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    December, 2010

  • The Kwanzaa Holiday: A Cultural Celebration - December 26, 2010 09:20 AM
    Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, the Kwanzaa holiday is not a religious celebration. Kwanzaa was created as a means of identifying and affirming cultural traditions and principles within the African-American community. Celebrated for seven days, from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a gathering of friends and family where stories, customs, meals and decorations are shared in honor of a common history and shared future. Use The Kwanzaa Holiday Web Guide to learn about the founding of Kwanzaa and how you can celebrate.
  • October, 2009

  • Haunted New York - October 20, 2009 11:06 AM
    New York in autumn feels both festive and unsettled: Something about the changing weather makes us curious about the cycle of life and death. It’s the perfect time to reflect upon all the feet that have walked these streets before us, and all the eyes that have watched the city evolve. Some of these eyes seem to be watching us still. You can scarcely walk a block in Manhattan without encountering a haunted landmark.
  • December, 2008

  • Playing the Piano - December 01, 2008 06:11 PM
    The piano is one of the most widely played instruments available, and rightfully so: it makes a wonderful accompaniment to other instruments, and can stand on its own as a solo instrument. Whether you want your child to start playing, or wish you’d never stopped your piano lessons years ago, the Web can help you find what you need to start tinkling those ivories.
  • November, 2008

  • Playing the Guitar - November 06, 2008 06:07 PM
    A solo classical guitarist, a slide guitar bluesman and a heavy metal lead guitarist may play wildly different types of music, but they share a common instrument: the good old guitar. The resources in this guide can help you learn how to play guitar, find guitar news and magazines, buy guitars and guitar gear, find guitar festivals and conferences, and get connected with the vibrant guitar community online.
  • October, 2008

  • Halloween: Get Wicked on the Web - October 02, 2008 10:01 AM

    It's the second largest commercial holiday in America, but your Halloween celebration can be as homemade or as far over the top with special effects as you want. On the Web, you can discover the history of this holiday, learn to plan a spooky party, find that costume you've dreamt about since last year, become an expert pumpkin carver, or find the most terrifying haunted house in your neck of the woods.

  • August, 2008

  • Poetry - August 18, 2008 09:57 AM
    You can find “Leaves of Grass” without ever leaving the house, if you know where to look online. The Internet can be an excellent source for poetry texts, information about poets and even tips for penning your own poems. Modern technology can bring all the classics, and even current poetry news, to your screen in seconds.
  • Understanding YouTube - August 13, 2008 09:24 AM
    YouTube, the popular social Web site that allows anyone to upload online videos, presents a new set of challenges for parents. Because YouTube can be a lot of fun for both parents and kids alike, the more flagrant videos that also populate the Web site can sometimes be overlooked. This guide takes you through what is out there and how to monitor your child’s YouTube use.
  • Young Adult (YA) Fantasy Literature - August 04, 2008 10:39 AM
    Children often have wild and fantastic imaginations, and a select group of adult authors caters to them. In this guide, find sources for discovering some of the popular YA fantasy authors and their work. Learn about the books that have won prestigious awards. And when you or your child is finally addicted to YA fantasy, feed the obsession with forums and blogs.
  • May, 2008

  • Life After College: Post-College Survival Techniques - May 21, 2008 04:46 PM
    Don’t worry: Life doesn’t go completely downhill after you leave college. But the first few years after you graduate can be pretty tough. To help alleviate the burden, scour the resources in this Life After College Web Guide. You’ll learn how to get a job, avoid getting a job, search for an apartment and make new friends. We’ve even got financial tips and (spoiler alert!) advice about how soon you need to start saving for retirement. The party is just getting started.
  • April, 2008

