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The Healthy Living Update has a readership with widely varying tech savvy when it comes to dealing with computers and the Internet. I've recently learned that some readers are having a hard time finding their way "around town" in our Healthy Living community. This article is directed to those readers.

First of all, it might help to think of Word Cures as a real community -- a place whose mission is to offer healthy living information, conversation, and interaction. Just like a real-world community does.

"Town Hall" is the home page. You'll find it at Have you been there lately? If not, click the link right now to check it out. Then come back here for the rest of the orientation. You might even want to print this page so you can read it while looking at the home page.

You probably noticed a few things about the Word Cures home page.

* A whole list of links on the left side of the page. Those links take you to other "neighborhoods" within the community.

* A block of text down the center of the page. At the end of the main text block is a red text signal pointing you to another link. If you follow that link and others like it, you'll progress logically through the main content (downtown) of the site.

Notice that the left side-bar links remain constant through most of these pages for easy navigation. Only the center text block changes.

* A sign-up form for the Healthy Living Update. If you haven't signed up yet, we'd be pleased to have you!

* Current headlines from the Healthy Living DIY blog. It updates automatically whenever I post a new article. This is possible due to what's known among techie people as an "RSS feed." Impress your grandkids with that one!

* On the right, there are links to products I hope my site's visitors will find useful and some advertising (even Word Cures has to pay taxes & utility bills).

* At the very bottom of the page, in the yellow section, are some "site management" links.

Ok, after that general orientation, I'd like to draw your attention to 4 specific links you might want to try out.

1. On the left side-bar, scroll down till you find the link that says "Healthy Living Community Forum." Give it a click. This is where you'll go to introduce yourself to other members of the community and let your voice be heard. Think of it as a trip to the suburbs.

(By the way, this particular section of the community requires you to complete a free registration in order to post comments. Just click the "register" button to get involved. It's a security feature.)

From the Forum page, you can either use your browser's "back" button to get back to the home page, or scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the purple "Word Cures" link.

2. Scroll down the left side-bar a little more and you'll come to a link marked "Healthy Living DIY blog." Click on it and you'll visit another suburb. Voila! Lots of articles! (Click "permalink" to see the article in its entirety all on its own page.)

Most of the new articles I've posted recently are in this section. They're all archived in case you want to catch up on anything you may have missed. To access the archives, just scroll down the right side-bar.

By the way, when I give you a direct link to click within an email, the reason for doing that is so you can go right to the article without having to search around. However there's a down side to that practice. Sometimes those links are too long! When they wrap down to a second line, the link breaks and you can't click through. Never fear. Just go directly to and the article you're looking for will most likely be introduced on the first page.

Got a comment on what you read here? Scroll all the way down the full article page and type away.

Again, you can use your browser's "back" button to return to the Word Cures home page -- or else use a handy link. In this case, it's at the top of the right side-bar.

3. Back to the Word Cures home page yet? Great. This time, scroll way down the left side-bar to the box marked "Ask Elizabeth" and click on it. This is how you reach me to ask those mystery questions you don't find answered anywhere else on the site. Just type your question into the form. This is kind of like putting your item on the agenda for the "town meeting." Let me know what you're interested in so I can address your question in a future article.

4. Finally, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to the site management links in the yellow section. See the first one marked "site map/search?" Go ahead and click on it.

This section is rather like taking a "walking tour" through all the neighborhoods of the community. See something interesting? Go ahead and click on it. The "site map/search" link is available from all the "downtown" pages of the site, so it's really easy to get back to when you need it.

Scroll all the way down and you'll even find a search box. Let's say you wonder if there's an article posted on "bullying." Just type in the word, select the site you want to search, and click the "search" button. Or -- and this is really cool -- you can also do a web search, courtesy of our friends over at Google.

Well, of course if we had infinite time to hang out here I'd love to show you some more pages. But maybe we'll save those for another day. :-). Questions? You know what to do (point #3)!

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