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August 27, 2003

Dear Reader,

Writers crave feedback. Actually I’m talking about myself here.
Each week I write my syndicated column, various entries into my
various blogs, and occasionally an article or an ebook. What do
I want in return? Primarily a living wage. But also feedback!
I want to hear from you.

A number of months ago I started adding links to my Surfnetkids Journal in this “Dear Reader” space so that I could hear from you. And last week several of you wrote to say how much you enjoyed my personal ramblings, and one reader exclaimed “I just love reading your stories of the adventures with your family! You’re so NORMAL!”

I thought about this for a long time. Normal. Normal? We are all woven from the same human fabric, aren’t we? Our desires for our children, our wishes for the health and safety of our families. We are more alike than we are different. I’m proud to be normal.
Comments appreciated.

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Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”

Coral Reefs


Coral Jigsaw

(Teach your kids how to make games just
like these with my step-by-step manual. )

Coral reefs are bustling underwater communities inhabited by thousands of species of animals and plants. Often mistaken for rocks or plants, coral is actually the limestone skeleton of a tiny spineless animal called a coral polyp. Coral reefs are mostly found in shallow tropical water, and are among the world’s most endangered ecosystems. Today’s tour explores why coral reefs are so important, and how we can protect them.

25 Things You Can Do To Save Coral Reefs



In the United States, the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the health of domestic coral reefs. But all of us can help, even if we don’t live near a coral reef. To that end, NOAA offers twenty-five reef-saving activities (“Become a member of your local aquarium or zoo.”) that will spur your own reef conservation ideas.

Coral Reef Photobank



If you’re in need of royalty-free coral reef snapshots for a school report (or any other non-commercial use) it’s Coral Reef Photobank to the rescue. Click on any of the thumbnails in the geographically-organized gallery to view the annotation and copyright instructions (for example, most require a credit to the photographer.) After perusing the photos, visit the rest of the Coral Reef Information Network. Don’t miss the printable PDF fact sheets listed under Tools & Resources.

Reef Education Network



Reef Education Network from the University of Queensland in Australia is my pick of the day. It’s educational but not boring, and kid-friendly but not simplistic. Best clicks are the glossary and all the articles listed on the Contents page. Oddly enough there aren’t any activities listed under Activities, but rather a feature on sharks. Free registration will get you a virtual notebook for collecting favorite links from around the site.

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Surfing the Calendar

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