  • Downloading Movies - April 11, 2008 11:44 AM
    Once upon time, deciding to rent a movie meant that you were too lazy to go out. Now, you can exert even less effort by avoiding the trip to the video store, too. When you feel like watching a film, simply walk over to your computer and buy or rent it. But make sure you understand what constitutes illegal downloading: violating Digital Rights Management laws can cost you more than late fees.
  • Video Games - April 09, 2008 11:01 AM
    Anyone who’s played a video game knows they can be addictive, and this guide will help you support your habit. Read about new games and consoles, get reviews and cheat codes, connect to other enthusiasts via blogs and forums, find arcades and play games for free online.
  • Downloading Music - April 08, 2008 10:54 AM
    For a few years, it probably felt like you had a special secret: you could download music for free from the Internet. Now, the record industry has uncovered the “secret” of illegal downloading, shared by you and millions of others, and it is not happy. Fortunately, if you know where to go, you can avoid getting sued and still find plenty of music online. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • Cinco de Mayo - April 04, 2008 04:36 PM
    Cinco de Mayo—May 5—is a festive, lively Mexican celebration that has become increasingly popular in the United States. Although many believe it to be Mexico’s Independence Day, May 5 actually represents Mexico’s victory over France at the battle of Puebla in 1862. The following resources summarize the history of the holiday, and highlight some contemporary celebrations. Find out how and where to enjoy Cinco de Mayo through links to prominent festivals nationwide, or use the sources below to plan your own fiesta. For teachers, the Guide offers links to lesson plans and eco-friendly crafts. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • Planning a Bridal Shower: Themes, Invitations, Gift Ideas and More - April 02, 2008 07:39 PM
    The tradition of throwing a bridal shower began in the 16th century with a poor young couple in Holland. To ease the couple’s material burden, friends and family showered them with gifts. Today bridal showers are often more elaborate affairs, and the Web sites recommended in this Planning a Bridal Shower Web Guide can help you plan a bridal shower to remember.
  • March, 2008

  • TV Shopping - March 27, 2008 11:51 AM
    Television technology changes so rapidly that it can be hard to choose which features you need when buying a new set. Fortunately, the Web hosts articles on all latest and greatest developments in TV tech, and of course, sites that are poised to sell it to you. This guide will help you to learn the issues and be a careful shopper.
  • Digital TV Broadcasting - March 17, 2008 03:12 PM
    By now you’ve probably heard that TV broadcasting will switch over to digital (DTV) on February 17, 2009. You’ve probably also heard Cassandra-like warnings about everything you’ll need to be prepared for this event. The great likelihood, however, is that you won’t need anything, and that if you do, the effort and cost on your part will be minimal. With the help of a few Web resources, you can find out what, if anything, you need to be prepared.
  • Passover: History, Traditions, Seders and Food - March 14, 2008 04:06 PM
    Passover, or Pesach, celebrates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, where they were slaves. The holiday has also come to symbolize and commemorate various types of individual, political and social freedom in modern times. Although there are basic laws and traditions, Passover can be a personalized celebration. The veritable cornucopia of Haggadahs available indicates the many ways to observe the holiday; every family celebrates in their own fashion. Learn about the basic traditions and choose some new ones to spice up your holiday.
  • Easter - March 14, 2008 01:20 PM
    Easter is one of the most important religious holidays of the Christian calendar, steeped in  tradition and ritual developed over centuries. It also has its secular side: the familiar bonnets, bunnies and those irresistible foil-wrapped chocolate eggs nestled into beds of neon grass. With all of these distractions, it’s easy to see how the religious message of Easter can sometimes get crowded out of the picture. This Web Guide can help you rediscover the history, beliefs, symbolism and practice of Easter.
  • Ticket Buying: Entertainment, Sports, and Movies - March 12, 2008 06:31 PM
    We look for everything online, and tickets to events and performances are no exception. Whether you want to see the Super Bowl or Any Given Sunday, if a ticket is required for it, you can buy it online. Below, we’ve recommended the best and most trusted sites for purchasing sports, concert, theater, special events, and movie tickets.
  • Tap Dancing - March 06, 2008 12:30 PM
    Tap dancing has the distinction of being a uniquely American art form, and its influence spreads far and wide across American performance art culture. From Fred Astaire to the Hoofer Club in Harlem to the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, tap has enthralled audiences for most of the 20th century and continues to do so in the current one. In this guide, you’ll find sites offering tap history, sources for tap news and reviews, and information about tap organizations and companies.
  • Music Recording - March 03, 2008 12:04 PM
    Performing music has come a long since the time when you’d be lucky to hear a few songs from a traveling bard. Now, not only can you download a song in seconds, but you can also record your own music easily at home. Both individuals and bands can use the sites below to learn about the various technologies that will help them write and record music.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations: History, Traditions and more - March 03, 2008 09:45 AM
    It’s been said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. So no matter what your nationality or faith, use our St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Web Guide to find links to parades, the best places to have fun and of course, tips on beer. We’ve also provided a history of St. Patrick’s Day, and suggestions for family-friendly traditions.
  • February, 2008

