Friday, September 19 - Sunday, September 21

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 4! The Week 4 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 4 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon.

IMPORTANT NOTE: IT Maintenance. On the third Sunday of every month, IT does maintenance on its servers. There will be a maintenance window this Sunday, September 21. This often causes service outages, which may affect you if you are trying to publish webpages at that time. The maintenance window is in the morning, and the maintenance should be completed before noon on Sunday. For specific information and updates, see the IT Alerts page at (this is also a good page to check if you are experiencing problems with Desire2Learn, email, or other IT services).

Font size in Composer. Many of you will be working on your Storybook coverpage this weekend. As you do that, please be careful with font size and read these Instructions for Larger Fonts in Composer. The best way to change the font to something larger is by designating it as a Heading. That way, you can be sure that you will get good results on every browser. Other methods of changing the font size can vary enormously from browser to browser and may not lead to the results you want. So, make sure if you want to make something a larger font size, you choose Heading 1 or Heading 2 or Heading 3 - depending on how large you want it to be.

Storybook Stack
. I have finished reading and replying to the Storybook assignments that were turned in by noon on Friday. I don't do any grading over the weekend, so if you turn something in after noon on Friday, it will go into the stack, and I'll start working through the stack first thing on Monday morning. I work through the stack in the order that the assignments are received - and there is always a tidal wave of assignments turned in on Sunday evening. If you want comments back from me sooner rather than later, try to get your assignment turned in on Friday or Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday.

Storybook Introduction ideas. For some ideas and inspiration about writing your Storybook Introduction (the Week 4 assignment), you can take a look at these Introductions that people have already published online: Keeping the Stars Alive, HyeRyun's Journey, The King Arthur Chronicles, Italian Princesses, and Untold Stories of the Willowbranch Poisionings. Plus there are even two Storybooks which have their first stories already: Ghost Stories of Japan and Escaping Maya's Traps. Congratulations to all of you who are working ahead on your Storybook like this - it's really exciting to see them starting to appear online!

Sunday, September 21: Milk miracle. In 1995, on September 21, there was what many people regard as a modern miracle: statues of the Hindu god Ganesha, as well as the statues of other gods and goddesses, appeared to be imbibing milk which was offered to them. You can read about the event in this Wikipedia article, and you can see a milk offering in this BBC video. The image below is from a British newspaper, the Sun, and you can find other newspaper headlines archived at the website which documents the event: