Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free ePub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
Duolingo is a free language-learning website and app. It offers a skill tree of lessons that use listening exercises, flashcards, and multiple-choice questions to drill you on new words, phrases, and sentences. Duolingo.com can only be opened in Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
Take free online classes in everything from painting with thread, finding inner peace, flower arrangement, to knitting – and more! Skillshare has quick video tutorials to walk you through each step of the way.
Natasha Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, participated in a series of reports with PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown, as part of the show's Poetry Series. These reports, in locations across the country, explored societal issues through poetry's focused lens.
Write a Letter to a Soldier
There are several organizations that connect volunteers with American soldiers serving abroad. You can write letters to soldiers stationed all over the world in need of encouragement, or you can participate in an Adopt a Soldier program that pairs soldiers with a volunteer who can send gifts, food items, letters, books, and more.
Here are a few websites that support this mission:
Nothing smells more like home than fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies in the oven. Find the perfect cookie recipe, copy your favorite restaurants, or tweak an existing recipe to create your new favorite dessert. Or, try one of the recipes from Greystar’s Active Adult charity cookbook, where the proceeds go to the local Meals on Wheels.
Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve personal and family history for future generations in the form of a book, box, or card. With most photos being digital today, there has been increasing interest in presenting memories through digital media, which can easily be shared with other family members.
Originating in China but popularized in Japan, origami is the art of paper folding. Regarded as art, origami has expanded to incorporate advanced mathematical theories to create complex patterns and shapes.
You never realize how much you can accumulate over the course of a year until you decide it is time to clean or reorganize your closet. Kick start the spring season by creating a list of all your items that “spark joy” and those that need to be donated or sold.
Coloring is not just for children anymore. Adults are finding it the perfect creative outlet and a great way to unwind, relax, and reduce stress and anxiety levels. Print a few pages and learn why coloring has become so popular.
Just because your local gym or Flex is not open doesn’t mean you can’t get your usual workout in. There are numerous fitness and yoga classes online that can be streamed from your phone, computer, or television.
Take some time for yourself and give yourself a manicure or a facial or look through magazines to find a new hairstyle you'd like to try. Decompress from the stress by creating a soothing spa environment in your apartment home.
Even with the best intentions, you can lose track of great friendships. Before you realize, you have not seen a close friend for years. Don’t wait for years to reconnect. With the Internet, it is easy to rekindle those great friendships or even past romances.
Amaze your friends and family when addressing this year’s greeting cards with creative calligraphy writing. Practice, practice, and more practice, and you may find you can turn this side hobby into parttime work doing wedding invitations.
You cannot log into Pinterest without being inspired by recipes, home and style inspirations, and beautiful craft ideas. From knitting ideas to learning how to chalk paint an end table, Pinterest can provide hours of in-depth instruction to create a beautiful piece of art.
Whether you are creating your own playlist or learning a new instrument, music can improve your mood, build your brain-power, reduce stress and anxiety, and benefit your overall health and well-being. Pick up a guitar today, so you can strum your way into a better life.
Instructional videos, movies, today’s news, to watching a kitten play the piano - - - if it can be videotaped, then it is probably on YouTube. As the most popular video-sharing platform, YouTube has billions of videos that have been uploaded by users so they can watch, like, and share videos of themselves or other users.
Write a short thank you (or love note)
Close your email down, pick up a pen and paper, and write a thank you note today. With the commotion of life, we often forget to thank those who have helped us along our journey in life. Express your feelings through written notes, and if you are not the best at written notes, you can always pick up your phone to give thanks.
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