordered from Amazon. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING RESOURCES but before you click through, check out the next 2 items, also added to the same section of the site....

Green and Good for You: Need to know what's safe in food (including baby food), personal care, household chemicals and toys? The Good Guide will provide the info. The link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING RESOURCES, but check out one more new item added to the same section before clicking through....

100 Best Blogs for Those Who Want to Change the World: "The world is full of ... people who want to make a difference . . . and many share their knowledge online through blogs." Here's a listing of the 100 best. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING RESOURCES. Now, click through and enjoy!

New as of  March 7, 2010

Want the Big Picture? BigPicture.tv provides video clips from experts to help you understand complex issues in the news and in the world. Just when you're beginning to understand what an expert is saying, for instance, on a political news show, they switch off to another topic. Here's a way to do your own research. The link has been added to the NEWS Section of this site, a favorite reading room with links to many news sources.

New as of  February 28, 2010

3 New Postcards Added for a Total of 1056: New selections include a postcard of the Morris House in Reedville (submitted by Steve Jett), and two photos of recent snowy scenes at Coles Point. Check them out on the POSTCARDS PAGE!

Let's Play a Game: Mike Dooley, author of "Notes from the Universe" book series, challenges you "to pretend, just for today, all day long, throughout our every thought and decision, that life is easy, that everyone means well, and that time is on our side. Ok?" And the challenge continues, "And if we like this game, we'll play again tomorrow as well, and the next day, and the next, and pretty soon, it won't be a game at all, because life for us, will become those things." The YouTube video is embedded in this page, so you can see it by clicking on the Play symbol. It's just here because I thought you needed this this week (and so do I)!

New as of  February 21, 2010

10 Ways to Open .Docx Word Files: More than 3 years ago Microsoft rolled out the .docx format which replaced their long-standing .doc format in Word. The problem which is encountered now is that many who have earlier word processing software can't open .docx documents which they may need to access. Here are 10 Ways to do that, brought to you by Technically Personal. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLFIED. But before you click through, read on.....

10 Free Online PDF Creators: Adobe's PDF is widely recognized as the best. And even if you have the software at home to create them directly from other documents, you may not have that capability on the road. Check out Top 10 Free Online PDF Creators from Technically Personal. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLFIED. But there's one more addition to read about before you click through....

10 Things to Avoid in Social Media: So are you an early aadopter? A late adopter? Don't know the difference? Well, here's a great article to "break you in" on social media. What's social media? Things like Facebook. Check it out in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLFIED - and now you can click through to the Section!

10 Uncluttering Things to Do Every Day from Unclutterer.com: who couldn't use some hints in this category? Simple steps, daily steps to conquering the mountain of unorganized stuff in front of you. The link is now in TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING.

New as of  February 14, 2010

MakeUseOf.com: "12 Sites to Watch Videos That Are Better Than YouTube." See if you think so, too. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

A new weather map from Weather Underground shows Coles Point and the surrounding area with current temps displayed, as well as other weather conditions. The new link has been added to TO DO: WEATHER.

New as of  February 7, 2010

Find a new way to get done those things you just don't like to do, but need to get out of the way. The new link from "How To Get A Grip"has been added to TO DO:REFERENCE: HOW-TO.

Business Advice in Three Words from "Mind of an Entrepreneur" includes advice such as time is money, learn from others, stop thinking big, etc. Some you know, some you might not! Check it out. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: BUSINESS.

On-the-Job Training: Your Guide to Fighting Workplace Bullies - an interesting site which helps you identify problem people in your workplace, and gives tips on how to manage the situation. From Kickbully.com. The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: EMPLOYMENT

New as of  January 31, 2010

Virtual Piano is something for fun - check it out! The new link has been added to TO DO: RADIO/MIDI/MUSIC. Enjoy!

New as of  January 24, 2010

50 Banned Books That Everyone Should Read, from OnlineCollegeDegree.org, provides brief descriptions to entice you to read them. It's an interesting experiment in learning what limits others would place on your universe of knowledge. See if you agree! The link is in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS.

ChoralWiki is home of the Choral Public Domain Library, which bills itself as one of the world's largest free sheet music sites. You'll find scores, texts, translations and more here. The link has been added to the TO DO PAGE.

New as of  January 17, 2010

New Law Resources Online: The following have been added to the site this week. (1) Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia; (2)Amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia; (3) Rules re Unauthorized Practice of Law; (4) UPL Opinions Online, Alpha Topic Index; (5) 2008-2009 Professional Guidelines; (6) Supplement to 2008-2009 Professional Guidelines. You'll find the new links in LAW LIBRARY: CODES/REGS.

Important Info: "How to Survive in the Wilderness Using Your Mobile Phone" from MakeUseOf.com addresses when you're out in the wild, but the wild may be a natural disaster as well. Learn important ways to survive. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE.

PowerPoint Search:"5 PowerPoint Search Engines to Seek Out Publicly Available PowerPoint Presentations" from MakeUseOf.com lets you find resources in unexpected places. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Genealogy Resources:"Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites to Find Ancestors" from MakeUseOf.com lets you explore many ways to learn from whom you're descended. The new link is in LAW LIBRARY: GENEALOGY.

New as of  January 10, 2010

Popurls - what's that? Pop URLs, the most popular locations on the 'net for each day. If you're tired of trying to keep up, Popurls does it for you in one massive page. Check it out in LAW LIBRARY: NEWS SECTION.

Top 10 Winter Survival Tips from Lifehacker include 1) lowering your heating bill; 2) Keep exercising; 3) Have emergency kits for home and car; 4) Really "use" your freezer; 5) Winter-proof your body; 6) Keep your hands warm (and useful); 7)Make your fireplace more efficient; 8) Make homemade cold and chill remedies; 9) Make shoveling a bit easier; and 10) Make your own lip balm. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE.

Its URL is Spock: Intelius People Search will zero in on who you're looking for. The new link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: SEARCH.

New as of  January 3, 2010

Food52.com is a site that provides not only recipes, but visuals on how to prepare them. On a recent visit, your webmaster found recipes such as Lavender Lace Cookies, Black-eyed Peas with Spinach and Dill, Breakfast Pita Pockets, Creamy Italian Wedding Soup with Ricotta and Honey. The new link has been added to TO DO: RECIPES TOO GOOD NOT TO BE SOUTHERN.

5 Online Tools To Help You Keep Your New Year Resolutions, from MakeUseOf.com. 1) 43 Things for the iPhone, tracks percentage completion of your goals, marks completed goals, and more; 2) Habitforge - based on premise that it takes 21 days to form a habit; 3) Joe's Goals- a plain interface with a great online habit tracker; 4) OneNote - dedicate an entire notebook to your resolutions, making separate sections for each; and 5) Google Calendar. The link to this blog post has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED, but read the other new addition to the same section below before clicking through.....

iFixIt: Fix it yourself: Mac, iPod, iPhone. There are sections on the iFixIt site for free manuals, parts store, teardown, and answers section. Not for the squeamish, or for the faint of heart - but for those who think they can do it, this may provide the knowledge to tackle repairs! The link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLFIED. Now, you can click through!

New as of December 27 & 31, 2009

Juilliard Manuscript Collection presents works as old as Purcell, including multiple works by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and others. This link added in honor of my piano teacher of many years ago, Anna Dodson Duling Burke, a Juilliard graduate. The link is in LAW LIBRARY: HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS.

5 Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension, is a great resource from PickTheBrain. The five ways' titles are: 1) Pre-reading predictions; 2) Chunk summaries; 3) 3-step post-reading review; 4) Describe the reading to someone else; and 5) Make a mind-map. This interesting strategy is designed to help you digest even complex readings. The link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: LANGUAGE.

Funny Look at how when you're trying to help out with something simple, you suddenly become the "go to" person for everything. If you've been computing awhile and are usually good at figuring out your own problems, this will look familiar. It's been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of December 20, 23 & 24, 2009

7 New Christmas Cards added! Check them out now on the POSTCARDS PAGE!  They join the 110 other free Christmas cards on this site, for a total of 117! Free to send - no data kept by this site, delivery prompt and reliable. Enjoy!The Annual Christmas Poem is now on the site! You can get there directly from the Home Page or from the top of this page by clicking on the little Christmas tree icon - or just click here!

Special Christmas Wallpaper just added - (NOTE: no loner available as it's been replaced with new wallpaper, however it is available as one of the new Christmas e-cards) -it's a grapevine wreath with cranberries and real snow!! Add this festive look to your desktop from WALLPAPER OF THE WEEK.

10 iPhone Apps that bring holiday cheer: this helpful blog post covers both Christmas and Hanukkah, and lists the following apps -- (1) iCaroler; (2) Festive Holiday Baking; (3) Festive Holiday Cocktails; (4) Christmas Radio; (5) Christmas Sounds Free; (6) Santa Tracker 2009; (7) Hanukkah Envi; (8) Parents Calling Santa; (9) JingleToe; (10) Menorah - Chanukah. The link is here only - enjoy!

Criminal defense attorneys will appreciate the link to this comprehensive resource: "Developments in Federal Search and Seizure Law," by Stephen R. Sady, Chief Deputy Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon (October 2009). Main sections address the topics of search, seizure, standing, probable cause, searches/seizures pursuant to warrant, warrantless searches/seizures, and fruit of the poisonous tree. The  new link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

New as of December 6, 2009

How To: 5StarSupport.com's Free Computer Help Tutorials provides 89 tutorials that will help you with specific problems. Categories include Computer Maintenance, Software, Hardware, Networking, Security and more. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of November 29, 2009

Points for Poinsettias: The Poinsettia Pages from the University of Illinois Extension provide helpful information on selection and care, plus history of the plant. There are instructions on how to get the plant to re-flower. If you're giving poinsettias to others this holiday, you might want to print out some of the material from this site and include it with your gift. The link has been added to TO DO: GARDENING & LANDSCAPING.

