CareOregon SPIRIT
Articles FYI Very Useful Websites Archive

Remember when ...? Find out what happened in any year from 1900 to the present. Gearing up: Equipment reviews for damping, canyoneering, cycling, fly-fishing and other outdoor activities. Social Security Planner: Estimate life expectancy and benefits, consequences of early or delayed retirement ... how postretirement earnings affect benefits ... spouse/survivor benefits and Leaf peepers' guide: Autumn color updates by state and
Pain-relief resource: Guide to medications and treatments from the American Chronic Pain Association., and click on "Medications and Treatments."FYI - Very Useful WebsitesOutdoor America - A comprehensive source of information on recreation opportunities at national parks, forests, monuments and other federal lands.

Feathered friends -
Online bird-identification guide ... thousands of photos and videos, favorite birding spots, how to attract birds. From the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Better bicycling - Bike and gear reviews, maintenance and repair, training, dos and don'ts of transporting your bike and more.

Burn those calories
- Enter your weight and the length of time that you spend exercising and find out how many calories you burn.

Arts Guide -
Summer festivals, classical music concerts, best art museums, dance events and more.

The site offers two ways to protect your pocketbook. First, it searches the web for discount coupons on car rentals and then applies them in your search so that its customers get the savings automatically. Then it continues to search on its user's behalf -- and if car rental rates drop between the time you make your reservation and when you hit the road, sends you an e-mail so that you can rebook at a lower rate.

Theme cruise locator - Hundreds of cruises that offer special programs on antiques, food/wine, music, sports and other popular topics.

Safer medication use - Drug interactions, safety alerts, commonly confused names and more. From the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.

Happy News - Positive and compelling news stories about heroes, health, science, more.

People Finder - Penetrate the invisible web to find long-lost friends and relatives -- a vast repository of content not easily accessible to the everyday user.

Starry wonders - Weekly guide to stars, constellations, planets and other celestial phenomena.

Sing along -
Find the lyrics for thousands of popular songs at

Follow the Stars:
Concert dates and venues for more than 11,000 music stars; blues, country, pop, rock, etc.

First-aid Guide:
For blisters, food poisoning, heat exhaustion, motion sickness, spider bites and more. (click on "Health Information," then "First Aid").

Online advice about your 401(k):

Outdoor Fun:
Places to hike, camp, snorkel, paddle and enjoy other outdoor pursuits in the U.S. and around the world.

Your Social Security statement is now available online:

To answer this question, start with a retirement calculator from AARP.

Summer reading: Get suggestions for books you may enjoy by entering your favorite titles and/or authors.

Plan a vegetable garden:
The conditions you need to grow different veggies ... planting instructions, care information and more. when ...? Find out what happened in any year from 1900 to the present. up a 2013 calendar with holidays, birthdays and other dates important to you. Calendars can be shared online. www.keepandshare.comTrain your body: Illustrated exercises to build up abs, glutes, hamstrings and other muscles. From the American Council on Exercise. (put "Exercise Library" in the search box).

Try for finding the lowest airfare. Unlike many of its competitors, it covers all the airlines, even those that don't offer a commission for referrals.

is a tool to use on your web-enabled cell phone when you don't speak the local language.

Gift card exchange: Sell unwanted gift cards -- or buy them at a discount at or .

Hundreds of documentaries - from both new and established filmmakers - to watch online.

Crossword fun
Hundreds of puzzles to print out or solve online.

Free product manuals
Download any of more than 100,000 electronics and appliance manuals.

Sponsors donate a small charitable contribution for each correct answer you provide.

Look up how much people actually paid for a particular make and model in your region. Prices are updated weekly.