Check out the photos and comments about our trip to Sacramento and Yosemite on Amtrak. Plus, links to websites to learn about Minnesota, Olmsted County, Rochester and its schools. Links to Mayo Clinic, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Reading Rainbow and Jim Trelease's website. Also webcams, photos, restaurants, quotes, HTML, Spanish and ebay. More in the planning stages too, so come back often.
 
 
Amtrak California Zephyr Our trip on Amtrak's California Zephyr in March took us to Sacramento and Yosemite Park. I will be working on this as I have some extra time, posting photos plus commentary. Keep watching for updates.
Donate Blood Have you ever donated blood? Make a commitment today to become a blood donor. Help the Red Cross and other agencies be ready as soon as tragedy strikes. To find out more about opportunities in your area, and to review the donor eligibility guidelines, go to the American Red Cross website. In Rochester, go to the Mayo Clinic website for Blood Donation: What to expect. Call the Mayo Clinic operator and ask to be connected to Transfusion Medicine or the Blood Donation Center.
Welcome to the White House Welcome to the White House. Here you will find the Briefing Room, the Agenda, the Administration, Information about the White House, our Government plus latest news, updates and much more.
Minnesota State of Minnesota official website. Find a wealth of information here about Minnesota including 150 Years of Statehood, Explore Minnesota, Online Services, Quick Links, Government, Education, Transportation, and much more. You can even find recipes such as Pecan Crusted Minnesota Walleye in the About Minnesota section.
Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic is located in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona. Mayo Clinic's website is updated quite often with up-to-date medical information. The Rochester, Minnesota Mayo campus is quite large with many different buildings which blend in well with the surrounding downtown area. Click here to see photos of Mayo Clinic and downtown Rochester.
County of Olmsted Olmsted County - A dynamic world-class County delivering excellence every day. . Find information at the newly redesigned Olmsted County Website. While you browse the Olmsted County Website, enjoy the photos of Olmsted County landscapes.
* A-Z Guide
* Helpful Publications
* County Meeting Calendar
* Most Popular Pages
* Online Services
* Links to USA.gov, Minnesota North Star, and Olmsted County cities and townships
City of Rochester The website for the City of Rochester, Minnesota, will provide you with all the information you could hope to have about this great city. Find the departments and services for citizens, such as City Council, Crime Prevention and City Services Directory. Also Meetings and Events, News and Announcements, Most Popular and Recently Updated All this and much more at Rochester, Minnesota..
Rochester Public Schools Visit the Rochester Public School District. Find out about the different elementary and secondary schools, academic standards, community involvement opportunities and the various departments and programs. Their motto is "Lifelong Learning for All".

 
Webcams These are a few of my favorite webcams. They include the webcam and schedule from The Lake Superior Marine Museum as well as other Duluth webcams, traffic webcams in Minneapolis and Rochester, and some related links.
Favorite Restaurants Favorite Restaurants in Rochester and other cities. I have five restaurants up now. (Daube's, Culver's, Michaels, Prescotts, and Rainbow Cafe)
Today's Photo PetuniasOfManyColors

Today's Quote

Quotations are gathered from a variety of sources. They are humorous, inspirational, political or thought-provoking. And although I don't always change them every day, I do keep them updated somewhat frequently.

Annabella's HTML Help This is one of my favorite websites for learning html. Her website has changed over the years, so this brings you to her homepage. Scroll down to find the white box with Annabella's HTML help and click on that.There are great tutorials on the basics that are easy to understand, yet comprehensive enough so that you are able to make a great website.
Quarry Hill Nature Center In 2006, Stan the Dinosaur visited Quarry Hill. From March 1 to March 31, 2008, three replica skeletons from the Black Hills Institute were at Quarry Hill. A plioplatecarpus, elasmosaurus, and archelon were very popular also. I will get photos up in the near future. Soon, soon I promise.

Check out their website, Quarry Hill Nature Center for great information. Click on the button to see some photos at Quarry Hill.

Read Aloud Once your child learns how to read, it is still important to read aloud to him or her. It will help foster a love for reading and more importantly, increase their vocabulary, an important prerequisite to being able to read independently. Jim Trelease's website was one of ALA's award winning sites in 2003. There's a wealth of information here, including "TV, DVD, computers, & school scores", "No Dentist Left Behind", and something that is mind boggling, Meaningful Differences (32 million word difference). Also at this website is information about NCLB, censorship, and books on tape. Jim has retired from public speaking now, to spend time with his family, but his website still has excellent information. Thanks Jim for all your efforts through the years.
Reading Rainbow "Take a look, it's in a book." Find lots of fun things at the Reading Rainbow website . The show is no longer on TV, but this website has an Episode Guide.
Speak Spanish I have included a few websites to help you learn to speak Spanish. Sorry, the "Stories from Alaska Students" link has changed, so I will have to re-do that page. The other links should work fine, though. Did you know that Community Ed offers Spanish classes? Stop by their office at Northrop to learn more and to find out when the next class starts. La profesora es muy inteligente y la clase es interesante y agradable.
ebay The ebay website has something for everyone. It's fun to just browse a bit to see what people are buying and selling. I have bid on items that I couldn't find in the stores such as a favorite whirling sprinkler, old songbooks, and vintage apron patterns.

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