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Find Free Classics And Coupons On-Line At Read Print

Posted by infinitygoods on January 28, 2008

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http://readprint.comI’m sharing with you something of interest to students, literature enthusiasts and coupon-clippers. This unusual combination can be found at Read Print, a site offering free on-line access to the classics, where you’ll find thousands of books, short stories and poems by many of the must-read authors. At Read Print, you’ll also find a biography and illustration of each author. There is a section for articles on literature and writing, as well as that unexpected and unrelated section for coupons for all sorts of companies such as Payless Shoes and Office Depot which must keep Read Print financially alive. The site which has been online since 2006 provides clean, clear, easy-on-the-eyes and well organized pages. There’s also a search feature to help you find exactly what your looking for.

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Growing Blog, Top Post And Blog Forecast For 2008

Posted by infinitygoods on January 3, 2008

I’m amazed and also quite pleased to see that I continue to make the Growing Blog list on WordPress despite the exponential factor which should make it progressively more difficult to be on this list.

To remain a growing blog, you not only have to grow, but you have to outdo your own growing rate and the rate of others each time, and I’ve started the new year with a bang not only being one of the WordPress Growing Blogs, but also having one of the Top Posts on WordPress.

At last count my post Organizing Household Resources In An Address Book was the 99th Top Post on WordPress out of more than 2 million blogs and an unknown bazillion posts.

I’ve said it before, but I have to say it again that I thank my readers.  I’m so glad that you find my blog to be interesting and useful.  I’m so glad when I look at my statistics and see that you came to my site from a link which was e-mailed to you or when I read my own e-mail and there’s a note from you telling me that you are putting me on your reader so you won’t miss a post.

As you saw with yesterday’s post, I don’t like to make New Year Resolutions because so few people can keep them and if I’m going to have a resolution or a goal, why wait for January 1, but here are just a few of the directions I see my blog going in the coming months.  I have other plans too that I’ll let you know about as the year unfolds.

If you’ve made the resolution to be organized, this blog is quickly becoming the place to find easy tips and solutions.  I’ve even created pages at the top of this blog for Household Tips and for Organizing so that you can easily find my posts at any time.  To help you with that there are also a search feature and a calendar in the sidebar.

I’ve noticed that you are also especially interested in my posts on healthy eating and cookies (not so healthy but yummy) as well as other recipes.  So I’ll give you a bit more in these areas too in the coming months.

I’ll continue to post about religion, God and my opinions on the topic.  The Lenten season is approaching quickly.  For the past two years I have used the book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren to prepare for Easter by reading his book and reflecting on his 40-day spiritual journey.  I found different insights each year as I have grown and changed, and for 2008 I hope you’ll join me on-line.  I highly recommend this book which according to Publishers Weekly has become “the bestselling nonfiction hardback book in history.”  So come find out why with me and my other readers.  If you don’t already own it, you can check it out from your local library when the time comes, or you can purchase it.

Today and anytime, feel free to leave me comments.  Comments help us get to know each other and to build a community.

In the meantime, thanks a million to all of you for reading my blog, and I wish you and your loved ones a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2008!!!

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Thursday Thirteen #11 — Classic Christmas Books

Posted by infinitygoods on December 19, 2007

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Welcome back to Thursday Thirteen! You might also be interested in yesterday’s post for Works For Me Wednesday which is also a list of thirteen Christmas ideas. Happy Thursday Thirteen!! And wishing you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

  1. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
  2. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  3. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  4. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  6. The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffman
  7. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
  8. Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien
  9. Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury
  10. Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
  11. Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  12. Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert Lewis May
  13. Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus by Francis Pharcellus Church

If you are interested in Christmas Ideas or Household Tips, just click below.

  • Reusing Christmas Cards
  • Where’s Santa?
  • Magic Reindeer Food
  • Advent Calendar Chain — Easy Children’s Craft
  • Every Cookie Recipe Imaginable
  • Favorite Christmas Movies
  • Using an Advent Wreath as a Devotional Tool
  • Write a Santa Letter to Your Children
  • Holiday Shopping List
  • Holiday Decorating Tips and Ideas
  • HOUSEHOLD TIPS
  • Ten Minute Recipe
  • Egg Tip
  • Bookcases at the Breaking Point?
  • Organizing Household Binder
  • Trading Card Storage
  • Freezer Solution
  • Large desk calendar inside guest closet
  • Child’s haircut without tears
  • Homemade bread stuffing
  • Plastic colander bath toy drainer/holder
  • Reuse plastic grocery bags in the car
  • How to increase Web site traffic?
  • 16 Blog/Web site tips
  • Toy storage
  • Every Cookie Recipe Imaginable
  • Black Friday Holiday Shopping
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    Bookcases at the Breaking Point? Join Paper Back Swap.

    Posted by infinitygoods on November 17, 2007

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    I meander through blogs one click at a time and I found what seems to be a great Web site for all of us bookworms. I periodically lighten the load on my bookshelves by taking lots of boxes to my local charity and start the process all over again by filling up those shelves quicker than my wallet appreciates. I know all of you fellow bookworms can identify.

    Well, I’ll still give to charity of course, but I’m going to give Paper Back Swap a try and see if I can’t give my wallet something to cheer about for once.

    Basically you sign up your unloved books (hardbacks too) for adoption at Paper Back Swap. When a fellow PBS member wants to adopt your book, you mail it to them and you can adopt someone’s unloved book. It’s an even trade book for book. The site is free. Even with postage, which PBS tells us is $1.59 for a paperback, that’s still cheaper than buying from a used bookstore.

    They claim their members are the best part about their club.

    Co-founder Robert Swarthout says, “What started as a trading system has turned into a social community of readers that share so much more than books. Our members transcend miles and become best friends through club communications, discussion forums and coffee-time chat rooms.”

    There’s also a writer’s corner called The Eclectic Pen and a recipe corner, too. They claim to have a large selection of homeschooling books.

    They have almost 2 million books available and have been recommended by Good Housekeeping, Wired, Real Simple, Martha Stewart.com, The Today Show, CNN, Nasdaq’s Marshall Loeb, ABC News, and numerous more media sources across the country, so they should be a reliable site.

    I’m going to give it a try, and if you already have tried them, please let me and my readers know what you think.

    • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
    • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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    Thursday Thirteen #6 — My Interests

    Posted by infinitygoods on November 14, 2007

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    I am sharing with you 13 topics which interest me and are important to me. They are in no particular order, because most of these would all tie with each other. These are topics
    you see and which will recur on my blog. To see more participants in this carnival or for
    details on how to join, visit Thursday Thirteen.

    1. Computers/Internet/Blogs/Technology/Science
    These sort of overlap in many ways. I’m forward thinking and I’ve been using computers
    since before my teen years, back in the days when people were saying it was a waste of
    time, and it wouldn’t last. Wait, aren’t a lot of people still saying that? Well 30+
    years later, I’m still interested. I remember asking for a calculator as a Christmas gift
    when I was in Kindergarten. The people selling them were flabbergasted that a child would want one and thought no child would ever need one. This “pocket” calculator, the smallest on the market at the time, was about the size of a small paperback!

    2. Fine Art
    I was an art history minor and an art minor. I seriously considered switching it to my
    major, and often wonder if I didn’t make a mistake. I draw, paint, photograph, make
    ceramics and do a lot of new media paintings — that’s every stroke hand-painted by me, but instead of using paint, I use computers. Museums and galleries recognize new media, but the average person out there still claims the computer makes the paintings. Not so! This would be the equivalent of saying oil paint and brushes are the artists making the artwork. Computers do not make art. Paint and brushes do not make art. The people, the artists make art, regardless of which tools they use.

    3. History/Biographies/Autobiographies
    As much as I like the future, I also like the past. We can learn from our past and our
    past can help us understand our present. I’m very much interested in people and their
    lives which is why I like history and also what leads me to the next item.

    4. Psychology/Sociology
    I’m interested in people and what makes them tick. I’m also interested in science, so
    psychology helps me understand the individual and sociology helps me understand the groups and societies we live in. In college my sociology professor had wanted me to switch majors to either sociology (he hoped) or psychology (which he admitted was related and thought I would like too). I ended up with an additional certificate in psychology, but I never switched majors to either psychology or sociology.

    5. Cross-stitching/Crafts
    My grandmother taught me how to cross-stitch and I spent numerous hours watching her even before she taught me how to do it. I find it very relaxing and as I like art and to create, cross-stitching and other crafts are just related to that.

    6. Reading/Writing/Journalism/News/Books
    These are all intertwined. As a professional journalist, writing and reading are just my
    life. I just could not live without reading. I have to learn at all times and reading is
    the best way for me to do that. I have been wanting to write since early childhood. I
    have attempted not to write for a living, but life was just too miserable without a pen in
    my hand or a keyboard at my fingertips. I’m a published journalist, but I would love to be a published author using either my journalistic skills to write non-fiction or even writing a
    novel. I’m one of the crazy participants in National Novel Writing Month. Any publishers
    out there interested in my writing voice?

