Recommended or Remarkable Sites

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When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.—Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Publishing Technology


Internet Research

Language and Languages

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  • Fun with Words. Dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language.

  • The Word Detective will even answer your language questions by e-mail. By Evan Morris, the man who wrote The Booklover's Guide to the Internet.

  • The Word Wizard. Mailing lists, quotations, slang, and more...

  • Wordsmyth English Dictionary and Thesaurus. The Educational Dictionary, by Robert Parks and the ARTFL Project at the University of Chicago.

  • Word Games from Merriam-Webster, dictionary publishers


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Keeping Up with Software

  • Techbyter Worldwide: Bill Blinn's Technology Corner. A weekly report of current news in the computer world, from a thoughtful expert who has wide experience with many programs and operating systems. Highly recommended!

  • If you want to get the most out of Microsoft Word, subscribe to this free weekly e-mail newsletter: WordTips by Allen L. Wyatt of Discovery Computing, Inc. His website with searchable database of tips is a great place to search when you're having a Word problem.

  • If you get stuck on a problem in Microsoft Office, or in Windows generally, you can ask the experts in
    Windows Secrets Lounge (formerly Woody's Lounge).

Interesting Blogs

  • words / myth / ampers & virgule from Dick Margulis: "occasional essays on working with words and pictures ówriting, editing, typographic design, web design, and publishingó from the perspective of a guy who has been putting squiggly marks on paper for over four decades and on the computer monitor for over two decades"

  • Editorial Inspirations from April Michelle Davis: "a place to explore grammar quirks as well as discuss the world of publishing"

And Some Favorite Things...

Some of My Favorite Nonprofit Organizations

Why should we give to others? Here are a few facts to give you perspective on this question.

Did you know that the world population is over 6.8 billion and almost a billion people in the world do not have enough to eat? Learn more at The Hunger Project.

If you are reading this on a computer that you personally own, you are probably not living in the areas on this map that indicate a high percentage of people living on less than a dollar a day (chart from Wikimedia Commons):

chart of world poverty

But there are many, many ways to give; here are a few, including two that are free:

Free Rice: At the Free Rice website, you can give free rice to hungry people by playing a vocabulary game and increasing your wordpower. For each answer you get right, Free Rice donates 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Plan to end hunger. According to the United Nations, about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. (Did you know that rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans?)

hunger site logo The Hunger Site: You can give food to a hungry person somewhere in the world just by clicking once, and you can do it every day! At The Hunger Site, you click, corporate sponsors pay, and hungry people receive donated food. On average, over 220,000 individuals from around the world visit the site every day. The donations go to the aid of hungry people in over 74 countries.

Heifer Project logo Heifer Project: Another way to give food is by contributing to the Heifer Project. Millions of people are nourished by milk, eggs, and fresh vegetables through donations that provide them with live animals that can improve their situation: a flock of ducks, a heifer, a sheep, a goat, a flock of geese or ducks or chicks! And recipients agree to share the offspring of gift animals with others in need, making them equal partners with Heifer. Great for gifts, and a wonderful teaching gift for children!

Bread and Roses: Hope and Healing Through Live Music. Food isn't the only thing people need, though... here's an organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded by Mimi Farina, that is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality shows to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. Bread & Roses produces over 600 shows each year at more than 110 facilities in eight San Francisco Bay Area Counties with the help of a community of 1,400 volunteers. You can read their mission statement here.

Some of My Favorite Shareware and Utility Programs


Copyrights and Trademarks: Logos from The Hunger Site, The Heifer Project, Free Rice, and Bread and Roses are the property of their respective owners. "Hope and Healing Through Live Music" is a trademark of Bread and Roses. This site has no connection to those sites/organizations other than admiration on Margaret's part. The map of world poverty is from Wikimedia Commons. All other images are from clip art collections purchased from Dover Publications.

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