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    December, 2007

  • Disney Vacations: It’s a Small World After All - December 25, 2007 12:19 PM

    If you’ve been wishing upon a star that your next Disney vacation will be easy to research and plan, it’s time to stop dreaming and start surfing the Web. In this Web Guide to Disney Vacations you’ll find links to lots of Disney travel information resources, from specifics within Disney’s own sites to unofficial guides, travel planners, money savers and hotel information. The Disney Vacations Web Guide will have you shaking hands with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy in no time.

  • Long-Term Care: Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, and Home Health Services on the Web - December 25, 2007 10:36 AM
    As one grows older, the prospect of needing nursing home care or another form of living assistance becomes increasingly real. The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information estimates that more than 60 percent of people over the age of 65 will require long-term care services at some point in their lives. For those who are sick or have disabilities, more specialized living arrangements may be necessary. The Web has many resources for exploring long-term care options.
  • Recommit to Your New Year's Resolutions - December 20, 2007 12:19 PM
    As we ring in the new year, millions of people make resolutions to change their lives for the better, hoping to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with their families or make other life improvements. The Web can aid you on your journey, with advice, resources and inspiration that will help you follow through with—or recommit to—your New Year's resolutions.
  • Dog Care - December 11, 2007 09:31 AM
    Dog is man’s best friend, we’ve been told. “My dog is a member of the family,” we tell each other. Yet the book “The Truth about Dogs” points out another side of our canine friends: dogs steal the food off our plates, take the best spot on the couch, and routinely destroy our property. Just who is this dog creature, anyway? Perhaps only you, in partnership with your dog, can determine that. But this guide can surely help you find the Web’s best resources for care of this mysteriously lovable pet.
  • Hanukkah Celebration: Understanding the Jewish Festival of Lights - December 05, 2007 11:25 AM
    For eight nights each year, Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates the miracles that occurred more than 2,000 years ago when Judah and the Maccabees fought against religious persecution, rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and lit the menorah (a candelabrum) with one day’s worth of oil that, amazingly, lasted for eight. Let the Hanukkah Celebration Web Guide show you where to find information on Hanukkah customs, traditions, food, blessings, music and more.
  • November, 2007

  • Christmas Holiday: Resources for Celebrating - November 26, 2007 05:00 AM
    When the red and green lights and wreaths appear and the sounds of familiar carols echo in the streets,it’s time to celebrate the Christmas holiday again. This Christmas Holiday Web Guide presents the history of Christmas, illuminates how and why we celebrate certain customs, and reveals the best places to look for Christmas recipes, decorations and gift ideas. Whether you have a religious view of the holiday or simply enjoy the Christmas spirit, the resources below can help you make merry with your friends and family all through the season.
  • Give Thanks: Support Our Military Family - November 19, 2007 06:35 AM
    “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive … to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”

         President Abraham Lincoln
         Second Inaugural Address
         March 4, 1865

    When soldiers are deployed overseas, families are left behind and often face financial and emotional hardship. With thousands of charities devoted to supporting our military family, it’s not easy to know which ones are the most worthy of your support.

    The Military Family Support Web Guide lists our top charities for supporting military families and troops. Use it to connect with the families and service members who have sacrificed so much for America by sending letters and supplies, volunteering, helping heal wounded soldiers or giving much-needed donations. 

    Make the United States the country you want it to be: a place where citizens support our military family and honor their principles through even the most challenging of times. Learn how to support the families whose loved ones are currently serving, how to support the troops overseas and those who have returned home, and find Web sites that military families can visit to seek help.

    View a Spanish-language version of the Military Family Support Web Guide.
  • Thanksgiving: Recipes, Traditions and More - November 17, 2007 06:45 AM
    If you enjoy celebrating the fourth Thursday in November, give thanks to Sarah Josepha Hale: In 1863, she wrote to President Lincoln advocating the declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Today, the Internet offers a cornucopia of information. Use our Thanksgiving Web Guide to find Thanksgiving traditions recipes and other Thanksgiving resources. You'll also find links to the menu from the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving, learn ways to keep your guests entertained while you're doing the dishes, uncover the mystery of turkey brining and much more.
  • Counseling and Therapy: Finding Emotional Support on the Web - November 02, 2007 10:06 AM
    Life's events can occasionally lead to an array of complicated feelings and emotions. Sometimes we're able to sort out these feelings ourselves, or with the help of family or friends. Other times, it might be necessary to talk to a trained counselor or therapist who can help us get to the root of our difficulties. If you or someone you know needs this specialized assistance, the Web sites in this guide can point you in the right direction.
  • October, 2007