When You are the Geek Squad: Lifehacker's "How to Fix Your Relatives' Terrible Computer" may be a lifesaver this holiday. If you're visiting someone who depends on you for tech support (or if you need some assistance yourself) you will find this illuminating. It takes you step by step through the process of untangling the problem. The link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of November 22 & 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Page is up, appropriately, on Thanksgiving Day! Celebrate the day with your family and friends in the midst of laughter and conversation, or quietly in reflection on the year past, or a combination of the two! Be thankful for both your challenges and your achievements, for both have made you who you are. While it's always easy to be thankful for the bright bubbly moments which bring everyone smiles, it is harder (but still important) to be thankful for the difficult times which have tested your strength and made you find new definitions of wisdom and perseverance. These have all made you who you are today. Get to the Thanksgiving Page by clicking on the icon below, or the icons at the top of this page, or on the Home Page --

Holiday Recipes: Thanksgiving Recipes from America's Past is a feature of the Pilgrim Hall Museum. Even though we all know that the first Thanksgiving was really here in Virginia on the James River many years before the little Pilgrim ships made their first landing, we'll still be glad to taste their sampling of recipes from past centuries.  Recipes accompanied by illustrations. The link is here only

New Resource Online: "Art and Architecture" from the Courtauld Institute of Art in the UK. Over 40,000 images you can search or browse. Entry to the site provides sections with links to more information on each. Hint: don't click on "Searches" as it's available only to those in the UK; click on "Advanced Search" which apparently is available to all - you can enter as few terms as you choose and it will work. The link is now in TO DO: ART.

New as of November 15, 2009

12 Years! The Northern Neck of Virginia Law Page celebrated its twelfth birthday on November 14, with over 1,305,000 visitors! Updated every week, the site provides a great variety of links to many different resources. The site also features 52 wallpapers every year, many of them photographs of the Northern Neck waterfront and area. Thank you for being a visitor - your repeat visits are important and appreciated!

Engineering Dictionary from Babylon.com provides definitions for various engineering terms, with links to more information on words in the definitions. The new link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: DATABASES/REFERENCE.

Legistalker bills itself as "the latest online activity of Congress members" and lets you roam through various categories: AllStreams, News, Twitter, YouTube, Updated bills, and it's searchable as well. The new link has been added to the NEWS Section so you can check it daily.

New as of November 8, 2009

Medline Plus: H1N1 (Swine) Flu includes overviews, latest news, diagnosis and symptoms, treatment, prevention, screening,and more. This link to info on this timely topic has been added to TO DO: MED INFO ONLINE.

Documents obtained through FOIA requests include "fascinating historical documents, ... oddities and fun stuff and government bloopers." The link to GovernmentAttic.org has been added to LAW LIBRARY: US GOVT.

Windows 7 Driver Downloads and Updates from RadarSync.com - if you're making the switch, you may need these. The link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of November 1, 2009

Official Version: Read it for yourself - don't take anyone else's word for what's in the "Affordable Health Care for America Act." The link to the official version (H.R. 3962) is here on the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives' website, along with a summary, a detailed summary, and a section by section analysis. The link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: US GOV'T.

Helpful PDF files from MakeUseOf.com: (1) Guidebook for the Internet Audiophile; (2) Complete Guide to Twitter; (3)The Big Book of Bit Torrent; (4) Internet Guide for the Movie Addict. Simple, easy to understand. These links have been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Panoramas: If you can't be there in person, panoramas are perhaps the very best substitute. Go ahead, be impressed - here are: (1) Panorama New York Hotel View; (2) Panorama Grand Canyon; (3) Panorama Redwoods in California; (4) Panorama - Lafayette Square, Savannah; (5) Panorama - Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco; (6) New York, from the Queen Mary 2; (7) Panorama - Las Vegas, Eiffel Tower. They've been added to the TO GO section of the site. No passport required!

New as of October 25, 2009

Research Goodies: (1) CiteSeerX-Beta Scientific Literature Digital Library & Search Engine, sponsored by NSF, Microsoft and NASA, contains over 1,424,701 articles and 27,498,385 citations; (2) DOE (Dept. of Energy) "Information Bridge" accesses over 210,000 full text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature, in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy and more; (3) Cornell University Library's arXiv.org has 566,637 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. These new links have been added to TO DO: REFERENCE.

Windows 7! New on the scene, Windows 7 brings promises and pitfalls. Check out Lifehacker's "Complete Guide to Windows 7," and find out everything you need to know about the new operating system, from first install to final settings change. Learn what you need to do first by visiting Lifehacker's "Prep Your PC for Windows 7," designed to let you boot into a clean, speedy system. Links to both of these helpful resources are now in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of October 18, 2009

Facts, not Fiction: H1N1 flu is a serious illness, with the demonstrated potential of killing otherwise healthy individuals. Should you get the vaccine when it becomes available? Check out the new link that's been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE and get answers to commonly asked questions about the flu vaccine and its safety.

Saving Money is always a good thing to do, but did you know Google can help in that regard? This helpful post from CNN details "5 Ways Google Can Save You Money," and includes things like free directory assistance, a tip jar about various kinds of savings, voice and video chat via Gmail, a calendar, and a power meter. Never hurts to learn additional ways to save! The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. Before you click through, check below for another new addition to the same section of the site...

Apps Directory: iPhone devotees will tell you they love to learn about the apps which are available for their favorite phone. Apple has a new iPhone Apps Directory which is easier to navigate than the Apps section on iTunes. Check out the new line to Apple's iPhone Apps Directory which has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. Now, click through, and have a great week!

New as of October 11, 2009

Why Leaves Change Color: We all know that autumn provides a spectacular show as leaves begin to change color. By the time they fall from the trees, they provide a carpet of golds, reds and browns. But do you really know why they change color? Visit this government site ("Why Leaves Change Color") which provides a lot of interesting info on the subject through the link here only.

New as of October 4, 2009

Free Legal Forms automatically created online at WhichDraft.com where you can create forms, share forms, compare legal documents, or build your own legal form question and answer wizard. Caution: use only if you know what you're doing; for non-lawyers, it's not a substitute for legal advice. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE:BUSINESS.   But before you click through, read about the new addition to the same section below .... 

Guide to Doing Business in Virginia from LexMundi.com, compiled by Nancy Little of McGuire Woods LLP, revised November 2008. This 115-page PDF document gives in-depth information for business owners in the Commonwealth. The new link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE:BUSINESS.  Now, click through and see both new additions to this section of the site!

Virginia State Police Forms and Publications are available online, including some you may know about and some you may not. They are downloadable from the new link added to LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

Flu Activity is widespread in Virginia, and many other states. You need to know not only where it is, but how to prevent catching it, and what to do if you do come down with it. The government's own site on the Flu is Flu.gov, where you'll find helpful (and accurate) information about the seasonal flu and H1N1 Swine flu. The link is here and has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE.

New as of September 27, 2009

Free Books, Online: (1) Readprint offers free online books for students, teachers and the classic enthusiast: over 8000 online books by 3500 authors. (2) Book Glutton currently lists 1473 books from public domain and independent authors. (3) Book-bot has over 14000 copyright-free items. These great resources have been linked to in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS ONLINE, where you'll find lots of other interesting links to a great variety of reading resources.

Assisting Your Parents or Elderly Friends with their computers? If so, you'll want to read MakeUseOf's "7 Steps to Make Computers Accessible for the Elderly," which addresses (1) screen resolution adjustments; (2) contrast; (3) sizes; (4) start menu buttons; (5) magnifier; (6) keystrokes; and (7) mouse adjustments. Anything which makes computing more user friendly to seniors means they are more likely to be enthusiastic about computer use. The link to this handy posting has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of September 19, 2009

A Treasure Trove of Tutorials and Techniques on Traditional Drawing from Smashing Magazine, some intermediate and some advanced.

Tutorials include: (1) Marilyn Portrait Tutorial; (2) How to Draw Lips; (3) How to Draw a Car; (4) How to Draw Optimus Prime from Transformers; (5) Pet Portraits; (6) How to Draw a Ninja; (7) Portrait Tutorial; (8) Hair Drawing Tutorial; (9) Eye Drawing Tutorial; (10) How to Draw a Realistic Eye; (11) How to Draw a Mouth and Teeth; and (12) Traditional Sketch Rendering.

Also there are (13) Drawing Hands and Feet; (14) Drawing a Rose; (15) A Pseudo-Sugar Skull from Start t Finish; (16) Hair: Amanda Tapping; (17) From Sketch to Vector Illustration; (18) Manga Making Tutorial; (19) How to Draw a Fashion Figure; (20) The Dragon Tutorial; (21) Leather Wings; (22) Pencil Sketching by Max Bertuzzi; (23) Drawing Hair in Pencil; (24) Drawing Hands, (25) Clothing Tutorial; (26) Comic Story Step by Step; (27) How to Draw Marlon Brando Step by Step; (28)Face Drawing: The Heroic Male; (29) Evil Skull Drawing; (30) How to Draw a Female Anime Dark Angel; (31) Lone Wolf Pencil Drawing; (32) Making Manga 2; (33) Graphite Portrait; and (34) Dance of Spring Tutorial.

 There's a whole section called Traditional Tips and Techniques, where you'll find (35) 9 Steps to Creating Better Compositions; (36) Drawing Clothes Techniques; (37) Editing Drawings; (38) Sketching Tips & Techniques; (39) Detailed Hair; (40) Hair Perspective and Lighting Tutorial, (41) Portraiture Lesson; (42) Proportions; (43) How to Draw Caricatures: the 5 Shapes; (44) How to Draw Caricatures: Head Shapes, and more.

This amazing resource has been added to TO DO: ART.

Over 150 Heart-Health Topics from the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital's Heart Information Center will answer many questions in this highly-specialized area. Topics include Heart Conditions, Anatomy: Heart & Circulatory System, Glossary of Cardiovascular Terms; FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions; Medicines for Cardiovascular Disease; Diagnostic Tests & Procedures; Heart Surgery Overview, and more. The new link has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE.

Prepared by the House's Experts: You've heard lots about Health Care Reform. You're concerned about what it means to you. Here is the best resource to date on what EXACTLY it will mean to your individual district. The Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives has prepared this website, called "H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009, District by District Impact." Look at the same information your legislator is reviewing.

