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.
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.
POETRY AND LITERATURE
www.poemhunter.com really nice site! Used to be a "dead poets" site. Then they opened
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.comanother 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.
ArtResources.com, another vast Directory of Art and Artist resources, hosted in the UK.
Society for Children's Books Writers and Illustrators
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
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:
SCHOOL DAYS AND PRESCHOOL DAYS, TOO
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