Thursday, April 29

Today is Thursday of WEEK 14 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 13 Storybook assignment yet, you may turn that in BY NOON for partial credit. For those of you in Myth-Folklore or World Lit, Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Storybook Ballots: FINAL DAY. Today, Thursday, is your last chance to vote for your favorite Storybooks. Just like every semester, because all the Storybooks are so good, the votes are VERY close - so, if you haven't voted yet, please take a minute to do that: your vote could make the difference. You can see the nominees here for all three classes. The voting will go until 5PM today, Thursday, and I'll announce the results in Friday's announcements.

Storybook stack. I've still got a few Storybooks in the stack but I will definitely be able to get through those on Thursday - I've been concentrating on the Storybooks for folks who need these points to finish up the class and be done, so if you are in that situation, send me an email to let me know. Meanwhile, if you are waiting on my comments, you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment.

Week 14 - Week 15 Storybooks. For the Week 14 and Week 15 Storybook assignments, you will be doing your final revisions; there are no new stories for Week 14 or Week 15. If you want, you can turn in both the Week 14 and Week 15 assignments at once. If you are turning in both assignments at the same time, please send in SEPARATE emails, so that I will be sure to realize that you are turning in two assignments at once. If you want your Storybook points in the Gradebook before the weekend, make sure you get those assignments turned in by Friday noon at the latest, so that I can read them on Friday afternoon and get the points recorded for you before the weekend.

Ancient Roman Floralia. We are in the midst of the ancient Roman festival called Floralia, which last from April 27 through May 3 - that is, from ante diem quartum Kalendas Maias in the old Roman Calendar, until ante diem quintum Nonas Maias (those Roman dates are for those of you who have studied Latin!). Flora was a goddess in ancient Rome, and she presided over flowers and all blossoming plants. You can read more about the Floralia here, and you can see the goddess in Botticelli's Primavera (Spring); the goddess Venus (Aphrodite) is in the center, while to the right the wind Zephyr is chasing the nymph Chloris, who is then transformed into the smiling goddess Flora, is all covered with flowers (detail view):