How U. S. Students Compare Internationally

“[S}tatistics that show U.S. 15-year-old students scored below average in math and about average in science and reading – and their scores have been mostly flat in the last decade – when compared with their international peers.”–From the C-SPAN’S America By The Numbers, U. S. Census webpage.

Detailed information, data, statistics comparing students in the United States and students in foreign countries.


Employment Projections in the U. S.

Information here from C-SPAN’S America by the Numbers, U. S. Census web page, on the U. S. Future Job Outlook,  including information on the fastest growing occupations, data showing that conditions will spur a fast growth in healthcare occupations, and more.


Household Food Security and SNAP

“Mark Nord, a sociologist in the Food Assistance Branch at the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, discusses data that show about 47 million Americans (1 in 7) get assistance from food stamps, now called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The 80 percent increase since 2007 reflects higher food insecurity and unemployment in the wake of the recession.”–From the C-SPAN’S America By The Numbers, U. S. Census web page.  Data, information, statistics here on the SNAP program.

Keyboard Tutorial and Typing Test

An online typing practice page that has 16 lessons that will help anyone learn how to type or improve their skills.  A user sits at his or her computer and completes each lesson.  Free to use, of course, but some advertising on the site.


Introducing Google Maps Gallery

“Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas. You can explore historic city plans, climate trends, housing affordability, shipwrecks and up-to-date evacuation routes. In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery, they can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines.”–From the site. 

Direct Link to Google Maps Gallery:



Resume website

Resume website:

Go to:

Click on Career Tools

Click on Career Transitions

Then click on Write a Resume or Write a Cover Letter 

Just fill in the blanks and it will generate a resume for you.

Thanks to Hollye Ferguson for this post.



Free Certificate Courses

From Open Culture, a list of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with most offering certificates.


A non-partisan, non-profit site, from George Mason University, dedicated to measuring and analyzing major issues and news stories from a scientific perspective.

Dynamic Periodic Table 

This is an interactive periodic table that includes a search engine.  It is easy to navigate and can provide a quick reference to chemical information as well as provide more in-depth information.


This is the full text of the “Wells Report” that offers the findings of Ted Wells and others who were commissioned by the NFL to investigate the bullying of Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Wells.

The Architect’s Virtual Capitol

Take an online tour of our nation’s capital here.

African American History Month

“The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.”–From the website.  Many resources to help celebrate Black History Month are found here.

The Health Consequences of Smoking — 50 Years of Progress

You can download the complete Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking here, and you can download by section as well.  A link to the Executive Summary, a Supplement, and an Errata Notice is also included on the Centers for Disease Control site.  The Health Consequences of Smoking offers information on what has occurred regarding smoking since the issuance of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking in 1964.


Contact My Local IRS Office in Tennessee

Find the locations of all of the IRS Offices in the state of Tennessee.  A link on each of the locations provides the services available at the location.

Below is the information for the Memphis IRS Office:

Memphis 22 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Monday-Friday – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Services Provided

(901) 544-3243

Services Provided

  • Account inquiries (help with letters, notices and levies on your wages or bank account)
  • Adjustments (changes to tax account information or payments)
  • Alien clearances (Sailing Permits)
  • Application for Taxpayer Assistance Order (ATAO)
  • Basic tax law assistance January 2 – April 15 (answers related to your individual Federal Tax Return)
  • Check, money order, or cash payment acceptance (Exact Change is Required)
  • Help with preparing Form 2290 (Heavy Vehicle Use Tax)
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers and Form W-7
  • Multilingual assistance (over 150 languages translated)
  • Payment arrangements
  • Procedural inquiries
  • Solutions to tax issues
  • Tax forms (based on availability)
This office provides Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA), a self-assistance computer kiosk with
an IRS employee available to assist you with navigating the website. With FSA,
you can access the website to complete a number of IRS-related tasks or get
more information on the following subjects:
    • Free File program
    • Forms & Publications
    • Where’s My Refund?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    • Tax law questions
    • Transcripts  
    • Online Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application
    • Online Payment Agreement
    • Electronic payments (EFTPS)

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