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If you liked this month's picks, you'll likely also enjoy those we've visited before. Sites below that aren't linked have been discontinued.

If you think that computers will replace our need for paper, Joseph Wu's Origami Page will make you think again. Mr. Wu has created a gracious, reverential and practical celebration of this ancient Japanese art of paper-folding. I can remember making birds and other simple creations as a kid, but some of these designs are far beyond my simple skills. Just checking out the "Other Impressive Origami" gallery with the dinosaur, cuckoo clock, tiger and moose gave me a good dose of humility. You might want to try your own hand at this genteel art by going into the "Diagrams" section. There are plans for a shark, a dragon, a snowflake and other designs on the site and links to many, many more. There's background, too, on this ancient art, as well as information about paper and origami math. Lovers of origami and people who think they need to find a use for all that paper in their offices will truly enjoy this timeless site.

Alaska is a land of superlatives: it's the biggest U.S. state, the youngest state, the farthest north state and it has to be the coldest. I'm sure there are many other Alaska firsts, bests and biggests, and the place I'd start looking for them is Everything Alaska. There's a lot of information about Alaska's vast outdoors, with sections on bears, eagles and orca; Aurora Borealis, glaciers and icebergs. There is a good selection of information about the people of Alaska and their habitats, too. There are attractions, with annual events, museums, libraries, parks, preserves and wildlife refuges, city and state guides, statistics and facts, news, weather, government and native information, and moments in history. If you want to bring some Alaska into your life, there are free screensavers, desktop themes, wallpaper and even a coloring book. I liked the "fun stuff" section, with Alaska-themed interactive find-a-word puzzles and other harmless pursuits. Whether you're doing a school report or are just an Alaska groupie, this is the place to get a handle on, well, everything Alaska.

You can immerse yourself in the culture of ancient Greece by visiting the Perseus Project. A digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond, this project of the Tufts University Department of Classics demonstrates what a Web site can be. It's chock-full of information and appears to be regularly updated and enriched. In fact, there is so much on this site, there's no way we could do it justice in just one minute. There are thousands of images and descriptions of vases, coins, sculpture, buildings and sites, text and translations that can be browsed in English or Greek, an encyclopediaand essays on various scintillating subjects (hey, this is an academic site, so some of the essays are pretty focused!). I especially like the ability to search all the texts in English, Greek or Latin. Yup, this site is all Greek to me, you and any visitor.

Author Larry McMurtry once said there aren't any cowboys left. He'd sure change his mind if he visited some of the backroads of America and if he popped into Cowboys.com. Want to locate Western links? Buy some items in the Trading Post? Sit around the virtual campfire and chat with other cowboys (or wannabes)? Find cowboy-related rodeo, music, gifts or museums? Guest ranches, magazines, horses or Native American information? If there's a better place to start than Cowboys.com, I haven't found it yet. There's still room for growth on this site, but I imagine there are a lot of people who live on remote ranches who appreciate the opportunity to get together with their virtual buddies. Yes, someday, it'll be standard gear for the working cowboy, who travels the vast prairies that still exist in America. You'll have your ropes, your rifle, your cooking gear, your gee-tar and harmonica, your palmtop with satellite linkup ... yes, everything you need to ride the range.

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Kopacetic Ink publishes self-help books on improving self-esteem in children, caring for llamas and much more.

Inkwell specializes in the arts, history, geography, recreation and natural resources of Northern California.

E-bookdesigns.com specializes in the electronic conversion and duplication of electronic books and documents in the PDF format on CD-ROM and the World Wide Web.

The PDF 2000 Conference site is dedicated to providing more information about the event, which will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, June 5-7.

The AudioFile Magazine site has added AudioFile Plus, 6,000 searchable reviews of audiobooks -- don't miss it!

So do you like my new 'do? Hairdo, that is. Yup, I got it online at the Hair Boutique. Dedicated to "banishing bad hair days," this site features all the usual chats, email, links, Web forums, articles and hair news, but the real fun is in the special features. I like the Hair-o-scope, which is like a horoscope but with extra emphasis on the head. I also just had to investigate the JerkyFlea's Celebrity Hair Spray, which is a star-studded hair expose that regularly includes a Fleature. The Ask Karen and Ask Spencer columns let you query those experts about your personal and difficult hair questions. And then, of course, is the Hair Gallery, where you'll find more than a thousand incredible 'dos and, yes, some don'ts, too. If you have a thing for hair, this site will provide a heady experience.

Have you ever found yourself faced with a difficult glue job, unsure if you have the right glue to bond forever the two items you need to join? If so, you'll enjoy ThistoThat. Oh, it starts out simply enough, with the ability to select from two drop-down menus for leather, glass, plastic, ceramic, metal, paper, fabric, rubber, vinyl and wood. Then you press the "Let's Glue" button, and await the glue oracle's answer: Can you? How and with what? (Isn't the suspense killing you?) Back comes the answer ... well, multiple answers depending upon your needs. Thoughtfully enough, ThistoThat addresses stiffness and bond length and those other issues you really do need to think about when you're serious about gluing. Clearly, this isn't a site for those who are simply sticking things together with the nearest mucilage. If you like glue -- and you can tell I do -- you can really get stuck on this site (you knew that was coming, didn't you?)

When Duane Reid of Rochester Gardening emailed me about including his site, I almost turned him away. After all, KNLS reaches 124 countries! But one look at his creation showed me he was right. Even though the site is primarily about upstate New York, it's a bountiful bouquet of information for any plant lover. Just check out the links section, which includes more than 2,000 gardening sites, including 200 links to sites about bulbs, and hundreds to information about gardening around the world. This isn't one of those glitzy sites with fancy graphics, but it's clearly one that has been constructed with love and thought. And while there are certainly sections devoted to the Rochester area, Webmaster Reid also has sought out societies throughout the nation and the world, from begonia to water lily lovers. The "In the Spotlight" feature zeros in on special subjects, like the don't-miss "Trees Put On A Show" (Oct. 1999) fall foilage extravaganza. If you're a gardener or just someone who loves plants, this site will make your heart bloom.

Who says parenting can't be fun? Well, let's not go there. Instead, let's visit Childfun.com! Even if you don't have children, the kid in you will come out at this colorful and, well, fun site. More than 20 Mommies and Daddies offer helpful information in the form of articles; the "Providers" section addresses daycare help and information; "As They Grow" offers parenting advice in the form of tips, articles and humor; and "At Home" features family resources galore, including a weekly cartoon, information on menu planning and home and garden. I also love the activities area, where there is information by theme, as well as format, from songs and poems to crafts and coloring. There are other niceties, such as electronic greeting cards, horoscopes, a shop, a section devoted to freebies and the obligatory mailing list. The site is lively, bright and full of activity -- just like us kids!

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Amber Books provides the best in African-American self-help and career books.

The MZ Goose provides children with uplifting literature to increase their imagination and creativity.

The Eagle Wing Books publishes books, magazines, and newsletters that address a variety of subject matter. Currently our company has 32 texts in print and publishes two newletters and a magazine.

Gifted Psychology Press offers books for parents and teachers of gifted, talented and creative children.

Java Books offers a fresh angle on how women can capture the love of their dreams by understanding the true nature of men.

The Internet has helped us learn so much about other cultures. Its amazing technology that lets us translate into other languages instantly is a miracle for those of us who now interact with people from around the world. That's why I love The Dialectizer. Yes, this amazing site lets you tap in the address of any Web page and, voila!, translates it into the dialect of your choice. And these aren't just any dialects. This gem lets you translate into Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, and, one of my all-time favorites, Pig Latin. Admittedly, you have to have a sense of humor to enjoy this site, but anyone would marvel at its ability to transform a Web page into a most specialized form of gibberish. As Elmer Fudd would say, "Oooooh, dat wascally Web!"

So you want to be a spy! If you're interested in joining British intelligence, now you can take the entrance exam on the Web. Actually, even if you don't want to become the next 007, you can see how you measure up by taking their online quiz at Government Communications Headquarters. You can learn about the organization itself as you take the GCHQ Challenge. There is a discreet link to the quiz instructions (hmmm, is this the first part of the test?) which reveals that there is a five-part message disguised or hidden on the site. As the instructions say, "Simply find them, work out what they mean, and put them together in the right order." They go on to tell you that you "don't have to solve the puzzle to apply successfully to join GCHQ but if you include the message in your application form, we would certainly be very interested in talking to you." Does this mean we get cool cars and techie toys, too?

If you love movies -- and if you're a regular listener you know I do -- you'll enjoy Drew's Script-O-Rama. Here you'll find more than 600 movie and television transcripts, scripts and drafts. The transcripts are painstakingly transcribed by fans who watch the movies and probably don't have much of a social life. The scripts and drafts are actual scripts, some of which are original versions that never hit the screen. Now you aren't going to see glitzy graphics here, but you will find gems such as the script for "American Beauty," transcripts of the "X-Files" shows and tons o' links to related Web sites. If you're interested in screenwriting or just love the movies, this site will keep you glued to your seat. Now if it just dispensed popcorn (with butter, thank you very much), we'd almost never have to leave our screens ...

There are family sites and then there are family sites. The Teel Family Web Site is one of the most impressive personal Web sites I've seen. Although I tripped across it myself, they've won a slew of awards from sites and magazines that recognize this is no ordinary do-it-yourself creation. The graphics are clean and spare, the navigation is clear and easy, and there is real content here. Because the family hails from Chugiak, Alaska, they've included a link to "Animals of the Artic," a ThinkQuest Jr. project, as well as Sarah Teel's own "Women in Alaska's History" site, which she created with her friend Elizabeth. There's information about women's role in the state's early history, the Iditarod, Alaskan women today, adventurers and the Gold Rush, as well as other subjects. You can even learn to make an Eskimo Yo-Yo. Hey, who are these kids? Maybe they'd like a job!

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The U.S. Holocaust Museum Museum Shop is the gift shop of the world-famous Holocaust museum, a primary source for materials about the Holocaust.

The Worthington, Krantz Press is the publisher of The Blake Streak, A Tale of War, Mutiny and Love, a novel stimulated by two actual incidents in American naval history.

July Publishing is the home of How to Earn Straight A’s in College.

John Burley helps you take take investing to new levels of wealth and finacial independence.

With all the talk about making money, it's nice to know there are still some free things online. One of the best places to find them is the Free Stuff Center, a veritable goldmine of freebies. There are 17 categories full of goodies, including cash, catalogs, contests and coupons; games, graphics and greeting cards; samples, screen savers, software and sounds. Each listing includes a paragraph of explanation, helping you decide whether you want to click or continue to browse through this remarkable site. Some of the sites listed take you to even more freebie sites -- check out the Screen Savers area for a dizzying selection of pixelcandy. Someday we'll look back and say, "Remember when there was lots of free stuff online?" Sites like these make that time seem far, far away.

Dumpster diving isn't just for street people anymore! Now you can now go dumpster diving from the comfort of your home without dirtying your hands or breaking a fingernail. Just check out the Dumpster Dive and dig in! This is a fun little way to waste your break time (of course, you'd never do such a thing during work hours!). Just select what sort of "preowned" material you'd like to dredge up -- crazy clothing, knickknacks, frightening food, terrible toys, awful appliances or just bizarre stuff -- and the program will help you rummage. Did I mention it also generously allows you to share it with a friend (or soon to be former friend ...)? Yes, you can email notification of your find to yourself or some lucky buddy who also doesn't have enough to do. I got a lovely Spam T-shirt, which according to the accompanying photo, looks almost clean! I hope it fits my husband better than it fits me. Guess I'll find out how he likes it when I get home ...

If you've ever wondered where the concept of an inch came from or would like to know just how big quindecillion is, Russ Rowlett's How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement is for you. Now this isn't some fancy site with flashing images and background serenade. It's straightforward, clean and packed with fascinating facts about measurements. You can simply click on a letter of the alphabet and learn more about the units that start with that letter (under N I found nail, nest, newton, nip and noggin, among others) or you can immerse yourself in information about the various systems. The links are particularly interesting, especially to those of us who always wanted a ready reference to animal congregations (good luck to those of you who encounter a romp of otters or a knot of toads!). When it comes to online references, this site is overflowing with information.

I really like the Obscure Store, but I'll be darned if I can tell you what it is. Maybe that's because, well, it's many things, and indeed all of them are interesting -- at least to someone! Everything seems to revolve around the news, be it front page legitimate information or tabloid-wacky tales that seem too crazy to possibly be true. This amazing collection of links keeps you abreast of such scintillating stories as the man who has eaten at the same restaurant for 60 years but turns down free meals in favor of a leather chair that sports a plaque that declares him "a man of great taste," or the various sad stories of celebrities tripped up by their own spotlights. There also is a good list of links to major news outlets as well as a shop where you can buy, well, magazines and newsletters on a variety of strange subjects, or so I think. With the Obscure Store, only a visit will help you sort out for yourself what it's all about.

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Libraries Unlimited publishes quality bibliographies and reference books, library science textbooks, information science materials and more.

At Let's Talk Sense host Ed Wade discusses our Constitution and why as we approach the new millenium this powerful document is in such danger.

Aristotle Press has a series of math workbooks which merge the NCTM and Pacific Rim curriculums for Grades K to 6. Free worksheets are just a click away. You can print them now!

Steamy romance, titillating sex, fast-paced adventure, and intriguing plot twists are the bill of fare from Circuit Ave. Press .

America's Uptown Publishers is a new publishing company with an exciting new writer, Vernon Gary. Hang onto your emotions as he takes you on a rollercoaster ride into the secret culture of the IRS ... a ride you will never forget!

Devin Lane Publishing is a publisher of quality fiction aiming to introduce the best new Authors and their work to fiction fans around the world.

Flaming Rose publishes Amare, the book that offers insights about how to live in the world without losing touch with your spiritual nature.

Sheepfold offers The Wisdom Series, a 464-page Bible survey course for adults which features a worship approach to education in 52 sessions.

Ecumenica Press has two new publications, one a book, Awakening: In Pursuit of the Divine Paradox, by Gregory R. Huth, the other a free online newsletter, Great Awakening News.

Women of Wisdom is the publisher of Power and Wisdom -- The New Path for Women, a book focusing on female behaviors from an updated view of women’s power position in business and society.

On the professional front, the National Association of Independent Publishers offers information of value to publishers.

What kind of nut would fly a rickety old airplane around broad expanses of wilderness? Well, the kinds that have lived in Alaska for years and years. In fact, there's an entire museum dedicated to their love of vintage airplanes called Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and, of course, they have a Web site! At the site, you'll see photos of the old planes that these pioneers have flown and lovingly cared for over the years. There's even a photo essay on the recovery of a P40 from a place that gives "vastness" new meaning. This isn't a flashy site and the photos can take awhile to load, but I know that visiting it made me want to hop on the nearest DC3 and head north. Or maybe I'll just order some things from the gift store, or sign up for their newsletter .... Regardless, this is a place that lets the imagination soar.

I'm not usually one for large, glitzy homepage images, but it's hard to not love TimberGhost. This site bills itself as the spirit of the outdoors, and if you can tear yourself away from the mesmerizing homepage, you can partake in what they deem history in the making! Yes, you too, can help create the Spirit of the Earth Tapestry, a digital archive for those of us who love both new technology and the gifts of nature. First you select an ecosystem. Ever the Arizonan, I picked desert, then wrote my own text -- including a message for future generations, put in some links and voila! according to the TimberGhost Foundation, my words will be a part of history, preserved for the next Millennium. Now that's posterity! This truly beautiful site is clever, too, providing another opportunity for us to technologically weave together our futures.

Here's a hot tip for you: TipOMatic.com. And there you'll find more tips! In fact, this site offers Tips of the Day on a dizzying number of subjects, from careers, cooking, diet and gadgets, to golf, health and home repair, recipes, science and Windows. And these are just the tips you can have mailed to you daily! They also have a spectrum of tips on the site itself, including ones about ecommerce, pets, domestic goddess, flower gardening. If you see one that reminds you of your Aunt Ethel, you can even email her the tip! And if your email program can see images, you can include them in your daily dose of knowledge. Gee, I'm so busy learning from these tips and archives, I don't know if I have time to put them to use!

Nothing up my monitor! Nothing, that is, except MagicTricks.com, a wonderful site devoted to sleight of hand. Sure, you can buy lots of magic materials here so you can do your own magic tricks, but yes, there's more! There is a who's who of magicians, a magic museum, a glossary, background on which magicians invented which time-honored tricks, links to celebrity magicians (gee, I wonder if their sites sometimes disappear ...), a guide to magic clubs, books every magician should have, bizarre deaths of magicians, magic trivia, magic world records, and, well, as you can tell, more about magic than you could conjure up. This site just comes up with trick after trick.

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Audio Editions, which offers 4,000 audiobook titles, isn't new, but it looks new, with a fresh new look and improved operation.

Want to impress people at cocktail parties with your knowledge? Instant Genius can make you conversant in subjects as diverse as wine, golf and worldwide conflicts.

Authors for Social Responsbility features the books of authors who contribute to their world with more than words.

Beckett Publishing's Heartfelt Stories site shares the impact Beanie Babies have made in people's lives.

KW Publications provides professionals with information about intubation and other medical issues.

Past Times Publishing's OldTimeShowBiz.com takes you on a walk down TV and radio memory lanes.

Bright Lamb Publishers' innovative childrens books and gifts are fun for the whole family!

BrandOfChoice.com can help you be irresistible -- you can make millions with relationship marketing!

Deer International provides solid advice for long-term financial successs from people who know.

AudioFile Magazine is the place for lovers of spoken word audio.

Someday we'll all have computers on our kitchen counters so we can find recipes online (and watch a movie, email a friend -- oh, sorry!). When we do, I know I'll have a bookmark to The Kitchen Link. Why? This vast site is home to more 10,000 food and cooking links, thousands of recipes and much, much more. They have a section devoted to cookbooks called Cookbook Heaven, message boards, a daily menu planner called "Surf for Your Supper," information on special diets, outdoor cooking, preserving, celebrations, ethnic cooking, health and fitness, cooking for kids, software, grocery coupons, substitutions, baking -- everything you can think of related to cooking just short of food itself. Phew! I've worked up an appetite just looking at this site. If you like cooking, you'll find The Kitchen Link worth the trip.

When it comes to art, the Bronze Gallery is a beautiful marriage of the traditional and the modern. Webmaster Michael Masters has done, well, a masterful job sharing with the Web audience the 19th and 20th century bronze works of French, American and other sculptors. You can look for sculpture by subjects -- say, cats, camels, elephants, people, Western and more. Or you can look by artist in the French or American listings, which give biographies of each artist as well as displaying their work. You can learn about the art and even purchase much of it. Most interesting from a Web point of view is the "galleries," or slide shows that you activate with a single click. As the images cycle through, you simply tap on the image to learn more about that specific piece. All in all, this site is a masterpiece! 

Any American traveling down memory lane is bound to find themselves skipping up Main Street USA in unforgettable Disneyland. Walt Disney waved his magic wand and won over so many of us through his amazing amusement park -- which, of course, has now has been mirrored in a series of parks around the world -- his books, cartoons, characters, movies and TV shows. If you are nostalgic for things Disney, plan to spend an afternoon at Just Disney. This clean and welcoming site is not unlike Uncle Walt himself, sharing the American icon's history thoughtfully and completely. There's information about the parks, about Walt Disney himself, a filmography of all of his celluloid works, historic photos, current events, sounds, quotes, a timeline, recommended books and media clips. If you love Disney, this site will confirm what you already knew: "Dreams really can come true."