Certainly, there are other pieces of legislation out there, but this is the one that passed the house. This website examines the district-level impact of the legislation, including the impact on small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured. It also includes an estimate of the impacts of the surtax used to pay for the legislation. So, don't get wrapped up in myth, rumor, and e-mail forwards that never were true. Go to the source, check it out. This link is here, as well as in LAW LIBRARY: US GOV'T.

News and Views on the latest innovations for the iPhone are yours with links to two different websites: (1) iPhone App Index, where iPhone app(lication) developers show off their works. While there, do look at the one called "OuttaMyWay" - there are days when we all could use this one; and (2) iPhones Talk - where you will find news and reviews on iPhones and accessories. These links have been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. But, before you click through, see the other new reference added below....

Almost Everything You Need to Know about Microsoft Access, Excel, FrontPage, Internet Explorer, InfoPath, Power Point, OneNote, Outlook, Project, Publisher, SharePoint, Visio, Windows, Word, all in free Quick Reference Sheets from CustomGuide. And there are sheets for Acrobat for Windows, Dreamweaver for Windows, Dreamweaver for Mac, Fireworks for Windows, Fireworks for Mac, Flash for Windows, Flash for Mac, Photoshop for Windows, Photoshop for Mac, Photoshop Elements for Windows, and more.  Knowledge you need easily available in reference sheet format will save you time and exasperation. Check it out in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. NOW you can click through and see all the new additions!

Where's the flu now? Here's a link (here only) to the Flu View from the Centers for Disease Control, for the week ending September 12. As you can see, the beginning of school has had a dramatic impact on Virginia's H1N1 status - the illness is considered widespread at this point. Use your hand sanitizer, cover your mouth/nose when you cough/sneeze, and hope others do the same. Stay healthy! Get your regular flu shot, and when the H1N1 flu shot is available (around October 15th is the estimate), get that one, too!

Also, just added is the Pandemic Primer from the current print edition of Time Magazine. It offers a quick overview of what to expect, and what to do during the coming flu season. This new addition is here only.

Criminal Search: While it's true that only law enforcement agencies have access to the actual criminal histories, CriminalSearches.com does a fair job at it, and it's free. It is for all states. You can also enter addresses with the advanced search, and find out who with a criminal history might be living near you. It's a handy resource, and the new link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

New as of September 13, 2009

19 Free Web Services: Really! From PC World: "19 Free Web Services That Keep Saving You Money" is an article you literally can't afford not to read!  Money savers include  Free Long Distance Calls, Send and Receive Faxes (Free), Videoconference (Free), Free Conference Calls, Free Directory Assistance, Automatic Transcription of Voice Notes (Free), Scanned Documents into Text (Free), Beat the Text Messaging Swindle, and more. This very helpful new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

A Heap of Help from "Heapr" - a new search engine that simultaneously searches Google, Twitter, Flickr, Wolfram Alpha and other sites in a clean and fast interface all at once. You'll find it helpful to have Twitter results included for current topics in your searches. I think this is one of the more outstanding search engines to come along in some time, so it's been added to the NET SEARCH PAGE on this site where you'll find lots of other helpful search resources.

Get the Facts and Read the Speech: Think it through with the help of interactive resources on the Center for American Progress site. See how the reform legislation will affect your health care coverage and your taves. If you're a small business owner, calculate how it would work for your business. Forget the misinformation and the outright lies - get some straight talk about this all-important current issue!  And if you'd really like to see what President Obama said when he addressed the joint session of Congress, you can click here to read the full text of his speech.  If you're ready to learn more about the reform legislation and how it will affect you, check out the new link in LAW LIBRARY: NEWS -- where,  on second thought, I've decided to add a link to the text of the Speech after all. Better to be informed than misinformed. There are many hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by the insurance industry and others who will profit if things stay the same. If you don't own stock in them, and you're not one of their highly paid CEOs, it would probably be to your financial health and to your physical health to read about what's really being proposed. The insurance folks would like to keep you quaking in your shoes. It's time to say, enough!

New as of September 6, 2009

Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History presents "The Dynamic Earth" in multimedia or printable versions. Visit all 4 sections: Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes, The Solar System, Gems and Minerals, Rocks and Mining. "Nearly 4.6 billion years ago, within a vast cloud of interstellar space, a small pocket of gas and dust collapsed down under its own gravity, and our Solar System was born. In this interactive experience, explore the dynamic forces that formed and are continually reforming the Earth and our Solar System." The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: SCIENCE RESOURCES.

School's just started and it's time to look at good learning resources! (1) EPA Student Center presents information on ecology; (2) NASA Kids' Science News Network Grades K-2 Newsbreaks (Math & Science); (3) NASA Kids' Science News Network Grades 3-5 Newsbreaks (2 main categories include aeronautics, space operations, science, technology, math, more); (4) Uncle Al's Star Wheels for Northern & Southern Hemispheres (make your own star maps). These fun and interesting resources now have links added to TO DO: JUST FOR KIDS. BEFORE you click through, however, read on for more new links to the same section....

Reading begins when we are read to, of course. Then we begin to read for ourselves.

Here are some great resources to add to your home library, and the good news is there are no overdue fines on these, and you never have to wait for someone else to return them to the library before you can check them out:

 (1) World of Tales: Stories for Children from Around the World: Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales (including The Little Match Girl, The Emperor's Clothes, The Red Shoes, and more);

(2) World of Tales: Stories for Children from Around the World: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (including Rapunzel, Little Red Cap (Little Red Riding Hood), Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and more);

(3) World of Tales: Stories for Children from Around the World: Fairy Tales from Charles Perrault (including Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper), the Master Cat (Puss in Boots), The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods).

And when you tire of reading out loud yourself, you can listen to (4) Audio Books for Kids, which has over 300 MP3 downloads of such classics as Babar and Gerald McBoingBoing, folk tales such as Hansel & Gretel and Paul Bunyan, and even Mel Blanc readings of Warner Brothers cartoon stories. You can never read enough, and you can never start your kids early enough. Enjoy these resources! They are in TO DO: JUST FOR KIDS.

And whether you're a brand new student, a returning student, an older student, or a lifelong student, here's to a great year of learning ahead!

New as of August 30, 2009

DailyLit lets you read books by e-mail or RSS - minutes a day of great reading in your inbox. Browse categories, look at featured books, recent titles, or browse all titles. You'll find the new link added to LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS ONLINE.

New as of August 22 & 25, 2009

Update for Lawyers (added 8/25/09): The emergency legislation passed in response to Melendez-Diaz is "HB 5007: Evidence, testimonial; procedure notifying defendant of introduction of certificate of analysis."  The Supreme Court website has posted PDF forms for "Objection to Admission of Affidavit," and "Objection to Admission of Certificate of Analysis" to relieve lawyers of the need to individually draft those motions. The links to HB5007 and to the two forms have been added to LAW LIBRARY: VIRGINIA COURTS and to LAW LIBRARY: VIRGINIA CODE  and to LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

Ship movements anywhere can be searched by ship name or just by zooming in on the map to a particular area. Shows cruise boats, cargo tankers, yachts, etc., some with photos, all with details. This new link has been added to TO DO: MARINE WEATHER where you'll find other sea-worthy links.

Earmarks: Those things that when it's in your district, it's a wise move, and when it's in other people's, it's a waste. Learn more about who's throwing around money, and where. Two new links will help: (1) Earmarks from Washington Watch, and (2) Earmarks: Office of Management & Budget, US Government. These new links have been added to LAW LIBRARY: US GOV'T.

A Rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way, it's been said. Usually, that's through e-mail, but sometimes through hapless people who don't know what they're saying on radio/TV/blogs. "Setting the Record Straight" is the Administration's answer to various rumors making their rounds about health care reform. If you care to know the truth, really, it's here. Go see through the link added to Hot Topics on the News page. Without the lies propagated by special interest groups, it might not be news. But it certainly is now.

Book Seer lets you enter the name and author of a book you liked, and you'll get recommendations for like titles from Amazon and Library Thing. Not foolproof, as it doesn't always find a match, but interesting. Try it out. It's in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS.

Genealogy Forms help you organize all your family history research: (1) Six Genealogy Research Forms in PDF format to download and use, free; and (2) Documentation Essentials Form (how do you know what you think you know). Both from Genealogy Tutorial.com. These have been added to LAW LIBRARY: GENEALOGY.

New as of August 16, 2009

Unmarked Cemeteries of Westmoreland County is a new web page researching and identifying mostly African-American cemeteries. Family historians, historians and genealogists always welcome information on unmarked graveyards, which are often in out of the way places. The link has been added to the GENEALOGY PAGE on this site, where you'll find lots of helpful links to resources in Virginia, Maryland and the District.

What are they saying? If you'd like to know more about the special language of texting, which shows up in teens' and pre-teens' texts and some of which you may be interested in learning for yourself, visit DTxtr.com where you can translate these phrases. There's also a glossary available at DTxtr. You may be surpised at some of the meanings. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Sometimes thought of as a vanishing art, the drawing of beautiful lettering is formally known as calligraphy. If you've ever wanted to learn, you'll likely be able to give it your best try through the helpful procedures outlined on "Learn How to Draw Beautiful Lettering: Calligraphy," a link to which has been added in the TO DO: ART Section of this site. Whether you're interested in addressing special invitations, or filling out a certificate, if you can master this, you will be able to add one more important skill to your resume.

Because it's summer and a great time to be silly, enjoy three ways to get back to the simple fun of just doing things for pure enjoyment.  (1) Jiggling jello has been around awhile, but for those of us who can't have sugar, and for whom the lure of sugar-free jello has failed to materialize, JelloTime.com's "Virtual Jello" fills the bill. Just move your mouse over the jello and see! (2) "Make Music with your Keyboard" lets you have a fun romp through the keys, creating various band/instrument/drum sounds as you go; and (3) "Easy Magic Tricks" likely won't put you on stage but will amaze (or at least surprise) your family and friends. See these 3 summer fun additions in TO DO: GAMES where you'll find dozens of ways to waste the lazy hazy days of summer.

