Thursday, March 3

Today is Thursday of WEEK 7 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit; please make sure you get it turned in by noon today at the latest. 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 Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on before 10AM on Monday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Monday or on Tuesday or Wednesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

New Responding groups. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around again this week so TOMORROW, Friday, that assignment will be available with new people in the groups. Let me repeat the instructions for that assignment just as a reminder: You need to comment on TWO posts at each blog. Read the ESSAY post and STORYTELLING post. If - and only if - one or both of those posts are missing, choose any two posts in the person's blog you have not read yet.

Week 7 Internet assignment. If you did not read yesterday's announcements, please make sure you take a look at that; the instructions for the Internet assignment this week are somewhat different from last week since you will be reading the Introduction AND a story at the Storybooks you comment on this week.

Midterm Grade Reports. Since I was not sure how/when you are able to view the midterm grades in Ozone, I checked with the people in Buchanan Hall, and learned that you are able to view those midterm grades as soon as an instructor submits them. So, you will be able to see the grades for my class now, and for your other classes it depends on when the instructor submits them; the deadline we were given is this Friday, March 4.

March 3: Maha Shivratri. Today is the holiday of Maha Shivratri, in the Hindu calendar, a holiday celebrating the god Shiva. The festival began last night (Shivratri means "Shiva Night") and continues today; you can read about the special holiday rituals of Maha Shivratri in this article at The festival is especially associated with Shiva in his role as the cosmic dancer, as he performs the Tandava Nritya which accomplishes the creation, maintenance, destruction and renewal of the world. For this, Shiva receives the title Nata-Raja, Lord of the Dance: