Monday, September 20

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, of course - just make sure the address of the page stays the same. Everybody in class will be using this link to access your Storybook for the Internet assignments for the rest of the semester. 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. I'll have more to say about that in tomorrow's announcements!

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. 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.

September 20: Jay Ward. Today marks the birthday of Jay Ward, the great American cartoonist, who was born on this day in 1920 and who died in 1989. He created some of my own personal favorite cartoon characters such as as Rocky & Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, Dudley Do-Right, and George of the Jungle. These are all cartoons that I grew up with and which I still love to watch. If you have Netflix, the Rocky & Bullwinkle show is available for free instant streaming - and it is so much fun! Here's a DVD cover showing Mr. Peabody and Sherman (image source), which was always my favorite part of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show: