One of my favorite sites for photography is BetterPhoto.com. They have a whole list of free articles about techniques to improve your pictures. Just click on the Learn Photography link at the top of the home page for a plethora (that's a lot) of choices. And if you're feeling particularly ambitious, try one of their online courses. I learned a lot about flash from taking a 4-week class from Rob Sheppard.
Another resource is the New York Institute of Photography. You can subscribe to their monthly newsletter or just visit their home page for a list of current topics. The newsletter always contains lots of helpful information pertinent to the season. This month highlights how to photograph your toddler. And there is a large archive of articles on their web site, easily accessed at the bottom of the opening page (scroll down).
So even if you live in the boonies, you can still get help learning to use your camera for better photos!