Steve Lonegan

US Senate elections October 16, 2013


Everything But the Continental Breakfast: Hotels, Inns, and More on

Time for a vacation.

The Blog is home to millions of great blogs and lots of great websites, from small businesses to schools to hotels. Forget your travel agent — you can find places to stay from New Zealand to New Mexico on

Since we launched in April, hundreds of inns, guesthouses, motels, and more around the world have used it to create sleek sites that show off their amenities and locations. Here are a few of the places we love (and want to visit!).

Amy’s Place

Amy’s Placeuses the Stay theme — created specifically to show off hotels and inns to their best advantage — to highlight a picture-perfect tropical setting that makes any reader want to book a trip ASAP:

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(If you’re ready to call your travel agent, you’ll need tickets to Sumatra, Indonesia.)

She uses Stay’simage slider to highlight a different beguiling photo for each of her whimsically-named…

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Winding Down into the Fall

Websites as Education Classroom Tools

Worth sharing with readers again.


I discovered an absolutely wonderful website today while I was searching for information on aquarium fish.

The website is  Exploration for Kids and the address is : created by Ann Zeise.

I wanted to share it with readers.

Mrs. “A”

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Drexel Now writes “Young Adults on the Autistic Spectrum Face Tough Prospects for Jobs and Independent Living



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Aquarium Fish in the Classroom is a Hands – On Way to Learn About Life Science

Teaching science is interesting and engaging to students when  hands-on activities are included.  Introducing students to aquarium fish  is an excellent way for students to learn  about their environment and survival in freshwater.

In order to successfully engage student in this activity, all students  take part in caring for the fish.

There are several responsibilities in taking care of fresh water community fish. It’s very easy to maintain  after the tank is  established. Kids love to take care of pets and this is an exciting way to teach about science as well. It creates a feeling   of calm and relaxation as an added bonus.

1. Water temperature – Ideal range is between 78-80 and is kept constant using an electric aquarium heater.

2. pH – Ideal range 7.0 – can be  maintained using a pH regulator (I recommend Marineland)

3. Carbon Filter System  – carbon filters replaced monthly ( I recommend Penguin Biowheel)

4. Under gravel water filtration system (I recommend Penguin Water Pumps)

5. Light kept on during the daytime and turned  off at night.

6. A natural setting such as rocks and plants is an ideal environment for fresh fish . Community fish are great for beginners because they are the easiest to care for. The aquarium in the video above has the  following kinds of  fish : Neon tetra, giant danio, gourami, catfish, , rasbora tetra, striped tetra, and pleco.

7, Flake food, bloodworms, dried shrimp, bottom feeder wafers and pellets are the kinds of food to buy. Feed only a pinch or two a couple of times a day. Do not give the fish more than can be eaten in five minutes.

8. About once every six weeks, remove 1/3 of the water and replace with the same amount of fresh water that has stood overnight in a separate container . Use bottled water if the water source has chlorine  added.

9. Occasionally,  it is  necessary to use an aquarium gravel cleaner to get rid of excess waste matter under the surface of the gravel.

10. Enjoy your fresh water fish  aquarium in the classroom. Your students will really be excited and engaged caring  for them. It’s a fantastic, hands-on  way to learn about life science.

July 4th Activity for Kids

Fourth of July bike decorations

Materials: Red, white, and blue crepe paper streamers on a roll, tape, playing card, spring clip or clothes pin.

Kids will have fun with this  easy July 4th activity.  Kids can decorate their bikes with red, white and blue  streamers for the Fourth of July. Weave streamers  in and out of  the bicycle spokes and wrap around the handle bars.  Then, attach a card to the wheel support bracket with a clip so that as the bike moves the card hits the spokes and makes a loud noise.  It’s a fun way to get the kids out of the house and riding their bikes around to show off their creativity and July 4th spirit.

Autism and the Autistic Spectrum

Temple Grandin, “The Autistic Brain-Thinking Across the Autistic Spectrum”

Tonight at 7:45pm on C-Span 2 Book TV

Temple Grandin’s new book ,”The Autistic Brain-Thinking Across the Spectrum” will be discussed. If you want to learn about Autism and the Autistic Spectrum, this session will be  very informative. I ready her book, “Thinking in Pictures” a few years ago during my undergraduate studies and found it to be an excellent book written from her own personal experiences .

I highly recommend that you tune in to the Book TV show with Temple Grandin tonight at 7:45 PM on C-Span 2 .

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