Hi! I'm Nero, Mary's dog. She asked me to fill in for her today, so I've picked a site that I know all of you will find intensely interesting: DogToys.com. I'm here to tell you that you haven't seen dog toys until you visit this site! You can find toys by type -- plush toys, squeakie toys, rubber toys, chews and snacks. You can find which toys are selling best and which are the newest on the market. You can find them by name, by brand, and even learn more about the inventors who are focused on this very important field of research! The best part of this site, though, is that you can find toys by breed or by dog size. Now, being a Black Lab, I just clicked on "Labrador Retriever" and found that there are still one or two toys I don't have! I've put in a browser bookmark for Mary, and I'll be sending her one of the cute cards from this site so she can make up for this serious deficiency as soon as possible. And, oh yes, for those of you with cats, there is a CatToys.com, too. Speaking of cats, there's one now! Gotta go! 

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Baby Steps Press tackles personal issues with honesty and humor.

The Pilgrim Press, America's oldest publisher, has hundreds of books for scholarly, trade and religious audiences.

Rainbow Resource Directories publishes guides for social workers, psychologists, religious leaders, counselors, educators, healthcare professionals and nonprofit agency staff throughout Southern California.

Evangel Publishing equips people in the Wesleyan-Anabaptist tradition with academic, professional, and lay resources for evangelism, spiritual growth, ministry, worship and Christian family life.

Sherman Asher Publishing provides a rich variety of authors, poetry, author guidelines and literary events.

Do you have information that could be sold as a booklet? If so, let Tips Products International's Paulette Ensign share her secrets with you!

Tower Hill Press has information for midlifers who want to make the next half of life the best half!

If you like hiking, TheTrailmaster.com is your headquarters for tips, trails, tours and more!

To get the inside scoop on getting a job in the U.S. postal service, visit the U.S. Postal Zone for lots of resources and an interactive forum! 

Visions Audio Publishing offers inspirational audiobooks on spiritual topics and timeless themes from the fields of history, religion and biography, as well as an occasional work of fiction.

Winged Tiger promotes worldwide hope, peace, creativity and cultural awareness and cooperation around the world. 

We're all one big family on this earth, a fact that really comes home on, well, a family of sites that began for me at Ancestry.com. It lets you search 274 million names in 1,708 databases. Like any good geneaology project, Ancestry.com led me to other fascinating sites, such as FamilyHistory.com, which is focused on the free exchange of genealogical information and ideas. The site features more than 50,000 message boards, which you can sort by surname, state, country and genealogical topic, or just search. You can post messages, then be alerted if anyone replies, making it easier than ever to find the hidden treasure -- or black sheep -- in your family's past. At MyFamily.com you can join more than 1.2 million other people and build your own family Web site for free. Now this is something we can all relate to!

Sometimes what's outside of us is what best defines us. In Alaska's case, that's water, and lots of it. The Alaska SeaLife Center Site defines Alaska's context, and does it with class. The actual facility, is in Seward, and the site reaches out to the rest of the world, offering lesson plans for kindergarten through 12th grade classes on such subjects as Walrus Songs, Why the Sea Is Salty, How Many Fish Are in the Sea, Squidding Around, Oil Pollutions Solutions and Blubber Gloves (I did not make this up!). There's also detailed information about the center's research and rehab projects and the facilities themselves, which would be of great interest to any budding or blossoming marine biologists out there, regardless what they find outside their door!

If you're learning English -- and anyone who speaks it still is -- you may well get a kick out of VoyCabulary. This powerful tool lets you enter phrases or point to Web pages, then links them to online references so you can look up words easily without ever having to log off. It includes a standard English dictionary and a thesaurus from Merriam-Webster, a medical dictionary, an acronym dictionary, a computer dictionary, and 20 language dictionaries, including French, Japanese, Welsh, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch and Portuguese. It's amazing to enter a URL, or Web site address, hit the "Process" button, and see a Web page transformed into a reference work, with each indexed word indicated with a checkmark. When it comes to language, this site is ¡muy fantástico!

It's pretty, but is it art? At the Museum of Web Art it sure is. Launched in 1997, the site is obviously image heavy, but then, that's the point at this colorful concoction. There's a visitor's center where you can get your bearings (and send a postcard or two, just like a bricks-and-mortar museum). There's a cool kid's area with interactive art games and fun, including an interactive story. And, oh yeah, we can't forget the East, West, North and South galleries that exhibit wild and wonderful Web art. You can spend hours on this site, wandering, playing and even wondering what the artists were thinking when they created some of this art. You'll never be bored, though, as your eyes will continually be challenged by a creative vision someone has converted to some form of reality.

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If you have "numb toes and aching soles," MedPress helps you focus in on the causes and hope for people with peripheral neuropathy.

Baby Hearts Press provides quality products to the congenital heart defect community.

Everett L. Gracey chronicles his life growing up during the Great Depression.

The Family Organizer has a unique calendar to help busy families stay organized -- visitors share their time-management tips here, too!

Godward Publishing is dedicated to making people think... feel... and react.

Sunnybank Publishers provides personal survival guides with tools to strengthen a family and bring order to very stress-filled and difficult times of adjustment and change.

Grey Owl Press brings together more than 70 poems by a Catholic author who takes his inspiration from the natural world.

The Lerner Survey provides helpful information for consumers about HMOs, health insurance plans, hospitals, medical services and legal rights for residents of New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.

John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. brings you searchable databases of quotations and back issues of some popular magazines -- a librarian's joy!

The Florida Publishers Association's mission is to continue founder Betty Wright's vision of providing Florida's book community with an opportunity for education and networking.

Brannigan and Associates is a multi-faceted consulting firm, offering a wide range of services in publishing and investment banking. A major service provider in the publishing industry with a client base ranging from small independent publishers to major houses.

Fox.content offers Internet content linking for independent authors and publishers. Making the connections between the content of books and the virtual communities where this content is shared.

Para Publishing brings you publishing expert's Dan Poynter's products, information and perspective to give you everything you need to publish and promote books successfully.

Last but not least, BookZone's own BookZone Pro Ask & Answer Forum offers xperts offer advice and tips on marketing, production and prepress, editorial and legal issues in this free interactive forum.

Some people make quilts, some built model ships, and others climb mountains. If you fall into that last group, stop by America's Roof. This site tells you what you need to do to make it to the top -- of the highest mountains in each U.S. state, that is. There's a chart that details each state's highest peak, its height, the hiking distance, latitude and longitude, climbing difficulty and ranking, then there's a page devoted to each. Of course, we had to check out Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in the United States, which, incidentally, is in Alaska, the home state of KNLS. On the detail page I learn the location and address of Mt. McKinley, I can link to its official Web site, maps, and even an animated flyover! There's more on the America's Roof, too, including the lowest points in each state, VRML files, and a forum. Yup, this site offers a view worth the visit!

Are you a gadget guy? Some folks buy 'em, some just dream, but both sorts will enjoy The Gadget Guru. Yahoo Internet Life magazine has called it one of the Net's "50 most incredibly useful sites," and we'll just say it's cool! Here's where you can learn about all the latest toys in audio, video, computers, hardware, home improvement, transportation, photography, recreation, household items, toys, office equipment -- you name it! We're talking about more than two years' worth of reviews of hundreds of products, with links to their sites and some with photos. This is a great place to start if you're researching what you might want to invest in ... or play with. You can also check into the interactive bulletin board (also known as a Web forum) to see what others are talking and asking about. Consumers unite! Dreamers dream! At this site you can have it all. Well, virtually, anyway.

The HM Prison Service is one site that will really capture your interest. Sorry about the bad pun, but the truth is that this really is an interesting site. The official site of the British prison system, it's also graphically gorgeous. One of the most fascinating sections is Prison Life, which reveals British prison slang as well as lots of information about those serving life terms. There are also statistics about the local population and the staff, and technical information that likely serves as a fantastic resource for reporters, barristers, students, families. writers and others. Even if you weren't interested in the content, this site is worth seeing just to admire its first-class look and feel. Hey, it's enough to make you want to stick around awhile ...

Coin Link really puts cash down on the barrelhead, as they used to say down at the general store. Coin Link calls itself "the Internet's Largest Rare Coin Index," and I believe it. It's devoted to coins and paper money from around the world. It has free classifieds, bullion prices, news, articles, books, a dealer directory, bulletin boards, auctions, shows, discounts, special offers and a collector's club, among other options. I found great links, too. For instance, you can find mints around the world. If I wanted to know anything about coins, I'd start at Coin Link -- it's a real gold mine.

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Synergistic Press features fascinating and eclectic titles on a variety of subjects.

GettingThemSober.com features the wisdom of Toby Drews, author of the million-selling book by that title on ways to help alcoholics.

ParaPublishing.com is the home of self-publishing guru Dan Poynter, who has been helping publishers since 1969.

Seeking the White Root offers a rare glimpse of past and present Aboriginal and Euro-Australian society.

Brown & Associates' Web site offers a fresh approach for interrupting the cycle of minority underachievement.

Cranbury International supplies American technical, scientific, academic and trade books from U.S. publishers.

Synergistic Press features fascinating and eclectic titles on a variety of subjects.

I 75 Online is the site of your roadmap to one of America's most popular roads, Interstate 75.

There's everything fishy about FishSearch.com. Yes, their motto says it all: "If it ain't about fishin', it ain't here." Think of this well-done, fast-loading site as "Fish-hoo," the fishing equivalent of Yahoo. There are links to fishing equipment, collectibles, charters and resorts. You can find out more about fly fishing, ice fishing, spear fishing, saltwater and freshwater fishing. Then there are books, magazines, directories, photos, weather, tournaments, clubs, shows, fishing news and fishing fun (that's contests and such). You can participate by posting your own link, by getting involved in the fish banner exchange and by subscribing to their update service. If you like fishing, you'll feel like you caught "the big one" at FishSearch!