  • Divorce Resources - October 25, 2007 12:52 PM
    Aside from the obvious personal difficulties, there are many practical considerations in a divorce. In this guide you'll find resources that will introduce the divorce process, provide you with legal resources, and offer guidance for managing your finances. You'll also find information about supporting your children, and tools to find counseling for yourself or your family. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • Marriage Resources - October 25, 2007 11:57 AM
    When the wedding-day celebrations end and the honeymoon draws to a close, all couples inevitably face the reality of life together-for better or for worse. Use these recommended sources to find out what a marriage entails from a practical point of view. Learn about your financial and legal rights as a spouse, and find online group support. This guide also provides resources for military spouses. Finally, if you are in need of some external help, you'll find directories to marriage counseling services as well. 
  • Pets - October 23, 2007 04:57 PM
    It’s often said that a pet isn’t just an animal, but a member of the family. Both anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that pets help their owners enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives. Of course, with the wonderful rewards of pet ownership comes great responsibility. The Internet is a useful source of advice and assistance to keep coats glistening and tails wagging—if you know where to look. We’ve herded some of the Web’s best pet-care resources into this guide so you can spend less time researching and more time with your animal.
  • Learning Disabilities: Resources for Treatment, Research and News - October 17, 2007 11:38 AM
    Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney and many other extremely successful people in history overcame learning disabilities despite a lack of information and tools to help them. Today, those with learning disabilities have the benefit of technology to help them succeed. Learn about learning disability symptoms, the importance of proper diagnosis, treatment plans and available resources.
  • Fertility Problems - October 08, 2007 10:01 PM
    Use the following guide to help you find the medical and personal information you need to understand fertility problems and move forward with the expansion of your family. You'll find a general overview of fertility issues, explanations of causes and treatments, information about related conditions, and places to go for support.
  • Family-Friendly Travel - October 08, 2007 05:52 PM

    Every parent knows that the right type of family vacation depends on the age of the children. This Web Guide to Family-Friendly Travel can help make family travel decisions easy. For resources and information on where to go and what to do with babies, toddlers, school-age kids and teens; for gear and services to make the going (and returning) easier; and for family vacation planning tips and tricks on how to navigate all types of travel with your kids, use this Web Guide to the world of family-friendly travel.

  • Autism Resources: Using the Web to Understand the Autistic World - October 08, 2007 04:44 PM
    According to the Wall Street Journal, somewhere between one in 500 and one in 166 children in the United States have autism. Autism has no definite causes or cures, and can seem like a devastating diagnosis for the patient and for his or her loved ones. However, people with autism can live successful, happy lives. In this Autism Resources Web Guide, you'll find valuable information for those with autism, and gain the knowledge you need to make life as rich as possible for you and your family.
  • September, 2007

  • Weddings - September 19, 2007 12:35 PM
    Don’t let the joy of your wedding be overshadowed by the stress of planning. Our Weddings Web Guide uncovers some great resources for spouses-to-be, whether you’re just looking for inspiration or want close guidance during all stages of planning and preparation.
  • Holidays On the Web - September 13, 2007 10:29 AM
    Click on your holiday of choice in the menu on the right to learn more.

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  • July, 2007

  • Online Dating - July 17, 2007 09:45 AM
    Anyone who's ever tried dating knows that it can be a scary—and at times frustrating—experience. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a place where you could screen dates before ever meeting them, or let someone (or something) else pick potential matches for you? In this guide we'll show you how to use the Internet to do all those things. We'll provide you with dating sites for people with specific interests or lifestyles, as well as sites that evaluate all these online dating services. We'll even show you how to stay safe with online dating.
  • June, 2007

  • International Adoption - June 21, 2007 09:53 AM
    Whether you have already decided to adopt internationally or are first exploring the possibility, the Web can give you an overview of the international adoption process and U.S. international adoption requirements. Online, you'll be able to research countries that have established international adoption programs, learn about the associated costs and how to select a reputable adoption agency, learn about potential issues facing children who have spent time in orphanages, find support groups in your area, and find current adoption-related news and publications.
  • GLBT Resources - June 15, 2007 05:57 PM
    Online, you'll find tools to help you explore the myriad social and political aspects of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Whether you want to know more about the coming-out experience, are looking for local community resources, want some GLBT activism opportunities, want to stay current on GLBT news and popular culture, are looking for fun things to do, or are looking for a date, the Web can provide access to whatever information or resources you need.
  • Parenting - June 15, 2007 05:47 PM
    Ever wish that your kids came with an owner's manual? You might not get your wish exactly, but you can read a favorite parenting magazine online, find tips from other parents about raising children, supplement your children's education, learn how to keep them healthy or get advice on talking to them about tough issues. Use the sites in this Parenting Web Guide to make your search quick and successful.
  • Families - June 15, 2007 05:39 PM
    Being part of a family takes a lot of work: keeping in touch with everyone, planning a wedding, working on your marriage, becoming a parent, and caring for your loved ones old and young can be a challenge greater than one person can handle. We've put together a collection of Web sites that can act as a family counselor, genealogist, storyteller, long-lost friend or relative finder, and even personal organizer.
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