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This is a blockbuster seasonal issue with everything from Dungeness crab to holiday crafts. Find wonderful resources for regional delectables, seminarians, pomegranates, football, France, intelligent design, cooking with children, and the safety hazards of turkey fryers (don't miss the video on that site). Bon appetit from Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Tom, and Charlotte.
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We have updated and expanded our popular Holidays collection. We've added a new section on Holiday Safety and flossed out some websites that were showing their age. Enjoy!
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Holiday Craft Countdown: 30 Days of Crafts
Presented in the form of an advent calendar, this site offers daily holiday craft projects for mid-November through mid-December. Includes an archive of additional holiday craft projects, such as ornaments, cards, home decor, entertaining ideas, and gift wrapping and boxes. From the website for HGTV (Home & Garden Television).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19719
In Search of Myths & Heroes
Companion website to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program that "goes in search of four of the world's most famous myths": the Queen of Sheba, Shangri-La, King Arthur, and Jason and the Argonauts. Features general information about myths, essays on the specific myths discussed in the program, information about the archetypes ("universal symbolic patterns") found in the stories, video clips, and lesson plans.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19733
Taking Better Holiday Pictures
This article contains some ideas for taking photos during the holiday season, with an emphasis on portraits and photography of people. Discusses background, lighting, and other tips for composing and taking better photos. From a maker of photo editing software.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19737
Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art
Companion to an exhibit of "oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints by distinguished American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910)." The exhibit spans his careers from early oil paintings from the Civil War and classic images of 19th century American life through his late watercolors of sea scenes. Also includes biographic information with video clips. From the National Gallery of Art.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19617
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: Alcohol Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division
Official announcements from this bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury about the regulations, requirements, and compliance issues related to alcohol advertising and labeling. The FAQ covers topics of interest to both businesses and home brewers related to how alcoholic beverages may be marketed to consumers. Includes a section on labeling requirements for organic alcoholic beverages.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19700
The Ageless Project
The goal of this website is to show that "the personal, creative side of the web is diverse and ageless" by collecting examples of blogs maintained by people of all ages. Browse the links to the blogs by era of birth (from the 1920s to the present), month of birthday, or specific year of birth. While not scientific in approach, this personal project nevertheless shows examples of blogs written by people of all ages.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19681
Google Maps Mania
"An unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, ideas and tools being influenced by Google Maps" and the applications known as "mashups," in which Google maps are combined with other information. The site also provides links to information about creating mashups and to mashup sites on topics such as current events, transportation, weather, city information, real estate, recreation, and tourism.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19689
From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition
This November 2005 report "focuses on survivors of adult cancer during the phase of care that follows primary treatment. The book raises awareness of the medical, functional, and psychosocial consequences of cancer and its treatment. It defines quality health care for cancer survivors." The "Read and Purchase" link provides free access to the text. From the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19654
Medicare "Drug Finder" Hits Snag
November 2005 article and audio file of a radio story about issues with the implementation of Medicare's "Prescription Drug Plan Finder" website, which is "supposed to help people pick their drug coverage" under Medicare's prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D), registration for which begins November 15, 2005. Includes a link to the Medicare website and a toll-free telephone number. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19735
Cooking With Kids
Collection of recipes for foods children can help prepare. "Many of these recipes include step-by-step instructions for your children to follow including useful information about kids using microwaves." Includes recipes for heart-healthy food and snacks. Also includes suggestions for helping to get "children involved in mealtimes and to help them develop positive attitudes about food." From the website for home and family magazines, such as Better Homes and Gardens. Note: Site generates pop-ups.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19638
Cooking With Kids With Lynn Fredericks
This site features children's activities related to ingredients (along with related recipes), with thoughts from chefs "about feeding their own children and ... some of the recipes for the foods that their kids like to eat." From StarChefs magazine, "serving the foodservice industry and food aficionados since 1995."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19640
A Deep Fried Delicacy: The How-To on Deep Frying Turkey
"Deep-fried turkey, a concept that started in the South, is gradually rising in popularity nationwide." This site provides guidelines for deep-frying turkey, including equipment, ingredients (with links to specific recipes), location (outside), preparation, and safety tips. Gives detailed information about selecting, filtering, and storing frying oils. From the National Turkey Federation, a turkey industry organization.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/7118
Dungeness Crab: Pride of the West Coast Fleet
Article about this main commercial crab species south of Alaska. The article describes how "around San Francisco, the season usually begins in November, and cracked crab is as much a tradition at some Bay Area Thanksgiving tables as turkey." Also includes a recipe for sole stuffed with crab. By a San Francisco Bay Area cookbook publisher and author. Note: Includes links to commercial content.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19742
Collection of recipes for healthy foods children can prepare. "Making food yourself -- with a little help from a parent -- is a great way to learn about food and meal preparation. And we have plenty of recipes for you to try -- from pizza to pancakes." Includes recipes for children with cystic fibrosis, diabetes, lactose intolerance, and celiac disease, as well as vegetarian recipes. Each recipe includes a nutritional analysis. From the Nemours Foundation.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19634
This National Public Radio (NPR) column focuses on seasonal cooking and entertaining. The website features commentaries on food and recipes for dishes such as pear tartlets, black bean pumpkin soup, root vegetable cassoulet, roasted chicken, kalbi (Korean barbecue short ribs), ceviche, honeysuckle sorbet, and lavender martinis.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19741
Mr. Breakfast Recipes: Thanksgiving
This small collection of recipes focuses on ideas for using Thanksgiving leftovers in breakfast dishes. Includes recipes for dishes such as turkey and mashed potato frittata, turkey omelets, turkey apple breakfast sausage, maple sweet potato muffins, and sweet potato waffles. From Mr. Breakfast, a website that contains breakfast recipes and breakfast restaurant reviews; the author is a graduate of a cooking school.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19722
No Two Alike
This 2005 article recounts a journey to "rural Turkmenistan, near Iran's northern border. 'The birthplace of the pomegranate was here in the Kopet Dag Mountains of Central Asia. ... And here is the last place on Earth where wild pomegranates grow.'" This article has been abridged for the website of the Orion magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19730
Product Safety Tips: Turkey Fryers
The Underwriters Laboratory uses this site to explain why it has not certified any deep-fat turkey fryers. A dramatic video demonstrates how easily fires are started by this equipment, and also shows how easily these units can be tipped over. Includes a list of other hazards associated with these fryers, and tips for "safer use" for those backyard cooks who "absolutely must use a turkey fryer."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/15686
Sinkie: The International Association of People Who Dine Over the Kitchen Sink
The day after Thanksgiving is designated as Sinkie Day (Standing In Nutritious Kitchens Ingesting Everything). With tongue in cheek, the author shares letters from guilt-free Sinkies, lists ways to spot other Sinkies, and provides other useful information to free us from the guilt, shame, and embarrassment of being discovered eating with fingers over the kitchen sink.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/8822
Thanksgiving Holiday Guide
Highlights of this collection of features on Thanksgiving cooking include tips for cooking turkeys in a convection oven and carving a turkey, poultry labeling terms, Thanksgiving recipes with "an Asian touch," vegetarian recipes and ideas from chefs, "down-to-the-wire" recipes, and a Thanksgiving feast with wine accompaniments. Provides many recipes, including ideas for leftovers. From SFGate.com, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19718
FindLaw: Family Law Center
Articles and resources about family law issues in the United States. Main topics include adoption, child custody, child support, divorce, and marriage and living together. Includes links to laws and related materials for each state and for specific topics, such as international adoption, physical and legal child custody, child support guidelines, spousal support (alimony), prenuptial agreements, same-sex couples, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19698
"The influence of alcohol beverage advertising on consumption and abuse is examined on the basis of scientific research and evidence" on this website. Discusses consumption and abuse, the purpose of alcohol advertising, youth and commercials, parental influence ("It is parents, rather than alcohol ads, with the great influence over young people."), and related topics. Includes material on the alcohol industry and alcohol law and policy. From a SUNY Potsdam sociology professor specializing in alcohol and drinking.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19697
Story about Mexican folk hero Jesus Malverde (known as "the Angel of the Poor" and "The Generous Bandit") and how he has also become the patron saint of Mexican drug smugglers. Discusses the legend of Malverde, his shrine in Culiacan, Mexico, drug smuggling, and controversies related to Malverde. Excerpted from the book "True Tales From Another Mexico"; part of the website for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline program "Drug Wars."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19695
College Football Rivalries
A list of traditional college football rivalry games in the United States, with "each rivalry ... listed under the team alphabetically first." Includes series record and description of trophy for each rivalry, and games which are often played on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Also includes a list of longest rivalries (more than 100 games played) and a note about what makes a rivalry. From an enthusiast.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19736
Why Are Rivalries So Intense?
A description of the different reasons underlying college football rivalries. Includes a discussion of in-state rivalries (between public schools and between public and private schools), border wars ("schools in states adjacent to one another"), and trophy games (such as for the "Old Oaken Bucket, Paul Bunyan's ax or Bo Schembechler's hat"). Also includes a comment about the effect of Hurricane Katrina on the Bayou Classic, the annual game between Southern and Grambling State. From ESPN.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19739
The California Backyard Orchard: Pomegranate
Collection of resources on pomegranates, with an emphasis on growing the fruit in California. Discusses planting, fertilization, pruning, training, diseases, and varieties suited to different areas of the state. Provides information for pomegranates as home garden and agricultural crops. From the UC Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center, University of California, Davis.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19731
Dams, Projects & Powerplants: Central Valley Project, Delta Division
This division of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation "provides for the transport of water through the central portion of the great [California] Central Valley, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta." This page provides descriptions of Bureau of Reclamation projects in the Delta (such as the Tracy Pumping Plant and Delta-Mendota Canal) and history of the bureau's activities in the area (including the Peripheral Canal, which "became one of the most controversial elements of Division planning").
