April 30, 2006
10 Natural Ways to Reduce Stress and Strengthen Your Immune System! (Includes a recipe for Banana Strawberry Power Smoothie)
"Top Ten Ways to Avoid Stressing Your Joints" An article written for knitters but gives good general advice for proper use and health of wrists.
"Adultery: 5 Reasons Not to Cheat on Your Spouse" article written by minister Paul Davis. Excerpt:
This morning on the radio program "Handle on the Law" Mr. Handle mentioned the following saying:
Check out some great articles written by Bill Handle on numerous legal issues. http://handleonthelaw.com/articles.aspx Sample titles in this free archive are WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COPYRIGHTS AND TRADEMARKS? and DOG BITES.
How about some good lawyer jokes and wacky lawsuit stories? http://handleonthelaw.com/jokes.aspx
Inspiring poem of the day:
Recent eBook Release from Project Gutenberg:
What about this verse from the New International Reader's Version?
This is a "shocking" way to put this into English. What an imagination stretcher, God walked here in a flesh and bone body. Wow, that is VERY DEEP.
April 29, 2006
Yesterday, Brendon J., one of my private music students asked me, "Does cracking your knuckles give you arthritis?" Here is the answer I came up with on WebMD.com. It is item #3 from this article: Medical Myths Debunked http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/84/98155.htm?printing=true
Today is the birthday of Duke Ellington born in 1899. This first piece of music he wrote was called "Soda Fountain Rag" in 1915 at the age of 16. Click Ellington, Duke - Soda Fountain Rag (Sequenced By ChartChai .mid (6749 bytes) to listen. Duke Ellington said,
Click here for more Duke quotations: http://www.dukeellington.com/about/quotes.htm
Article by William Lee Miller, PhD , University of Virginia: Thinkin' Like Lincoln: Life Lessons from Honest Abe: http://www.bottomlinesecrets.com/blpnet/article.html?article_id=33472
Thinkable for today: "Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Excerpt from A Brief Biography of the Life of Coleridge:
Complete texts of Christian Fiction books. Good summer reading for your teenager? http://www.thefamily.org/word/books/index.php3
Voice of America News in Special English. Easy to understand news spoken at two-thirds the speed of standard English. Uses a core vocabulary of 1500 words with no idioms. Perfect for non-native English speakers, also perfect for children and as a school resource. Go here for daily download: ftp://8475.ftp.storage.akadns.net/mp3/voa/english/spec/special_english.mp3 Go here for daily text and audio homepage: http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/index.cfm . Tip: native English speakers can listen at higher speeds with Windows Media Player 10's "Play Speed Settings". Click here to download a free Windows Media Player version 10: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/en/images/wmt-dloadnow-button.jpg
Want to shop online? Trade Me is New Zealands's No.1 place to buy and sell online. Currently 6,510 people online and 652,072 items for sale. Very clean and crisp webpage design. http://www.trademe.co.nz/
Recent book release from Project Gutenberg: The Training of a Public Speaker (1920) http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18277/18277.txt Excerpt:
Recent book release from Project Gutenberg:
A Book of Natural History, Young Folks' Library Volume XIV
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18274/18274-h/18274-h.htm. Picture is from the chapter on Llamas.
April 28, 2006
Today is the birthday of James Monroe, the 5th president of the United States. The capital city of Liberia was named after him (Monrovia). He was the third U.S. president to die on July 4th. Read his state of the Union speeches here: http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/sumon11.txt
Today is the birthday of Harper Lee born in 1926. She wrote a book that sells more than 1 million copies every year entitled "To Kill a Mockingbird". This website, A Student Survival Guide, has been set up to be an annotation to the text of the novel (annotations are notes that explain things). As you travel through the site, you'll find more than 400 annotations to help you get more out of your reading. http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Belmont_HS/tkm/
A Study Guide for To Kill a Mockingbird can be found here: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/mocking/
A helpful Glossary of Literary Terms can be found at http://www.virtualsalt.com/litterms.htm.
Full text to A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices by Robert A. Harris. This book contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices, all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing. http://www.virtualsalt.com/rhetoric.htm
1062 Vocabulary Words. Here is a list of practical vocabulary words that will enable you to read with better understanding and write with greater accuracy. Unlike lists that emphasize strange and impressive words that few people actually use, this list emphasizes words that are useful for your functional vocabulary. http://www.virtualsalt.com/vocablst.htm For your convenience, each word has been linked to definitions at Dictionary.com
Thinkable for today: "By a long journey we know a horse's strength; so length of days shows a man's heart." -Chinese Proverb. A small collection of 126 Chinese Proverbs can be found here: http://www.virtualsalt.com/etexts/chinese.pdf
James Henry Neel Reed, known as Henry Reed, was born on April 28, 1884, in the Appalachian Mountains of Monroe County, West Virginia. From the Library of Congress:
The Historic American Sheet Music collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative, and comprehensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century American sheet music. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/ncdhtml/hasmhome.html
Anyone need a Movie Terminology Glossary? Find one here at: http://us.imdb.com/Glossary/A
Top 10 Visual Effects Movies of All Time (Measured by highest grossing): http://www.digitalmediafx.com/specialreports/topfxmovies.html
How about a totally random article from Wikipedia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
Newly available book, etext from Project Gutenberg: The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5), Commander in Chief of the American Forces During the War which Established the Independence of his Country and First President of the United States: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18264/18264.txt
Do some serious online speed-reading and knowledge crunching with a free text-to-speech program like ReadPlease http://www.readplease.com/downloads/setupreadplease2003.exe or my first choice, TextAloud, free for 30 days at http://nextup.com/files/textalouda.exe
April 27, 2006
Today is the birthday of Ulysses S. Grant. The "Personal Memoirs of General U. S. Grant" can be found here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/4367/4367.txt . Also find an easy to understand, concise explanation of the "Causes of the Mexican War" from Grant's memoirs here.
Today is also the birthday of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext02/vorow10.txt. Following is an excerpt from the brief biography of her life found at the beginning of this edition:
She later in life married William Godwin the author of "Political Justice" among other works.. She gave birth to a daughter who became the wife of author Percy Bysche Shelly.
Following is a sample from a philosophical essay by William Godwin entitled "On Intellectual Abortion " from "Thoughts on Man, His Nature, Productions and Discoveries" http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext96/tmnwg10.txt :
Check out a huge collection (19,000+ entries) of Latin Quotes and Phrases http://www.yuni.com/library/latin.html with helpful English translations.
Check out the Video Vault at Guinness World Records online. This is wild stuff! http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/video_vault.asp
April 25, 2006
150 Sonnets of William Shakespeare- Complete text with analysis and translation into contemporary English: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/
The Story of a Holocaust Survivor, Lou Dunst. http://holocaust.tjsl.edu/bio/Dunst.htm
Report of Clara Barton, "America's Relief Expedition to Asia Minor Under the Red Cross."
Ripley's Believe it or Not Daily Comic Strip with Curious and Interesting Facts and People.
Quotation from discussion on marketing: "Publish, publish, publish or perish, perish perish." Source: http://doughall.com/, Brain Brew Radio Show, April 13, 2006
Descriptive Poem written April 25, 2006:
April 18, 2006
Today is the 100th anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters in American history--the earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco. This city was the busiest port on the Pacific and was enjoying a booming economy with many new factories, office building, hotels and lovely mansions. Here is a detailed description of the devastation: