Website Review: Fastweb


When my kids were preparing for college one of the sites we used was Fastweb, to look for scholarships. From their About page: “For over 25 years, we have worked to help students discover scholarships that are targeted to their strengths, interests and skills. We also assist students in discovering the right college for their budget, making tough financial aid decisions and finding internship opportunities that will help them bridge the divide between college and post-graduate life. Finally, we give students the option to pay for college with part-time jobs by offering part time job search and advice.” If you or someone you know has college looming in the near future take the time to check out this very helpful site.

Website Review: AllRecipes


Allrecipes states that “what started with a single cookie recipe has grown organically to become the world’s largest food-focused social network with a community of 85 million home cooks consuming 3 billion pages annually of food inspiration across our 19 sites serving 24 countries in 12 languages. I invite you to join our one-of-a-kind community that inspires home cooking and celebrates the foods we make with friends, family, brands and followers. Calling all cooks!” They offer free apps for your devices, videos, and an ingredient search engine to find recipes for what you have on hand.

Website Review: AllMusic


AllMusic “catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands.” One may subscribe for an add free experience or just browse all of the free sections. There is much to take in here; it’s worth the time to explore this site to learn more about the the music you already enjoy and to discover interesting new artists.

Website Review: Smithsonian


“Smithsonian magazine and place a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution — science, history, art, popular culture and innovation — and chronicling them every day for our diverse readership.” I have been a reader of the Smithsonian Magazine for at least 20 years and I still look forward to digging into a new issue when it arrives. The online presence of the magazine offers a healthy chunk of what is in the printed version, and they also provide a free email newsletter. Well worth the time to check out this site.

Website Review: Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings was created and is written by Maria Popova. From her About page she writes “I am a reader and writer, and I write about what I read here on Brain Pickings — my one-woman labor of love. It is an inquiry into what it means to live a decent, substantive, rewarding life, and a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought and feeling.” I have been a subscriber to her newsletter for several years now, and it is a weekly highlight to read. Some articles focus on a single theme in depth, while other post’s can meander and skim on multiple subjects. Well worth checking out.

Website Review: National Weather Service

I have been using the National Weather Service website for years now. It is part of my morning routine to check the weather and the news before I begin my day. Just enter your zip code for your local forecast. The site also offers radar, weather records and education, alerts and safety information. I have sampled other weather sites over the years and the NWS has the most accurate weather information and forecasts I have found on the web.

Website Review: The Motley Fool

The Motley Fool

The Motley Fool provides “a variety of solutions to improve many areas of your financial life, including your investment portfolio, personal finances, real estate holdings, company, and career.” I have used this site off and on for years to consult for various financial matters. They offer comprehensive information on stocks, how to invest, credit cards, bank accounts, loans, retirement planning and much more. Worth a visit.