TIP OF THE WEEK:   WHat's your passion?  Are you an expert in an area of interest to others?  Want to have a place where friends and family can know what's going on in your life?  Maybe it's time for you to make you own homepage.  You can do it - it's free and easy.  A search for "free homepages" will show you the many possibilities.  You can even join a group of people that share the same interests, ethnic background or religion.  Two of the biggest are Tripod and Geocities.  They will walk you through every step of the way to create your personal little spot in cyberspace. Make sure you write down on paper your address, user ID and password or you may never be able to access it again!  Finding a webpage is like locating a specific piece of paper stuck in a book in the library of Congress but, that's a whole different article.
PLUGGER'S PICKS:  You may want to get a bit fancy with some free graphics or "web art" from these wonderful, talented folks:
The Animation factory - you can always tell a first timer by their animation!

Web Site Garage - lots of free tools and tips

Great Free Website Tools and Services

All the Bells and Whistles

Netscape tips

How Amazing offers free clipart and lots of stuff

Build your own Website offers tips if you want to learn more

So, be creative, keep it clean and have fun!  You will find more and more Christmas cards imprinted with an url as the "annual newsletter"!