New as of August 9, 2009

Pants on Fire: All this stuff floating around on e-mail about the health care bill - is it true? Check it out, and know for sure BEFORE passing on myths that may harm us all. PolitiFact.com has a page which rates the truthfulness of these circulating e-mails. Read it and know. Knowledge never hurt anyone, but the lies being passed around can be damaging to you now or in the future when you may really need better health care. Check it out in LAW LIBRARY:NEWS.

Big Huge Thesaurus: for when one way to say something just isn't enough. Big Huge Thesaurus' tag line is "Synonyms, Antonyms, and Rhymes (Oh My!). Also there are links to blog post ideas and story plot/logline resources for writers. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: LANGUAGE, and also in LAW LIBRARY: DICTIONARIES.

Fodor's Travel Tip of the Day brings you helpful info from professionals whose business it is to make your travels as painless as possible. The new link has been added to TO DO:TRAVEL INFO.

Your biorhythm chart for the day may tell you a lot about what's going on and why. Enter your birthdate and receive your chart for today or up to 7 days in the past or 7 days in the future. What've you got to lose? The new link is in TO DO: PREDICTIONS: PERSONAL. Before you click through, however, read on......

Palmistry for free: If you're reading your horoscope, checking your biorhythms, why not add in palmistry so you can say you've done it all? The Free Hand Analysis and Psychic Center offers you lots of ways to see what those hands of yours mean in deciphering what you're all about. Also added is the Layman's Guide to Cheirology: How to Read Hands and Palms, which has a lot of detail about the various features of the hands. The new links have been added to TO DO: PREDICTIONS: PERSONAL - go see!

New as of August 2, 2009

Java Junkies will find CoffeeSeeker to be a handy thing. Of course, you've got to remember to do it before you're mobile, in order to use this link. Plug in a zip code and see where the nearest Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and others are located. Handy when you are planning your vacation, for example. Or traveling on business to a new location. The new link is in TO DO: TRAVEL INFO.

Computer Hardware Chart shows you exactly what those whatzamagizmos are called, so you know what to talk to Bryan, the perpetual Pakistani tech support, about when you call. Or, if you're farther up the food chain computer-wise, it will show you what part to order online. A little knowledge goes a long way. This hardware poster has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. (Tip: click on the poster to see a size that's big enough for you to really read)...

Lawyers preparing personal injury/medical malpractice cases, medical personnel and patients themselves can benefit by looking through the PubMed Bookshelf. It bills itself as "a growing collection of biomedical books that can be searched directly by typing a concept into the textbox." Or you can peruse the list of titles, and concentrate on one or more. The new link has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE.

New as of July 26, 2009

"Ten Unusual Ways to Improve Your Appearance of Confidence That Really Work" from The Simple Dollar: Financial Talk for the Rest of Us -- simple, straightforward suggestions which might just be what you've been looking for. Useful in business and/or social situations. Aren't you curious? The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: BUSINESS.

Serve.gov is a US government website which allows you to find volunteer opportunities in your community. You can also create your own volunteer opportunities at this site. I checked it out by using Coles Point's zip, and is normal for these databases, I got lots of results for across the river in Maryland; however, there was also a result from Montross and one from Warsaw. You can check it out by entering a keyword and zip code. There are also toolkits available. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE: MISCELLANEOUS.

New as of July 19, 2009

Writers and Musicians tweet, too, and here are (1) Literary Tweets - 100 of the Best Authors on Twitter (writers of mysteries, thrillers, romance, and general fiction), and (2) Musicians on Twitter: 100+ Artists Who Tweet. Also added to the same section of the site this week:  Videos (under 3 minutes long): (1) Twitter Search in Plain English, and (2) Web Search Strategies in Plain English. Also available is a third video, Twitter in Plain English. These are from Commoncraft.com and are intended for the user who is basically not familiar with these topics. Experienced users can benefit as well. The new links have been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Checklists for Everything: This will at least reduce the excuses you have for not getting things done, not keeping track, etc. Checklists.com has checklists for an amazing variety of activities. You can browse the list from A to Z - most lists are reasonable, some need some work. It's a good resource, and a great place to start. The new link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING.

Light and Dust Anthology of Poetry is a site which includes genre, subject and author home pages as well as individual poems. It includes over 60 complete books, new and reprinted. The new link is in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS, where you'll find lots of good reading for summer (as well as other seasons).

Top American Hospitals according to US News. New rankings - browse the A-Z index, look for excellence in specialties, or browse a list of 19 hospitals that received high scores in at least six specialties. There's also a list of best children's hospitals. Being an informed patient is a good thing. The link has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO.

New as of July 12, 2009

Garden Club of Virginia Horticulture: Horticulture Updates from Members is a helpful, interesting and well-produced blog which has entries by various club members which are well-written and have good photos. If you're into gardening and landscaping, or just would like to see what others are doing in the Commonwealth, you should visit GCV Horticulture through the new link in TO DO: GARDENS and LANDSCAPING.

Genealogy Resource: The 1720 to 1750 Overwharton Parish Register from Stafford, Virginia, is online. Geneaogists know that everything that's online can save a trip in person to a library or a resource site. The Register is searchable and the link to it has been added to the GENEALOGY Section of the Law Library.

Read this, skip that: The Daily Beast carries a subtitle: "read this, skip that" and it seems to be a compilation of news stories in various categories. Sort of like People, Us, USA Today rolled into one. Nothing really in depth here, but if you want to scan in a hurry, it's a good resource. The link has been added to the NEWS Section of the Law Library

New as of July 5, 2009

"The Productivity Guide for a Computer Geek" from MakeUseOf.com -- lots of ways to make the most of your time and resources. This PDF-format guide will undoubtedly show you a thing or two you really didn't know before. The link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

H1N1 Flu: The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic is underway. The CDC's "Update on the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)" page includes a map of weekly flu activity which shows the involvement by state. In Virginia, it is considered to be "widespread" geographically; there are 191 cases and 1 fatality recorded so far. See the list of cases/fatalities by state. General info on the H1N1 page includes H1N1 Flu & You, Antiviral Drugs, Taking Care of a Sick Person, Facemask & Respirator Use, Images of the Virus, and more. There's a section on What You Can Do to Stay Healthy. Some sources predict as many as 40 fatalities a day in London by the end of the summer. It's something to know more about, this particular flu. Check it out in TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE.

Pick a Place in the middle to meet: RendezNew is a new way to meet people who are at a distance from you. Put in the places, and this will show you the middle. Enter as many as four starting points, landmarks, friends' addresses, etc., and a search term for the type of place where you'd like to meet. If the midpoint is not to your liking, you can drag the midpoint symbol to another location on the map. The new link to RendezNew is in TO DO: TRAVEL INFO.

New as of June 28, 2009

Justice O'Connor welcomes students and teachers to the Our Courts: 21st Century Civics site, where they will discover civics games, resource links, civics-in-action projects, as well as lesson plans for teachers. Students will find interesting and engaging ways to learn the concepts of civis. The link has been added to TO DO: JUST FOR KIDS (of all ages).

New as of June 21, 2009

Who knew? Hulu now has a handy Desktop version that allows you to watch your favorite movies and TV shows from Hulu without seeing them in a browser format. You didn't need that anyway, right? The new Hulu Desktop is downloadable for Mac and Windows, so they've got you covered. Check it out the new link after you read the next two items, which are also in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Social Media fans and others will find Doodle handy. It helps you schedule an event, or make a poll. You can send it directly or you can have Doodle send it - and you can be notified when people respond. Doodle also works with Outlook, from your mobile, in Facebook, and more. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED, but read on before you click through.

Smarter Tweeting: MakeUseOf.com's "5 Free Twitter Tools for Smarter Tweeting" make sense for those who are fans of the 140-character microblog. The list includes Ping.fm - for posting tweets to multiple social networks; Scheduling an automated message to Twitter; Tracking Tweets by territory, Twinfluence: how does your tweet rank?, and Twitterfeed, which automatically sends blog updates to Twitter. Unless you're a pretty professional chirper, you won't need all of these, but some may come in handy. They've been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. Now, go!

Gotta Have: TicketPredator.com finds tickets for concerts, theater, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Nascar, NCAA FB, NCAA BB, MLS, tennis, and more. You can see where the row and the seat are - there are handy seating charts to see how far up in the nosebleed section or how few feet from the stage you can be. Because life is too short to stand in line, TicketPredator is something you need to check out. It's in TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING.

New as of June 14, 2009

Corrected Link: A link in the Criminal Law Section of the Law Library which had led to Dr. Tom O'Connor's page of criminal justice materials at North Carolina Wesleyan disappeared from the 'net, according to Michelle at TeachersGuild.org. She was indeed correct. The reason was that Dr. O'Connor had moved to Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, and with him went the criminal justice links. I located the new URL for Dr. O'Connor's page and it's now back in LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW. Thanks, Michelle!

Never Hurts to keep an eye on things: RightWingWatch.org does exactly that. Since progressives really are not ditto heads in any sense of that phrase (is there sense to that phrase??), they don't really have a daily trough to see what the other side's been up to. Until now. RightWingWatch does exactly that - finds current news on the right, and puts it in one place. So here 'tis. It's now been added to LAW LIBRARY: PERIODICALS and you can get there by simply clicking on the NEWS link on the Home Page.

New as of June 6, 2009

GovFresh is a live feed of official news from US Government Twitter, YouTube, RSS, Facebook, Flickr accounts and more, all in one place. From the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches, including departments, agencies, military, labs, museums, websites, contractors, and more. Your government is on the move, and if you expect to keep up with all it is doing, this is a great resource. The new link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: US GOVERNMENT.

Investigative Journalism: ProPublica is an independent non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Just having begun publishing in June 2008, ProPublica focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with "moral force," and produces journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them. At a time when our traditional sources of investigative journalism are on hard times, it's good to have this resource. The new link to ProPublica is in LAW LIBRARY:PERIODICALS and you can click on the NEWS link on the Home Page to get there in a hurry.

A Template Resume! What could be easier? If you don't have a lot of computer expertise or word processing experience, this makes producing a professional-looking resume a breeze. Simply complete the various boxes - the instructions are very easy. It's called "Write Your Resume" and is from the New York Department of Labor's Career Zone. It won't guarantee you'll land that new job - but it takes one of the tasks in between you and the new job, and greatly simplifies it. The new link is in TO DO: EVERYDAY LIVING RESOURCES: EMPLOYMENT.

Girls Need to Know: "Engineer your life: Dream big. Love what you do." "Engineer Your Life" bills itself as "A Guide to Engineering for High School Girls." The site addresses such topics as Why Engineering? Meet Inspiring Women, Find Your Dream Job, Making It Happen. Funded by the National Science Foundation and Northrup Gumman Foundation. Why is this necessary? Because all things aren't equal, yet, and engineering is not as aggressively presented to girls as it is to boys as a career choice. This new link is in two places on the site: JUST FOR KIDS and also TO DO: GENERAL REFERENCE: SCHOOL AND STUDY.

New as of May 31, 2009

YouTube outdoes even itself with some new channels. (1) YouTube Classic TV Shows include "I Dream of Jeannie," "Father Knows Best," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Original Outer Limits," "Star Trek: The Original Series," "MacGyver," "Bewitched" and many more. (2) YouTube: The US Government Channel provides links to videos across government. You'll find offerings from the US EPA, White House, Dept of Education, Dept of State, America.gov, FEMA, Ocean Explorer, Federal Student Aid, Social Security, FDIC, AIDS/HIV, CDC Streaming, Nat. Institutes of Standards & Technology, SEC, US GAO, US Census, FBI/DOT, USDA, Veterans, NASA, FTC, Library of Congress, Health& Human Services, National & Community Services, HouseHub, SenateHub, FHA. Literally something for everyone. These 2 new links have been added to TO DO:RADIO/TV.

Thanks to Allison Hazelton, 9th grade history teacher from upstate New York, who sent in a link to "Best Resources for Secondary Level History/Social Studies Teachers" from QandA: Answers You Can Trust, verified by Encyclopedia.com. You'll find a wealth of links to explore in these subject areas. As I always say, the page is called "Just for Kids" but it's really for kids of all ages - check it out in TO DO: JUST FOR KIDS. But before you click through, read on . .

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine - from the US National Library of Medicine.. "The magic in Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. . .This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter's world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine." Check it out in TO DO: JUST FOR KIDS.

Tweetmeme is an aggregator that compiles links to the hottest stories from Twitter by categories: Everything, Comedy, Entertainment, Gaming, Lifestyle, Science, Sports, Technology, World & Business. Twitter, which encapsulates the world in 140-character dispatches, is an amazing resource if you know how to use it. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of May 24, 2009

What It Costs: "Everything Costs Something" is the way WhatItCosts.com bills its site which provides costs associated with a wide variety of products and services. Categories include Business, Fashion & Style, Go Green, Health, Historical, Hobbies, Home & Garden, Out There, People, Recreation, Sports & Fitness, Top Ten, Travel, Weddings. Whether you're looking for something you can afford, or just browsing through what others can (and do) purchase, you'll find this interesting. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE:MISCELLANEOUS. Before clicking through, however, read on...

55 Ways to Get More Energy: Now, who doesn't need that? At least once a week. You'll find most of these to be something you can try, and you may just try all fifty-five. Information covered includes dietary advice and lifestyle advise, and jump starting your day when you're in a slump. Now you can click through to TO DO: REFERENCE:MISCELLANEOUS.

How to Nail an Interview: "20 Job Interview Tips" from GetRichSlowly. Good practical tips which can be used in almost any job interview, and hopefully, which when applied, will result in the applicant moving to the top of the group being interviewed. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE:BUSINESS.

New as of May 17, 2009

How to do basic first aid: Wikihow's Basics allow you to "quickly determine a person's physical condition and the correct course of treatment." A clear outline, step by step, is illustrated where necessary. Also, you can get Wikihow on your iPhone these days, so you can read it there as well. The new link has been added to the Medical Info Section. Before clicking through, though, read on for another med-related item....

A Stitch in Time: Before surgery, there are things you should know. "Sealing the Deal: What You need to Know Before Going under the Knife" is a Scientific American article and slide show that provides you helpful information on the differences between needles, sutures, adhesives, staples, and the various materials they are made from, and what differences the choices can make. Of course, if you don't want to discuss these things with your doctor, you don't have to. But why not access all the info you can? Click through to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO.

Yes, you can tweet about truly important global issues. But you can tweet about some incredibly local issues as well. "Tweet Street: 7 Extraordinary Twitter Uses in the Home" will remind you that technology can sometimes get so close you can hear it breathe. The link is here only: have fun!

New as of May 10, 2009

Crime and Clues: CrimeAndClues.com's contents include: Crime Scene Investigation, Fingerprint Evidence, Physical Evidence, Demonstrative Evidence, Digital Evidence, Testimonial Evidence, Behavioral Evidence, Death Investigation, and other categories with current and interesting articles on all of these subjects. Archived entries go back to the Year 2000. As the site itself says, the information is "not a substitute for training or personal experience," but it does provide access to interesting material. The new link is in LAW LIBRARY: CRIMINAL LAW.

Med Links added this week include: (1) WebMD Allergies Health Center, which helps explain the many causes of allergy attacks and the methods of mitigating those reactions; (2) Orphanet, a portal for rare diseases and orphan drugs, a highly specialized area of medicine and treatment; and (3) HealthMap's Global Disease Alert Map, which will help you not only track the H1N1 (Swine) flu virus, but also other illnesses worldwide. These links join the many helpful resources already in TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE. Check out the new additions now!

All that glitters isn't gold: Here's a worthwhile website - "Evaluating Information Found on the Internet," from The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins. It reminds us that just because so much information is available, it doesn't make it reliable. This helpful site takes you through various steps to evaluate internet information, much the same methods you would use to evaluate printed information. A helpful guide to casual and to serious researchers, the new link has been added to COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of May 3, 2009

What on earth is Sporcle? Is it catching? And if I want it, where do I find it? It's fun, it's not catching, and it's here:

Sporcle is an innovative site chock full of quizzes of all sorts. Think you know your geography? Not so fast. Think you can handle tricky plurals of English language words? How about naming elements of the periodic table, or the 9 planets, in order, from the sun? How about some multiplication and some constellations thrown in for good measure? We all like to think we know the basics really well, but it never hurts to check it out.

Links to some great Sporcle quizzes have been added to TO DO: GAMES and to JUST FOR KIDS, so they're easy to find:

 (1)  GEOGRAPHY: Name US States, Name European Countries, Name African Countries, Name North American Countries, Name Asian Countries, Name South American Countries, Name World Countries, Name US Capitals; (2) HISTORY: Name 13 Original Colonies, US State Name Origins Quiz, Name Landmark US Supreme Court Cases; (3) LANGUAGE: Pluralized Versions of English Words; (4) MATH: Complete Numbers in Multiplication Tables; (5) SCIENCE: Name Elements of Periodic Table, Name 9 Planets in Order from Sun, Name the Constellations.

 No matter how well you do in subject areas which haven't changed since you've been in school, I'll wager that the European countries and the African countries will give you a run for your money. Check out the links in TO DO: GAMES and JUST FOR KIDS!

 

New as of April 26, 2009

Twazzup? Twitter: Ready or not, Twitter has taken on the world. This new phenom, microblogging, makes users say what they've got on their minds in 140 characters or less. And the tweets are coming from all over the planet, on every topic imaginable. Are you tweeting yet? Even if you're not tweeting, you'd be amazed what you can learn by searching twitters. Earlier, a link to the official Twitter Search was added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. Now, the following Twit-Resources are added, so you can jump right in: (1)Twazzup - described as Twitter search on steroids; (2) Tweetzi - with real-time play and pause feature (yes, tweets come in that fast, really); (3) Tweefind - lets you choose English tweets or all languages; (4) Flaptor Twitter Search - a pretty good one. (5) And, for fun, there's a Twitter visualization site, Twittearth.com, that has to be seen to be believed - where twitts all over the place are popping up on a 3D globe. Finally, (6) there's "Top 13 Twitter Don'ts - Want to Keep Your Twitter Followers Happy? Avoid These Microblogging Faux Pas." Now there's the phrase of the week for sure: microblogging faux pas. Makes all your other challenges seem minor, trivial, doesn't it? The new links are in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

PDF Books and Documents can't hide from this handy search that ferrets them out for you. PDF format documents and presentations are often perhaps not intended for mass distribution, but contain a wealth of information. Try the search at Search-PDF-Books.com through the new link on the 'NET SEARCH PAGE on this site and see if you're not amazed. Their search page says there are over 225,000,000 free e-books.

Is food still good? StillTasty.com is a website that bills itself as Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide, letting you know whether to keep or toss food and beverages, and giving you ideas on how best to store them. Search by name of food or beverage, or browse the categories: Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy & Eggs, Meat & Poultry, Fish & Shellfish, Nuts & Legumes, Grains & Pasta, Condiments & Oils, Herbs & Spices, Snacks & Sweets, Baked Goods, Beverages. There's even a section on "The Secret to Keeping Fruit Luscious" (refrigerate or not). The new link is in TO DO: RECIPES TOO GOOD NOT TO BE SOUTHERN as well as in TO DO: REFERENCE.

Chris Cillizza's "The Fix"is required reading to keep ahead of Inside the Beltway Politics. A seasoned staffer at the Washington Post, Cillizza often appears as an analyst on various news shows. The new link has been added to the NEWS SECTION of this site, where you can check daily on the world around you.

The latest info on the flu: CDC's Swine Flu Investigation and information on what you can do to stay safe, what symptoms, are, etc. - it's all here on the Centers for Disease Control's official website. The link is here only (CDC Swine Flu Investigation & Information Page) - check back any time you need updated information (make sure to refresh the page).

