hey, it's a pun, folks!

A friend of mine who had a progressive illness and couldn't get out much any more used to sign his e-mails, "through a little piece of glass." It's amazing how in less than a decade we've each brought to our fingertips, through a little piece of glass, as much information as the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, or the ancient world's Library at Alexandria.

It used to be that teachers, for example, considered information gleaned from the Internet to be suspect. I think that as time goes one, such information is being progressively recognized as legitimate. One major hurdle remaining web-research is that of copyright limitations, which restricts a lot of material to hard-copies of books.

For most topics, however, I can find vast amounts of information and vivid photos and graphics online. I'm not saying that periodic visits to a place like the Metropolitan Museum of Art has become irrelevant to those living in or visiting New York, but I can certainly find glorious images of many of the world's artistic masterpieces, hints on how to treat a rare allergy, even pictures of a small town in a third-world country on my computer, should I want to know what it looks like.
The Google search engine has obviously been a great boon for bringing us all We each have our little personal treasure-houses of sites—'re all librarians now. Below are some of my favorites:


www.poemhunter.com— really nice site! Used to be a "dead poets" site. Then they opened
it up for the whole world to post its poems! There's some doggerel and quite a few adolescent, "lost love" poems...AND, lots of wonderful stuff, from all over! There's also a community there, as poets get to know one another. But one can participate in that as little or as much as one likes.

Poetry Super Highway— Maintained by Rick Lupert, this sprawling site is best known for "featuring" 2 poets each week. Rick also has what he feels is the most inclusive listing of poets and poetry-related sites on the web, as well as many other features.

Litmagcentral— English writer named Laura Hurd has attempted a page that links to all the literary magazines on the internet!

www.absolutewrite.com—another writer's site where people post poems (and prose) for critique.

Literary Vision Magazine—"the free range rooster of creative writing". An eclectic, literary e-zine. Here's a paragraph from the mission statement: Literary Vision Magazine exists as a safe haven for good writing. The internet has plenty of literary "ezines," but LitVision is hardcore into literature while ignoring the "image" aspect that has invaded the ezine culture. We're not hip and we're not punk rock. What we are is talented, hard-working and dedicated." Poetry, fiction, and photos, and a splash of zany humor.


Arts of Fairies, lots of faery-ish images
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, remarkable artist of the Holacaust

Art Directory - www.artsearch.us

ArtResources.com, another vast Directory of Art and Artist resources, hosted in the UK.



Rabbi Jim Goodman, a St. Louis friend. wonderful. Sephardic/Universal
Music with a "world/spiritual" theme from the Chaikhana.com site


Society for Children's Books Writers and Illustrators
BOOST (Blue Oasis Online Support Teams)
site of Patricia Palacco (a favorite children's writer)
site of Barbara Helen Berger (a favorite author/illustrator)



Internet Sacred Text Index — a vast resource
Meher Baba— my page of Meher Baba links


I have a spare time hobby of googling places I may never get to, physically. Sometimes I also enjoy reading people's online travel journals. Here are a few of the sites I appreciate for having widened my life a little more:




Internet Movie Database the sine qua' non for films
Netflix—'ve been satisfied with it, so far.
Spiritual Cinema Circle—, saw it once, liked it, can't afford it yet.


Fresh Air— Gross has the best interview show in the world today.
NPR— valuable resource for me most every day.
To The Best Of Our Knowledge— archives, some bullseyes.




"What Remains Is the Essence", the home pages of Max Reif:
poetry, children's stories, "The Hall of Famous Jokes", whimsical prose, paintings, and lots more!

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