Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter
Table of Contents
2. Sponsor’s Spot: Finally, an end to tedious Internet searches!
3. Weekly Topic: Nellie Bly
4. Note from a Subscriber
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. January 19, 2005
When questioned about my occupation, my husband Howard usually answers “syndicated columnist.” That’s a good answer, because it is something that almost everyone can understand. The truth, however, is that my weekly newspaper column is just a small part of my publishing business, which includes this newsletter, several websites, several ebooks, a membership site (the Surfnetkids Printables Club) and a couple of blogs.
And, as my newsletter readers know, I often “blog” about my family. Howard, I guess, never realized that. Because it was just a few days ago when he discovered that what I call the Surfnetkids Journal contains lots of stories about us … the real life us. He enjoyed reading them, but what struck him most was the responses posted by you, my dear readers. Posts of support when our dog died, when I had a hysterectomy, when our son was “lost” in the New York blackout, and so on.
So… from my desk to yours.. thank you. Thank you for making this a two-way conversation… not simply a broadcast.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Finally, an end to tedious Internet searches!
If you know the right sites, the Internet can be a powerful
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But which sites do you recommend? How do you find them?
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#3. Nellie Bly
by Barbara J. Feldman
Nellie Bly Printable (** for premium members only)
Born May 5, 1864 as Elizabeth Jane Cochran, Nellie Bly was a pioneering female newspaper reporter. She became a celebrity in 1889 at the age of twenty-five when she traveled around the world in just seventy-two days, breaking the fictional record created in Jules Vernes’ 1873 novel “Around the World in 80 Days.” For free digital copies of Bly’s “Around the World in 72 Days” and the Verne novel, visit here.
American Experience: Around the World in 72 Days
This American Experience site is my pick of the day. It contains a transcript of the 1997 PBS film that chronicles Bly’s famous globetrot, but the best clicks elsewhere. Listen to the Stephen Foster song that became the inspiration for Cochrane’s Nellie Bly pen name (Special Features.) Read Bly’s biography (People& Events) and about Bly’s stay in New York City’s “notorious lunatic asylum” (Special Features.) View an annotated map of the journey that made Bly famous (Maps.)
CUNY: Nellie Bly: Best Reporter in America
In 1998, Rosemary Gazzillo was a student in Professor Catherine Lavender’s Women’s Studies class at City University of New York, where she wrote this one-page Nellie Bly biography. More than just dates and events, Gazzillo examines the circumstances that influenced Bly’s “passion for women’s rights.” Reports on other famous New York women, including Lucille Ball, Dorothy Parker and Bella Abzug, can be found by following the link to the Women’s Biography Hub.
Nellie Bly: Pioneer Woman Journalist
Bly’s seventy-two-day trip brought her fame and made her the subject of dozens of Victorian trading cards. “When Nellie Bly went on the fly, to show what courage dared to try, she made the startled world confess, men don’t monopolize success.” This fan site was created by a distant relative of Nellie Bly, who only identifies herself with an email address. Visit to view six Nellie Bly trading cards, and a Cochran family history illustrated with photos.
#4. Note from a Subscriber
“Barbara, I just love reading your stories of the adventures with your family! You’re so NORMAL!”
This reader comment is one of my favorites. As a writer, it means that I have struck a chord. You can see yourselves in me. Thank you.
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#5. Related Games
Nellie Bly “Around the World in 72 Days” Word Search
Printable Nellie Bly Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/Word_Searches/nelliebly-ws.pdf (** for premium members only)
Women’s History Month Quiz
(Learn how to make games just like these with my step-by-step manual. )
#6. Quote of the Week
“If you want to do it, you can do it. The question is, do you want to do it?” Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922) pioneering female news reporter
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