Monday, February 15

Today is Monday. Week 4 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Week 5 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

You really can call me Laura! Although I sign my emails to you all as Laura, some of you still seem to feel like you need to call me Professor or Dr. or something fancy. No need for that at all, really! Since I'm on a first-name basis with all of you, please do the same and just call me Laura. :-)

Storybook Coverpages. I'll be updating the list of Storybook Coverpages for Myth-Folklore, World Literature and Indian Epics on Monday afternoon. You can continue to experiment with your Coverpage design all semester long, and you will be updating your Coverpage each time you add a new story. Here is the only requirement: DO NOT CHANGE THE ADDRESS of your Coverpage! You can make all the changes you want to the design and contents of the page, but it is vital that the name of the file, and thus the webpage address, remain the same as the address you are giving me now. Everybody in class will be using this link to access your Storybook - and starting on Tuesday, with the Week 5 Internet assignment, you will be looking at and commenting on each other's Storybooks via the class list.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. This is especially true today, since so few people turned in the Week 4 Storybook early. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 8 a.m. or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and reply to the assignments in the order they were turned in, beginning with the assignments turned in on Friday or Saturday. If you turned in your assignment on Sunday evening or later, you may have to wait a few days before you will get comments back from me.

Clean Monday: Beginning of Lent (Orthodox). You have probably heard of the Catholic festival of Mardi Gras (more about that tomorrow!) - but today, Monday, is the beginning of the Great Lent in the Orthodox Christian calendar, seven weeks before Orthodox Easter. It is called "Clean Monday" in English, Καθαρή Δευτέρα in Greek. The specific festivities vary from country to country; you can read about the different Orthodox countries in this Wikipedia article about the holiday. In Greece, a special unleavened bread is baked for this holiday, as you can see in the photo below: