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The Book Club Cookbook

Is your book club running out of ideas about what to read next?  Then check out the The Book Club Cookbook and The Kids' Book Club Book websites. The sites "are resources for book clubs, featuring book recommendations from book groups around the country, author recipes, book giveaways, author blogs, and newsletters. The Choose a Book - Invite an Author program allows readers to browse titles of interest to book clubs and invite authors to chat with their groups by phone."

And don't worry, they feature more than just books with a culinary tie-in.  You can also sign up for their free newsletter and enter to win free books.

Squirrel Silliness Discovered on Internet!

Also featuring: Ultimate Tag Team Match Up,
and Are Squirrels Planning a Hostile Take Over of the Planet? The Facts You Need to Know!

Squirrel in fez 

 In his National Wildlife Magazine article “Crazy over Squirrels,” Michael Lipske observed that “Americans are schizoid about gray squirrels.” They are “a scourge to some, a delight to others.” He then goes on to profile representatives of each camp. It’s a good introduction to this heated national debate.

Create your own Monster Mashup!

Just in time for Halloween, Oriental Trading (the website with tons of cheap party stuff) has a cool "Monster Mashup" tool that lets you create your own video of dancing ghouls using your own pictures. After you've created your video, there are links to let you easily share it via email, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and more. Have fun creating your own mashup!

Dinner and a Show!

I love to have dinner parties, and have always wanted to do a murder mystery dinner party.

Microsoft Office 2007: Making the Switch from Office 2003

If you're making the switch from Microsoft Office 2003 to 2007 or considering doing so, check out these interactive tutorials from Microsoft Office Online. The tutorials allow you to click on a command button in the 2003 program of your choice and it then shows you where that command button is now located in the new 2007 Office ribbon. The tutorials can also be downloaded to your computer for later use when you're not connected to the internet. Tutorials are available for Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Excel 2007, Access 2007, and Outlook 2007.

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Diigo - Highlight the Web

highlighter imageDiigo is simply one the coolest websites I've come across lately.

The Gift of Life

green ribbon image"Every 13 minutes, a new name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. Every day, 17 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant." With over 100,000 patients in the United States needing an organ transplant, learn more about a life gift. (data from https://www.donatelifetexas.org/TXDear_Secure/Facts.aspx)

Hulu.com: A New Way to Watch TV

When I was a kid, I remember rushing home after school to watch my favorite cartoons like He-Man and Thundercats (I had a big brother so I rarely watched girly stuff). If I didn't make it home in time, I wouldn't catch the beginning of the show - or I might miss it altogether! Those were the days before we had cable TV and we only had 6 or so channels to choose from and we had to actually get up and walk to the TV to change the channel because we didn't have a fancy-schmancy "clicker." Eventually, we got cable TV and later a VCR. Finally, we could record things and watch them whenever we wanted - as long as we remembered to put in a blank tape and set the VCR to record. Fast-forward to adulthood and TiVo. Oh, how I have loved my TiVo!

Recipes for the ingredients you already have

A few weeks ago, I peeled and sliced a couple of peaches for the kids for lunch and after all the work preparing peaches the kids barely ate any. So I was left with a bowl of yummy fresh peaches and nothing to do with them. On a whim, I decided I wanted to make a peach crisp, but needed to find a recipe that would work with the ingredients I had in my kitchen. After searching for a while and looking through several recipes, I finally found one that would work. But if I'd known about SuperCook, I could have typed in "peaches" and all the other ingredients I had on hand and found a list of recipes I could make without a trip to the grocery store. Try out SuperCook sometime! You might find it's fun and easy to whip up something tasty on a whim!

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Short Stories at East of the Web

Looking for some quick reads? You can find a big collection of short stories at East of the Web. There are stories from a variety of genres for you to enjoy. Featured stories for the month grace the front page, and there are many more in a variety of genres including children's, horror, and even non-fiction shorts. You can browse by genre or search by title and/or author. Stories can even be downloaded to some handheld devices.

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