CandyStand is the perfect site for anyone who has a sweet tooth ... for games. There's an image of a candystand with clickable selections, and lots of flashing and bright images. Although it's kid-friendly, with plenty of information about what you should and shouldn't read or do to keep parents happy, this site is fun for any game lover who has or wants to use Shockwave technology. You can download Shockwave right from the site, and there's a toolbox, troubleshooting guide and other information on what you need to run the games. The site is sponsored by LifeSavers candy, so there are liberal mentions of brandname sweets, but the games are good and you can even win prizes such as T-shirts, Game Boys and basketballs. This is a tasty introduction to Shockwave, which makes the Net the sort of interactive gameland many had hoped it could be. CandyStand is sweet fun -- without the calories.

They're just trees, aren't they? And little trees, at that. Actually, for many people, bonsai trees are a serious hobby and a passion. Whether you're already hooked or just curious, check out the Bonsai Center to find out more about the fascination of these tiny topiarys. They have information on bonsai care, varieties appropriate for indoors and outdoors, plants perfect for people who are just getting started, books about bonsai, and even information about feng shui, the Chinese practice that promotes health and happiness through adjustment of your physical surroundings. The hosts of this site clearly love bonsai trees, and they share that love -- and, as a nursery, the plants themselves! -- with their visitors.

Not many computer users feel lukewarm about Bill Gates -- you either love him or you ... don't. My feelings about him have warmed up a lot, though, since I got the chance to play Gates-O-Matic. Yet another application of Shockwave -- which is quickly growing in popularity on the Web -- this site lets you dress Bill Gates, the master of Microsoft, in a variety of outfits and hairdos. You just pull down the handle on what looks like a stylized slot machine, and Bill appears. Now just start tapping and turning different options will appear (yes, I'm being vague, but I don't want to ruin the fun!). Go ahead, pull the handle again, and Bill will model for you. I don't know who put together this little gem, but you gotta love 'im!

There is no U.S. state as big or as beautiful as Alaska, the home of KNLS. And the site called 360 Alaska really does it justice. It shares the wonders of Alaska beautifully in a number of ways. You can send a postcard from Alaska, download an Alaska screen saver (perfect for a hot summer day!), take a tour of various sections of this vast land, and buy cool Alaska caps and shirts. They have a neat kids' area, too, with a Shockwave adventure, color-at-home page and the Planet Alaska section, which is for teens. The centerpiece of this graphically gorgeous, high tech site, though, is its panoramic tours. The photos are so crisp, you can feel the crackle in the air. Those of you who don't have access to Java and Shockwave won't be able to enjoy this site as much as those who do, but I nonetheless encourage everyone to get a well-rounded taste of America's Last Frontier at 360 Alaska.

You can get things flowing by visiting Volcano World. This site's straightforward design and deep content makes a lot of sense, especially when you realize it's been live for more than four years. The Volcano of the Week and Rocky, the site's mascot, add a little fun, but the real attraction here is the fantastic volcanic information. There's an excellent map and table of currently erupting volcanoes, and you can click from there to photos, maps and detailed chronologies of explosions around the world. There are also sections on volcanoes of other worlds (yup, planets other than ours), volcano parks and monuments, volcano observatories and volcano adventures, as well as additional volcano images, a glossary and video clips. You can even try to stump a volcanologist, although first they ask you to read the frequently-asked questions. And if you just have to know the next time there's some volcanic activity, you can sign up for the email alert service. There's a kids area, too, and yes, you can buy volcano memorabilia. This site is just bursting with everything you ever wanted to know about volcanoes (sorry, I just couldn't help myself).

Does your mother-in-law talk too much? Your neighbor have dandruff? Your boss have bad breath? Yet another innovative use of the Internet allows you to let them know without taking a chance of losing a friend over it. Yes, Gentlehints.com can do the dirty work for you! This site offers some standard issue comments about dandruff, halitosis, body odor, too much perfume and such, and then matches those with products that are sent along with the gentle nudge to "clean up your act." For instance, those who need to be reminded to improve their Restroom/Handwashing habits receive a lovely bar of soap and a note that begins "Someone who cares wants you to know...." "You Talk Too Much" comes with an egg-timer, "Covering One's Mouth" includes a handkerchief, "Table Manners" a book on said matters. I wish they had a customizable version, too, but maybe that will come later. Perhaps I could send them a gentle hint ...

If you'd like to know more about icons, just give me a sign ... or go to the Symbols.com online encyclopedia. This clean, professional site lets you search for information on 2,500 symbols by word or by graphic. For instance, in the word section, you'll find subjects like "absolute temperature." You can click on the entry, and then see the symbol as well as read about its history. There are symbols from 54 categories, including science, folklore (I really liked "Danger! Barking Dogs!" a hobo sign), early alphabets, banking, mathematics, music and politics among other subjects. You can download the Symbols 98 Encyclopedia, buy the CD or, hey, just use the online version. This site has an interesting links section, too. Now what's the symbol for "fascinating" ....

The Internet may be the newest fascination on the block, but nostalgia definitely has its place here, too. Just take a gander at NancyDrew.com, the virtual home of one of America's favorite young sleuths. This is a great spot for those "baby boomers" who still have a soft spot in their heart for that hard-boiled girl detective. There are games, lesson plans, a discussion area, and even an intro to Nancy for those who haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting her. Best of all is the online mysteries. You can help Nancy solve the "Curse of the Golden Brooch" or how about the "Ride to Terror"? This is Nancy like you've never seen her before -- in color, for one thing! Of course, there's a Nancy Drew Email Club, and you can buy every Nancy Drew book every published since the 1930s. Why, it's a mystery that they didn't do this earlier ...

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Journalwriting.com features tips for teens on how to keep a journal, types of journals, and even a place where teens can submit their own thoughts online.

The Medi-cal Advantage features a practical guide to protecting the family home and life savings from the catastrophic cost of long-term nursing home care in California.

Rebus offers products and services focusing on educational assessments that are innovative with quality information about how to improve instruction and learn about childhood development.

Successful Parenting presents practical, useful strategies and suggestions on what to do with the family's happiness in mind. Includes tips & ideas for parents of kids at any age.

the Gorp's Gift focuses on gun accident prevention, empowering our youngest kids to know what to do and what not to do if they encounter a gun.

House of Venus offers offer books that deal with issues integral to fulfilling human relationships through the art of storytelling.

The Educational Paperback Association assists publishers and distributors who supply paperback books, prebound books and other materials to schools and libraries.

The Audio Publishers Association site now features the Audiobook Title Locator, a list of every audiobook in "print" and its publisher, a joint project of the APA and R.R. Bowker, which publishes the printed version as Words on Cassette.

The Publishers Marketing Association site has added several goodies, including an "ask the experts" forum called PMA Q&A; and the Authors Roadshow, which reveals which authors are on the road to promote their books.

Last but not least, BookZone itself has added Pro Periodicals in its BookZone Pro section, so publishing professionals can buy subscriptions to magazines at the Web's guaranteed lowest prices.

B'gosh and begorrah! Ireland's Eye focuses on the Emerald Isle, its people, history and their charms. You can send a postcard from Ireland, buy wonderful books about the country, learn the history of a family name, read articles, or even take part in a Ghost Watch. This fascinating promotion involves keeping an eye on a Web cam that is aimed at the stomping grounds of a ghost at an old mill. You become part of the action, letting Webmaster John Murphy know whether you saw anything strange or nothing at all, or alerting other friends to help maintain the vigil. This site changes weekly, so check back to see what they're up to now.

Butterflies are a powerful and popular symbol of the delicacy of freedom, and The Butterfly Site helps promote that image beautifully. From the Butterfly Stockyards, where you can find breeders of various butterfly varieties, to a photo gallery of butterflies, moths and caterpillars, to an amazing World Atlas of Butterflies and Moths, to lists of public gardens, inspirational stories, pen pals field trips, a calendar, conservation alert and butterfly products, this site is as overwhelming as a massive butterfly migration.

With their graceful movements and fanciful colors, tropical fish could be called the butterflies of the sea. You can learn a lot about tropical fish, as well as acquariums and outdoor ponds, at the Tetra site. Sure, they talk about how to use their products, but they also give good instructions and photos that teach you how to build ponds and other projects. The real reason most people go to this site, though, is to build their own virtual acquarium. Sure, it takes some time and they actually make you learn a little about fish to do it, but you get to pick your theme, your plants and your fish. You can see a still version or, if your browser can handle it, a Java version with amazingly realistic swimming fish! The good news? There's no virtual fish food to worry about!

The eye of the beholder is very busy on the Web, where color and art abounds. One site that passionately celebrates art's possibilities is The Art Quarter. Host Werner Stuerenburg has created a community where modern and classic art is appreciated, discussed and dissected. You can subscribe to free art journals, learn about new artists, buy art, download some free screensavers made from original art, and even register to win a free gift each month. You'll likely come away from this site having seen art in a new way, and feeling like you've made some new friends.

What's the news around the nation? Get that and hear news from around the world at Just the News. That's right, "hear," because this site brings you RealAudio renditions of programs from around the globe, including National Public Radio (US), BBC World News (British), Radio Budapest Hungary as well as stories from around the Net. This site is just the place for people who want to know more than is available from their local news services, who are homesick for places far afield or who want to hear the story from the source! You can get weekly digests about world news by email, too.

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Alpine Publications Online is the Web home of the publisher that has been producing distinctive books on dogs, horses, cats, llamas, rodeo, and other animal subjects for 23 years.

MentalDisorders.com offers educational books, videotapes andinteractive CD-ROM's covering the field of mental illness and disorders from Ponte Vedra Publishers.

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children presents parenting tips on sleep, daycare, marriage, discipline, post partum depression and more from Cocoon Books.

If you just can't seem to get cold or terrified enough, try off-road winter mountain biking in Alaska, the home of KNLS. Yes, you can learn all about being in the wild outdoors of one of the coldest places on Earth at Alaskan All Season Cycle. Don't be fooled by the "All Season" tag, because the company that sponsors this site in talking about serious winter adventure. You can learn about specific trails, read some of the tricks of the trek, such as "Sometimes spring riding requires an early start so you can be done by the time it warms up and the bottom drops out of the trail." Yikes! Anyone can enjoy the photos of some of the beautiful Alaska views, though.

Buzzzzzz! That's right! Mr. Showbiz is a site for TV and movie fans. There are the latest headlines, but also the ability to give your opinion in a feature called the Water Cooler, plenty of "dish" on celebrities from CelebSite, and some outrageous games that allow you to win gifts like free movies for a year, and waste your free time performing your own plastic surgery on the casts of television shows such as Friends, supermodels and other helpless victims.

Think of your most private thoughts. Now how about sharing them with millions of people? That's what nearly 2,000 Webizens are doing at Open Diary. You can set up your own diary and post messages whenever you want, or peek between the pages of other peoples' lives. The diaries are accessible by first letter of the writers' names, their ages and their locales. You can see what entries have been made today, add your own comments to them, read the Editor's Choice or the DiaryMaster's daily message. One of the most fascinating uses of the Net I've seen yet, this site is a psychologist's dream!

20 Questions puts a cyberian twist on the parlor game of the same name by using artificial intelligence. Like the offline version, you first think of an item, then start the game by telling the program whether it is animal, vegetable, mineral or unknown. The questioner then leads you through a maze of sometimes surprising queries until -- sometime on or before the twentieth question -- it tries to guess what item you are thinking of. Because the site is always acquiring information and adjusting, some of the answers are hilarious. I wonder if it'll ever figure out that I was just thinking of lunch ....

As huge as it is, the Web still has cells -- Cells Alive!, that is! If you're doing a school project on cells or just want to see what these little creatures look like in living color, don't miss this site. Some of the images you'll see on it are so beautiful you'll think they're art. Others pulsate and swim, giving you a glimpse into what they probably look like at work. There are detailed explanations of how cells work from the serious (HIV) to the lighthearted ("OUCH: Anatomy of a Splinter"). You can even buy copies of the images for a project or maybe that big space over your headboard ....

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Great Kids Books offers educational and fun books, games, puzzles and more especially for African-American kids.

All About Learning provides materials to help teachers, parents and students prepare for college and gain the skills which will last far beyond the collegiate experience.

AudioEditions.com offers one of the finest selections of your favorite audiobooks from the distributor by the same name.

MarketAbility offers publishing publicity with a twist for authors, publishers and others.

The Rocky Mountain Book Publishing Association is one of the premier publishing organizations in the United States.

It's 11 p.m. and your child has a school report due tomorrow. The library? Well, the downtown one might be closed, but StudyWeb is open. Can you say access to 73,000 research-quality sites? That's what StudyWeb offers, whether you search the site or browse their 30 subject categories. There's also Study Buddy, a separate window that pops up with a drawerful of helpful tools, including a calculator, map resource, an encyclopedia and a thesaurus. This super site is enough to make anyone want to go back to school!

Have you heard the one about the urban legend that traveled around the world? With the advent of the Internet, the stories that used to simply circulate around a campfire, an office or grade school now are passed faster and farther than ever before. One site that contributes to that communication is The AFU & Urban Legends Archive. This site features some of the favorite stories many of us heard as kids, including the great-granddaddy that reveals that there are alligators in the city sewers, to the one our mothers told us about carrots being good for the eyes to the old nugget about the couple that divorces every year-end, then remarries on January 1, plus many I'd never heard before. Talk about Rumor City!

If you had any doubts about the Internet's power to link us all together regardless of borders of language, you have to visit KidLink. Designed for the express purpose of connecting kids under the age of 15, KidLink offers information in 15 different languages. Whatever language you select, to participate kids must answer four questions, revealing who they are, what they want to be when they grow up, how they want the world to be better when they grow up, and what they can do to make it happen. Reading the responses is occasionally rib-tickling but always inspiring.

Your what stuck? Check into one of the best computer support sites on the Net, No Wonder!. More than 350 volunteers worldwide tackled 30,000 cries for technical help in 1998 alone. They'll answer your questions about Windows, Macintosh, OS/2, Unix and BeOS problems within 48 hours, or you can search the messages, participate in a live chat or even volunteer yourself! They have a free email list, too. Cost? Hey, this is the Net! It's free, of course.

News flash! There are roadside attractions that actually appear beside roads! (Clearly, I've been surfing the Web too long!) Large Canadian Roadside Attractions is a site that celebrates just the sort of wonderful and wacky real creations that inspired the name of this program, Roadside Attractions. Thanks to site host Ed Solonyka, I can now share this gem with you. Yes, through the wonders of the Internet, you can learn about Sudbury, Ontario's Big Nickel, Chuck the Channel Cat in Selkirk, Manitoba, and the World's Largest Blueberry in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick. The attractions are grouped by province, by subject and alphabetically, so you won't miss a one. If you like folk art, you won't want to miss this remarkable display of imagination and creativity.

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Fantasy Hill focuses on the fantasy books of author William Hill -- and features one of the most fantastic DHTML graphics you'll see anywhere.

Bittersweet Journey is a chocoholics fantasyland.

The Great Connection looks at the inner resources we have to reach ourselves and others for sales or personal development.

Street Crazy explores the frightening plight of the mentally-ill homeless.

Freedom Through Health explores natural and scientific approaches for good health.

The free-wheeling, "we're all in this together, so let's help each other" attitude of the '60s is still alive and well on the Internet, and the I-Sales Help Desk is proof of that. Eva Rosenberg founded the mail list to allow people to help each other, and 6,500 people worldwide are taking her up on it. In fact, just this August, the Help Desk marked its 200th issue! You can subscribe to this email list or search the database for answers, and all of it is free.

From the More Ways to Waste Time Dept. comes Haiku-o-matic. As you might remember from school, Haiku is a classic Japanese poetry form. Traditionally, it is a triplet of lines containing, respectively, five, seven and five syllables in each line. Some haiku has been read and enjoyed for centuries, but that has little to do with this site, unless you want to submit your own haiku (which you can do, of course). Or you can opt for "straight up haiku" or "scrambled haiku." Each option brings back a new page with a hilarious take on the ancient art.

One of the most romantic and uplifting places in the United States is the land embraced by the Navajo Nation, the largest North American Indian tribe. As an Arizona resident, I've had the honor to roam its reaches, but now anyone can visit its majesty through the site and the maps of Time Traveler Maps. This site is not only attractive, it has a fun little contest as well as maps of the mystical Four Corners area. If you're interested in a taste of this special land, this site can provide it.

If you're wandering on the fringes instead, you may enjoy Beachcombers Alert!, the online edition of the Beachcombers' and Oceanographers' International Association newsletter. You can catch up on recent finds (including 5,000 Legos, a hockey glove and Hershey's Kisses with that little hint of saltwater) and post your own discoveries. Site host Curtis C. Ebbesmeyer even provides a Flotsam Checklist, which is perfect for those casual beach strolls.

Speaking of fascinating places, we haven't dropped in on Alaska, the home of KNLS lately. What is so interesting about Alaska? Well, just check out Alaska Fun Facts and you'll find out. There is information about Alaska's size (just seeing Alaska superimposed on the Lower 48 U.S. states gives you an idea of how big big is!), its geography, weather (of course), wildlife, history, flora and, well, fun (why am I not surprised that the state sport is dog mushing?). You can even pick up an Alaska screensaver.

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Vedic Cultural Association provides fascinating spiritual insights, including some from Father George McKenna.

Robert Houston Smith publishes books that present solutions for the problems encountered in day-to-day operations in everyday language.

Cats Meow Books provides good books for finicky readers.

The Filipino American Resource Center has wonderful resources for Filipino Americans and others interested in Filipino culture -- you can even submit your own favorite Filipino grocery!

One of the things we've learned as we develop and host sites is that a Web site that has a keyword as its name gets visited by people who are typing words into their browser windows (some of the newer browser versions will default to the .com extension if no extension is included).

I thought it'd be fun to see what happened if we went to some sites simply by typing in interesting words ....

I thought peace.com would take me to information about, well, peace. Silly me! Instead I discovered there is a company called Peace Computers that develops Unix-based software in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

Similarly, knowledge.com takes you to Knowledge Matters Ltd., a British firm that works with open source software. Interestingly enough, while peace.com is a glitzy site with frames and Java script mouseovers, knowledge.com is extremely simple. (Maybe they know something?)

snow.com takes us to lovely, lofty Colorado -- well, at least to a site that tells you all about Colorado skiing, some of the best North America has to offer. This sophisticated site shares snow reports with fancy satellite images and Doppler radar, information about resorts and jobs in them, virtual mountain tours (OK, that's just a fancy name for maps of the runs on the various mountains, but it's still interesting), and even live mountain cams trained on Breckinridge, Beaver Creek, Vail and Keystone. This is a beautiful and useful site that is well worth a visit ... especially in summer!

If you're ready to rest, sleep.com transports you to Dial-A-Mattress. You'll find some facts about sleep (there's an animated graphic on this page of a man who is, well, I think, chewing something -- maybe that's good pre-sleep exercise?), a "mattress wizard" to help you find the right mattress for you, and of course, you can buy a mattress from them, although I couldn't find a way to order one online. They do give you a toll-free number and all their retail locations, though.

Want the world on your screen? At world.com you'll have to settle for an Internet Service Provider in Brookline, Massachusetts. Not just any ISP, though -- according to their homepage, World was the first public dialup service. This clean site loads fast and serves up useful information for its current and prospective customers.

Equally as interesting as what I found is what I didn't. There were lots of addresses that are indeed registered with InterNIC (the organization that oversees the domain names ending in .com, .org, .edu and .net), but virtually nothing came up when I typed in choices including "babies.com," "baseball.com" and even "alaska.com." Because Alaska is home sweet home for KNLS, I even tried "alaska.org" to no avail.

All is not lost, however, as we wrap things up with cool.com, a site that lives up to its name. It has links to sites in 10 categories, including Fun Stuff, Sports, News and Search Engines. It even took me to ... dog.com, where you can get answers about doggy things, catch up on dog news, find dog fun and games and more. You can even get your own email address at dog.com! Woof!

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Writers Audio Shop offers information for writers from an award-winning audio publisher.

Living With ADHD Children addresses behavior management for children with attention deficit problems.

Teach Me Tapes provides language learning tapes for kids of all ages in nine different languages.

Rising Star Press features fascinating books that make you think.

Portunus Publishing is dedicated to excellence in the education of children through literature.

Information information information! The Web has finally begun fulfilling its promise as being the biggest library in the world, right on your desktop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some information is fun, some is practical, and some combinations thereof ....

Infonation is definitely a site that offers practical information. It lets you "view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations" in a most fascinating way. You can select any seven countries in the world, then chose up to four different sets of information at a time -- say population density, illiteracy rate and annual rainfall -- and the site will compare those statistics from each nation you've selected. This has to be one of the most practical yet amazing sites I've seen on the Web.

How Things Work may not have the glitzy graphics or fancy programming of some sites, but it does give mere mortals the chance to ask questions of Louis Bloomfield, author of the book How Things Work and a physics professor who wants to get people excited about physics and science. You can look at questions and answers that date back to September 1996, and even search for topics. Couldn't find the answer to your burning question? Yup, you can ask him yourself!

If this is all getting a little serious for you, turn to 104 Things to Do With A Banana. Wayne Hilburn looks at many facets of the yellow fruit, including recipes -- he wants to collect 365 of them and hopes you can help, banana facts such as how to tell if a banana is ripe, the banana's nutritional value, and even links to a site to tell you about those little labels that come on their skins. Hey, I don't even like bananas, but I like this site.

Did you think you'd get out of this infomanic segment without a word-related site? No way. Be sure to stop by Cliche Finder for a healthy helping of overworn words. Well, it isn't the words that are overused, but the phrases themselves. This straightforward site lets you search for 3,300 cliches by keyword or just get your dose of ten random cliches. Too much, though, and you'll just have to stop the Net and want to get off ...

As long as we're talking about time-honored things, let's visit by Bad Fads, where you'll find "the fads you wished would stay forever (or never come back)." From fashion flashes-in-the-pan like glassless glasses and zoot suits, to events like flagpole sitting and goldfish swallowing, this one is, well, a blast from the past for some of us. This site proves -- beautifully, I must add -- that some people will do anything (the rest of us just want to read about it).

While we're celebrating days gone by, let's stop by Retro, an "online magazine that celebrates classic popular culture of the first three-fourths of the 20th century." You can send a retro postcard, reminisce about golden oldie musical hits, and read about the fashion and fun that fills the memories of many. You can even try your hand at the Retro crossword puzzle. This attractive site just makes you want to curl up by the Victrola and wait for mom to bring you a big, cool glass of Bosco.

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... is, well, BookZone! We have a new look and feel and new layout that is getting rave reviews. We hope you enjoy it, too, including our newly expanded BookZone Pro section.

Addicus Books brings you fine books about health, self-help, how-to, business, economics, investing and the Midwestern U.S. plains.

Renaissance Books publishes books about entertainment, health, self-help spirituality, cookbooks, and much more, from the same folks who brought you Renaissance Audio.

Christopher Publishing hosts a tribute to the entire World War II generation.

Southmont Publishing offers its Mystery Writing Center, which features the books of author Jean Hager -- and the inside info on how she got to write for some of the biggest publishers in the business.

Talion Publishing brings you an intriguing collection of books and reports -- some of them free -- about such diverse topics as belly-dancing, travel adventures, hip hidden music, student editing and brazen business ideas.

Village East Books sets the stage in Asia for a novel of the 1850s, and a little fun, too!

As the Web gets more sophisticated people are finding more creative ways to waste -- I mean spend! -- time. Seriously, video cams have become extremely popular, so I thought it would be fun to visit some of these cam sites, which let you spy on real doings in real places.

Speaking of spying, why not visit the KremlinKam, where you can see what's happening in Moscow every 60 seconds. They even give you current weather conditions and exchange rates. You can view the site in Russian or English, leave notes in the guestbook, or even see past images.

Then there's the first live broadcast from Brazil, Live in Rio, where they have a number of cameras pointed at various scenes, including two beaches and two offices. There also are links to other cam sites and a photo gallery on this attractive site.

You can chill out when you visit the Fridge Cam, a Swedish creation that is activated whenever anyone opens the refrigerator door. This site lets you wander through a virtual house "designed" by the Swedish division of Electrolux. You can visit each room and read about various appliances. With its classic 1950s look, this site is whimsical and attractive. Who'd have guessed that the history of washing machines could be so interesting!

While Fridge Cam is controlled by the people who live in that house, the VA RoboCam is controlled by ... you. Well, you and as many as 449 other people. Pointed at Rundle Street, Adelaide, Australia, the cam lets you control its direction. An intriguing note at the site points out, "If more than one person tries to move the VA RoboCam at once, a tug-of-war will ensue."

If you want to do more than just point the camera you can run Interactive Model Railroad, which is at the University of Ulm in Germany. You can control the train and even see other people who are at the site. And to think that this was all done during work time!

If you enjoy these sites you won't want to miss the opportunity to find many, many more by visiting Tommy's List of Live Cam Worldwide. What an amazing listing of cams all over the world! From throughout the United States and in an amazing list of countries from Andorra to the UK, there are more locations and concepts than you can imagine.

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If you're a nurse or interested in becoming one, check out the Nursing Career Center.

Know that you could be cheerier? Choose the Happiness Habit offers insights into how to make your days better.

And we have a number of new sites for kids and the people who love them:

Gryphon House has hundreds of activities for kids, and 400 books for them, too!

Heroines in History shares stories from many countries.

How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! features the wisdom of Dr. Sal Severe, a commonsense behavior expert.

Popular speaker Barbara Coloroso also shares why Kids Are Worth It on her site by the same name.

Last but not least, our own BookFlash, which displays and distributes "publishing news that just can't wait!"

Espionage isn't just for grownups anymore, or at least that's what you might think when you visit the United States Central Intelligency Agency's Home Page for Kids. From using pigeons for aerial reconnaissance -- told by the brother and sister team of Harry and Aerial -- to the down-to-the-bone history of the Canine Corps, told by Bogart, this is a site that shows the, well, human side of the CIA. You can print out a dog badge, try on virtual disguises (the disguises require Shockwave, though) and learn about the CIA's jobs and its history. Looks like a school report in the making to me!

For something more genteel, visit Miss Abigail's Time Warp Advice. If you're having problems in your romance and your friends' advice just isn't what you need, this site can deliver "old advice for contemporary dilemmas." It's all based on books published between 1832 and 1977, but the site is a lot more than historical references. There are specific questions ("Is it too late to wear velvet"? "What is the proper age for marriage?") and you can even ask your own. The site does feature an interesting bookshelf and links, too.

Ready to do something with your hands? First use them on your keyboard to visit Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen. This site isn't for serious scientists, but rather a celebration of the wacky things kids do in the "local lab" known as the kitchen. You can learn how to make smoke bombs, "squeeze" electricity from a lemon (really!), creating a volcano and lots of other things your mom would rather you didn't do in the house. Oh well. Call it "educational" and she'll come around.

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We have a very cute site called the Swingset Press Independence Playground that has a cool mouseover option and some great books to help kids keep track of friends and family.

Leapfrog Press brings you new fiction and poetry from best-selling author Marge Piercy and others.

Manage-Momentum offers business insights with an entrepreneurial perspective.

Parents Press publishes information to help parents in their at-home job -- that's parenting -- and with taming emotions.

At the 2Lazy4U Livestock & Literary Co. you can have a laugh, buy a bull, solve that problem you are having with your horse and figure out what to have for dinner all without leaving the comfort of your computer!

What's going on in Alaska, the home of KNLS? You'll get the answer at Everything Under the Midnight Sun. From Alaska Gardening (are the cabbages really as big as beach balls?) to an Alaska FAQ, to berry recipes (they're not as big as beach balls, are they?) to Alaskan-Free-for-All Links to Alaskan humor to a forum where you can talk about things Alaskan, this really does seem like Alaska Central. Or is that North?

Or you can focus in on one special Alaska place, Kodiak Island. This is a lovely site, with information about the island's famous brown bear, the area's history, culture and business. There's even Advice for Adventurers and a walking tour, right on the site.

Here's a dynamite site, Learn2.com, which calls itself the "ability utility." This is where you come when you want to make your life easier. How? Maybe by learning to fix a scratched CD ... or treat a bee sting ... or lease a car ... or so many other burning questions of life. Thank goodness this great site has a search engine!

I admit it: I'm a Wes Modes fan. Who is Wes Modes? The mastermind behind some wonderful sites, including The Spoon, which bills itself as "The Storyteller's Place." It is just "a a truck stop on the information highway" where everday folks can tell their stories ... and they do. Read others' or share your own, or maybe pick up a new recipe from the Spoon cookbook. Don't miss this homey Web refuge.

If you are a nostalgia buff, you'll also enjoy the Rockhall.com, the virtual locale of the Cleveland, Ohio, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. As you might expect, this is a high-quality site chock-full of memories for those who have grown up with rock and roll. The homepage tells you what happened on this day in rock, and you can participate in forums or even hear your favorite inductees in downloadable or simultaneous sound. Ah, how sweet it is!

The Land of Quotes dishes up word delights, from a random quote to silly quotes to being able to search for quotes by keyword, this is a word lover's playground. It even has a forum where you can share thoughts about favorite (or least favorite) quotes or even bumperstickers!