    7. Religion/God
    I believe in God and shout it from the rooftops, but won’t attempt to convert atheists as
    belief needs to come from inside your heart and soul. I worked for my parish for several
    years and wanted to work there until retirement, but an evil man came into our midst,
    getting rid of staff and clergy, swiftly putting a financially viable parish in the red,
    and destroying the work of the last 40+ years. Some will turn away from God because of
    him, but the destruction he brings is not of God. Destruction can never be of God.

    8. Education
    I love to learn, my husband and I have both taught, and since we have a son, education is very important to us. He went to private schools for several years and while that was fine, we found something better through an excellent public school system with an independent study program. Forget all the stereotypes of homeschooling and of public school. That’s not what it is. It’s more a combination of when people had private tutors teach their children, the one-room schools and parents nurturing their own children. The program is what it is thanks to our son’s wonderful teachers, especially the founder, Resa Steindel Brown. If you want a glimpse at what it’s all about, read her fantastic book, The Call to Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators. You can also read about his science teacher in my blog posts here and here.

    9. Family
    Family and extended family is extremely important to me. It is where we receive and give love and support. Here on Earth, not counting God in Heaven, it is the one most important thing and it just doesn’t get more basic than that.

    10. Movies/Plays
    I don’t watch much TV, but I love a good movie or play. While it can’t replace a good
    book, it’s still a story, whether real or fictional, and I love to be entertained. I
    prefer comedies, especially for movies, because I don’t know about your life, but my life
    is enough of a drama as it is. I just don’t need other people’s too, especially the made-
    up ones. I really like adventures too, because this way I can escape to some fabulous
    world and live vicariously. I would like science fiction, but most don’t meet my quality
    standards unfortunately.

    11. Hiking/Walking/Swimming
    I enjoy being in nature and these are the most fun forms of exercise for me. These are not boring to me. I enjoy the scenery. Running would be too fast and strenuous to enjoy the
    scenery. These are also quiet and since I despise noise, anything with bouncing balls,
    whistling referees or echoing gymnasiums just would not work for me.

    12. Cooking/Gourmet Food/Reading Cookbooks
    Yes, I read cookbooks. I actually read cookbooks more than I eat or cook. As a teen my
    mom would tell me that I read cookbooks instead of eating. I also love to cook when I
    don’t have a full-time job. If I’m working, then cooking is no longer a pleasure and
    something that I do for the family that I love. It becomes a chore and a race to put
    anything on a plate in front of starving eyes in less than half an hour from the time I run
    through the front door. But when I am not working, I will use all my knowledge from
    reading all these cookbooks and all my creativity and use cooking as another art-form. I
    also like real food. I am against eating engineered chemicals, dyes, artificial products.
    I like wild salmon, trout and other fish, I like real butter on all my foods and especially
    my popcorn. And you really don’t want me to get started on cloned meat, or cloned
    anything, because I’m really against that!

    13.Travel
    I don’t travel enough. I would love to travel 365 days a year, but that’s simply not
    possible. I put roots down with a family and a house. Once upon a time I contemplated
    becoming a foreign correspondent, a travel writer and even a pilot or a stewardess, just so
    that I could travel, but I will just have to be satisfied with having been to Germany,
    France, Switzerland, Italy, England, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Arizona,
    Nevada, Georgia, … Oops, that sounds like another Thursday Thirteen! 😉

    Just click on Mister Linky to add your Thursday 13 link and see the other participants who linked here. And please don’t forget to post a comment. Thanks!

    • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
    • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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    Holiday Shopping List

    Posted by infinitygoods on November 12, 2007

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    Here are my picks for a 21st Century Holiday Shopping List, and you can shop right here from the Internet and not have to fight for a parking spot at the mall. Just click on the links to see more and to purchase.

    Music Downloads The teens and music lovers will enjoy Amazon’s new music downloads for their iPods, MP3 players, cell phones and other musical gadgets. Starting at only 89 to 99 cents per download, it’s in anybody’s price range and can be given even to paperboys (do they still exist??), teen gardeners, babysitters and others you want to recognize with a gift but don’t want to spend a fortune on. Your own kids will love a more generous download amount, and you will love this clutter-free gift which won’t be sitting around your home gathering dust.

    Video Downloads Forget driving to the video store or messing with mail order video memberships. Now you can download your videos straight from your computer. Video downloads can be either rented or purchased from Amazon, a trusted Internet source for years, not a new fly-by-night company you’ve never heard of before.

    Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series is “a tour de force … a masterpiece,” wrote the New York Times. Using revolutionary new filming techniques, with a budget of more than $25 million, “Planet Earth” is the epic story of life on Earth as you’ve never seen it before. The Chicago Times praised it as “an absolutely extraordinary achievement.” Five years in the making, using 40 cameramen spanning 200 locations, this 11-part series is hailed as the ultimate portrait of our planet. It also features a 150-minute documentary about our future. “Simply radiant” said Entertainment Weekly and “breathtaking” according to Time Magazine.

    The Bible Experience: Old Testament (Inspired By) You can no longer say the Bible is boring or that you don’t have the time. Now you can be entertained during your long commute by an unprecedented cast of more than 400 actors, musicians and clergy, including Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Bishop T.D. Jakes, LL Cool J, Forest Whittaker, etc. in this dramatic audio recording of the Bible. Even the youngest child can “read” the Bible by listening to the Old Testament, the New Testament or the Complete Bible and the whole family can gather around, too. This audio Bible is from Zondervan, the world’s leading Bible publisher.

    LEGO Mindstorms NXT This is much more than a toy, it is science lessons in a box and was recommended to our son by his science teacher, a research scientist who participates each year in the DARPA Urban Challenge with Autonomous Robot Cars. Mindstorms is exciting for children and teens (adults too) and will nurture their curiosity. Parents will love that it’s not some mindless, brain-rotting toy. If you missed the posts about the Urban Challenge, you can click here and here to learn about the cars that drive themselves and will be picking up our groceries in the very near future.

    iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, Black and Silver The Jetsons have finally arrived. This round vacuum may not look like a robot, but it will automatically vacuum your home, spend extra time in the dirtiest spots and return to one of its two battery chargers to ready itself for the next clean up and you won’t have to lift a finger. Spend the extra time laughing with your children, cozying up with your spouse or pampering yourself.

    This great carnival of shopping list ideas was thought of by Chili at Don’t Try It, where the rest of the participants are listed.

    For more on holiday shopping, check out my post about Black Friday Sales, Deals and Savings and visit our store on November 23, 2007 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST.

    • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
    • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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    I Have Been StumbledUpon!!

    Posted by infinitygoods on October 22, 2007

    Here’s what I found this morning when I fired up my computer and looked at my blog.

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    Your page is on StumbleUpon

    One of our members added your page to the Writing topic on StumbleUpon.
    Each time our members who are interested in Writing “stumble upon” your page using our toolbar, it will record an entry on your referral logs.

    Which post? I asked. Friday’s post on NaNoWriMo got me a THUMBS UP!! thumbup1.gif

    Thank you, thank you, dear reader! It means a lot to this new blogger to receive a thumbs up, and also to have so many readers, so quickly. And such good people you all are too.

    For all of you interested in writing, blogging and reading, be sure to also read my follow-up post on NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo and NaNoReMo. It’s today’s earlier post, so scroll down or click on the calendar to the left for Oct. 22, 2007.

    And for all of you who have no idea what all this alphabet soup is all about (that’s me too just a few days ago!! LOL!!) you can read how this phenomenon all started on my Oct. 19, 2007 post.

    StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

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    Moving On Up … To Number 6!

    Posted by infinitygoods on October 11, 2007

    UPDATE: On Oct. 25, 2007, Infinity Goods became the fifth fastest growing blog on WordPress. 

    My site’s statistics were quite exciting today, jumping as high as #4 fastest growing blog on WordPress for a fair amount of the day and settling at #6, but still growing, at closing.

    I also noticed a growing number of comments which I really like to see. I hope to build a friendly community here at infinitygoods.com where readers and I can help and learn from eachother.

    In 14 days I went from #88 to #35, and now in 5 days I am reaching #6, so I am once again thanking you for making infinitygoods.com so successful so quickly. It’s great to have readers like all of you.

    In an attempt to get to know each other better I am participating in Thursday Thirteen. Please join me through comments and let me know about yourselves too.

    For this first week, I am letting you know about 13 books on my bookshelves. I think the books someone reads are very revealing about their personality. I am an avid reader.

    Please click on to the next post for my first Thursday Thirteen.

    To discover more blog writers you can visit thursdaythirteen.com.

    October 11, 2007: Growing Blogs

    1. P3NK!N

      Python. Django. Everything in-between.

    2. Gatou?

      Just another WordPress.com weblog

    3. وب نوشته های کمال

      نوشته هایی درباره ی خودم،جامعه و موسیقی

    4. tuxtoday

      Linux, Open Source, yeehaw. Blablabla…

    5. Chef TV

      the food show

    6. Infinity Goods blog

      InfinityGoods.com — a Marketplace for God’s People

    (That was a lot shorter than the last list!)

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