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.

Animate Yourself with Voki Talking Avatars

female avatar imageLiven up your website or blog, send messages to friends and family, or just plain have fun with talking avatars from Voki.  Customize your avatar's look and sound to preference, and with a few click of the mouse your avatar is ready for his/her debut. 

Click here for a message from Dorrie. (click the play button below the image)

Etsy - Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade

hubcap clock imageOne of my favorite websites, I was introduced to Etsy by a fellow librarian. Etsy offers handmade goods with buyers and sellers spanning more than a 150 countries. Etsy offers everything from jewelry and clothes to furniture and toys. Come on, where else can you get a Ford Galaxie dog dish hubcap clock?  When it comes to getting unique gifts, Etsy is a perfect place to shop.  

Part 2 - Your Online Yard Sale:

Craigslist logoLast week, I introduced you to the wonders of buying items off of Craigslist. This week, I'll go over some tips for selling items on Craigslist is a great online resource to unload items you no longer use and score some cold hard cash in return.

Free Tutorials from GCFLearnFree

books offers free tutorials covering everying from life skills to resume writing.  One of the best feature, the Computer Training section, provides self-paced tutuorials covering the latest Microsoft Office products and web/internet features.  The Online Classes offer the opportunity to earn Continuing Education certificates.  The website if free, but does require a very brief account registration.

Your online yard sale:

In tough economic times, people tend to buy second-hand in order to save money. While you could spend your Saturday morning rushing from yard sale to yard sale, trying to pick up the best items before they’re sold to someone else, a better option might be Craigslist. With Craigslist, you can search local listings of items for sale, contact the sellers via email or phone to haggle over price and pickup time and location, and buy your item without foraging through bins of items at yard sales. 


ice cream image offers a visual feast for the eyes which hopefully later translates to deliciousness in your tummy.  TasteSpotting offers a self-proclaimed "highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste."  All the recipes found on the website are from users (like you or me) who have websites or blogs stuffed with tasty recipes and images.

Health Care Resources

health care smiley faceIf you're currently without health insurance check out federally-funded health centers near you.  Payments are based on your income, and the the Health centers provide:

1. checkups when you're well
2. treatment when you're sick
3. complete care when you're pregnant
4. immunizations and checkups for your children
5. dental care and prescription drugs for your family
6. mental health and substance abuse care if you need it

Also, check out to see if you qualify for free or low-cost medications through patient assistance programs run by pharmaceutical companies. - A Facebook Style Website for Families

Face it, not everyone wants to join Facebook to keep up with family and friends. Now you have an alternative with, a completely free website that allows you to add members by invitation only. allows you to share photos, videos, and documents in one secure location. You can also create an online family tree (powered by, schedule family reunions and other events, and never again forgot Uncle Joe's birthday.

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