New as of April 17 & 19, 2009

Earth Day Cards: 3 new cards to help you share the global April 22 celebration with family and friends. They've been added to the extensive collection on the POSTCARDS PAGE on this site, which now has 1045 different cards from which you may choose. The cards shown at right are (1) Earth Day - Protect Our Nest, (2) Earth Day April 22 (same as the wallpaper), and (3) Earth Day: Believe in the Future by treating the earth gently now." Earth Day is no longer an event for just a few - it's an observance that should affect all of us. There are a few hold-outs who don't believe in global warming - perhaps we can rescue them with a raft when they get stranded. In the meantime, celebrate the day and send some cards - these require no postage, no trees cut down to produce, and arrive instantly.
The above item was added April 17.

Offshore Tax Shelters: Got One? Probably not. But you should be interested because a lot of corporations do, and because they do, they don't pay their fair share of taxes. Guess who's left to pay them? Washington-based US Public Interest Research Group has released a report, prepared with data from the General Accountability Office (GAO), congressional studies and Internal Revenue Service reports. It's called "Tax Shell Game - the Taxpayer Cost of Offshore Corporate Tax Havens" and it shows how 83 of the 100 biggest corporations in the country avoid taxes by maintaining foreign subsidiaries in off-shore locations. It puts a burden on all individual taxpayers of about $100 billion that's not being paid in. So before you run off to a tea party, perhaps you'd better have a cup of this. The link is here only.
The above item was added April 17.

You May Have Met Conficket Already: A Worm That May Turn your computer into a hijacked machine: Check to see if you are infected, and learn more about how Conficker works. It targets Microsoft operating systems, and does neat things like disable your Windows Automatic Update and Windows Security Center, for example. It first showed up in November 2008, but was supposed to have had a big effect in April. People are noticing strange things about how their Microsoft systems are working these days. Don't become a victim. Check out the Conficker Working Group site and learn more about what you can do to prevent this, and if you have it, how you can get rid of it. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.
The above item was added April 17.

What would you do with an entire century of time? Boggles the mind. However, many do it. Your webmaster's grandmother lived to be 105 years old. Check out the "Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator" and find out how likely you are to make the 100-year mark. The survey asks about health, habits and history, and comes up with a figure. Worth checking, wouldn't you say? The new link is in TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE, where you'll find lots of other helpful health resources as well. You can invite me to your 100th, as I came up with an answer of 107 years and so I may be around then.
The above item was added April 17.

Instructional Videos collected from over 1700 websites and assembled by WonderHowTo in categories as varied as Computers & Programming, Hobbies & Toys, Home & Garden, Magic & Parlor Tricks, Pets & Animals, Travel, et cetera. There's a "Wonder of the Day," and specially chosen "Spotlights," "Fresh Videos" and "Hot Videos."  Instructional videos can't do the work for you, but they can simplify your task by giving you the knowledge you need. And in a tight economy, more and more of us are seeking ways to do things ourselves. The new link is in TO DO: REFERENCE.
The above item was added April 17

Genealogy Researchers will find these links from Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet II to be most helpful. They're in 6 categories: "Interpreting Colonial Records - Some Legal and Other Helpful Hints," "Wills, Probate, Succession and Inheritance," "Parish Records," "Headrights," "Tithables," "Names and Naming Practices." All 18 of the links are added here - sometimes websites come and websites go, and as Craig Kilbey has suggested, these links should be in a safe place. Since this site has been running for over 11 years, it's probably a good repository. See and explore them now in LAW LIBRARY: GENEALOGY.
The above item was added April 19.

New as of April 11, 2009

Do your part  in the fight against global warming: plant a tree, or better yet, lots of them! Have you noticed how all the forests are disappearing in Virginia, especially in the Northern Neck? They took a lifetime to grow (the hardwood stands), and if we don't replace them, at least with some in our yards, it puts a stress on the ecosystem. There's a new link to "How to Plant a Tree" by WikiHow - so that after you pick out your tree and bring it home, you'll know just how to plant it, and when. Early spring is listed as one of the good times to plant a tree, so get busy! The new link is in TO DO: GARDENING. As the article says, "Planting a tree isn't as simple as just digging a hole and throwing the tree it in it."

Drives you crazy when you can't get a site to load, doesn't it? Me, too. Sometimes you want to know "is it down for everyone or just me?" Obviously, the site "downforeveryoneorjustme.com" has had the same frustrations. Type in the URL of the site you can't reach, and get the answer instantly. A handy thing! The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. But before you click through, read on . . .

What's all the buzz about Twitter? Well, you can search Twitter to see if the application that's giving you headaches is giving other people problems. You can learn a lot from these little 140-character posts! The new link from SearchTwitter.com has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. And if you are wondering what people tweet about, it's anything and everything - go to Extraordinary-Twitter-Updates (link here only) to see "10 Most Extraordinary Twitter Updates" to see some that astounded even those who are used to watching!

What's for dinner? Ever draw a blank when that question hits you? No more! There's a new link to Recipe Bridge which will almost think for you. It searches more than 200 recipe websites and blogs. You can get results in categories, including "gourmet." Search by ingredients - try it out! You'll find this in the section of this site that has a surprising amount of culinary links - TO DO: RECIPES TOO  GOOD NOT TO BE SOUTHERN.

More Peeps! Last week I included a link to "Fun with Peeps," a project of The Chicago Tribune. For instance, the one at left is "Where's Waldo?" There's nothing here that will necessarily make your quality of life better, but if it causes you to chuckle, hey, that's worth it. The link to The Chicago Tribune's "Fun with Peeps" is here only.

 But wait - there's more! The Washington Post's "Peep Shows III" includes 40 amazing tableaux of peeps and peepiness extreme. Go ahead, have a look, chuckle a bit, and the reason, in case you've forgotten, is "just because." The link to the peeposterous Post section is here only!

New as of April 5, 2009

Get Outside! It's too pretty to be indoors. Watch the pollen, but enjoy the sunshine. And, if you're starting to think "garden," begin with some interesting gardening reading.
(1) Gardener's Guide to Global Warming (from the National Wildlife Foundation) has an interesting interactive map that will show you if your state's flower and/or tree will continue to grow in your state, if global warming continues. Site sections also include a timeline showing the "creep" of USDA hardiness zones between 1990 and 2006. In our area, note that the zone line has crept above DC. There's also a list of America's most NOT wanted invasive plants with suggested substitutes.
(2) "Monticello: The Vegetable Garden" is a fascinating look at Mr. Jefferson's gardening. Sections include the Site of the Vegetable Garden, Jefferson: Scientist and Gardener, Nineteenth-Century Vegetables and Cultivation Techniques, the Vegetable Garden Today, and facts and figures about the Monticello Vegetable Garden. Links on the site take you to the Center for Historic Plants and more.
Both links have been added to TO DO: GARDENING AND LANDSCAPING. What's a Gardening and Landscaping Section doing on a law site? My, my, you are a new visitor, aren't you. Go ahead, have fun, dive in - there's lots here to explore!

Read Poetry in Your Adirondack Chair: Why not? It will make the neighbors wonder what you've been up to.  All you need is your laptop and a good wireless network, and you're all set. (They'll think you're hard at work on some business or school project, and admire you for doing that on such a nice day). There are already many good selections on this site in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS: POETRY, and today I've added "Poetry: Lesson Plans" from the Edsitement web site of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It presents an array of topics which examine specific types of poetry, and the poetry of specific authors. Whether you're a teacher looking for lesson plans, or a reader who'd just like to make poetry more accessible for yourself, it's a good resource - check it out now in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS: POETRY. The poetry projects you'll find here will keep your lawn chair from becoming a "yawn chair."

New as of March 29, 2009

"Senior Citizens' Handbook: Law & Programs Affecting Senior Citizens in Virginia, 2009 Edition" is a project of the Senior Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar, with funding in part from the Virginia Law Foundation.

 Sections include (1) Social Security, (2) Pensions, (3) Food Stamp Program, (4) Federal Tax Relief, (5) Health Care: Medicaid, Medicare, Alzheimer's Disease; (6)Long Term Care: Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Day Care, Home Care; (7) Continuing Care Retirement Communities, (8)Housing, (9)Reverse Mortgages, (10)Planning for the Future: Divorce and the Elderly, Real Estate Transfers, Probate and Estate Administration; (11)Advance Directives, (12)Power of Attorney and Durable Power of Attorney, (13)Funeral Services, (14) Benefits, (15) Protection of Legal Rights: when you need a lawyer and how to find one, (16)Consumer Guide, (17)Discrimination, (18)Grandparent Rights, (19)Elder Abuse, (20)Alternative Dispute Resolution, and (21)Helpful Contacts.

This 104 page publication is in PDF format and can be accessed from the LAW LIBRARY: VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT Section. If you choose, you can save it to your own computer, print it out and share it with others. If you're not old enough to need this detailed publication, perhaps you have neighbors who are, or your parents might be interested in seeing it.

New as of March 22, 2009

A Quick Read, Literally: The New York Times Article Skimmer is sort of a Cliff's Guide to the NYT. You'll find articles quickly summed up so you can scan in seconds what might take you a very long time. In your never-ending quest to maximize your productivity, you'll appreciate this. The new link has been added to the NEWS Section so you can get your daily fix of news from all over, faster!

Tweet Treat: TweetCongress.org lets you tweet your Congressperson to convey (in a limited number of characters) to a limited number of characters your sentiments on the health of the nation, and what they are doing to help it, stymie it, or flat kick it to death. You can locate your senator or representative and get their Twitter address, and if they don't tweet, you can sign a petition which requests that they do. You're behind the curve any more if you don't tweet. The new link to TweetCongress.org has been added to LAW LIBRARY: US GOVERNMENT. This helpful way to express yourself was suggested by frequent visitor to this site, Bob Boice. Thanks!

Paws Here for Info: Take good care of your pets! They take care of you! They always care when we've had a bad day, or need company. ASPCA has two sites: Cat Care and Dog Care, which provide information in the following categories: Health Library, General library, Pet Care Tips, Nutrition Library, Poison Control, Grooming Library, Visiting Your Vet. There's helpful information on providing care for elderly pets, and fortunately, since we are doing a better job of taking care of them, there are more older pets around. The new links have been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO.

Bias? In newspapers? It used to be that media outlets, particularly newspapers, went to great lengths to present objective views in news articles, and saved their opinions for the editorial page. Now it seems that media has polarized itself to the extent that some of us would rather die than watch Fox News, and others would go apoplectic at MSNBC. It's not just what we see, it's newspapers, too, but it's usually more subtle there. The WikiHow article, "How to Recognize Bias in a Newspaper Article" may help you understand where your publisher is coming from. If you know what the bias is, and that it is present, you have a choice to make - do you continue to support that newspaper, or say no thanks and go elsewhere. But first, you've got to know! Check it out. This new article is linked to here only: "How to Recognize Bias in a Newspaper Article." Oh, and by the way, wouldn't it be truly terrific if there were no bias in journalism today? News is, do remember, the who, what, where, when and sometimes why of what has happened - no more.

New as of March 15, 2009

New for St. Patrick's Day: A new e-card has been added to the St. Patrick's Day Postcards you'll find on the POSTCARDS PAGE on this website in the HOLIDAYS SECTION. There are 5 other choices for you, including several vintage ones. This one allows you to send your greetings specifically as "Your Friend in Virginia." This addition brings the total to 1042, all free, send at any time! While other postcard sites may either charge you a fee, or assault you with that horrible winky-blinky advertising, there's none of that on the POSTCARDS PAGE. Newest selections are on the main page of the POSTCARDS PAGE, and there are 14 specialized sections to choose from. Enjoy looking around, and send some St. Patrick's Day cards!

The Big Book of iTunes is in PDF form, and is free to download. MakeUseOf.com brings you this great collection of more than 50 pages of iTunes tips, which will show you how to automatically organize and tag your music, add lyrics and cover art, share your iTunes library with others, create ring tones from your songs, access your iTunes library from other PCs and mobile devices, use iTunes shortcuts, etc. Check it out now and download the "Big Book of iTunes" from TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED. There are now 15,000 apps - what are you waiting for?? Blackberries are for dessert, silly.

Nicknames: Not Just New - Older Than You! Family history research often takes interesting twists and turns. In fairly late research, say after 1850, census takers recorded the names of everyone in the household, but sometimes their spelling wasn't the best - and sometimes they used nicknames. What's the real name behind the nickname? How do you figure it out? Two sites can help. Rootsweb's "Female Nicknames Commonly Used by English, Scottish & Irish" also has sections on British naming patterns, 18th Century German Naming Customs, Scottish Naming Patterns, and Colonial Naming Customs. The Connecticut State Library's "A Listing of Some 18th and 19th Century American Nicknames" is also of great assistance in unraveling these naming customs and patterns. The two new links have been added to LAW LIBRARY: GENEALOGY, where you'll find a lot of valuable links to speed you on your way in genealogical research.

In the news: Plenty of controversy over stem cells these days. But what do you know about them? How do they work? What can they offer? What types are there? HowStuffWorks is a respected source of online information. I've added a link to their article, "How Stem Cells Work," which provides "brief background about stem cells, pluripotent cells that can develop into every cell, and related matters. Topics include how stem cells operate, acquiring embryonic stem cells for research, replicating stem cells in a lab, research challenges, using stem cells to treat disease, and controversy over research." You'll learn something from this article. And if you are opposed to the use of the expansion of embryonic stem cell research, I'm sorry, I didn't catch the names of which relatives you want to die of otherwise curable disease because of a stand based on a limited number of stem cell lines being open for research? The link has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO.

CTRL your P's & Q's Online, Too: Bob Boice, a frequent visitor to NNVA Law Page, suggested this link. I'm not sure if he thinks I need it, or you need it, but it was a good suggestion nevertheless! NetManners.com's page on "Netiquette: Network Etiquette, Email Etiquette, and Proper Technology Use" covers the basics. You'll be reminded that typing in all caps is yelling, and I would add, typing in all lower case indicates a need for therapy for self-esteem matters. Sending unannounced large attachments that shut down the receiver's e-mail is a problem. Remember to add a friendly note when forwarding things. It's a worthwhile read! It's been added to COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

An Idea to Warm Up To: Get Cookin' - Darfur is a tragedy for those directly involved, and for those of us who sit back and watch and go, tsk-tsk, and don't do anything. The Solar Cooker Project is a practical way to help - it won't solve the whole thing, but it is a way to help get started. Most of the quarter-million Darfur refugees living in camps in Chad are women; most of those women are in very real danger of being attacked (beaten, raped, branded) when they leave camp to find firewood. These solar cookers mean they don't have to leave camp. Read the brochure. If you think you can help, please do. It won't solve the misery of Darfur, but it will keep some of it from getting worse. The link is here only: Darfur Solar Cooker Project. Make a difference!

Remember Me: A powerful reminder of how many ways we are related to the crises all around the world and the people we send to work there. This YouTube video is well worth a few minutes of your time. After you see it, send a thank you to whoever this reminds you of. It's not too late to do that, but one day it may be.  And, for God's sake (and for ours - all of ours), pray for peace around the world - and do something to make it happen. We need these fine people home, and we need our resources right here for what our country is going through at home. I am a pacifist who has never supported war, and sees it as a chess game played by aging old men who use other people's children as their pawns. But I will always support and stand up for the people who are caught in this awful dilemma. May they all come home safely, and soon.

Real Life Saver:  Save your child or grandchild or neighbor's child by reading this and passing it on. This week's "Washington Post Magazine" has an article on the tragedy of children who are left unattended in vehicles who die. Obviously parents don't do this intentionally - they are victims of stress, preoccupation with schedules, lots of things. However, there are some simple tips to keep this from ever happening again. They are worth reading: "Always put something you'll need for work - cell phone, handbag, employee badge, etc., on the floor of the back seat, near the child. Keep a large teddy bear in the child's car seat when it's not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the teddy bear up front in the passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that anytime the teddy bear is in the passenger seat, the child is in the back. Make arrangements with the child's day care provider or babysitter that you will always call them if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled. Ask them to always phone you if your child does not show up as expected." Just a few small ways to prevent something awful from happening. This is worth passing on. Ironically, this became a more serious problem with the advent of placing children's car seats in the back, where they are not always easily visible. It was supposed to be for safety. Unfortunately, we do live and learn, but not all the children survive adults' inadequacies.

New as of March 7, 2009

Secret Square: On the Home Page of this site, there's a secret square that will be really handy for you to be able to access. Just beside the Cople Yearbook icon, move your mouse horizontally and you'll see that there's a hidden link with a message to "Click here to check Snopes!"  Snopes.com is the best urban myth debunker on the internet. When you get those forwarded e-mails and wonder if they are true, before passing them out, check it out at Snopes. There's a search box for your searches, and you'll see categories for browsing. Chances are good, if it's circulating on the 'net, Snopes knows its veracity.

10 New E-cards: Frequent visitors to this site know that there are over 1000 free postcards which can be sent at any time, advertising-free. 10 new ones have been added this week, bringing to actual total to 1041 cards. These are scenes of the snow we had this past week in the Northern Neck - you can send them now while the memory's fresh, or wait until mid-August when the temperature and the humidity is really up there and you need to cool off. Thumbnails below - click and you'll see a full-sized version. Either way, take a look now at the new designs on the POSTCARDS PAGE.
 

Snowy Scene on Lower Machodoc Creek Machodoc Shoreline in Snow Snowy Evergreen Branches, Watercolor Effect Snowy Path to the Sea Snowy Yard at Lower Machodoc Creek
Bright sun on snow covered shoreline Watercolor-effect snow scene with cedar on the creek Lower Machodoc Creek Snow Footsteps in the Snow!

Snowy Shoreline

 

The New Yorker Online version has most of the stories, articles and columns which appear in the print edition, plus the cartoons and humor you've come to expect in the paper mag. The new link has been added to the NEWS Section of this site (LAW LIBRARY: PERIODICALS) where you can not only read the New Yorker, but lots of other current periodicals you've come to enjoy. Whether it's local obits you're looking for, or national news or commentary, you'll find it in this section of this site. While you're roaming around in the NEWS Section, also check out the new link to PoliticalIrony.com, where you can be skewered from all sides. Not for the humble or the sensitive, but then, who is, these days?

Fortunes told by tea readers: are they inspired, or just another clever ruse? You decide, but while you're deciding, go to the new site that's up from TeaUsa.com. Not just from your friendly local neighborhood gypsy, this tea site gives you the inside skinny on how to decipher what the mystical tea leaves are telling you.  Even if you don't use it to predict your next week's market loss, you can bedevil and bedazzle at your next gathering of friends. The new link, "Reading Tea Leaves," has been added, appropriately, to TO DO: PREDICTIONS - PERSONAL, where you can find ways to divine your future via Tarot, astrology, I-Ching, and probably some things you've never heard of before. Are they parlor games? Are you sure?

New as of March 2 and February 29, 2009

Update from March 2, 2009:
Susan Rager's Bio Page
on this site got an update about a year ago when the office moved to its new location. Now, since Susan is on Facebook, there's a need for a new photo, so it's also been added to the SGR Biographical Information page on this site. Coincidentally, it's snowing on March 2, a highly unlikely event in Historic Downtown Coles Point anymore. Could it be that it's the "it'll be a cold day when . . ." theory? Anyway, the picture's up. Photo by Don Rager.

Updates from February 22, 2009:
50 Years Ago
there were twelve grades of students at Cople School in Westmoreland County. No kindergarten. Just grades 1 through 12. All in the same building. All riding the same buses. All eating in the same cafeteria. Your webmaster has all the Cople annuals for the time she was there. In 1959, she was a seventh grader. Since many do not have their yearbooks, I decided to photograph all the yearbook pages from 1959 and put them up on a special page. So here they are, for you to enjoy your trip down memory lane, and for you youngsters, to see how it was done back in the day. There are dozens of photos, and the new page has all of the thumbnails (click on them to be taken to the full-size photos). Enjoy this special COPLE TRAVELER 1959 YEARBOOK SECTION.

