You’ve got a little problem. You’re in the market and
purchase strawberries at a bargain price. You recall seeing an assortment of
strawberry recipes, reader-tested and
-recommended, in Cooperative Living magazine.
The problem is that you’ve misplaced the past few
issues of the magazine and don’t remember which month the recipes were in.
As the plump strawberries sit invitingly on the counter, you ransack your
magazine rack, shuffle through the material in a kitchen drawer; all the
while, visions of strawberries begin to dance in your head.
The solution to your problem: With a few sweeps and
clicks of the mouse, you can browse our archives, which include archived
special sections of the magazine — like Reader Recipes and Down Home. Within
minutes, you retrieve the recipes you were looking for. Mission
Our mission: To inform you about your cooperative and
its efforts to serve your energy needs; about how to use electricity safely
and efficiently; and about the people who define and enhance the quality of
life in communities served by electric cooperatives. Your mission, should
you choose to accept, is to venture out into the World Wide Web and go where
you may never have gone before, Cooperative Living Online at
www.co-opliving.com. To accomplish this mission, you will need to be
equipped with a computer, connection to the Internet, and a few minutes to
Even if you have browsed the magazine’s website in the
past, chances are, you haven’t seen our newest design and content changes,
made with your needs in mind. These changes will make retrieving articles
from our archives or learning more about electric cooperatives more
convenient, as the website is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week source of interesting
and informative reading enjoyment.
Cooperative Living Online is also a community resource
— a place where you can go to find a variety of links to various community
resources in your local area. We’ve compiled links to your chamber of
commerce, your local tourism bureau, county libraries and schools, business
information, government offices, and much more under the Community Resources
section of the website. You can browse your Community links together in one
place, as opposed to using a search engine over and over again to retrieve
the same links. And the time you save utilizing the new website, you can
spend doing something you enjoy. Everyone wants to save time here and there.
And Cooperative Living Online will help you do it.
Among the most convenient features of Cooperative
Living Online is the ability to contact us via email with all your comments,
questions, and concerns. We always enjoy hearing from our readers, whether
it’s through regular postal mail, or via email. We want to know which
columns and articles you enjoy reading the most, or which ones you enjoy
reading the least. And — who knows? — you might just see your comments
printed in the Mailbag section of the magazine in the next issue.
Another important feature is searching our archives for
past material in the magazine that may have caught your eye. We offer you
the capability to search by the front cover image or by the month and date
of the issue in question. It is important to note, however, that we do not
archive all of the articles you will find in your print publication. We
choose the most popular columns to feature online. The articles and/or
columns that are always featured online are the cover story, Say Cheese,
Reader Recipes, Rural Living, Editorial, Caught in the Web, Down Home, and
Dining with Dan.
There’s a little something for everyone on Cooperative
Living Online. We feature a wonderful section titled Just For Kids, where
children will find colorful pages filled with links to games, educational
quizzes, activities, and more. This is a fun and educational way for your
child to learn more about electricity.
Another benefit to getting online with us is the
ability to quickly and easily enter contests featured in the magazine. You
can take a guess at the Whatzit? or History Mystery contests, submit your
answers to the Kids’ Korner, or enter to win prizes and getaways in
Under our Co-op Education section, visitors can find an
assortment of information about the cooperative way of doing business, facts
about the many different types of cooperatives around the country, and about
the electric utility industry. With easy-to-scan content and attractive
graphics, this section is a useful source of information for anyone who
wants to know what their local cooperative is all about.
With an idea of what you will find at Cooperative
Living Online, we encourage you to take the time to visit the website and
share your comments, questions, or suggestions with us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. And, while you’re at it, check out our Facebook
page at www.facebook.com/cooperativeliving -— and be sure to “like” us.