November 2017 - Websites of Interest

This page features various non-commercial websites that might be of interest to our members. Just click on the links to go there. And, as always, if you know of a non-commercial website that you think others might find interesting and informative, please send it along to the Webmaster.



Eating Well has great ideas for healthy eating

A friend of mine recently suffered a heart attack and was also diagnosed with diabetes. He’s a bit of a foodie, so the idea of a restricted diet was a big blow. He discovered EatingWell, a site based on the magazine. I used to have a subscription to the magazine years ago, so I was interested in checking it out since he’d been posting some scrumptious looking pictures of meals prepared from the site. You can click here to visit

At the top of the homepage, you’ll find tabs for Healthy Recipes, Weight Loss, Special Diets and Meal Plans along with a special section about the basics of healthy eating and instructional videos.

Click the Special Diets tab and you can choose from plans designed for those with diabetes, high blood pressure, food allergies, and more.

For example, the Diabetes Diet Center features articles about the diabetic diet, videos for diabetic-friendly dishes and a variety of recipes. I’ve had the cloud eggs. They are delicious.

When you browse the recipes, you’ll see that each of them is tagged with what type of diets the recipe works with. The cloud egg recipe is nut-free, soy-free, diabetic and heart-friendly, plus low in carbs and sodium.

There are also newsletters available. It looks like a great starting point for healthier eating.



Laughter In Your Life

Need a good laugh? Learn how to use YouTube for an endless supply of comedy.

Laughter. It’s great. It’s stress relieving. It makes us feel good. It can become our own personal culture among family, friends and other groups. One look or one quip can bring a roar of joy ranging from the crude to cute.

You know you need laughter (like it…want it…obsess over it), so don’t waste hours looking for it. Here is how to navigate through media as well as some other suggestions.

YouTube is an excellent hub for several comedy media outlets and their app is available for several devices. You can watch on a browser or on your tablet or phone. If you happen to have a smart TV, streaming box, or game console, you can watch right on your TV absolutely free.

No account is needed to just watch videos, but if you want to subscribe to a channel, you will need to log in with a Google account. If you have a Gmail address or an Android phone, you already have one. Just log in with it. If not, you’ll have to create a Google account (username and password). It’s a simple as providing an email address and password

Google keeps track of what you watch and offers specific suggestions based on what you view. It even keeps your recent viewing history.

On desktop computers, go to “Sign In” in the top right corner. On mobile devices, go to the person-shaped icon in the middle.

Search for “comedy” channels.

You could also refine the search by things like, “clean comedy” or “classic comedy.”

Or click the three-line menu button at the right and scroll down to browse channels.

You can click on any of the channels to check out what they have to offer in the way of videos.

If you like what you see on a channel, you can subscribe. Just click the “subscribe” button next to the channel.

You can view your subscriptions at any time by clicking the menu button to the left and clicking on Subscriptions.

Here are some channels you might want to check out:

The Funny or Die channel (the house that the “Landlord” skit built) is nicely segmented with the current week’s most viewed videos, specific comedians like Zach Galifianakis, and various videos. It’s a great challenge to make someone laugh, but you can make your mark by uploading your own comedy content … just don’t try to hard.

Other YouTube outlets include The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, The Onion, College Humor, and Improv Everywhere, The YouTube site will always suggest similar channels for you in the right column, but it’s best to quickly find your favorites and subscribe to them. Plenty of comedy collections out there as well.

There are so many media sources for additional laughs like funny movie translations, jokes, pranks, memes, sports bloopers, movie bloopers, police blotters, fun name generators, puns, riddles, your fashion sense and even Amazon product reviews. You can even use this resource to change the voice for more laughs.

You might even want to keep a list of things that make you laugh then assemble them in your own video (just be sure to check copyright/fair use laws).

Remember the absence of feeling emotion is laughter’s enemy, so feel the funny.