New as of February 22, 2009

Washington's Real Birthday is February 22, not some federally mandated shared holiday where everyone gets another long weekend. So celebrate his real birthday by sending some Washington's Birthday e-cards to your friends and family. There are some nifty vintage cards on the POSTCARDS PAGE's HOLIDAYS SECTION, so check them out now - no postage to add, instant delivery, no advertisiing.

Health Info: (1)The pro's and con's of aspirin are debated on the Daily Aspirin Therapy section of the Mayo Clinic's website, which helps patients understand the benefits and the risks of taking an aspirin a day.  (3) HealthFinder.gov is the US Department of Health & Human Services' new website, and includes the following sections: Quick Guide to Healthy LIving, Personal Health Tools, Health A-Z, Health News, Find Services and Information, and Popular Requests. Both of these links have been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE, where you'll find a wealth of other health information resources from reputable sources.

Reading Resources:  (1)The Plays of William Shakespeare: Electronic Literature Foundation's presentation of the plays of the famous Englishman; each play is individually searchable, and has concordance and quotes sections. It's been added to LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS ONLINE: INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS.
 (2) Famous Quotes & Authors lets you browse by topics, and has lists of quotes by author, most popular (quotes and authors), and there's a random quotes section as well. One which is particularly memorable is by Mother Teresa: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." It's been added to LAW LIBRARY: QUOTATIONS. 

New as of February 15, 2009

Almost a Dozen: "11 Great Hidden Things that Google Can Do That You Should Know" is a handy page from SmashingApps that shows you (1) how to browse any site via Google cached pages; (2) how to see the weather for US and other cities; (3) how to use the Google calculator for complex calculations; (4) how to get related information about any site; (5) how to convert different currency with Google; (6) how to get updated with airline flight status; (7) how to track UPS, FEDEX or USPS package shipping directly from Google; (8) how to use Google for dictionary definitions; (9) how to know the time in any other city or country with Google; (10) how to see the map for any city or country with Google; and (11) how to use Google for unit conversion. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED, and of course, there's a Google search box on the home page of this site and at the top of the What's New page, as well as on the NET SEARCH Page. Good Googling!

Helpful Resources: (1) Sometimes we all just need a printable checklist - so here's one so simple you won't believe it. To add items, just click on the plus sign. Print it out when you're done! The new link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: EVERYDAY LIVING.  Also added to the REFERENCE SECTION is (2) OwnerIQ, a site where you can find manuals for products you own, including hard-to-find manuals and how-to guides. If you know where all your manuals are, that's great. If you're like the rest of us, this link will prove helpful - it's in TO DO: REFERENCE: HOW-TO.  (3)  Sometimes it's a matter of doing your homework, and sometimes it's a matter of clarifying details about something you've already read - either way, GradeSaver Study Guides offer chapter analyses and summaries, character and theme lists, author biographies and more, for free; it's searchable by title or author. The new link has been added to LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS ONLINE. 

New as of February 8 & 10, 2009

Added Feb.10: Reminder: Send free cards from the special section of Valentine's cards on the POSTCARDS PAGE. 

Added Feb.8:

Job Skills: Time to clean up your pronunciation - you never know whether it will be the skill that keeps you hired, or gets you hired. YourDictionary.com's "100 Most Often Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English" serves as a handy short course in correct pronunciations of words and phrases you hear mangled all the time, by people in elevated positions who should know better.  Our last President mispronounced "nuclear" consistently - either he was asleep at the wheel or didn't care what the correct pronunciation was. Don't you make the same mistake - people notice. I noticed! The link has been added to TO DO: REFERENCE: LANGUAGE.

Student Resources: World Wide School Library contains over 2300 titles of online books and resources. Students and teachers may find this resource helpful. 1500 links to literature as well as links to online books in many different subject areas. The link has been added to TO DO: JUST FOR KIDS, which is a page of learning resources for students of all ages from pre-school on up.

Employment: The topic du jour - Layoff Daily shows not only who's laying off employees and where this is occurring, but also (a bright spot) where hiring is happening. The trouble is, the laying off may be taking place where you are, and the hiring may be someplace else. However, it's a good compilation from the day's news. And there's even a new iPhone app in the works for this. Check it out through TO DO: REFERENCE: EMPLOYMENT. and also through LAW LIBRARY: PERIODICALS.

New as of January 31, 2009

Analyze it: If you'd like to know the straight scoop on proposed legislation from the Congressional Budget Office, check out the new Congressional Budget Office Director's Blog, where you'll find a summary and the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, not just what various news commentators think of it. No legislation ever meets everyone's requirements, but it's important to know accurate details, so you can agree or disagree from an informed point of view. The link is here only.

Peanuts in the News! There's an expansive recall of peanut products linked to a particular plant in Georgia. It's important because the contaminated product causes salmonella typhimurium, which has led to deaths and hospitalizations. While you may not have contaminated peanut butter, it's amazing how far the contaminated peanut paste may have traveled. You can search or browse a products list, and learn more about the recall by clicking here to visit the FDA's Recall of Peanut-Containing Products: Salmonella Typhimurium page.

New as of January 25 & 28, 2009

Ever wish that you had a handy way to download a video you've seen on YouTube, or find on other online places? Orbit Downloader may be your best answer. It occupies a small footprint, and allows you to download videos, music and streaming media from MySpace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare and more. The new link is in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Text to Voice: This e-mail application allows you to convert text to voice, and then will let you forward it to any e-mail address. Called BlindSpeak, it is also appropriate for those, say, who are recovering from cataract surgery. The new link has been added to TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

New as of January 18, 2009

56th Presidential Inaugural Events are close enough, geographically, for us to participate. However, getting there and getting around might be truly interesting with the predictions of anywhere between 1-1/2 million and 5 million attendance. But you can check the schedule of events from your desktop through the link here. And keep up with the historic events of the week ahead!

Sharing Large Files can be a real pain. Check out 3 new links in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED which will help: (1) Drop.io - add one file or many to "drops" with permanent URLs you can share; (2) File Dropper - upload files up to 5GB and get a permanent link to share; (3) YouSendIt - upload file, select e-mail addresses, and YouSendIt does the rest; recipients receive link to download the file. Before clicking through, read on . . .

Photo Fun: Big Huge Labs' Flickr Toys allow you to make magazine covers, jigsaw puzzles, calendars, billboards and other novelty applications using photos you upload from your own files, for free. Check it out in TO DO: COMPUTER HELP SIMPLIFIED.

Evermore Edgar Allan Poe - his birthday was 200 years ago on January 19. Three websites celebrate his literary contributions: "Nevermore 2009" (Baltimore); "Poe Revealed, 1809-2009" (Richmond), and "Times Topics: Edgar Allan Poe." Baltimore and Richmond both boast unique ties with the moody author, and the Times site provides additional info. The links are in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS.

New as of January 11, 2009

We're off to see the wizard - the wonderful Wizard of Oz! Frank Baum's children's classic is really magic for all ages. Read the 1900 edition in PDF format through the new link in LAW LIBRARY: ELECTRONIC TEXTS ONLINE. And whether you need courage, or a brain, or a heart, you'll find something in this great tale that teaches that we already have all we need for the journey! 

Grave Subjects updated - Really - there's a section on the GENEALOGY PAGE called Grave Subjects, which deals with death-related issues. Dora has written in to say that the link to "Old Disease Names and their Modern Definitions"  has changed. Why would you need to know about this? Genealogists will tell you that some of the causes of death are not very recognizable in today's terminology. This helps explain those ancient entries. Thanks for the info, Dora!

Free Books 4 Doctors: Why should you care- can't they afford their own? Well, it should be important to you because you get to see the same information they do, but for free. The new link takes you to FreeBooks4Doctors, where you will find 630 titles, sorted by specialty. Not that you need to know as much as your doctor, but it never hurts to be an informed patient. The new link has been added to TO DO: MEDICAL INFO ONLINE.

Cheat Sheets: Why do you need them? See for yourself. Here are 4 valuable cheat sheets that give you the inside skinny on Google, Gmail, Windows, and Internet Explorer 7. Chances are you  use one or more of these, and chances are you could save some time by clicking on the following links which are here only: Google Cheat Sheet, Gmail Cheat Sheet, Windows Cheat Sheet, IE7 Cheat Sheet.

New as of January 4, 2009

3 New Cards  are added to the site this week, giving a grand total of 1031 free postcards available to send for almost any occasion, or just to say hello to friends and family. The card server, in Alberta, Canada, runs on Linux, so there's no chance you will be sending virus-laden cards. The new additions are (1) the photograph from the wallpaper of the week this week (minus the caption, so you can send it at any time), (2) a second sunset from the past week with the slogan "Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbon," and (3) a curl of surf at the shore with the Henry VanDyke quote - most recently heard at Herb Barnes' memorial service, about the ship that sails from sight on one shore just as its arrival is anticipated on the other shore, a card for sad times and for transitions. You can find all of these cards (plus 1028 more) in the 14 Sections  of the POSTCARDS PAGE.

2 New Resources giving you the "inside skinny" on rhetorical terms from A to Z. If you know them all already, you've just gotten a new checklist to test your knowledge. If you don't, it's time you learned. Especially with all the talk about rhetoric in the recent presidential campaign, you'll want to know what you're defending, or what you're railing against. The new links go to (1) A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices by Robert A. Harris on the VirtualSalt website, and (2) A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with  Examples from the University of Kentucky's Division of Classics, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The links are in TO DO: REFERENCE: LANGUAGE, where you'll find other helpful links as well.

GetHuman is a database of contact information for various companies, and how to get through those horrible voice menus to a real human being! What a delightful resource. What a way to start your new year! One for the humans, zero for the programmers. Enjoy! The new link is in TO DO: EVERYDAY LIVING:HOW-TO.

New Resource: HomeworkNYC - powered by New York City's public libraries. provides helpful information in languages, language arts, math, music & art, people, religion & mythology, science, US history & government, world history & geography, etc. Something for everyone in TO DO: REFERENCE: STUDY and on the JUST FOR KIDS page as well. And, no, you're never too old to be a kid or to be  a student. Enjoy!

 

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