Net Xpress: Thanksgiving sites range from food-related to fun-filled

November 23, 2003|SHEILA J. CLARK

First, I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all! There are a lot of great Thanksgiving-related sites online and I want to share some of those with you.

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaching, sometimes we forget why we celebrate the holiday in the first place. With that said, I have included some sites that feature the history of Thanksgiving, as well as others that serve up some Thanksgiving fun and food.

* Scholastic's The First Thanksgiving site at is a great educational tool featuring a timeline, information on the Mayflower and the Plymouth Colony, a Thanksgiving Cyberchallenge, teacher resources and more.

* The History Channel has a page called The History of Thanksgiving at Here, site visitors will find information about how the first Thanksgiving meal went as well as other feast facts. The site also includes myths about the Mayflower and interviews with pilgrims.


* For a little bit of holiday fun, check out "the holiday spot" at The site offers greeting cards, history, games, wallpapers, screensavers, jokes, craft ideas and more.

* Did someone say food? If your favorite part of Thanksgiving is pigging out, check out the Thanksgiving menus on Epicurious, the world's greatest recipe collection site at The site has gathered 20 full menus from "Bon Apptit" and "Gourmet" magazines. The recipes are arranged by themes.

* Kids Domain has a ton of fun Thanksgiving crafts at Some are edible, all are fun and fairly easy to construct.

Spinning weblogs

"Half-quirk and half-snazz" - that is how one could describe Lizany, the newest feature on The Advocate-Messenger's Web site. Lizany is the spot where Advocate reporter Liz "Scoop" Maples records the unique observations and tales of her life and times in Danville. Maples regularly updates the blog with fresh and engaging content, some even accompanied by photos. Check out the Lizany blog at

From the mailbag

Ray K. writes, "I have lost my address bar on my Internet connection on my home computer. The address bar is checked under the "tools" icon. I am still able to get sites by using my "favorites" sites. Can you help me?"

Well, Ray, it sounds like your toolbar has gotten squished. Normally I would ask which browser are you using, but from what I read in your e-mail, it seems obvious that it is Internet Explorer, so try the following:

1. Right-click on a blank space on your Internet Explorer toolbar.

2. Uncheck "Lock the Toolbar."

While the toolbar is unlocked, you can move or expand each part of the toolbar. To do so, click and drag the light gray dotted section dividers. Your cursor will turn into two arrows pointing in opposite directions. Click and hold down the left mouse key when the cursor looks like this. Look for a divider that is squished on the side of your screen and drag it out to see if it's your hidden address bar.

Live MSN chat events

Nov. 24: Season two "American Idol" winner Ruben "Velvet Teddy Bear" Studdard chats at 7 p.m. Go to; actor/ director Ron Howard chats at 8 p.m. Go to

Nov. 25: Singer Mandy Moore chats at 6 p.m. Go to feature.msnw?id=artist/mandymoore_nov2003.

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