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19706
Resources for buying and eating what's in season in Northern California. Features seasonality charts for fruits and vegetables, produce profiles and highlights, and seasonal recipes (appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts) from chefs and cookbook authors. Includes some information specific to items found at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. From the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19703
Marriage in Washington [State]
This "expanded one-hour documentary from the series Marriage in Washington" looks at topics related to marriage in Washington state. Originally heard in September 2005 on NPR's Morning Edition. The page features related links. From KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19559
Weaving Women's Words: Seattle Stories
The stories of 30 "Seattle Jewish women born in the early decades of the twentieth century [who] opened their life stories and their homes to two oral historians and a photographer." Includes notes on the interview process, commentaries, the narrators' words and biographies, a list of recurring themes, and photographs of artifacts owned by some of the women. A collaborative project of the Jewish Women's Archive and the Museum of History & Industry (Seattle).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19690
Indepth: France Riots
Background information about the 2005 riots in France, which started in October in the Paris suburbs and spread to other towns in France. Includes a map of affected areas, a timeline with links to related news stories, photos, and a video clip. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19714
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Independent Lens documentary about "Cuban-born identical twins ... who become estranged through politics when one moves to the United States and the other remains behind. Though separated for almost 40 years, both continue to share a passion for dance." The site includes information about the National Ballet of Cuba, the Cuban Revolution, and the filmmakers. Also includes links to related information.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19729
Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer's Odyssey Through the Cultural Revolution
The black-and-white photographs in this traveling exhibit (2003-2005) of work by Li Zhensheng document Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution in China (1964-1976). Provides photo descriptions (mouse over images to view) and background information about the photographer and the project. In English and French.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19687
World News: France
Collection of news articles and commentary about politics and current events in France. Covers topics such as the rioting in France that started in October 2005 in the Paris suburbs and spread to other areas of the country. Includes photos and interactive features. From the Guardian Unlimited, the online companion to the British newspaper The Guardian.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19712
The Chymistry of Isaac Newton
This site "is producing a scholarly online edition of Newton's alchemical manuscripts integrated with new research on Newton's chymistry. ... [A]bout two hundred fifty [pages] have been edited and are available online, including Newton's Most Complete Laboratory Notebook [written between 1669 and 1693]." The site includes text transcriptions, interpretive notes, and a guide to symbols relating to these materials first discovered in 1936. From Indiana University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19684
Investigators Release Preliminary Findings of Levee Failures at Senate Hearing
Article about how "many of the New Orleans levee and floodwall failures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina occurred at weak-link junctions where different levee or wall sections joined together, according to a preliminary report released [in November, 2005] by independent investigators from the University of California, Berkeley, and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)." Includes links to the Senate testimony and the full report. From the University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19723
National Weather Service: Climate Prediction Center: Climate Assessment
A collection of material providing a "technical review of global climate variations and their global impacts on seasonal and annual time scales." Includes topics such as north Atlantic hurricane seasons (NOAA forecasted "a 95% to 100% chance of an above-normal 2005 Atlantic hurricane season," in August 2005), West and Midwest flooding, and heat and dryness in Europe. Also includes seasonal monitoring information. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19702
National Weather Service: Climate Prediction Center: Winter Outlook
"In October the CPC [Climate Prediction Center] posts the Winter Outlook, which reviews climate influences on the upcoming winter season and the likely weather impacts on various regions of the United States." Also includes a link to information about climate factors helping to shape anticipated winter weather, such as the North Atlantic Oscillation, or NAO, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation, or MJO. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19699
100 Best Communities for Young People
An annual competition to identify the 100 best communities for children, first announced in September 2005. "The winning communities -- ranging from small towns to urban neighborhoods across America -- are being celebrated for their commitment to provide healthy, safe and caring environments for young people." Includes a list of the winning communities, selection criteria, and a FAQ. From America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19705
Intelligent Design in the Classroom
Series of stories on intelligent design--"the theory that an intelligent force had a role to play in the creation of the universe"--and the educational system. Includes a look at the debate in several states and links to related articles about evolution, creation myths, academic freedom, and related topics. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19716
Kids Design the Future
Information about a program in which children are involved in the design of new technology for use by other children. The site features a description of projects (such as a "digital library of information about animals"), papers (on topics such as the role of children in the design of new technology), and video clips. From the Human Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19717
This Portable Antiquities Scheme [PAS] website "is designed for use in the classroom, museum or at home" and provides teaching and learning resources "aimed at children between the ages of 7-11" and related to the English National Curriculum. It features information and materials about English and Welsh historic periods (prehistoric, Iron Age, Roman, and medieval), a database of objects (such as Roman coins), an introduction to archeology, and more. From the British Museum and other partners.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19704
U.S. Seminaries Under Scrutiny
Radio program transcript from October 2005 about how "America's 229 Catholic seminaries ... are currently getting the once-over from a team of inspectors sent by Rome in what some commentators are describing as a witch-hunt for homosexuals and liberals." Also includes a copy of the "Instrumentum Laboris," the "list of questions that are being put to every seminarian and every seminary professor," and links to related information. From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19707
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