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On the publishing front we have two new excellent sites ...
Sensible Solutions for Getting Happily Published is from Judith Appelbaum, author of the classic How to Get Happily Published, which is just out in its fifth edition. This site is full of excellent information and links.

AudioCP.com offers invaluable information about audiobook creation and production from expert Judy Byers. She has some excellent information on her site.

Teaching Strategies, a rich resource for teachers and parents, and the bookstore for the most popular parenting site on the Web, ParentSoup.

Vashon Publishing offers information about "maternal management" in the business world.

Torchlight Publishing has fascinating books about spiritual and archaeological issues.

The Healthy Legs Center has expert information about varicose and spider veins.

Want to know how to calculate your mortgage rate? Tire size? Fire danger? How much yarn you need to knit a sock? Your cat's due date? Ralph Martindale's Calculators Online Center can help with these and 5,455 other calculating questions. This site isn't glitzy, but it's an example of the incredible diversity and practicality of the Web and a godsend for those of us who hesitate to count anything higher than 10 without using our fingers.

If you're more of a "word" person, First Lines will stretch your mind and test your trivia talents. Billing itself as "A sort of literary test," this English-language site lets you pick from more than 20 categories, such as "I Saw the Movie," "The Way It Was," and "Periods Are for Sissies," then presents the first lines of classic and sometimes obscure books. You can check your response -- or cheat! -- by clicking on the Answer button. Some of the answers are even linked to references or online versions of the books. By the way, this site uses frames most appropriately, serving as a good example of how technology can really answer a need.

Enjoy a license to travel anywhere on Earth at License Plates of the World. Put together by Michael Kustermann (ALPCA #6575, Europlate #701), this comprehensive site very well could be the center of the license-plate collecting universe. You can find license plates by geographic location and also zero in on those that feature animals and birds, learn more about collecting and grading plates, find the nearest club, and scan the site's "want" and "trade" lists. License plate links? Why, of course.

Out of this planet but still accessible by the Net is information about solar eclipses. There were plenty of eclipse sites where you could learn more about the eclipse that swept across the Caribbean last month, including Discovery's Chasing the Eclipse and Total Solar Eclipse, a site that says it's for kids but where I felt right at home. Also don't miss the Eclipse Gallery, which offers photos from this most recent and other past eclipses.

You can learn more about eclipses and other fascinating phenomena at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Learn, too, about weather -- including how to build your own weather station -- volcanoes, the heart, and even Benjamin Franklin, the scientist and statesman after which this organization was named.

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Strata Publishing brings you books about communications and journalism.

Pipefitter.com is your one-stop shop for pipefitting books.

Small Business Advisors offers information about business and checkbook balancing.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the kind of thriller you just can't put down.

Youth-Sports.com has articles as well as forums for talking about T-ball and kids' soccer coaching and playing.

On the nonprofit front, we welcome the Arizona Book Publishing Association, and spotlight the Publishers Marketing Association in honor of Small Press Month. p>

It's February, the month of love, so how about a little online romance? Online-Romance Central is a great place to start. You can learn about online romance dos and don'ts, ask questions of the resident expert, Lorilyn, link to romantic sites and personal ad sites. You can even send a romantic postcard to let someone know you care! Now that's sweet.

The Oracle of Bacon is a perfect example of a Web site. First, it's totally useless, unless you consider fun of value. Second, it uses technology in a most remarkable way. This site lets you type in the name of any actor and find out how closely they relate to actor Kevin Bacon using the Six Degrees of Separation theory. (I couldn't get it beyond three degrees of separation!)

More from the land of Never-Believe ... The Museum of Dirt. Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger you discover that people -- that's more than one person! -- make a hobby of collecting dirt from special places. This site, which is quite attractive, lets you choose which dirt you want to look like by location, type, color, texture, elevation and unusual contents, among other attributes. It also has dirt from celebrity spots and even its rejection letters from celebrities. What? You want to submit some dirt? Why, of course! This is the Internet, after all.

Speaking of dirt, our next site focuses on something you may not have given much thought to, but that's OK, because a fellow named Mark Swanson has. You may know a certain insect as the lowly "doodlebug," but its actual name is the antlion. Swanson's Antlion Pit is an elegant and in-depth look at a surprisingly interesting creature. The Pit features information about the antlion in cultures around the world, in mythology and throughout history, an antlion bookstore and educational resources. All of it is beautifully rendered on this fascinating site.

The Net as a serious resource is evidenced in the Energize site, which examines the joys and challenges of working with volunteers. If you work with a church group, Boy or Girl Scouts or any other volunteer organization, you can use the kind of help this site offers, whether it's articles from their library, inspiring quotations, information about the role of board members, or a need to share your own insights. A highly practical and worthwhile site.

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Cross River Publishing Consultants offers assistance in every facet of publishing. Woman in the Moon is a diverse New Age site.

Mural Art celebrates fascinating city murals, especially in Los Angeles and California.

We also are excited about the totally made over Listening Library site, which offers hundreds of audiobooks on a variety of subjects.

Happy New Year! Yes, it's never too early to think about what you'll be doing when the millenium arrives. If you're planning something special, a visit to the Millennium's Eve Parties The International Register will give you a great idea of what is going on. There's a countdown to both the year 2000 and the year 2001 (depending upon how literal you are!). The message board displays party plans in France, Australia, Canada, Estonia and the United States, among other places, and lets you enter your own event instantly.

If you've ever sealed a message in a bottle and thrown it into the ocean with the hope that someone in a faraway place will find it and write back, you'll love Message in a Bottle. It lets you enter your name, email address and a message, then toss it onto the Internet seas. Who knows, it might end up on a desert isle!

Feet are one thing, tennis shoes are another. If you're a sneaker freak, you just have to visit Sneaker Nation. You'll be able to read the Worldwide Sneaker Report, reminisce about the best sneaker of all time, enjoy the adventures of the Sneaker Detective, link to major manufacturers' sites and even chat with other shoe lovers on the sneaker bulletin board.

If you want to know anything about the movies, anything, the Internet Movie Database Tour can help you find it. This no-nonsense site features more than 1,750,000 database entries, including information about almost a half-million movie people. This isn't just actors. It includes data about directors, writers, composers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, costume designers, producers, sound recording directors, make-up designers, color consultants and others. Film listings include everyone in the cast as well as other people and aspects of the movie. Wow!

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The Love You Deserve, where you can find out how you measure up on the relationship scale.

Pansy Productions, a new audiobooks site that features books on World War II and transforming your life, with audio clips for each book.

Fisher Books, which has fantastic books on pregnancy and childcare, cooking, family health, business, automotive, nature and garden, and self-help.

SOCAA's Temporary Help Answer Center, where you can get your questions about hiring temporary staff answered.

Twins Resources, a helpful resource for information about twins, including twins links.

And last but hardly least is Books for Cooks, a collection of 7,000 cookbooks, complete with recommendations from the Julia Child and James Beard award committees.

Feeling funny? Then you won't want to miss Jokes.com. It has hundreds of jokes in more than a dozen categories and even rates them using its Funny Factor rating system. You can enjoy the Joke du Jour, or even have a joke mailed to you daily. What? Your favorite joke isn't included? Then you can submit it yourself.

With the wonders of the Internet at our fingertips it's easy to forget there are other frontiers out there. Sea and Sky reminds us beautifully. In the sea portion you can learn about reef life, acquariums and, if you have Java capabilities, you can play sea games. The sky section also has includes a sky gallery, a tour of the solar system, and of course, both sections have links to related sites.

For a trip back in time, visit The Legend of Steamboating. Hosted by Franz Neumeier, who was born in Munich, Germany, this site beautifully conveys the romance of steamboating, which is still thriving on America's inland waterways. You can learn about the different parts of a steamboat, find out more about what boats are still plying the rivers, and even hear a steamboat whistle blow! This site is in both English and German.

We've looked at some nice Web sites, so how about what is probably the world's worst: Bud Uglly Design. From flashing backgrounds, to bad background music, broken links, blurry pictures and myriad misspellings, this site is a textbook example of how not to build a site!

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This month has been a big one for animals. We welcomed Two Dog Press, which features poetry; Doral Publishing, which has many books on showing and caring for dogs; and Cat's-paw Press, which has information about publishing and canoe camping; and Paws-tive Press's Professional Pet Sitting Center.

We have two new cooking sites, The Hoffman Press, with wine cookbooks, and Lite & Lucious Cuisine of India.

Also debuting are TutorNuWay, with information about kids sports and some cool on- and off-line coloring for kids; Mystic 21, which focuses on preparing for the 21st century; Perry Publishing, which features books about Maryland; Casler's Consumer Law Books; The Relationship Toolbox, with an interesting interactive test; and Zipper Press, featuring The Little Wooden Table.

Another contribution from KNLS listener William Dickerman is the fascinating HAARP, or High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, site. Through it those of us in the rest of the world can learn about this fantastic project going on in Alaska. Still photos and a Cybercam displays pictures of the physical location, with what looks like a forest of TV antennae, which are being used to study the properties and behavior of the ionosphere in hopes of, among other things, improving civilian and military communications and surveillance systems.

The Mining Company is a site that really takes advantage of the technology of the Web. It has more than 500 "guides" who offer information on a broad variety of subjects, from going back to school to cultures and beliefs, arts and entertainment, travel, sports and news. You can even sign up to be a guide!

Have a burning question? If it's about health, try Health Answers. You can search by subject and get answers about almost any health condition you can think of. For more general questions, Answers.com ready to answer anything! There is a slight charge, but they'll answer easy, medium, tough and even custom questions, starting at US$1.99!

Here's something new: a little onscreen friend. You download an Interactive Character engine from the togglethis site, which unleashes Bozlo, a crafty, cantankerous and high-strung beaver on your desktop. Then you get one new installment for the next six weeks ... and another chance to outsmart that pesky Bozlo!

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It's been a busy month! We have two new sites with hundreds of classic and new titles for people who enjoy audiobooks: Listening Library and AudioPartners.

