Favorite Pages

Below are some sites you may want to visit. They are resources that do not fit into any of the other categories on my site, but they are all wonderful. Click on the site's name and you will be redirected.

 

1.) Kiva and KivaZip allow people to make micrloans to others all around the world. For as little as $5, but typically $25, you can help someone start a solar-powered organic farm a few miles away from you or someone else buy fabric to batik for clothing on the other side of the planet. I cannot say enough good things about Kiva, but here are some of my thoughts:

     The site is very easy to use

     Donors choose who they support.

     Individuals and groups are vetted by bank and loan companies.

     You can see a photo of the loan recipients, as well as get a great deal of information about them and their business. Sometimes--most often with KivaZip--you can also get email updates.

     Jessica Jackley started Kiva in 2005. It retains both its nonprofit status and its sterling reputation.

 

2.) Africam has been around a long time, and it has grown so much since its early years. The concept is quite simple: place cameras in places where wild animals gather, allowing folks from all around the world to watch cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and more.

For animal lovers who do not live on a wildlife sanctuary in Africa, this is an amazing site. There are blogs, chat rooms, places to ask rangers questions, and lots of information about these beautiful animals.

 

3.) For seeing animals not living in Africa, but living in zoos around the globe, there is ZooBorns. As the title suggests, the focus is on baby animals. The photos are incredible--if seeing babies of any species does not melt your heart, you have no heart to melt--and there is information about the various animals. 

No matter what animal speaks to your soul, this page has them, from aardvarks to zebras.

 

4.) There are some bad web sites out there when it comes to grammar. And if you have a grammar question, chances are good you do not know which one to trust. 

Happily, I have the answer. Purdue's OWL is a reliable source for help with English, writing, spelling, and grammar. It has been around a long while, is very easy to navigate, and the writing is clear. 

Sections include ESL, writing resumes and other job search pieces, irregular verbs, and citing research in your writing. 

 

5.) You've seen their TV commercials and driven by their billboards. Now check out the Foundation for a Better Life's Values web site.

This site has lots of quotations, all positive and uplifting. A different value is chosen each week--Appreciation, Honesty, Inner Strength, etc.--and that week's quotations relate to that value. The quotations are from every imaginable source, from ancient philosophers to contemporary pop culture icons. 

There are downloads, podcasts, ecards, and a newsletter, as well as other information on the web site. This is definitely a great site to visit for a quick pick-me-up!

 

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