  • Dance: History and Performance - February 28, 2008 10:02 AM
    Dancers spend endless hours a day perfecting their craft, but you don’t need toil quite as hard for good dance information online.  Delve into dance history with pictures, biographies and timelines. Get expert opinions and breaking dance news from arts newspapers and dance magazines. Or buy dance performance tickets and make your own judgments. Then, chat about what you’ve learned with others on dance news and forums.
  • Knitting - February 22, 2008 11:02 AM
    If you follow celebrity gossip, you’re probably aware that there’s a been a resurgence in the popularity of knitting. An increasing number of people are learning to knit, looking for new patterns, seeking out knitting groups, and scoping out the best knitting tools. The Internet is a useful tool to aide all the above endeavors for new and experienced knitters alike.  Use the following guide to begin, or enhance, your experience as a knitter.
  • Oscars Guide: Your Ticket to the Red Carpet - February 21, 2008 12:50 PM
    Even if you haven’t seen all the nominated movies, there’s a good chance that you’ll tune in for some, or all, of the Academy Awards show. You may watch to admire (or mock) the fashions, to root for your favorite actor or because you’re hoping to win the office pool. Read on for a guide to maximizing your Oscar experience.
  • Hosting a Party: Ideas, Recipes, Drinks and More - February 13, 2008 01:22 PM
    If you're interested in hosting a party everyone will enjoy, the Hosting a Party Web Guide is sure to help. Whether you're throwing a multi-course formal dinner party, a Halloween costume ball or a casual gathering of friends for Super Bowl Sunday, this guide points you to the best resources on the Web. Learn where to find invitation designs, party themes, menus, party food and drinks, and lots more.
  • Entertainment - February 07, 2008 12:27 PM
    The Web, itself a source for entertainment, is also the best resource for every other form of entertainment. No other tool can locate a movie, TV show, game, musical composition, or commentary upon request, and also deliver it to you, possibly in real time, on your personal computer screen. Knowing how to locate what you want is key: the findingDulcinea Entertainment Web Guide will tell you how to go, where to go, and what you’ll find there.
  • The Radio Guide: Tune in Online - February 07, 2008 11:35 AM
    If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could find a radio station that exclusively broadcasts video-game theme songs, it’s time to let go of the dial, and take hold of your mouse. The Internet is home to an abundance of stations that include FM, AM, online-only, and satellite; you can even create a station yourself. The sites below help you find stations, make stations, find programming, and choose services. You’ll also get a dose of radio history. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • Toys - February 06, 2008 04:03 PM
    Some experts consider play time to be work for children, a critical part of their development. As work, kids need the right tools to get the job done well: good toys. We've selected some helpful Web sites that can teach you the importance of "child's play" and how to equip your kids with safe toys that will keep them happy, engaged, and active.
  • Ballet - February 05, 2008 05:20 PM
    Maybe you’re trying to figure out where you’ve seen that soloist before, deciding to subscribe to a company’s season or wondering what it means to have a good attitude. The sources below will help you take a deeper look at ballet. Find histories, dancer bios, and reviews from around the world; get a live experience by buying your ballet tickets online; or get in touch with ballerinas and ballet fans via a dance forum.
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