There's also ...

Hannacroix Creek Books, which features books for kids and adults;

Chosen to Live, a remarkable story about a plane crash survival;

Baseball History by the Book, which shares the story of baseball's beginnings, and

Greta's Place, where women can contribute to a book with their own tips and tricks!

Cookierecipe.com lets you find recipes that use favorite ingredients, take your chances with Cookie Roulette and discover specialty cookie recipes, or can submit your own.

You can learn about an ancient art from a modern master, Walter S. Arnold at his stone carving site. See photos and read commentaries on some of his incredible gargoyles, a stone menagerie, and other carvings, and discover the history of stonecarving tools and techniques or see samples of 200 different types of marble.

If you're wondering if stone carving is one of the top classic crafts you might want to check out The Descriptionary. If there's a top ten list about any subject, it's bound to be here.

KNLS listener William Dickerman recommended we visit a wonderful site called Ghosts of the Gold Rush. Here you can read stories about the Klondike gold rush, which happened 100 years ago. see a timeline, learn about celebrations honoring the even anniversary and search a database of names of people involved in the rush.

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Roadside Attractions, just for KNLS listeners. Here we revisit the sites we've profiled on past shows.

Visit the updated Optimal Performance Institute, which reveals the motivational and performance secrets of world-class athletes.

Ego Surfing With "Mike Osborne" was a whirlwind trip of the Web. "Ego surfing" is as easy as typing your name into the search window of any search engine or directory. Try using the engine's advanced options, asking for an "exact match" on your name.

Searching "Mike Osborne," we got 159 matches and visited:

Mike Osborne's Homepage. It includes information on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Christian Resources, his favorite computer utilities and diversions. So it's truly a home page.

Next stop was the World Christian Broadcasting Network, and hey, this really is our own Mike Osborne! The WCBC newsletter also showed up several times.

The cryptically named BC#8 is a music newsletter. This issue contains an interview with Dokken, an American band. Although we never found a reference to a Mike Osborne in it, it's in there somewhere! (BC#9 also showed up in the list later.)

The Publications of Markus Hegland about Fast Fourier Transforms appeared, too, including "Boundary equation methods for linear systems of equations," written by -- guess who? -- Mike Osborne.

Then there's the GT40 Replica Sports Car site offers Mike Osborne's article about "Ford 302 Alloy Head Replacement." If you like sports cars, this Ford is a beauty.

At the Clamping Coupling page there is a photo of, yes, Mike Osborne, Senior Set-up Man and Operator. This page shows recessed screws with or without keyways and other things I could not figure out for love or money.

Next we came upon some medical abstracts. Included is a December 1995 presentation on Hydrodynamic Stability Calculations by Mike Osborne (CMA,ANU). This Australian site is using the Web for archiving and sharing information worldwide.

Then there is the Aerotek site. This company has been making aircraft and helicopter parts for years, then decided to build a mobility vehicle for seniors and people with disabilties. This cute little device is displayed ... with quotes from company president Mike Osborne.

We found another fascinating Mike Osborne stop in the April 1995 publication of British Archaeology. Mike Osborne, schools management advisor and the project's Area Co-ordinator for the Midlands. Alconbury in Cambridgeshire, appears in an article on "Tracing the relics of [Britain's] World War II wartime defence."

Next stop was the British Columbia Forest Museum in Duncan BC. Mike Osborne is the contact for this museum, which features a steam train that circles a 100-acre park through forest land and over a trestle.

Our finale: www.osborne.com/ (alas, there was no mikeosborne.com/). Lo and behold, it's a book site. Osborne covers the Information Age, publishing such books as the Internet Kids and Family Yellow Pages and Great American Web Sites, so that pretty much brings us full circle!

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New Hat's Big Impact Site, featuring the stories of volunteer Big Brothers and how this wonderful program helps young men

Phase II Publications and BookTree Press, which provides information on book publishing and books to read

Heritage Publishing House, offering thrilling fiction

Wolfenden, which features books on Asia, including a fascinating book called The Last Voyage, which shares the author's adventures in a 72-foot cement schooner.

Kids of all ages will enjoy Rocketry Online with its news articles, links to software, vendors, magazines, clubs and organizations, all relating to, yup, rocketry.

The Black Hole offers art and information about pinhole photography, one of the most basic and oldest forms of this art in French and English.

Step Into Story with Papa Joe's Traveling Story Show offers some of Papa Joe's own stories and links you to some other sites where you can pick up stories and techniques.

You can reveals the learn about the Mayan language, write your name in Mayan glyphs, even hear the sound of the Mayan language and learn more about this ancient culture, their calendar and customs at Rabbit in the Moon.

CelebSite offers hundreds of celebrity profiles on the site, or, if they're not listed there, the site searches Yahoo for you for appropriate links. You can also find out about celebrity birthdays, read celebrity news and write fan letters and even check out your own horoscope using a different sort of stars.

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Pendulum Plus Press shares the power of unconditional love

Cards of Illumination lets you discover your own birth card and the magic of everyday playing cards

White Cliffs Media's African and World Music site offers some of the finest world and folk music through sound and word

Visit home sweet home Alaska -- source of KNLS's broadcasts through Karen Hunter 's Alaskan "Odd"yseys where you can learn more about Alaska birding, the Northern Lights, and yes, even a little homespun tour of Karen's house.

At the top of the world a climb of Mt. Everest is under way and being broadcast to a special Web site that shares the news, pictures, and gossip from the Everest Assault `96 team and even information about the sacred cultures of Nepal and Tibet.

Learn more about being a lefty at Living in the Mirror. This information-rich site has a forum area where you can talk about being lefthanded, links to everything from the Lefthanded Hall of Fame to surveys on being lefthanded to the homepages of lefties.

Now let's get to work! Research-It lets you search English language dictionaries including a rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus, translation of words in various languages, people in history, bible references, quotations, maps, currency, stock quotes and zip codes among other things.

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ATL Press presents science resources for professionals, educators and the public, including a new book about the Comet Hale-Bopp

Open Horizon's BookMarket.com at is the booming site of book marketing expert John Kremer. It offers tips and tricks of book marketing as well as his own books. You can even sign up for a book marketing tip of the week.

The Bookhaus Publishers site is refreshed and renewed, now offering "hurt" books, that is books that have slight scrapes and dings or maybe an old cover, at big discounts.

Get a screenside seat of Linda Finch's recreation of Amelia Earhart's historic flight, at WorldFlight . This site tells more about both women's flights, including up-to-date reports on Linda Finch's current location, digital postcards and real-time movies. Also part of the site is the "Kids You can Soar" program, which "encourages students to fulfill their dreams by emphasizing Earhart's pioneering spirit, her vision of limitless human potential and her belief in individual accomplishment."

Optimizms Electronic Postcards at are fun and free. You simply pick out the front of the postcard you want to send to a friend on the Net, then type the address of the person you want to send it to and your e-mail address. Next you put in your message, and hit the send button. It's that easy.

Anybody hungry? Top Secret Recipes is full of the recipes upon which popular restaurants have built their reputations . Every month they feature new "top secret" recipes, such as Benihana Japanese Fried Rice, Snapple® Iced Tea, Arby's® Sauce, Wendy's® Chili, Orange Julius, Fiddle Faddle® & Screaming Yellow Zonkers®, and Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies®.

For those with more sophisticated tastes -- and a grasp of French -- check out the Web Recipe Box. It's a recipe exchange, all in French, with more than 2,600 recipes.

The Center for the Easily Amused offers tidbits and pieces of silliness including an online soap opera called Cathablanca, a pen pals page with the opportunity to meet a "pixel pal," and the DigiDay site with its Bill Gates 365 Day Calendar and 365 Days of Classic Quotes.

Remember the "Happiest Place on Earth"? Disneyland is found in several other countries now, but they've torn down a lot of what made us so happy! You can see what it used to look like at Yesterland. The labor of love of a Disneyophile named Werner Weiss it helps recalls memories of the Main Street Electrical Parade, to the PeopleMover, to the recollections of former cast members.

Electric Gallery at shows the work of more than 200 artists from around the world, from a Haitian Art Collection, to the Amazon Project, which is preserving the art of South America, to the Folk & Outsider Art collection.

The Garden Art Gallery shows detailed color photographs of outdoor art in its element, complete with artists' biographies.

For the youngest set, there's Baby's Art Gallery. Apparently, infants like high contrast, black and white art, so this site offers geometric patterns and shapes that might not appeal to more mature eyes. You can download, print or cuddle up to the screen with baby to see them. This is a pay-only site, though it's only $1.50 each and you can see samples to get some idea if baby has a future as an art critic.

For older kids, check out the Kids Korner Art Gallery, a beauty of a site in rainbow hues, with art from kids from newborn to 18 who hail from all over the world. Your children can even submit their art, either by sending in a digital image or by sending artwork to scan, right from the site.

The biggest kids of all -- that's adults -- might enjoy the Acme Animation Art Cel Gallery. That's "cels" as in "celluloids," the film frames that make up cartoons. Here you can buy classic cels from Disney, Warner Bros., Hanna Barbera and others, as well as cartoon collectibles.

Celestial art is on display overhead these days. If you haven't seen the incredible vision of the Hale-Bopp comet, you won't want to miss it. And you can learn everything there is to know about this Hale-Bopp site. You can find out where and how to see it, see sky charts and even learn more about software that can help you view it, but you can see it easily by just stepping outside.

If you're fascinated by space and what's happening there right now, check out Magnificent Universe, especially the Human Space Flight section, where you can see photos from the U.S. Space Shuttle and Russian Mir mission, photos from the current mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope, and hook up with The NASA Channel, that lets you see live pictures from space.

WhoWhere? not only lets you look up people by their names, it lets you search by education, personal interests, favorite Net hangout and geographical location.

If you love movies, you won't want to miss RARE. This site lets you rate movies, then recommends movies to you based on your tastes.

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